I can’t blame anyone for not being as caught up on college basketball news with all that’s been going on in the sports world right now. The NFL labor ruling has Roger Goodell and the owners on edge, and the draft kind of snuck up on all of us and will take place Thursday through Saturday. The NBA playoffs have been incredible (the Grizzlies dominating the Spurs!). The NHL playoffs have been awesome too. Nevertheless, here are some quick hitters from college basketball:
- Division 1 basketball attendance increased by 86,000 over last season (27.6 million total) with the Big Ten leading all conferences and Kentucky and Syracuse ranking first and second amongst schools. Only two schools saw their attendance per game averages increase by over 4,000. One was San Diego State who was in the Top 10 of the polls for the majority of the season with only two regular season games. The other? BYU. Maybe because they had….
- Jimmer! Who will now have his own reality show leading up to the draft. Smart move. Basketball fans will watch to see how the most dynamic scorer this past college season prepares for the draft. Mormons will watch because he has reached demigod status.
- The 2011-2012 season will kick off with the preseason number 1 North Carolina Tar Heels facing off against Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans on a neutral…boat? Actually a naval aircraft carrier in San Diego. With only 7,000 tickets available, this is going to be one tough ticket for anyone not wearing a uniform- Nike or the all-whites.