UNLV basketball:

Rebels rank top 15 nationally and best on the West Coast in attendance

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Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun

UNLV fans chant during their game against New Mexico Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 at the Thomas & Mack Center. UNLV beat New Mexico 64-55.

UNLV is the best basketball program on the West Coast, at least when it comes to getting fans in the stands.

According to NCAA figures released this week, the Rebels ranked 14th in the country in average attendance at home games. UNLV’s average crowd of 15,196 (334,320 fans at 22 games) also ranked first in the Mountain West and first on the West Coast, which includes Nevada, California, Oregon and Washington.

This is the fifth straight year the program has ranked in the top 25 nationally and at the top of those states in home attendance.

The figures include UNLV’s victory against La Verne at the Orleans Arena in December. Without that game the average attendance at the Thomas & Mack Center was 15,678, the highest since the 1990-91 season. The Mack’s capacity is approximately 18,500, which is among the 20 largest college basketball venues in the country.

UNLV’s crowds improved by an average of 1,171 fans per game from the 2011-12 season and 1,943 fans per game from the 2010-11 season. Tickets are currently on sale for the 2013-14 season at UNLVtickets.com.

Taylor Bern can be reached at 948-7844 or [email protected]. Follow Taylor on Twitter at twitter.com/taylorbern.

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