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Attendance Down 22 Percent At Vanderbilt Basketball Games

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Attendance has been down 22 percent at Vanderbilt basketball games this season.

Vanderbilt gives out 2,000 free tickets to students each game, but they have been slow to fill seats.

School officials have also been offering incentives like the chance to win free iPods and gift cards to restaurants.

Fans believe attendance was hurt since the young team got off to a slow start, but said people are missing out by not coming to games.

"I think students got lost in how they started the season and they haven't been paying attention or focusing on the basketball team as much as they should be now that we're doing well. And they just don't get the attention they deserved," said student Meredith Quast.

Vanderbilt rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat Georgia 63-62 on Wednesday night.

The team has seen only one sellout this season.

Attendance is down for men's basketball games at 10 of the 14 SEC schools.

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