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Final 4 and MLB Opening Day Draws Heavy Interest – Tickifieds Top 10

2013-final-four-logoIt should come as no surprise that this week we once again find the NCAA Tournament atop our Top 10 list of events.  The NCAA Tournament, and in particular the Final Four, is one of the most watched events in the country.  It’s been a pretty incredible tournament so far with plenty of upsets including the #9 seeded Wichita State Shockers advancing along with #4 seeds Michigan and Syracuse and the #1 overall seeded Louisville Cardinals.  The Georgia Dome will surely be rocking when the Final Four begins on Satruday (4/6/2013).

Other than the impressive numbers from the NCAA Tournament, notable inclusions on this week’s list are the multiple MLB teams.  With the 2013 MLB opening day today, interest in baseball tickets has certainly spiked.  Of the top 10 events this week, 5 are from the world of baseball.

Top Events Week 12 (3/25/2013 to 4/1/2013)

1.  NCAA Tournament Final Four

The NCAA Tournament Final Four field is set with top seeded Louisville joined by Wichita State Shockers (#9), Michigan Wolverines (#4)  and Syracuse Orange (#4).  Significant traffic is flowing in from fans looking for tickets to the semi-finals and championship game.  As such, full session passes are a popular item.

2.  One Direction

One Direction keeps chugging along as a major force in the event ticket industry. As soon as the NCAA Tournament is over, expect 1D to resume their reign as the top event at Tickifieds.com

3.  Chicago Cubs

The baseball season is underway and despite the fact that the Cubs are coming off a 100 loss season, fans are still looking to enjoy summertime fun at the “Friendly Confines” of Wrigley Field.

4.  John Mayer

John Mayer will be spending the summer alongside former American Idol winner Philip Phillips.  Ticket demand has been surprisingly strong especially for shows in Atlanta (Lakewood Amphitheater), Colorado (Red Rocks Amphitheater) and Milwaukee (SummerFest).

5.  New York Yankees

It could be a looooong year for Yankees fans as age and injuries are really starting to catch up to them.  If the Yankees can stay in the race for the AL East title at least fans know that ownership will continue to open up their wallets!

6.  Washington Nationals

After a disappointing conclusion to the 2012 season, Nationals fans are looking forward to a full year with pitching phenom Stephen Strasburg and young slugger Bryce Harper.  The future is very bright for this team!

7.  Pitbull and Kesha

Hip hop mogul Pitbull is teaming up with ke$ha on their 2013 Tour.  This party duo is sure to draw strong interest from their legions of dedicated fans- especially for those hard to get Meet and Greet Passes.  Popular shows thus far are Atlanta (Lakewood Amphitheater), Holmdel (PNC Bank Arts Center) and, surprisingly, Albuquerque (Hard Rock Pavilion).

8.  Kansas City Royals

A bit of surprise here but fans are excited about the KC Royals chances this year. While they may not have the talent of the Detroit Tigers, they Royals have quietly assembled themselves a nice team that should be in contention for at least a wildcard spot.

9.  Boston Red Sox

Much like the Yankees and Cubs,  Boston Red Sox fans aren’t overly optimistic about their chances this year but that doesn’t seem to stop them from going to games.

10.  Big Time Rush

Nickelodeon stars Big Time Rush (aka BTR) will be heading out on tour this summer with emerging pop star Victoria Justice on the 2013 “Summer Break Tour.”  The tour announcement came just a few short days ago so expect these guys to creep up the ranking next week.

This top 10 list is compiled from internal search data from Tickifieds.com and organic traffic from search engines.  Search terms are ranked by using a combination of both sources of search data.

2012 NCAA Tournament Elite 8 Schedule

2012 NCAA Tournament Elite 8After the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Games, the “Elite 8″ matchups are finally set!  The East, South, Midwest, and West regional finals will take place over the weekend on Saturday March 24th and Sunday March 25th, 2012.  The Elite 8 games are the regional finals which means the winners advance on to the NCAA Tournament Final Four.  The 2012 NCAA Tournament Final 4 will take place over two days at the Superdome in New Orleans Louisiana.  The national semifinals will occur on Saturday March 31st with the Championship game on Monday Night April 2nd.

