John Calipari's Kentucky Wildcats may not have been ranked in today's most recent edition of the AP Top 25, ​but Big Blue Nation has proven one thing beyond all reasonable doubt this year-- they will never, ever stop showing up to support their guys.


Yes, now that college basketball's regular season is over, we can call it official: UK posted the highest average home attendance number in college basketball for the 20th time in the last 23 seasons.

At 21-10 heading into the SEC Tournament, this year's version of the Wildcats is the youngest one Coach Cal has rolled out in his tenure in Lexington. They've naturally faced ups and downs throughout the year, given that they've been forced to do a lot of growing up on the court, but the fans have been plenty faithful.

Critics will point out that UK's average attendance figure of 21,875 is a noticeable step down from their 23,461 mark last season -- and the lowest in Calipari's nine years with the program -- but No. 1 in the country is No. 1 in the country.


“We are proud to once again lead the nation in attendance for the 20th time in the last 23 seasons. That’s special. We look forward to seeing our fans’ continued unwavering support in the postseason," said Kentucky AD DeWayne Peevy.


All told, sitting atop the attendance mountain is a badge of honor for the SEC's basketball blue-bloods. And when the conference tournament kicks off in St. Louis this week, you can bet that Cats fans will be making themselves right at home and packing that place practically to the rafters like it was Rupp.