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Kentucky men's basketball led the nation in attendance for the eighth consecutive season and the 17th time in 18 years, the NCAA announced Friday.

Kentucky men's basketball led the nation in attendance for the eighth consecutive season and the 17th time in 18 years, the NCAA announced Friday.

A total of 415,775 fans watched the Wildcats post a 16-2 mark in Rupp Arena during the 2012-13 season, culminating in a national-best average of 23,099. UK has averaged more than 23,000 fans per game in each of John Calipari's four seasons as head coach.

UK edged Syracuse (22,439), Louisville (21,571), North Carolina (19,350) and Indiana (17,412) for the top spot. Rounding out the top 10 were Creighton, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Ohio State and Kansas.

Since Rupp Arena opened for the 1976-77 season, UK has ranked either first or second in attendance every season. Only Syracuse has ranked ahead of Kentucky during that time.

The legendary facility will be home to several more high-profile games in 2013-14, including a matchup between the last two national champions -- Kentucky and Louisville -- on Dec. 28 and the return of ESPN's College GameDay on Feb. 15 in addition to the rest of the SEC schedule.


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