Calvin College finishes 3rd in 2016-17 NCAA III Men's Basketball attendance

The Kentucky Wildcats play the Florida Gators during the second half at Memorial Coliseum. Kentucky won 76-69

In the NCAA's annual men's basketball attendance report-which was released on Tuesday-UNC ranked fourth in the country, which represents the school's 30th top five finish in the last 31 years.

Syracuse's average attendance closely mirrored its 21,592 figure for the 2015-16 season.

Almost 400,000 fans (398,850 to be exact) attended Kentucky's 17 home games last season.

That average of 18,067 fans per game ranked behind only Kentucky (23,461), Syracuse (21,181) and Louisville (20,846).

A total of 706,331 fans attended Kentucky's home, road and neutral site contests in 2016-17.

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National champion North Carolina (18,067) was fourth while No. 5 on the list offered a bit of a surprise: Creighton, which drew almost 300,000 fans to its games in Omaha, averaging 17,412 per game.

Calvin College is once again among the NCAA III leaders in men's basketball attendance. United Kingdom set the NCAA record in 2013-14 when 922,653 fans attended all of its games.

Division I basketball saw a slight decline in attendance for the third consecutive season, but the 347 D-I teams drew more than 24.4 million fans - down some 380,000 - to 5,258 games.

The largest crowd Syracuse men's basketball saw for a game in 2016-17 was more than 39,000, which was a mark they past twice. It was the second straight year NU has finished 11 nationally in attendance, and the Huskers have averaged at least 15,000 in each of the four seasons since moving into Pinnacle Bank Arena. The next closest conference in total attendance was the Big 12 with 750,104 fans.

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