KU Leads Conference Men's Basketball Home Attendance for 26th-Straight Year

May 15, 2012

Kansas men’s basketball has numerous current streaks and for the 26th-consecutive year the Jayhawks have led their conference in home attendance as the NCAA recently announced its final attendance figures for the 2011-12 season.

Dating back to the 1986-87 season, Kansas has led the Big Eight/Big 12 in men’s basketball home attendance. This past season, KU averaged 16,445 fans per home contest, which ranked 10th nationally. This average included 16 games in historic Allen Fieldhouse with a home average of 16,300 and one game at the Sprint Center in Kansas City which had 18,757 fans witness the KU-Davidson meeting in the M&I Kansas City Shootout on Dec. 19, 2011. The event is part of the KU home ticket package, hence is added to the home attendance average. KU has led its conference in home attendance average for 31 of the last 35 seasons dating back to 1977-78.

Since the 1977-78 season, the Jayhawks have ranked in the NCAA Division I top 10 on 18 occasions and 31 times in the top 15.

For all games (home-away-neutral), Kansas ranked sixth in 2011-12 with 682,680 fans attending contests, also first in the Big 12. Included was Kansas’ single-game record of 73,361 in the NCAA semifinal against Ohio State in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on March 31, 2012.

Here are some of KU men’s basketball current impressive/mindboggling streaks:

–KU has led its conference in home attendance each of the last 26 seasons, dating back to 1986-87.

–Since 2004-05, the Jayhawks have won eight-straight Big 12 regular-season titles, the longest active streak in NCAA Division I.

–KU has sold out of 180 consecutive games in Allen Fieldhouse, which started the second game of the 2001-02 season.

–Kansas’ 23 straight NCAA Tournament appearances, from 1990-2012, is the nation’s active longest streak.

–KU has won 23 or more games each of the last 23 seasons dating back to 1988-89.

–Kansas has won 10 or more conference games the last 18 seasons, starting in 1994-95.

–Each KU four-year senior has won at least 100 games for his career since the 1986-87 season, a span of 26 years. The 2012-13 class of Elijah Johnson, Travis Releford and Jeff Withey enters its season with a 100-13 record. Note: Kevin Young will also be a senior in 2012-13 but is a transfer.

–Kansas has gone 243 games without consecutive losses, the longest streak in the nation. The last time KU lost consecutive games was during the 2005-06 season.

–Under head coach Bill Self, Kansas has won more conference championships (eight) than lost home games (seven). Kansas is 145-7 (95.4 percent) in Allen Fieldhouse in the Bill Self era, since 2003-04.

–Kansas posted its 17th undefeated season in Allen Fieldhouse by going 16-0 in 2011-12. The Jayhawks have had four undefeated home records in the last five seasons.