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For PAC-12 rankings please click here.
Our series on the Best Fan Bases in college basketball continues with an examination of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Duke Blue Devils are on top, followed by the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Maryland Terrapins. Boston College and Florida State are on the bottom of the rankings. (Note: For additional information on our methodology, click here)
Duke and North Carolina are two of the most storied college basketball programs. Both schools averaged over 25 wins a season during the 2001-2011 time period, and both schools had at least one national championship. Both schools almost always sell out their home games. One of the key differences between the schools is that Duke makes almost double per seat in revenue than North Carolina.
The bottom of the ACC rankings is full of “football” schools (Clemson, Virginia Tech, Boston College, and Florida State). In the time period of our study, Florida State made the NCAA tournament three consecutive years, but still could never get above 80% in average attendance/capacity. This is in a market (Tallahassee) with no professional teams, and where fans often sell out a stadium (Doak Campbell) that seats over 80,000.