Jan 4, 2014; College Park, MD, USA; Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets guard Trae Golden (23) attempts a free throw against the Maryland Terrapins at Comcast Center. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Maryland Terrapins Men's Basketball Falls Short of Top 25 in Average Attendance for NCAA Division 1 Teams

Maryland Terrapins basketball will look to improve attendance in 2014-2015 season.

The NCAA has released the attendance numbers for the 2013-2014 men’s basketball season, showing the Maryland Terrapins just missed being in the Top 25 for average attendance.

The Terps finished 26th in the nation and averaged 12,557 in 16 games at the Comcast Center. Comcast, which replaced the legendary Cole Field House, has a capacity of 17,950.

Maryland’s average attendance placed them fourth in the Atlantic Coast Conference, which was only behind Syracuse (1st), North Carolina (4th) and North Carolina State (25th). The ACC (10,661) as a whole finished second in average attendance behind, you guessed it, the Big Ten (13,534).

Maryland joins the Big Ten on July 1st and just for fun, let’s compare the number of teams from the ACC and the Big Ten in the Top 25 for average attendance.

ACC = 3 (Syracuse, North Carolina, North Carolina State)

Big Ten = 9 (Indiana, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Nebraska, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State, Purdue, Michigan)

Maryland was performing fairly well in average attendance in the ACC at fourth, but if the Terps were in the Big Ten this past season, they would have ranked 10th in the conference.

Coach Mark Turgeon and the Maryland men’s basketball team have some B1G-time competition awaiting them this season. But the opportunity for Maryland basketball to grow as a team and as a program has never been greater.

So long Cameron Indoor. Maryland, say “hello” to Assembly Hall and all the other great Big Ten basketball arenas that come along with some of the best basketball fans in the nation.

It’s time for the Comcast Center to take the Big Ten teams by storm this season. That means no more “scanning and leaving” students. This basketball team needs you all at every game this season.

Let’s see if the Terps can improve their record and attendance this season.

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