Tennessee basketball got back to the AP No. 1 spot in 2018-19, riding out the final season of Grant Williams, Admiral Schofield, Jordan Bone and Kyle Alexander. That core — a group of three-star prospects coached up by Rick Barnes — gave the Tennessee basketball program new life.
Those Vols carried a 26 game home win streak through the season at Thompson-Boling Arena. It’s probably no surprise that Tennessee’s attendance numbers when through the roof during that time period, too.
Tennessee came in 4th in men’s basketball attendance during the 2018-19 season, according to official numbers released by the NCAA today. Thompson-Boling Arena averaged 19,034 fans per game last season, which trailed only Syracuse, Kentucky and North Carolina. Tennessee beat 5th ranked Wisconsin by nearly 2,000 fans per game.
Syracuse took the top spot with an average of 21,992 fans at the Carrier Dome.
Tennessee ranked 8th in attendance in 2017-18, averaging over 16,000 fans per game. That number increased by nearly 3,000 fans just one year later.
The Vols, adding to that 26 game win streak at home, went a perfect 18-0 last season on their home floor. That streak will go on the line this year, starting with non-conference matchups with Wisconsin and Memphis at home, followed by another grueling SEC schedule.