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ACC Basketball Playing To Less-Than-Full Houses?

Seems so:

Across the 12-team Atlantic Coast Conference this season, the story is much the same. Average home attendance at men’s games, which has fallen in each of the past four seasons, is (as of Monday) tracking 13.5% below the final average from 2006.

At Duke, the famously raucous student fans known as “Cameron Crazies” aren’t using their full ticket allotment this season. At Maryland, attendance at Comcast Center has dropped 24% in six years, prompting a student-led online campaign to encourage others to show up.

They point to a couple of reasons, but I still think the ACC expanded to accommodate football, and ended up seriously diluting its basketball product.  There are too many teams that don’t belong in the ACC, and playing everyone twice every year – especially when the conference is good – means you’re playing a tough team every night.

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