March Madness is in full force and the 2014 NCAA Tournament is up for grabs. Picking a winner in this year’s bracket won’t be easy. With plenty of potential upsets on the horizon, there are sure to be several classic early match-ups in the second round of 64 and the third round of 32.
The AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX should hold some terrific match-ups Friday and Sunday with an average ticket price of $379 and a get-in price of $113. 6th-seeded UNC will take on 11th-seeded Providence with the winner likely playing Iowa State, who plays NC Central. In the other 6 vs 10 match-up in San Antonio, Baylor takes on Nebraska. The winner likely will take on the Player of the Year in Doug McDermott and Creighton, who face Louisiana.
The Scottrade Center in St. Louis, MO should see some madness in rounds two and three as well with a $536 average price for NCAA tournament tickets and a get-in price of $152 on Friday and Sunday. 7th-seed New Mexico could be on an upset alert when they take on 10th-seeded Stanford. The winner will likely face Kansas, who will play Eastern Kentucky. 8th-seeded Kentucky could be a sleeper team when they battle 9th-seeded Kansas State with the winner taking on the winner of Wichita State-Cal Poly.
The PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC may cost a couple more bucks to get in, but will feature a couple of local teams, meaning the atmosphere should be electric. These games will take place Friday and Sunday with an average price of $500 and a get-in price $374. Duke will take on Mercer and UMass will take on Tennessee. A potential Duke-UMass third round match-up could have hometown upset written all over it. In the South region, 8th-seeded Memphis will take on GW, which is essentially a flip of the coin game. The winner will likely take on first-seeded Virginia, but the local Coastal Carolina squad will try and do something no 16-seed has done before.
As we head out west to San Diego, CA, it might be a bit surprising to see a couple of upsets, but hey it is March. The average price for these Friday and Sunday games at the Viejas Arena is $613 with a very affordable get-in cost of $87. VCU will take on Stephen F. Austin with the winner taking on the winner of UCLA-Tulsa. There should be a huge UCLA crowd in the building. A VCU-UCLA match-up could be a heck of a third round duel. On the other side of the bracket, Gonzaga and Oklahoma State will duke it out with the winner most likely taking on Arizona, who plays Weber State. A possible Arizona-Oklahoma State third round match-up may have upset special written all over it.