March Madness is on the way, and it’s never too early to start planning to see your favorite college basketball team compete in the Big Dance. Already halfway through conference games, the contenders are starting to cement their status for the tournament.
Of course, the popular favorite to win it all this year is the #1 Kentucky Wildcats. Led by the sophomore Harrison twins and talented freshman Devin Booker (10.4 points per game), the Wildcats haven’t lost a game, and they are primed to make a run at returning to the Final Four in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. The also-undefeated #2 University of Virginia Cavaliers may not receive the attention the Wildcats command, but they will look to challenge for the Final Four. Justin Anderson, Malcolm Brogdon, and Anthony Gill makeup a solid trio of scorers for the Cavaliers, as they attempt to win the ACC and conference tournament for only the third time in team history. Capturing a number one seed could potentially get the Cavaliers back to the Final Four for the first time since 1984.
Final Four tickets for an All-Sessions Pass cost an average of $2,243.08, which is up 35% since last week. These tickets are for the diehard fans that feel their team is destined to lift the trophy at the end of the tournament. For the less serious fans, the get-in price for the All-Sessions Pass currently sits at $300.00. Moreover, for those fans that just want to attend the semi-finals, the average price for those tickets is $1,669.52, which is 14% more than it was a week ago. Also, the get-in price at the gate for the semi-finals is $227.00.
Although #1 Kentucky and #2 UVA are expected to waltz into the tournament, there are several other programs ready to make some noise. A Duke Blue Devils team coached by Mike Krzyzewski is always expecting to win the Big Dance. Coach Roy Williams and Marcus Paige are giving the North Carolina faithful reason to believe in a run with wins over Ohio State and Louisville. Furthermore, there’s always going to be a “Cinderella” team that shocks the world.
Last year, the Final Four was defined by the impressive runs of #7 seed Connecticut and #8 seed Kentucky. Kentucky triumphed over the #2 seed Wisconsin with a last second victory, whereas UConn handily beat the #1 seed Florida by 10 points. The two teams met in the Championship Game and UConn prevailed and were crowned as champions in 2014.