The 2015-16 college basketball season is just weeks away, and many of the nation's top programs will participate in tournament events throughout the country beginning next month. Last season's Final Four participants will be scattered throughout several events, perhaps most notably at New York City's 2K Sports Classic, where a potential championship rematch may be held between Duke and Wisconsin.
Of course, the Blue Devils and Badgers won't steal all the national limelight, as tournaments like the Champions Classic in Chicago and Legends Classic in Brooklyn also take center stage in the month of November. Kentucky, Kansas and Michigan State join Duke in Chicago while incoming LSU freshman and projected No. 1 NBA Draft pick Ben Simmons wows the crowd at Barclays Center.
With so much action tipping off the season, it comes as no surprise that each tournament is garnering massive ticket demand on the secondary market. According to online ticket marketplace TiqIQ.com, 2K Classic tickets at Madison Square Garden for the November 22 Championship Doubleheader is now $222.60 with a get-in price of $38. The possibility of a Blue Devils-Badgers meeting in the championship game has likely caused prices to remain relatively steep more than three weeks out.
Chicago's United Center will play host to the 2015 Champions Classic on November 17. Featuring three of last year's Final Four participants, the Champions Classic will see Kentucky and Duke battle in Game 1 followed by Kansas and Michigan State in Game 2 directly after. Champions Classic tickets on TiqIQ, which honor both games, currently average $305.13 and the get-in price is $82.
This year's must-watch player will be Australian freshman Ben Simmons, who at 6'10" is expected to carry LSU in the SEC and back into the NCAA Tournament come March. He'll make his highly anticipated debut in the 2015 Legends Classic games, first in Baton Rouge against Kennesaw State and South Alabama before heading to Brooklyn for two games on November 23 and 24. Fans searching for tickets can find Legends Classic tickets for as low as $15 on the primary market, but don't expect those deals to last long as the tournament draws closer.
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