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South Carolina basketball: Where the Gamecocks ranked this season in attendance

Frank Martin: Marketing department needs to help draw fans

South Carolina Coach Frank Martin said his team needs to play better but it’s embarrassing to play before 4,000 to 5,000 fans in the large arena.
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South Carolina Coach Frank Martin said his team needs to play better but it’s embarrassing to play before 4,000 to 5,000 fans in the large arena.

After a shaky start was noticed by the head coach, South Carolina men’s basketball attendance finished in a respectable position.

The Gamecocks drew an average of 12,618 fans to Colonial Life Arena this season. That ranked them sixth in the SEC. It was the fourth-highest attended season in CLA’s 16-year history and second-highest in the six-year Frank Martin era.

The Gamecocks finished 10-5 at home, with wins over Kentucky and league champion Auburn.

USC (16-15, 7-11 SEC) is the No. 11 seed in the SEC Tournament. It faces 14th-seeded Ole Miss (12-19, 5-13) at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday in St. Louis.

SEC final attendance leaders

1. Kentucky – 21,875 (23,500 capacity)

2. Tennessee – 16,210 (21,678)

3. Arkansas – 16,181 (19,200)

4. Alabama – 13,391 (15,316)

5. Missouri – 13,178 (15,061)

6. South Carolina – 12,618 (18,000)

7. Florida – 9,732 (10,133)

8. LSU – 9,158 (13,215)

8t. Vanderbilt – 9,158 (14,316)

10. Texas A&M – 9,128 (12,989)

11. Auburn – 8,221 (9,121)

12. Georgia – 8,214 (10,523)

13. Mississippi State – 7,139 (10,575)

14. Ole Miss – 6,882 (9,500)

Highest attended seasons in Colonial Life Arena history (2002-present)

1. 2016-17 (13,396)

2. 2002-03 (12,941)

3. 2006-07 (12,838)

4. 2017-18 (12,618)

5. 2007-08 (12,346)

Highest attended seasons in Frank Martin era (2012-present)

1. 2016-17 (13,396)

2. 2017-18 (12,618)

3. 2015-16 (11,995)

4. 2014-15 (11,520)

5. 2013-14 (10,074)

6. 2012-13 (8,603)

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