College Basketball

Davidson’s increase in men’s basketball attendance among nation’s leaders

Davidson’s move to the Atlantic 10 last season not only was a winner on the court but in the stands, as well.

The Wildcats averaged 4,676 fans for men’s basketball games at Belk Arena, an increase of 963 (25.9 percent) from the 2013-14 season, Davidson’s last in the Southern Conference. That’s the 25th-largest increase in the country, according to statistics released by the NCAA this week. N.C. State’s increase of 2,795 (from 12,641 to 15,436) was the largest increase in the country.

Davidson won last season’s A-10 regular-season championship and had sellout crowds at 5,223-seat Belk Arena in late-season games against Virginia Commonwealth and George Washington. The Wildcats ranked sixth in attendance in the league (Dayton led with an average of 12,726).

The Charlotte 49ers’ average attendance of 4,376 at 9,105-seat Halton Arena was the lowest in the building’s 19 years, continuing a downward trend that began in the 2008-09 season.

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