Some of the biggest names in college sports highlight the top of the 2013 NCAA Basketball Tournament’s South region bracket. Kansas may be the most well-known college basketball program of all time, and the Jayhawks sit at the top of the bracket awaiting all challengers. Other teams with championship banners hanging in their home arena rafters round out the top four, including the #2 Georgetown Hoyas from the now-defunct (but still powerful) Big East. The #3 Florida Gators are led by coach Billy Donovan, responsible for spearheading the last college to win back to back titles, and the #4 Michigan Wolverines had a solid but challenging run through the Big Ten schedule.
While two other prominent programs also dot the 2013 South Region lineup, the UNC Tar Heels and UCLA Bruins aren’t the most recently-accomplished team outside of the top four. Shaka Smart’s VCU Rams will bring their full-court press and up-tempo offense to the region as #5 and would provide a huge challenge for Michigan as they look to punch a Sweet Sixteen ticket for the regional games at Arlington’s Cowboys Stadium. UCLA may have an especially tough time versus Minnesota and title-winning coach Tubby Smith because they lost their best player during the PAC 12 Tournament. While this region doesn’t have a “Group of Death” caliber buzz, these tried and true title-winning schools will certainly bring a full effort and competent challenge for the 2013 NCAA Basketball Tournament title. Click here to find cheap Final Four tickets and ticket info.
Kansas City Ticket Price Info
The average price for a full session ticket to the Second and Third round games in Kansas City is $491. Since brackets were released on selection Sunday, we’ve noticed that ticket prices have jumped 22%.
As current prices stand, a full-session ticket in Kansas City, is the most expensive all session ticket for the Second/Third rounds. Ticket prices are nearly $60 more expensive than 2nd most expensive all session tickets, for games in Salt Lake City ($433), and nearly $150 more than the cheapest all session tickets available, for the games in Austin ($344).
Fans looking to watch this year’s tournament at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO will have to dig a little deeper into their wallets than most NCAA Tournament attendees. The cheapest full-strip ticket to get you into the stadium for all games currently stands at $407 for a seat in Section 216, Row 13. Fans interested in nabbing premium lower level seats can expect to pay $670 for a center court, middle row ticket.
Home state faithful will be able to catch both Kansas and Kansas State playing at the Sprint Center. Kansas fans only need to travel 40 miles from campus in Lawrence and Kansas State fans don’t need to travel much further, with Manhattan only 125 miles away from Kansas City. The short distance that local basketball fans need to travel to get from their home court to the Sprint Center may be a factor that is propping up ticket prices for these early round games.
Tickets for Friday’s afternoons session, which includes Kansas State, are selling for an average of $141 on secondary markets, while tickets for Friday’s evening session, which includes Kansas, are selling for an average of $161 on secondary markets. These single session tickets are each the most expensive tickets tickets for an afternoon and evening session in the second round, respectively.
With the possibility of both KU and K-State playing during the same session on Sunday, as well as a high-profile potential matchup between KU and UNC, third round tickets for Sunday’s games in Kansas City are also the most expensive ticket for any session of the NCAA Tournament’s opening weekend. As it currently stands, the average resale price for this session is $223 — which is virtually equivalent in price to the average price for a Full Session ticket to the South Regional (where Kansas would play if they advance this weekend).