Missed the last 30 minutes of game time yesterday, is this in reference to Nebraska’s lineup or did we play some MAAR at 1 and Livers at 5 lineups?
Our student section isn’t necessarily bad when looking at all of college basketball, it’s just so damn cookie cutter. There’s absolutely nothing that sets it apart from anything or gives a boost to home court advantage. Attendance wise (AKA why the upper deck student section hasn’t been full in 4 years) there’s a couple things that hamper it more than just being a football school. They should really consider putting ticket costs into tuition and having every game be free for basketball and hockey. Have promotions and give out T-Shirts, glasses, foam fingers, whatever to the first 1,000 students. The themed nights are cool, continue those while still doing generic stuff for other games.
The second thing is Michigan’s choice to make over 42% of its students from out of state. People who weren’t already Michigan fans going into college simply aren’t going to care very much about the secondary sport. At UNC there’s a law capping out of state people at 18%, creating an engaged and full student section even on winter break against crap teams in down years. I really do think that’s one of the biggest issues with the students. They’re “eh, I hope we win” fans instead of “losing this game will ruin my day” fans.
Yeah, the extra week off should be completely offset by having the earlier two games. I still don’t get how in the world we’ve had to play this mess of a schedule.