Our series on the Best Fan Bases in college basketball continues with an examination of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The Arkansas Razorbacks are on top, followed by the Kentucky Wildcats and the Florida Gators. LSU and South Carolina are on the bottom of the rankings. (Note: For additional information on our methodology, click here)
One possible point of contention is that Arkansas rates higher than perennial power Kentucky. The key to the separation between the two schools is that while both Arkansas and Kentucky receive outstanding support, Arkansas’ support occurs despite less on-court success (Kentucky averaged 9 more wins per year than Arkansas over the period of the study). The other possible interpretation is that Kentucky tends to underprice tickets, and may collect less revenue than possible.
LSU and South Carolina are at the bottom of the rankings for the SEC. In the time period of our study, LSU made the NCAA tournament four times (including a Final Four), but in three of those years they still could never get above 66% in average attendance/capacity. South Carolina averaged just over 50% in average attendance/capacity in seasons where they had over 20 wins.