posted May 14, 2012

Hope Tops Nation in Men's DIII Men's Basketball Attendance

For the tenth consecutive year, Hope this past season led all NCAA Division III men's basketball programs in home attendance.

The average of 3,259 fans per game, which included eight DeVos Fieldhouse sellouts, was more than twice the average for the second team in the listing (Wooster, Ohio at 1,607).

Hope's average also allowed the MIAA to lead all Division III conferences in average attendance. Rival Calvin during the 2011-12 season ranked fourth with an average of 1,397 fans per home game.

This is the 14th time in school history that Hope has been the men's basketball attendance leader. The Flying Dutchmen posted a 15-1 home floor record.  In seven seasons at DeVos Fieldhouse, Hope has posted a 100-12 record.

The Flying Dutchmen were champions of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA), competed in the NCAA Division III tournament and posted a 27-3 overall record under second-year coach Matt Neil.

Other years when Hope led the nation in men's attendance were 1984, 1991, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. 

The average home attendance for the 405 Division III men's teams in 2011-12 was 407 fans.

NCAA III Men's Basketball All-time Attendance Champions: 1977, Scranton; 1978, Calvin; 1979, Savannah State; 1980, Savannah State; 1981, Potsdam State; 1982, Wisconsin-Stevens Point; 1983, Augustana (IL); 1984, Hope; 1985, Wisconsin-Stevens Point; 1986, Calvin; 1987, Concordia-Moorhead; 1988, Calvin; 1989, Calvin; 1990, Calvin; 1991, Hope; 1992, Calvin; 1993, Calvin; 1994, Calvin; 1995, Calvin; 1996, Hope; 1997, Calvin; 1998, Illinois Wesleyan; 1999, Hope; 2000, Calvin; 2001, Calvin; 2002, Calvin; 2003, Hope; 2004, Hope; 2005, Hope; 2006, Hope; 2007, Hope; 2008, Hope; 2009, Hope; 2010, Hope; 2011, Hope; 2012, Hope.

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