The attendance figures for the first round of the National Invitation Tournament, covering 16 games, are in. Iowa wins.
Not only did the Hawkeyes score a 68-52 win over Indiana State Wednesday, but their sellout crowd of 15,400 in Carver-Hawkeye Arena easily dwarfed the two-largest first-round gatherings.
Here are the home teams and their crowds in Round 1:
Southern Mississippi 5,018
Tennessee 4,468 (The Volunteers had averaged 16,635 for its regular-season home games. Its upset loss to Mercer Wednesday was played before a lot of ghosts and empties.)
Arizona State 3,519
Robert Morris 3,444 (sellout, for Kentucky)
St. Joseph’s 3,148
Florida State 2,989
Denver is at Maryland tonight in the first game of the NIT’s second round. Good seats are still available.