Our series on the Best Fan Bases in college basketball concludes looking at the BCS Conferences with an examination of the Big East Conference from 2001 to 2011. The Louisville Cardinals are on top, followed by the Syracuse Orange and the Marquette Golden Eagles. Seton Hall and DePaul are on the bottom of the rankings. (Note: For additional information on our methodology, click here)
Louisville, Syracuse, and Marquette are the top three in the Big East, but also in our overall top ten. These three schools all have excellent attendance and revenue per seat, regardless of team performance.
It’s worth pointing out a couple of the teams near the bottom of the rankings. The Georgetown Hoyas finished 13th in the rankings, which may be surprising to college basketball fans. While Georgetown has enjoyed some on-court success in the past decade, their home attendance has been unremarkable. In the 2006-2007 season, Georgetown won 30 games and went to the Final Four. However, their average home attendance was barely over 50% of capacity that season. This may be partially explained by the Hoyas playing in an arena with capacity over 20,000, but having a relatively small student body.
DePaul finished last in our Big East fan rankings. DePaul suffers from playing in a large arena (17,500) that is located far from campus. Performance, attendance, and revenue per seat have all been atrocious for DePaul.