Attendance is down, slightly

College basketball attendance across the three divisions has decreased slightly to 32.8 million.


The NCAA announced Tuesday that it still ranks No. 5 all-time.

Division I schools drew 27.6 million fans, an increase of more than 86,000 over the previous season.

Kentucky led the nation in average home attendance for the 15th time in 16 years. The Wildcats averaged 23,603. Syracuse was second at 22,312.

For the 35th consecutive year, the Big Ten led all conferences in home attendance with 2.4 million.

Brigham Young had the nation's biggest one-season increase, 4,685 per game. San Diego State was the only other school to have an increase of more than 4,000 fans per game.

Overall attendance for the three divisions dropped by about 0.5 percent from 2009-10.

NORTH CAROLNA STATE: Point guard Ryan Harrow is transferring after one season at the Raleigh school.

The school said Tuesday that Harrow and new coach Mark Gottfried came to a mutual decision that the guard will transfer to another program.

In a statement issued by the school, Gottfried said he would release Harrow to any school except any of the Wolfpack's fellow Atlantic Coast Conference members, and says he and his staff "will do anything we can to assist him in this process."

LOUISVILLE: Richard Pitino is back coaching alongside his father Rick Pitino at Louisville.

The school announced Tuesday that Richard Pitino and former New Mexico assistant Wyking Jones have joined the Cardinals' revamped coaching staff.

This marks Richard Pitino's second stint at Louisville. He served as an assistant coach from 2007-09 before leaving to join Billy Donovan 's staff at Florida.

THREEPEAT: Hofstra senior guard Charles Jenkins has won the Haggerty Award, given to the outstanding college basketball player in the New York metropolitan area, for the third consecutive year.

COURT APPEARANCE: A well-known former University of San Diego basketball player has made an appearance in federal court in a sports bribery case.

USD's all-time leading scorer Brandon Johnson pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Monday, then returned home to Houston. He is free on a $25,000 bond and was appointed a local public defender, Oliver Cleary .


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