Three top-tier west coast teams are playing very important games to their seasons this week. Two of these teams are ranked, and one of them could potentially fall into a slippery slope towards decline. Their opponents are all unranked foes, but all have a record of 7-3. This should be a very interesting slate of games.
12/23/14 Arizona Wildcats vs. UNLV Rebels| Average Price: $93.19| Get-in Price: $18.00
The third-ranked Arizona Wildcats square off against the Rebels of UNLV in a contest in Las Vegas, Nevada. The undefeated Wildcats have the 7th-best field goal percentage in the entire NCAA (.507). Forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is averaging nearly a triple-double, and Stanley Johnson is averaging nearly 15 points. This tandem has driven opponents nuts as they have easily led the Wildcats to an undefeated mark and a top-five ranking. They take on the 7-3 Rebels who are playing some good basketball this season. This team is rebounding very well as they rank 62nd on the glass.
The average price of these Arizona Wildcats basketball tickets on Razorgator.com is $93.19. Tickets to this game are going for at least $18.00 on the secondary market and have risen by 10% in the last seven days. This correlates to the fact that Arizona is not only a top program year to year, but also the fact that they are undefeated piques the interest of fans. If the Rebels can semi-contain Johnson and Hollis-Jefferson, they might have a chance of taking down the Rebels. The Rebels will likely have trouble with Arizona’s efficiency, and they will have a tough time keeping up with them if the teams start trading baskets.
12/28/14 Alabama Crimson Tide vs. UCLA Bruins | Average Price: $47.00| Get-in Price: $19.00
The UCLA Bruins travel to Tuscaloosa, Alabama to take on the Crimson Tide. This game features an SEC-Pac 12 battle of unranked teams. However, the history of these programs are vastly different. UCLA has had a storied history, while Alabama has had a big history in football, but not basketball. This year is a little bit different. The Tide have a 7-3 record, and are undefeated so far in Coleman Coliseum. They are currently tied for the SEC lead, and are 68th best team in scoring, averaging 74.5 points per game. They look for a similar result to Kentucky when facing the bruins.
The Bruins hold an 8-4 record, which is also tied for 1st in the Pac-12 conference. Regardless, this team has done poorly against good competition. They lost to Kentucky by a score of 83-44, and just lost to Gonzaga to give them their first home loss of the season. This is a great rebounding team, as they rank 10th in total rebounding in the country. I would still expect them to struggle against top competition, as they are only shooting .440 percent from the floor this season.
According to Razorgator.com, UCLA Bruins tickets for this game average $47 with tickets going for as low as $19.00. You see the difference in price from the lack of a ranked team in this matchup.
12/27/14 Gonzaga Bulldogs @ BYU Cougars| Average Price: $39| Get-in Price: $27
The 8th-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs take on the BYU Cougars in Provo on December 27th. The Bulldogs have been dominant this season, accruing an 11-1 record. They are scoring the 11th most points per game. Kyle Wiltjer is averaging nearly 17 points and more than 5 rebounds per game. This team is an offensive juggernaut, and is the second-most efficient team in the country (.536 shooting percentage).
The Cougars come into this game scoring the most points per game in the country. This team averages 88.9 points per game. Tyler Haws is the second-leading scorer in the entire NCAA, and poses an extremely tough challenge to every defense that he faces. The Cougars struggles come on the defensive side of the floor as they give up the 323rd most points per game, and could be in trouble against Gonzaga.
Tickets for this NCAA basketball showdown are going for an average of $39.00, but are going for as low as $27.00 on Razorgator.com. Although both of these programs are having great seasons, neither of them have major fan bases, which could drive the price down. Despite the top-10 team, this is still the cheapest game of the “three-pack”.