Since the 2013-'14 season, UConn women’s basketball’s average attendance for its home games is 8,803. NO other AAC member averaged at least 2500 at home in the same six seasons. Two (USF and Wichita State) averaged more than 2000 fans at home. ECU, SMU, Temple, and UCF averaged more than 1,000 fans at home. Five members (Cincinnati, Houston, Memphis, Tulane, and Tulsa) did not average at least 1000 fans at home each season.
I expect coach Hughey’s team to be much improved next season. We’ll be much taller and I think might actually keep it close vs UCONN. Time to get past the one and done in conference tourney and get back to the big dance!
Well, UCONN left an opportunity for another…
They are still in the conference this upcoming season, right?
I am talking long term…
The big issue will be that UCONN women’s basketball was a money maker for most teams in the conference.
I asked @HRReview on twitter the other day what attendance looked like with UCONN and without and it isn’t pretty for us:
I was at the UCONN game this year as well as a few others and it was night and day. There really isn’t another program that will pull that type of attendance in.
However, like @ddkately said, it does open opportunities for others…however, it also means that the conference needs to get better as it loses a huge RPI booster in UCONN. Hate to see the conference as a one-bid league going forward.