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Lobo hoops — men’s and women’s teams — still Top 20 in attendance

The NCAA on Monday made official what had been reported by the Journal in April: Lobo fans are still showing up to basketball games.

In fact, UNM is the only school outside of the NCAA’s Power Five conferences, and one of only nine overall, to have both its men’s and women’s basketball teams rank in the top 20 for average home attendance this past season.

Despite a sub-.500 season, the UNM men’s basketball team had an average home attendance of 14,571. That was good for 18th best among the nation’s 351 Division I programs. Its 218,558 overall attendance figure, over 15 games, was good for 25th best in the country.

UNM has ranked in the top 25 in men’s basketball average home attendance for for all 49 seasons the Pit has been open.

The UNM women this past season had an average home attendance of 5,168. That figure placed head coach Yvonne Sanchez’s team 16th highest in the nation. The 87,849 for overall attendance (17 games) was 14th best in the nation.

Both the men’s and women’s teams led the Mountain West in average home attendance. Syracuse (23,854) led men’s basketball nationally and South Carolina (12,293) led women’s basketball.

Along with UNM, the other eight schools to have both men’s and women’s teams in the top 20 for average home attendance were Iowa (Big Ten), Iowa State (B12), Kentucky (SEC), Louisville (ACC), Michigan State (Big Ten), Nebraska (Big Ten), Ohio State (Big Ten) and Tennessee (SEC).

New Mexico State’s men’s team, which made its fourth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament, averaged 6,150 per home game this past season, good enough to lead the Western Athletic Conference but just 88th best in the nation. The NMSU women’s team, which also played in the NCAA Tournament, averaged 1,269 fans per home game, 111th out of 349 DI women’s teams.

Here’s a look at how the Mountain West’s 11 schools and a few others in the region ranked in the NCAA’s final attendance report for the 2014-15 college basketball seasons:

Men’s basketball

MOUNTAIN WEST
18. New Mexico — 14,571
27. San Diego State — 12,414
31. UNLV — 11,757
48. Utah State — 9,158
80. Wyoming — 6,310
86. Fresno State — 6,190
90. Boise State — 5,775
97. Nevada — 5,497
107. Colorado State — 4,854
238. Air Force — 1,683
255. San Jose State — 1,549

REGIONAL
17. Arizona — 14,591
53. UTEP — 8,458
77. Texas Tech — 6,623
88. New Mexico State — 6,150

Women’s basketball

MOUNTAIN WEST
16. New Mexico — 5,168
35. Wyoming — 3,228
53. Fresno State — 2,428
109. Colorado State — 1,289
112. Nevada — 1,257
114. Boise State — 1,235
143. UNLV — 985
228. San Diego State — 604
250. San Jose State — 546
268. Utah State — 496
335. Air Force — 259

REGIONAL
26. Texas Tech — 3,804
76. UTEP — 1,823
87. Arizona — 1,572
111. New Mexico State — 1,269

(The Associated Press and the NCAA contributed to this report.)

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