PioNation ranks 4th in Division III men's basketball home attendance

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Marietta College ranked in the Top 5 of NCAA Division III schools in home men's basketball attendance for the second straight season. The Pioneers averaged 1,251 fans per game last winter, good for fourth in the country. This is Marietta's highest ever ranking among the annual attendance leaders.

"Ban Johnson Arena has one of the best game environments in the nation, regardless of division," Marietta head coach Jon VanderWal said. "We may not seat as many as Kansas or Duke, but when the BanJo is rocking it is as tough a place to play as any gym in the country."

Hope College topped the list averaging 2,319 fans per game. Wisconsin-Eau Claire (1,550) was second, followed by Calvin College (1,338), Marietta and the College of Wooster (1,150).

"It says a lot about the Great Lakes Region to have four of the top five schools on the list," VanderWal said. "PioNation will get the chance to show Hope how loud we can be when they come to town for our season-opener."

Marietta opens the 2017-18 season by hosting the Great Lakes Invitational Nov. 17-18. The Pioneers play Hope at 8 p.m. on the 17th and the University of St. Thomas, who won the 2016 national championship, at 8 p.m. on the 18th.

This is the seventh straight year the Pioneers have ranked in the Top 10. Marietta was fifth in 2016 averaging 1,243 fans per home game, seventh in 2015 with 1,220 fans per game, seventh in 2014 (1,082), ninth in 2013 (1,063), tenth in 2012 (1,065) and eighth in 2011 (1,246).

During the current attendance streak, the Pioneers have enjoyed unprecedented success in Ban Johnson Arena. Marietta is 97-13 (.882 winning percentage) overall in the BanJo the last seven years. In regular season home games during that span, MC has an incredible 79-7 (.919) record and is currently on a 37-game home winning streak. Marietta was 17-1 in the BanJo last year including a perfect 12-0 during the regular season.

The Pioneers finished last season with a 26-5 overall record and went 16-2 to win the Ohio Athletic Conference regular season championship for the third straight year. Marietta also captured the OAC Tournament crown and made its fifth NCAA Tournament appearance in the last seven seasons.

Fans can follow all the Pioneer teams all year long at pioneers.marietta.edu. You can also follow the Pioneers on Facebook at facebook.com/MariettaCollege and @MariettaPioneer on Twitter and Instagram.