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Big Ten Leads Nation In Men's Basketball Attendance For 36th-Straight Year

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The Big Ten led the nation in men's basketball attendance for the 36th-consecutive season in 2011-12, according to figures recently released by the NCAA. The Big Ten led all conference with an average attendance of 12,868, which is more than 1,300 higher than the next-closest conference.

During the 2011-12 regular season, the Big Ten welcomed 2,856,785 fans over 222 games, which marks the conference's all-time total attendance record and is the 20th-straight year in which the conference has eclipsed the two-million mark.

Purdue ranked 21st nationally with an average of 13,324 fans per game. The Boilermakers were one of six Big Ten teams in the top 25 of the national rankings, along with Wisconsin, Ohio State, Indiana, Illinois and Michigan State.

No other conference had more than four top-25 programs in terms of attendance this season.

Purdue has not finished lower than 36th in the national attendance standings uner head coach Matt Painter.

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