According to a study released by the Chronicle of Higher Education about one in every five Division I basketball teams have seen a 20 percent decrease in attendance over the past four years.
The Minnesota Gophers', according to the Minnesota Daily, fans filled Williams Arena in 2010-2011 enough to rank 24th nationally for Gophers basketball.
From 2008-2010, according to the Minnesota Daily, Minnesota was ranked 23rd.
According to Gary Bowman in the Minnesota Daily, the athletics spokesman, attendance numbers have improved since Orlando Tubby Smith has been here.
According to the Minnesota Daily, the Gophers' average 13,241 fans per home game. This ranked seventh in the Big Ten this season. Last season the team averaged 13,453, which also ranked seventh.
Prior to the acquisition of Smith, the Gophers averaged fewer then 11,000 fans per game during the 2006-2007 season.
Out of all of the conferences in Division I basketball, the Big Ten has led for the past 35 years.