The Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y. will play host to the East Regional Sweet 16 and Elite Eight this season. The teams in the East division have surprised the nation, specifically North Carolina State and Michigan State. The top two seeds in this bracket have been eliminated in the round of 32, which puts the Oklahoma Sooners as the top seed in the East division. This makes every match up more competitive, and that means exciting hoops for fans in the Syracuse area.
According to TiqIQ, this high level of hoops competition can be seen for relatively inexpensive prices. The average price for an all-sessions pass to the East Regional is $282.57 on the secondary market. However, passes can be purchased for as low as $61.00 on the secondary market. The first session on March 27th go for $189.85 on the secondary market, and the second is going for $143.40. However, tickets can be purchased for $57.00 and $39.00 respectively. These are the lowest get-in prices of any regional bracket.
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The North Carolina State Wolfpack shocked the world in the round of 32 when they defeated the Villanova Wildcats in the round of 32. They were able to exploit the Wildcats inside with the dribble penetration of Cat Barber, and the rebounding dominance of Abdul-Malik Abu, who scored 13 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. They face a completely different animal in Montrezl Harrell and the Louisville Cardinals. Harrell is one of the best players in the country, and averages close to a double-double every night (15.4 points, 9.2 rebounds). NC State will have it’s handful with Harrell, but the battle between Harrell and Abu should be one to watch.
The Michigan State Spartans have also surprised many. Most considered the Spartans to have had a disappointing season, but they have turned it on in the tournament. Travis Trice and Denzel Valentine have been playing like men possessed, both averaging over 14 points per game. Their exploitation of Virginia’s top-ranked defense was a performance that has not been repeated so far this season. However, they have to deal with the likes of Buddy Hield, who could end up being the player of the year in the NCAA tournament depending on Oklahoma’s success. Given the fact that the top teams in the bracket are out, Oklahoma has a rare opportunity to perhaps advance to the Final Four.
Although the Orange aren’t in the tournament this season, the fans in the area should be in a great position to see some great basketball. These tickets are some of the cheapest in the whole tournament at this stage, and it’s a great opportunity to see some excellent basketball.