With the release of the 2011-12 NCAA Men’s Basketball coaches poll we thought we would take a look at how tournament favorites are stacking up in terms of ticket demand. Does being a favorite to win it all in March translate to an increase of prices?
Here we have the Coaches Poll, the 25 teams slated to begin the preseason ranked before the first ball ever tips off. You should recognize most of the names at the top. The Coaches Poll is pretty standard, not too many surprises here. But once you get more into the data of which teams and schools are demanding the highest tickets prices things start getting a bit more out of wack. Take a look at our comparison of the Coaches Poll and the Top 25 Most Demanded NCAA Men’s Basketball tickets:
ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll vs. SeatGeek Ticket Demand Rankings
Highest ticket price? Not too surprising to see that sort of demand for Cameron Indoor Stadium. Even Kentucky has one of the most die-hard fanbases anywhere in the country. But Temple being in the top 10? That has to be a surprise for anyone outside of Philadelphia. Maryland won it all in 2002 but has largely been a disappointment in the final years of the Gary Williams era. The relatively new Comcast Center might deserve more credit than Gary’s recruiting. Georgetown alums like Chad and I are thrilled the Hoyas even made the list.
So who are the real underachievers? A lot could be said about North Carolina. The perennial powerhouse has won two national championships in six years, is picked to do so again this season, and only managed the No. 8 spot? Syracuse is also a bit surprising for a school that has such a prominent following. Worse still may be Connecticut, averaging tickets prices of $45.16 and just good enough for No. 28 overall. Notre Dame’s recent success doesn’t look to have invigorated that rampant fanbase, as it’s only averaging $41.93.
So what do you think? What are you most surprised about? The teams that aren’t doing well but selling like crazy or the one’s not selling as well?
College Basketball Ticket Prices Top 25
|1||Duke Blue Devils Basketball||$228.28|
|2||Kentucky Wildcats Basketball||$219.81|
|3||Tennessee Volunteers Basketball||$179.24|
|4||Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Basketball||$163.33|
|5||Ohio State Buckeyes Basketball||$151.20|
|6||Maryland Terrapins Basketball||$132.43|
|7||Temple Owls Basketball||$125.81|
|8||North Carolina Tar Heels Basketball||$118.62|
|9||Virginia Tech Hokies Basketball||$118.06|
|10||Kansas Jayhawks Basketball||$101.67|
|11||Indiana Hoosiers Basketball||$99.75|
|12||UCLA Bruins Basketball||$94.46|
|13||Illinois Fighting Illini Basketball||$94.14|
|14||Florida Gators Basketball||$79.14|
|15||Wisconsin Badgers Basketball||$75.85|
|16||Seton Hall Pirates Basketball||$75.25|
|17||Kansas State Wildcats Basketball||$69.57|
|18||Louisville Cardinals Basketball||$69.23|
|19||Syracuse Orange Basketball||$67.76|
|20||St. John's Red Storm Basketball||$63.15|
|21||North Carolina State Wolfpack Basketball||$61.21|
|22||Pittsburgh Panthers Basketball||$57.58|
|23||Vanderbilt Commodores Basketball||$51.98|
|24||West Virginia Mountaineers Basketball||$51.04|
|25||Georgetown Hoyas Basketball||$50.00|