The madness of the college basketball postseason always starts with the conference tournaments. Most major conferences will start their postseason tournaments next week, while smaller conferences like the Big South, Patriot League and Colonial Athletic Conference will get a head start this week. With NCAA Tournament bids to be determined, and a high level of basketball to be played on the court, demand is typically high for these conference tournaments.
Below are the five most expensive all-sessions passes by secondary market price for the major conferences:
Big 12 | March 9-12 | Sprint Center | Avg. Price: $948.30 | Get-in Price: $428
The Big 12 has become a power in college basketball, with three schools currently ranked in the top-10 of the AP Poll. Those schools are No. 1 Kansas, No. 6 Oklahoma and No. 10 West Virginia. Baylor (19) and Texas (23) also make the current Top 25. With that much top end talent, it’s not much of a surprise the Big 12 Tournament will feature the most expensive all sessions tickets on the secondary market. Both the average and get-in price at the Sprint Center in Kansas City lead all major conference tournaments.
Big East | March 9-12 | Madison Square Garden | Avg. Price: $941.24 | Get-in Price: $340
Big East basketball might not be what it once was, but the name value still brings a high demand for tickets. The Big East Tournament is the only other conference tournament averaging over $900 for an All-Sessions pass on the secondary market. The Big East features two of the top five schools in the country, No. 3 Villanova and No. 5 Xavier, but have no other schools in the Top 25. The matchups between the Wildcats and Musketeers is the most likely championship game pairing at Madison Square Garden on March 12.
Pac-12 | March 9-12 | MGM Grand Garden Arena | Avg Price: $819.56 | Get-in Price: $368
Four conference schools sit in the Top 25 as the Pac-12 Tournament prepares for its fourth year the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Last year’s conference champion, Arizona, is the No. 18 team in the country, but is the No. 3 team in the conference behind Oregon and Utah. With a win in the conference tournament, Oregon could tie UCLA for the second most tournament wins with four. Arizona leads all schools with five tournament wins. However the Pac-12 Tournament was only held from 1987-1990 before a hiatus until 2002.
Big Ten | March 9-13 | Bankers Life Fieldhouse | Avg. Price: $723.28 | Get-in Price: $176
Indianapolis will again welcome the Big Ten Tournament. While play will start like most other major conference tournaments on March 9, the championship game will not be held until Sunday, March 13. Michigan State leads the Big Ten, ranked No. 2 in the country, but Indiana actually took home the regular season title with a 14-3 conference record. While the Big Ten tournament sits fourth in average price, it is the only major tournament that will cost less than $200 for the cheapest all-sessions pass.
ACC | March 8-12 | Verizon Center | Avg. Price: $549.28 | Get-in Price: $207
Long one of the marquee tournaments, the ACC Tournament is struggling to find its bearing with a shifting conference landscape and venue changes. The ACC Tournament will be held at Washington D.C.’s Verizon Center for the first time this year since 2005 before heading to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center for two years. This should deter fans from seeing good basketball, though, as the ACC has five nationally ranked schools. Virginia, Miami, North Carolina, Louisville and Duke could all realistically challenge for the postseason conference title.