Kentucky basketball did it again.
The Wildcats led the country in average home attendance last season, according to a school press release on Wednesday. Kentucky averaged 23,361 fans per home game, and hosted a total of 397,148 total fans at Rupp Arena. It is the 18th time in 21 seasons that the Wildcats have led the nation in home attendance.
Kentucky has ranked either first or second in average home attendance each season since 1976-77, and also averaged more than 23,000 fans per home game since coach John Calipari took over in 2009.
A total of 694,871 fans watched the Wildcats play at home, on the road and in neutral sites in 2015-16, good for second in the country. Kentucky set the NCAA record in 2013-14 with 922,653 total fans.
The Wildcats finished last season with a 28-9 record and were bounced from the NCAA tournament following a second round loss to Indiana. Kentucky will likely be back in the national picture again this season as it brings in the nation’s No. 2 recruiting class, which features five five-star prospects.
The Southeastern Conference had the second-highest attendance among the 32 NCAA Division I conferences.