So, here are your 2012 Elite 8:

  • North Carolina Tarheels
  • Ohio State Buckeyes
  • Syracuse Orange
  • Louisville Cardinals
  • Florida Gators
  • Kansas Jayhawks
  • Baylor Bears
  • Kentucky Wildcats

and here are the elite 8 matchups and bracket pairings…

NCAA East Regional Finals 3/24/2012 @ 7:05 PM

#1 Syracuse Orange vs #2 Ohio State Buckeyes

NCAA South Regional Finals 3/25/2012 @ 2:20 PM

#1 Kentucky Wildcats vs #3 Baylor Bears

NCAA Midwest Regional Finals 3/25/2012 @ 5:05 PM

#1 North Carolina Tarheels vs #2 Kansas Jayhawks

NCAA West Regional Finals 3/24/2012 @ 4:30 PM

#4 Louisville Cardinals vs #7 Florida Gators

 

 

Final Four Craziness!!

Well, I’m sure by now 99% of people’s pools and brackets are all screwed up.  The Final Four is an unlikely group of Cinderella Stories, including Virginia Commonwealth Rams, Butler Bulldogs, UConn Huskies and University of Kentucky Wildcats.   One of those four teams will take home the coveted championship next Monday, April 4th  in Houston at Reliant Stadium.  Crazy, huh?

None, let me repeat, NONE of the best sports analysts top picks to win the NCAA Championship Title even made it to the final four.  This is the first final four in history that a number 1 or 2 seed did not make it.

What’s even crazier is that neither the Bulldogs nor VCU (one of which WILL play for the title) was a lock to make the tournament at all.  Butler in the Horizon league had a record of 6-5 early on.  VCU couldn’t bring home the W in any of its final four regular season conference games.  However, since Butler won at Milwaukee to win the Horizon League Tournament title and VCU was deemed acceptable by the selection committee, bada bing, bada book…you’re lookin’ at a future NCAA Men’s Basketball Champion.

A point of interest: the Horizon league has won more Final Four Victories (one) in the span than the Big East, whom have not won a game in the final four since Connecticut’s 2004 championship.

Speaking of which, perhaps the Huskies were just plain overshadowed this year?  They had quite the impressive record (12-0) but were tied for 9th in the Big East regular season (9-9).  UConn won five games in five days in the Big East Tournament.  In sum, they’ve been a on a very nice 9 game winning streak.

The Kentucky Wildcats have dealt with quite the upheaval with their team this year.  Early on, DeMarcus Cousins, Patrick Patterson and Daniel Orton were all recruited in the NBA draft.  This left poor freshman, Enes Kanter, to fill those shoes.  Kanter has done a remarkable job.  The Cats have been on a winning streak since Florida and Vanderbilt victories.  Kentucky has been on a 10-game winning streak. Perhaps their most amazing win to date was when they took down No.1 overall seed and Big Ten regular-season and tournament champ Ohio State and the ACC regular-season champ.

So, in the end, how does that saying go?  “It’s not the size of the dog that matters; it’s the amount of fight in the dog.”  Well, something like that at any rate.  These four teams prove that it’s all about playing a little basketball with a whole lot of heart.

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2011 NCAA Tournament Matchups Announced!

Well folks, selection Sunday has come and gone and we now have a clear view of the seeds and match-ups for the 2011 NCAA Tournament.  To no ones surprise the #1 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes were honored with the #1 overall seed and will duke it out in the East Regional in Newark, New Jersey.  The #1 seed in the West Regional turned out to be the Duke Blue Devils.  The #1 seed in the Southeast Regional went to the Pittsburgh Panthers while the #1 seed in the Southwest Regional went to the Kansas Jayhawks.

Perhaps most important to those looking to attend any NCAA Tournament games this year are the opening round games.  Below are the match-ups for each of the sessions.

