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January 7, 2015 at 2:30 PM

Pac-12 Hoops: Does Anybody Care?

Fans wave glow sticks as the Utes are introduced during first half action in the Utah versus UCLA men's basketball game at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City. (Photo credit: Steve Griffin -  The Salt Lake Tribune)

Fans wave glow sticks as the Utes are introduced during first half action in the Utah versus UCLA men’s basketball game at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City. (Photo credit: Steve Griffin – The Salt Lake Tribune)

Scathing column from Bud Withers about the low attendance and apathy surrounding Pac-12 basketball. It’s a good read.

Interesting to note, the Huskies are making a big push to sell out Saturday’s noon Pac-12 home opener against Washington State.

During an interview last month, Washington senior associate athletic director Lance Lopes talked about the low turnouts at Alaska Airlines Arena.

“We think about ways to drive attendance and we’re going to put a major emphasis behind the Washington State game,” he said. “Our Pac-12 opener is one that we’re going to put a tremendous amount of energy and focus on to get the building full.”

At its peak, Washington drew an average of 9,650 fans for 16 home games during the 2010-11 season, which included four sellouts.

After six home games, the Huskies average 5,778 this season, which marks a steady decline the past five years.

Here’s a look at UW’s average home attendance since 2010-11.

Season Games Average
2010-11 16 9,650
2011-12 20 8,765
2012-13 18 7,937
2013-14 18 6,582
2014-15 6 5,778

 

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON LINKS:

— Don’t tell the folks in Salt Lake City that apathy  is on the rise in Pac-12 hoops. They just aren’t buying. In fact, they spent $200,000 on college basketball’s first permanent on-court projection system at the Huntsman Center, which received a $6M renovation in the offseason. And the ninth-ranked Utes (12-2, 2-0 Pac-12) are packing the place. They lead the Pac-12 in attendance, averaging 11,991 per game.

— Should be a good game when No. 9 Utah hosts Colorado today.

— Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak told the Deseret News: “We’ve still got a lot of work to do and things to improve on. So we can enjoy it and it’s a humble and hungry situation. That’s an Under Armour term that I picked up, just remain humble and hungry through the whole process and hopefully some good things will happen.”

— Colorado expects to have is star forward Josh Scott back in the lineup after missing two games last week due to back spasms.

— California (11-4, 1-1) is looking for better offensive consistency when it plays at USC (8-6, 0-2) today.

— Freshman forward Craig Victor, a four-star power forward from New Orleans who was rated in the top 40 by ESPN and Rivals, is leaving Arizona after being unable to crack the nine-man rotation.

— UCLA sophomore point guard Bryce Alford is mired in a shooting slump.

— Withers checks in with the season debut of the Northwest 11 rankings.

— Washington is No. 8 on Doug Haller’s Pac-12 power rankings.

TODAY’S PAC-12 SCHEDULE:

Game Time TV
Colorado (9-5, 2-0) at No. 9 Utah (12-2, 2-0) 6 p.m. ESPN2
California (11-4, 1-1) at USC (8-6, 0-2) 8 p.m. ESPNU

 

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