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March 17, 2013

2013 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament – the 68 teams – map, with team locations / Plus 2011 and 2012 average attendances listed.

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2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament map – 68 teams



NCAA Men’s Division I Tournament bids by school‘ (en.wikipedia.org).


This is the 75th NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament. The Final Four will be played in the Georgia Dome, in Atlanta, Georgia, on April 6th, with the final on April 8th. There is one team that is making its tournament debut – the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles of Fort Myers, Florida, who won the Atlantic Sun Conference.

Below are the 2 best sites for March Madness scores, game reports, info, etc. -

ESPN – College BK/ home.

CBSsports.com/College BK.

On the map page, all 68 teams who qualified for the 2013 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament [aka March Madness] are shown. At the far right of the map page are all 68 teams listed alphabetically, with location of their home venue listed, plus their Conference is also noted. At the far right of the map page are the 68 teams’ home attendance data, with 2010-11 average attendance, 2011-12 average attendance, and percent-change from 10/11 to 11/12 [NCAA does not release the current seasons' attendance figures until late April or early May each year]. The asterisks mean that team played to 100%-capacity or above for that season.

There are 5 Division I teams that played to 100 percent-capacity or higher last season, and 4 of them made the 2013 tournament (but the highest-drawing team – the Kentucky Wildcats, did not [Kentucky are perennially the highest-drawing college basketball team in the country (at around 23.5K or so, year- in/year-out, and at 23,721 per game and 100.9 percent-capacity last season)].

Since 2002-03, the Kansas Jayhawks have always sold out their 16,300-capacity Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas, and since 2007-08 have sold a a good deal of standing-room-only tickets – last season they drew 16,445 per game for a 100.8 percent-capacity. Kansas, incidentally, have the longest current tournament-qualification-streak – at 24 straight seasons in the tournament (since 1990).

The Michigan State Spartans have been playing to sell-outs at the 14,797-capacity Breslin Center in East Lansing, Michigan since the 1999-2000 season, and most likely also in 2012-13, so let’s call it 14 straight seasons of playing to full capacity for the Spartans at 14,797 per game and a 100.0 percent-capacity.

The Duke Blue Devils are rolling in the endowment money and thus have no reason to expand the capacity of their home venue in Durham, North Carolina because the 9,314-capacity Cameron Indoor Stadium gives them a home-court-atmosphere and an advantage that is the envy of most other college basketball programs. So the third-most-endowed university in the USA is quite happy with the 9,314 average attendance figure and that 100.0 percent-capacity figure that they draw every year – every year since 1988-89, the first season after renovations there increased the capacity of Cameron Indoor Stadium from 8,800 (seated) to 9,314 [in the renovation of 1987-88].

The Gonzaga Bulldogs also boast a real home court advantage in their always-sold-out 6,000-capacity McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane, Washington; last season, the Gonzaga Bulldogs men’s basketball team finally started selling SRO tickets and ended up drawing 6,212 per game for a 103.5 percent-capacity.

The closest any other teams, which qualified for the 2013 tournament, came to a 100% home capacity in their home games last season were (I am pretty sure): the Wisconsin Badgers (at 99.7 percent-capacity); the Wichita State Shockers (at 98.9 percent-capacity); the Louisville Cardinals (at 97.7 percent-capacity); and the San Diego Aztecs (at 97.4 percent-capacity).
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Thanks to Chris Dobbertean at the Blogging the Bracket site, for bracket forecasts throughout February and early March – http://www.bloggingthebracket.com/.

Thanks to the contributors to the pages at en.wikipedia.org, ‘2013 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament‘ .

Thanks to NCAA.org, for the 2010-11 attendance figures {pdf}, ‘http://www.ncaa.org/wps/wcm/connect/public/ncaa/pdfs/2011/2011+ncaa+mens+basketball+attendance+full+report‘; and the 2011-12 attendance figures {pdf}, ‘http://www.ncaa.org/wps/wcm/connect/public/ncaa/pdfs/2012/2012+ncaa+mens+basketball+attendance‘.

Team logos from each team’s page at en.wikipedia.org, except for La Salle Explorers’ logo from cbssports.com; Montana Grizzlies’ logo from GoGriz.com; and Temple logo from temple.edu.

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