Cleveland NCAA Tournament Games

  • #1 Ohio State vs Texas San Antonio/Alabama State
  • George Mason vs Villanova
  • Xavier vs Marquette
  • Syracuse vs Indiana State

Charlotte NCAA Tournament Games

  • Washington vs Georgia
  • North Carolina vs Long Island
  • #1 Duke vs Hampton
  • Michigan vs Tennessee

Chicago NCAA Tournament Games

  • Georgetown vs USC/Virginia Commonwealth
  • Purdue vs St. Peter
  • Texas A&M vs Florida State
  • Notre Dame vs Arkansas

Denver NCAA Tournament Games

  • Vanderbilt vs Richmond
  • Louisville vs Morehead State
  • St. John vs Gonzaga
  • BYU vs Wofford

Tampa NCAA Tournament Games

  • UCLA vs Michigan State
  • Florida vs UC Santa Barbara
  • West Virginia vs UAB/Clemson
  • Kentucky vs Princeton

Tucson NCAA Tournament Games

  • Kansas State vs Utah State
  • Wisconsin vs Belmont
  • Temple vs Penn State
  • San Diego State vs Northern Colorado

Tulsa NCAA Tournament Game

  • #1 Kansas vs Boston University
  • UNLV vs Illinois
  • Arizona vs Memphis
  • Texas vs Oakland

Washington DC NCAA Tournament Games

  • #1 Pitt vs North Carolina Ashevile/Arkansas Little Rock
  • Butler vs Old Dominion
  • Cincinnati vs Missouri
  • UCONN vs Bucknell

Big East Tournament Breakdown and Schedule

New York City is hosting the Big East this week, starting tomorrow, Tuesday, March 8th at Madison Square Garden. Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Louisville and others will face each other in a seriously competitive conference.

The Big East has garnered a lot of attention this year with a record nine teams ranked in the top 25.  Two Top 20 Teams will be featured in the first round.  ESPN’s Joe Lunardi and other experts let it be known that they expect that 11 of the conference’s 16 teams will make the NCAA tournament.  Not bad odds, eh?  The Big East features the strongest strength of schedule, the highest RPI  and non-conference wins over Duke, Purdue, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Michigan State among other big names.

UConn and DePaul get the ball rolling tomorrow at lunchtime.  St. John’s Red Storm plays on Wednesday, which should not go unmentioned, have won by double digits at MSG against Duke, Conneticut and Notre Dame and have also had home court wins over Georgetown and Pittsburgh.  Head coach, Steve Lavin, has truly done an outstanding job with St. John this year.    Top ranked Pitt, Notre Dame, Louisville and Syracuse all have byes and will compete on Thursday.  The Big East Tournament will conclude on Saturday.

Below are the current complete Big East Standings:

Complete Big East standings are below:

1. Pittsburgh 15-3

2. Notre Dame 14-4

3. Louisville 12-6

4. Syracuse 12-6

5. St. John’s 12-6

6. West Virginia 11-7

7. Cincinnati 11-7

8. Georgetown 10-8

9. Connecticut 9-9

10. Villanova 9-9

11. Marquette 9-9

12. Seton Hall 7-11

13. Rutgers 5-13

14. Providence 4-14

15. South Florida 3-15

16. DePaul 1-17

The Schedule is as follows:

2011 Big East Tournament – First Round – March 8th, 2011

#16 Dep vs #9 UCONN 12:00 PM ESPN2
#13 Rutgers vs #12 HALL 2:00 PM ESPN2
#10 Villanova vs #15 USF 7:00 PM ESPN U
#11 Marquette vs #14 Seed 9:30 PM

Big East Tournament 2011 – Second Round – March 9th, 2011

#8 Georgetown vs #16/9 winner 12:00 PM ESPN
#5 St. John’s vs #13/12 winner 2:00 PM ESPN
#7 Cincy vs #10/15 winner 7:00 PM ESPN
#6 WVU vs #11/14 winner 9:00 PM ESPN

2011 Big East Tournament  – Quarterfinals – March 10th, 2011

#1 Pittsburgh – #8/9/16 winner   12:00 PM ESPN
#4 Syracuse- #5/12/13 winner 2:00 PM ESPN
#2 Notre Dame – #7/10/15 winner 7:00 PM ESPN
#3 Louisville  v #6/11/14 winner 9:00 PM ESPN

2011 Big East Tournament – Semifinals – March 11th, 2011

2011 Big East Semifinals Game 1 7:00 PM ESPN
2011 Big East Semifinals Game 2 9:00 PM ESPN

Big East Tournament 2011 – Championship – March 12th, 2011

2011 Big East Basketball Tournament Championship 9:00 PM ESPN