ELMHURST, Ill. – The NCAA released its 2012-13 men's basketball attendance figures Tuesday and The Summit League made a strong showing in several areas.
The Summit League finished third among mid-majors for average tournament attendance at 5,928 spectators per session. That figure placed 12th overall among the 31 total league tournaments.
Since 2009-10, The Summit League has enjoyed a net increase of seven positions in the national tournament attendance rankings. The 2013 No. 12 ranking equals the league's best position, which was set the previous year.
Western Illinois represented The Summit League in the top 20 list of largest average attendance increases over the previous year. The regular season co-champions placed 18th by virtue of an average attendance jump of 1,273 per game during the 2012-13 campaign.
Overall, The Summit League placed 21st among the nation's 33 leagues and independents for average season attendance. The average crowd of 2,214 was No. 11 among traditional mid-majors.
ABOUT THE SUMMIT LEAGUE
In its fourth decade of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of over 120,000 at eight institutions, including three located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Fort Wayne (Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne), IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis), North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced eight NCAA Champions, 62 All-Americans and 50 Academic All-America selections.