Wisconsin and Duke will square off in the NCAA Championship game on April 6th, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis with a scheduled tipoff time of 9:18 p.m. ET.
According to RazorGator.com, NCAA Championship game tickets have an average price of $522.09 with a walk-in price of $129. In the middle of March, average ticket prices were reaching of $1,000, and as of April 4th, were down to $617.88. The prices dropped immediately after Kentucky was eliminated by Wisconsin on Saturday night. Instead of a pro-Kentucky championship game, it’ll be a more even distribution between the two schools.
The Duke Blue Devils were given a No. 1 seed on Selection Sunday and have had a relatively easy time getting to the Championship game. After avoiding the 16-seed upset, Duke beat San Diego State by 19 points, had their closest contest against Utah next, only winning by six, before taking on perhaps their toughest competition of the tournament in Gonzaga, whom Duke dispatched by 14 points. After Gonzaga, Duke steamrolled Michigan State in their Final Four game by 20 points, a game in which they were in control for the majority of the action.
Wisconsin has faced tougher competition to get to the Championship game, but that didn’t mean much to the Badgers. After knocking off Oregon in the Round of 32, Wisconsin beat North Carolina by seven points in the Sweet 16 round before defeating Arizona by seven points to reach the Final Four. Then, Wisconsin took down the undefeated Kentucky Wildcats, who America seemed to have penciled in to win the NCAA Tournament before it started.
Duke handed Wisconsin its first loss of the season on December 3rd at home. Duke shot 65% at the Kohl Center that day, but this contest will surely have an entirely different feel to it.
All eyes will be on the big man matchup between Wooden Award candidates Frank Kaminsky and Jahlil Okafor. Kaminsky took home the Naismith Player of the Year award last week, averaging 18.2 points per game compared to Okafor’s 17.7 points per game. But both big men are willing passers, which creates a similar offense for both squads. Both forwards like to take advantage of one-on-one opportunities that arise, but will kick it out to lethal shooters when defensive help comes their way.
Head coach Mike Krzyzewski is going for his fifth National Championship, adding to the teams from 1991, 1992, 2001 and 2010. Bo Ryan is looking for his first NCAA Division I National Championship, as he previous won four NCAA Division III Tournaments from 1991-1999. This game will feature one of the country’s most efficient offenses against one of the most potent. It’ll be a great way to end the 2014-15 college basketball season.