Ticket Demand for No. 9 Oklahoma State at No. 15 Kansas

As we enter the heart of NCAA Basketball’s conference season and March Madness begins to catch your attention on the horizon, a number of rivalries will start popping up on the radar as teams position themselves for a regular season conference title & tournament seeding. This weekend’s marquee matchup is in the Big XII, where Oklahoma State is making its first trip to the home court of Kansas, Allen Fieldhouse, since upsetting the then-ranked No. 2 Jayhawks in February 2013. The Cowboys’ return to Lawrence as a very different team, now ranked No. 9 in the country after last year’s arrival as an unproven & unranked squad. The Jayhawks, now ranked a little lower at No. 15, are a young team still molding its identity, with Andrew Wiggins, once presumed to be the first pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, out on the wing and center Joel Embiid, now a challenger in that NBA arms (and legs) race, anchoring the middle of a stingy defense.

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The “Pokes” are led back into Lawrence by Marcus Smart, infamous in Rock Chalk Jayhawk circles for his celebratory flip after Oklahoma State’s upset win last season. While they have proven themselves this season and only suffered losses away from Stillwater, Oklahoma State is in the midst of a shakeup after losing center Michael Cobbins and barely holding off the very average West Virginia Mountaineers. Although last season’s home-and-home pairing between these two teams didn’t start with heavy expectations given the recent dominance by Kansas, Oklahoma State came to play both times, winning one and forcing double overtime before losing by a point on their own floor. That sets up two circled dates on the Big XII basketball schedule this year, and fans are showing the high-demand for this developing Oklahoma State – Kansas rivalry with their money on the secondary ticket market.

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Kansas Jayhawks Ticket Prices

At an average ticket price of $401, Saturday’s game is the most in-demand Kansas Jayhawks home game since they hosted No. 3 Missouri back on Feb. 25, 2012 ($414 average ticket price). The least expensive tickets in the upper level for the January 18, 2014, game against Oklahoma State start at $188 each, and we’ve seen some fans spend more than $2,000 per ticket for courtside seats. The average price for this game is 125% higher than the average ticket price ($178) we’ve seen for the other Kansas home basketball games thus far in Lawrence, and they’re 35% higher than the second highest priced tickets ($296 average) versus Texas for February 22. When we look back on the 2014 Big XII basketball season, this game stands out as a possible turning point in determining the winner. The Jayhawks’ freshmen standouts weren’t around last season to suffer the upset, but they’re leading the charge to avenge that loss; fans are clearly just as eager to run off the Cowboys in short order on Saturday.

Oklahoma State – Kansas Jayhawks Rivalry

While Oklahoma State’s upset victory over Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse last season remains fresh in everyone’s mind, both on and off the court, Kansas has dominated this conference rivalry for the past three seasons. Two contests – including last season’s other matchup on Oklahoma State’s home court – have gone in the Jayhawks’ favor by only one point. This weekend’s matchup has a lot to live up to after last season’s two thrillers.

Date Winner City State Venue
1/18/2014 TBD Lawrence KS Allen Fieldhouse
2/20/2013 Jayhawks, 68-67 (2OT) Stillwater OK Gallagher-Iba Arena
2/2/2013 Cowboys, 85-80 Lawrence KS Allen Fieldhouse
2/27/2012 Jayhawks, 70-58 Stillwater OK Gallagher-Iba Arena
2/11/2012 Jayhawks, 81-66 Lawrence KS Allen Fieldhouse
3/10/2011 Jayhawks, 63-62 Kansas City MO Sprint Center
2/21/2011 Jayhawks, 92-65 Lawrence KS Allen Fieldhouse

Oklahoma State Upsets Kansas in Big XII Basketball Game in 2013