posted April 26, 2011

Hope the Leader Again in Men's Basketball Attendance

For the ninth straight year, Hope College has led all NCAA Division III men's basketball programs in home attendance.

This is the 13th time in school history that Hope has been the men's basketball attendance leader.  The 2010-11 Flying Dutchmen averaged 2,818 fans per game over 14 home dates. The College of Wooster, Ohio ranked second with an average of 2,016 fans over 19 home dates while rival Calvin finished third with an average of 1,792 over 13 home dates.

The Flying Dutchmen posted an 11-3 home floor record.  In six seasons at DeVos Fieldhouse, Hope has posted an 85-11 record.

The Flying Dutchmen were champions of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA), competed in the NCAA Division III tournament and posted a 23-7 overall record under first-year coach Matt Neil.

Other years when Hope led the nation in men's attendance were 1984, 1991, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. 

The average home attendance for the 402 Division III men's teams in 2010-11 was 405 fans.

NCAA III Men's Basketball All-time Attendance Champions: 1977, Scranton; 1978, Calvin; 1979, Savannah State; 1980, Savannah State; 1981, Potsdam State; 1982, Wisconsin-Stevens Point; 1983, Augustana (IL); 1984, Hope; 1985,

Wisconsin-Stevens Point; 1986, Calvin; 1987, Concordia-Moorhead; 1988, Calvin;

1989, Calvin; 1990, Calvin; 1991, Hope; 1992, Calvin; 1993, Calvin; 1994,

Calvin; 1995, Calvin; 1996, Hope; 1997, Calvin; 1998, Illinois Wesleyan; 1999,

Hope; 2000, Calvin; 2001, Calvin; 2002, Calvin; 2003, Hope; 2004, Hope; 2005,

Hope; 2006, Hope; 2007, Hope; 2008, Hope; 2009, Hope; 2010, Hope; 2011, Hope.