The college basketball landscape got shaken up considerably on Monday night, as Iowa State staged a massive upset by taking down brand new No. 1 team Oklahoma. The Sooners hadn’t even been the nation’s top-ranked team for a whole day before suffering the shocking defeat.
The Duke Blue Devils also made headlines for all of the wrong reasons, as they continued their ugly slide with a third straight loss against an unranked opponent for the first time since 2007. The Syracuse Orange proved to be too much for the defending national champs to handle in Monday night’s loss and further complicated the middle of the ACC.
Those are just two huge storylines owning the college basketball airwaves, yet there is so much more drama to be had out on the NCAA hardwood this week. To get a better idea as to what to expect, let’s break down the most expensive college basketball games for the rest of the week, per TiqIQ.com:
1/23/2016 - Kansas Jayhawks vs. Texas Longhorns at Allen Fieldhouse | Avg: $244.93 | Get-in: $85
Kansas recently fell out of the top spot in the college basketball rankings thanks to a close loss to West Virginia, but still remain one of the top teams in the nation. On Saturday they’ll once again put their reputation on the line at home against the Longhorns. Jayhawks tickets are always fairly pricey ($148.66 on average), but this conference clash and their current elite status helps give them a boost this week. Texas isn’t a world beater, but Shaka Smart gives them elite coaching and a chance to pull off the upset. Kansas being on upset alert once again is a key reason why fans won’t mind paying up for Longhorn tickets, either, while the get-in tag of $85 is fairly reasonable for both parties.
1/23/2016 - Kentucky Wildcats vs. Vanderbilt Commodores at Rupp Arena | Avg: $218.53 | Get-in: $71
Kentucky was supposed to win it all last year, but John Calipari’s crew has disappointed so far in the 2015-16 college basketball season, as the coach has suggested his squad hasn’t completed a “full game” yet this year. They’ll be on the hunt to do just that when they take on the Commodores, who enter Rupp Arena with upset on the brain. That won’t exactly be easy against a Kentucky team that is still inside the nation’s top 25 rankings, as the Commodores are just 10-7 on the year and don’t look like a tough challenge on paper. Still, this is a Kentucky conference matchup, so Wildcats tickets see a minor boost from their $142 season average and Commodores tickets see a massive spike from their $50 season average. Fans still can get in the door pretty cheaply for just $71, however.
1/23/2016 - Texas A&M Aggies vs. Missouri Tigers at Reed Arena | Avg: $190.33 | Get-in: $3
More conference rivalry talk ensues when the Missouri Tigers and Texas A&M Aggies go head to head this week. Texas A&M have been amazing all year, rising to 10th in the Top 25 AP Poll thanks to a blistering 15-2 run. That run has been returning ridiculous value for Texas A&M tickets, which see a crazy spike here from their $56.79 season average. A conference clash with a popular Missouri team will do that, but it’s an odd spike with Missouri struggling (just 8-9 on the year) and Tigers tickets averaging out at a cheap $55.25 this year. Still, even with the steep average price for this game, fans have an absurdly low get-in tag of just $3.
1/23/2016 - Michigan State Spartans vs. Maryland Terrapins at Jack Breslin Arena | Avg: $158.40 | Get-in: $66
Michigan State is another elite team that has floundered a bit, as they lost a tough game recently to a very average Wisconsin Badgers team and rest at 11th overall in the Top 25 AP Poll. The Spartans remain one of the best teams in the nation, however, and will put that reputation on the line this week in a brutal Big 10 clash with the Maryland Terrapins. Maryland is even better (7th in the nation), giving Big 10 fans a huge conference battle for serious bragging rights. Spartans tickets double in price for this one ($73.95 on average), while Terrapins tickets come close (over $87 on average). Even with the major spike in ticket price, both sides are getting an arguable deal, as the cheap seats are just $66 and this game could have easily competed for the top spot in this list. Fans traveling for the game can get discounts on hotel stays using Hipmunk.com, as well.