(UPDATE 3/23) Following a whirlwind opening week, the 2015 NCAA Tournament will now welcome the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight Rounds over the next seven days. Competition continues to increase as Kentucky continues its pursuit of perfection and several unexpected teams are still dancing. The action tips off over four venues this week, including the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Carrier Dome in Syracuse, NRG Stadium in Houston and Staples Center in Los Angeles.
In the Midwest, Notre Dame takes on Wichita State while Kentucky faces West Virginia on Thursday. Thursday will also welcome West region games between Wisconsin and North Carolina and Xavier and Arizona. On Friday, the East will see NC State play Louisville and Oklahoma battle Michigan State. Duke takes on Utah and UCLA plays Gonzaga in the South region Friday night. Winners of each game will advance to the Elite Eight, which will be played on Saturday and Sunday.
(UPDATE 3/20) The NCAA Tournament’s Round of 64 continues today with 16 games across the country. Following several upsets during the first day of the Second Round, UAB and Georgia State continue on after beating Iowa State and Baylor respectively, and today will welcome pivotal matchups between Georgia and Michigan State, SDSU and St. John’s, Wichita State and Indiana, and Oregon and Oklahoma State.
In the Southern Regional, top-seeded Duke will take on No. 16 Robert Morris tonight at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte. The Western Regional will see No. 1 Wisconsin battle No. 16 Coastal Carolina at the CenturyLink Center Omaha. Tip-off is scheduled for 9:20pm CDT.
Third Round play begins tomorrow afternoon and will wrap on Sunday night.
Following its win against Manhattan last night, Hampton will now play No. 1 Kentucky in the Second Round at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville on Thursday night. Mississippi will battle Xavier at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on Thursday afternoon.
In the South region, North Florida or Robert Morris will draw No. 1 Duke in the Second Round while the winner of Boise State/Dayton will play Providence in the East. Both games will be held on Friday night at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte and Nationwide Arena in Columbus, respectively.
There will be much fanfare on television for these games, and they will be just as demanded on the secondary market. Below is a per session price breakdown for the NCAA Tournament.
First Four - Per Session Avg. $111.69
The tournament will officially start with four games on March 17 and 18. The first session in Dayton, Ohio on Tuesday night will host games between Manhattan and Hampton and BYU and Ole Miss. On Wednesday, the games will pit North Florida against Robert Morris and Boise State vs Dayton.
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena - Jacksonville, FL - Per Session Avg: $125.82
Games in Jacksonville will include games between Baylor and Georgia and Xavier and First Four winner in the first session on March 19 at an average price of $83.81. The second session will have games between North Carolina and Harvard and Arkansas against Wofford with an average price of $109.94. The average price for Session 3 for the Round of 32 is $183.72.
KFC Yum! Center - Louisville, KY - Per Session Avg: $200.30
Kentucky is the overall No. 1 seed for the tournament and will get to play its first games close to home in Louisville. The average price of their session is well above the other to take place at the KFC Yum! Center. Session 1 on March 19 will pit Iowa St vs UAB and SMU vs UCLA. The average price for that session is $95.72. In Session 2, Kentucky will take on a winner from the First Four while Cincinnati will also take on Purdue. The average price is $201.31. The average price for the Round of 32 game is $303.87.
Consol Energy Center - Pittsburgh. PA - Per Session Avg: $175.99
The first session will feature Notre Dame against Northeastern and Butler against Texas with an average price of $124.53. Session 2 will feature No. 2 seed Villanova against Lafayette and NC St against LSU with an average price of $154.38. The Session 3 average price is $249.05.
Moda Center at the Rose Quarter - Portland, OR - Per Session Avg: $143.98
Portland will see games between Arizona and Texas Southern and Ohio State and VCU with an average price of $123.10 in Session 1. Session 2 will feature games between Utah and SF Austin and Georgetown and East Washington with an average price of $114.69. The average price for Session 3 will be $194.15.
Time Warner Cable Arena - Charlotte, NC - Per Session Avg: $158.89
Duke will be the No. 1 seed in the South. They will get to face a winner of the First Four and play close to home in Charlotte. However, prices won’t be quite as high to see them play. Session 1 will feature Michigan State against Georgia and Virginia vs Belmont for an average price of $139.25. Session 2 will have Duke face a team to be determined and St. Johns play San Diego St for an average price of $154.95. Session 3 will have an average price of $182.48.
Nationwide Arena - Columbus, OH - Per Session Avg: $140.04
West Virginia will take on Buffalo and Maryland will take on Valparaiso in Session 1 with an average price of $141.78. Session 2 will pit Oklahoma against Albany and Providence against a First Four team with an average price of $141.78. Session 3 currently has an average price of $151.13.
CenturyLink Arena - Omaha, NE - Per Session Avg: $227.14
Kansas and New Mexico State will square off, along with Wichita St and Indiana in Session 1 with an average price of $212.04. Session 2 will have games between Oregon and Oklahoma St and Wisconsin and Coastal Carolina for an average price of $159.91. Session 3 has an average price of $309.47.
KeyArena - Seattle, WA - Per Session Avg: $271.93
Seattle holds the highest average price on the secondary market, but also the lowest quantity. Session 1 features Louisville against UC Irvine and Northern Iowa against Wyoming for an average price of $195.25. Session 2 with games between Iowa and Davidson and Gonzaga and North Dakota has an average price of $296.23. Session 3 has an average price of $324.31.
Quicken Loans Arena - Cleveland, OH - Per Session Avg: $372.53
Midwest top four seeds: Kentucky, Kansas, Notre Dame and Maryland
Staples Center - Los Angeles, CA - Per Session Avg: $484.78
West top four seeds: Wisconsin, Arizona, Baylor and North Carolina
NRG Stadium - Houston, TX - Per Session Avg: $274.62
South top four seeds: Duke, Gonzaga, Iowa St and Georgetown
Carrier Dome - Syracuse, NY - Per Session Avg: $288.25
East top four seeds: Villanova, Virginia, Oklahoma and Louisville
Lucas Oil Stadium - Indianapolis, IN - Per Session Avg: $1,238.18
The average price for Final Four tickets on the secondary market is currently $1,541.59 and the Championship Game has an average price of $1,243.15.