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1D Maintains Momentum in 2013 – Tickifieds Top 10

OneDirection-2013-TourHappy New Year!  Although this time of year is typically one of the slowest in the event ticket industry, several events this week are keeping sales going relatively strong.  Top on the list this week are none other than 1 Direction and Taylor Swift.  This battle that surfaced last fall has continued into 2013 and is showing no signs of slowing down.

The first week of 2013 was also good for sports.  The NFL playoffs got underway this past weekend and fans are eager to buy up any tickets floating around in the secondary ticket market.  With college football ending tonight, fans are also interested in college basketball tickets.  High on the list include conference tournaments in addition to the 2013 Final Four.

Last and certainly not least, this week we also find the ever popular Houston Rodeo make the list for the first (but likely not the last) time.  With a powerhouse lineup of some of the most popular country and pop performers, this event will be HUGE.  If you haven’t been on top of this event from a marketing prospective you really need to jump on this now.

Here are the rest of this week’s top 10…

Top Events Week 1, 2013

1.  One Direction

One Direction has picking up right where we left them in 2012… at #1.  These young blokes  are taking the nation by storm and they only seem to be growing in popularity.  Whatever happened to Justin Bieber?

2. Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift continues to attract a lot of attention for her upcoming 2013 Red Tour.  While she hasn’t been able to surpass One Direction this far she has shown that she isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

3.  Baltimore Ravens

Ray Lewis recently announced that he is retiring at the end of the season.  That means it might be the last hurrah for the Baltimore Ravens.  This weekend they will head into Denver to face Peyton Manning and the Broncos.

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Updated BCS Bowl Game Projections and Week 13 Games of the Week

Since the regular college football season is beginning to wind down, this week we decided to combine our updated BCS Bowl game projections with our top 10 games of week 13.  This is particularly fitting as many of this week’s top games also have huge implications on what match ups will be slated for the post-season bowl games.  Let’s kick things off with a look at the BCS Bowl game projections…

BCS National Championship Game

Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Alabama Crimson Tide – With Kansas State and Oregon both losing on Saturday, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are the new #1 team in the nation.  Notre Dame has just 1 game left against the USC Trojans.  This would be a difficult match up if Matt Barkley was expected to play.  Howeverm, without the star QB, Notre Dame fans can pretty much start buying tickets to the BCS National Championship game in New Orleans.  With Oregon and K State out of the way, Alabama is in a good position to return to the big game.  The Crimson Tide will need to beat Auburn in the final regualr season game before facing the Georgia Bulldogs in the SEC Championship game.  If the Bulldogs pull off the upset, they would likely earn a trip to NOLA.

Fiesta Bowl

Kansas State Wildcats vs Clemson Tigers – Although Kansas State lost this past Saturday, they will still win the Big 12 and should earn a trip to the Fiesta Bowl at the University of Phoenix Stadium.  However, Clemson is no lock here as they will need to beat South Carolina #13 South Carolina.  Should South Carolina win, Stanford will likley get the nod.

Sugar Bowl

LSU Tigers vs Oklahoma Sooners – Assuming Alabama is headed to the BCS title game, the SEC representative for the Sugar Bowl would likely be LSU.  The at-large team would then likely be the Oklahoma Sooners of the Big 12.

Orange Bowl

Florida State Seminoles vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights – FSU appears to have the ACC locked up and will represent them in the Orange Bowl in 2012.  With their loss to Syracuse last week, the 9-1 Louisville Cardinals will be edged out by Rutgers and earn an at-large berth to the Orange Bowl- all they need to do is beat an inferior UConn team.

Rose Bowl

Nebraska Cornhuskers vs Oregon Ducks – With Oregon no longer in the BCS title game picture, they would likely represent the PAC 12 in the Rose Bowl.  Though, if Stanford beats UCLA, they could go to the Rose Bowl while Oregon heads to the Fiesta Bowl (over Clemson).  With Ohio State inelidgible, the Big 10 will likely be represented by Nebraska.

Top 10 College Football Games of Week 13

  1. #11 Clemson Tigers vs #12 South Carolina Gamecocks
  2. #17 UCLA Bruins vs #8 Stanford Cardinals
  3. USC Trojans vs #1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish
  4. #13 Oklahoma Sooners vs #21 Oklahoma State Cowboys
  5. #10 Florida State Seminoles vs #4 Florida Gators
  6. Pitt Panthers vs #18 Rutgers Scarlet Knights
  7. Ohio State Buckeyes vs #19 Michigan Wolverines
  8. #15 Oregon State vs #5 Oregon Ducks
  9. #23 Kent State Golden Flashes vs Ohio Bobcats
  10. #16 Texas Longhorns vs TCU Horned Frogs

 

 

College Football Top 10 Games Week 9 (2012)

Okalhoma Sooners FootballAfter 8 weeks of college football in the books, the BCS picture is still up in the air as teams are jockeying for position.  While the top two teams are from the SEC (Alabama and Florida), three teams will be looking to make their case for the BCS title game this week (Oregon, Kansas State and Notre Dame).  In this week’s Game of the Week (GOTW), Notre Dame will have their shot to get a quality win with a road game against the #8 Oklahoma Sooners.  A win for Notre Dame and they could move up a couple of notches and put themselves in a great position to be consider for the National Championship game.  No matter who you are rooting for it should be a great defensive battle on Saturday.

College Football Top 10 Games Week 9 (2012)

1.  #8 Oklahoma Sooners vs #5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish

This is one of the biggest games of the entire football season as the 7-0 Fighting Irish will have a big test against the #8 OU Sooners.

2.  #1 Alabama Crimson Tide vs #11 Mississippi State Bulldogs

Alabama will have a big test this weekend against the undefeated Mississippi State Bulldogs.

3. #10 Georgia Bulldogs vs #2 Florida Gators

The Florida Gators have another big test to justify their #2 ranking.  A convincing win and a case could be made that they should be #1.

4.  #3 Kansas State Wildcats vs #14 Texas Tech Red Raiders 

Huge Big 12 battle between 7-0 K State and 6-1 Texas Tech.  To the winner go the spoils!

5.  #16 Louisville Cardinals vs Cincinnati Bearcats

The Louisville  Cardinals will look to hold off the 5-1 Cincinnati Bearcats.  Should make for a great Friday night football game!

6.  #12 Florida State Seminoles vs Duke Blue Devils

Big ACC battle between two 1 loss teams in conference play.  FSU is clearly the favorite but Duke could sneak into the top 25 with a win.

7.  Nebraska Cornhuskers vs #22 Michigan Wolverines

Michigan will look to stay unbeaten in the Big 10 but will have to beat a tough Cornhuskers team on the Road.

8.  Northwestern Wildcats vs Iowa Hawkeyes

Although niether team is ranked both teams are in the running for a Rose Bowl bid in a Big 10 conference with Ohio State and Penn State not eligible for a bowl.

9.  North Carolina Tarheels vs North Carolina State Wolfpack

There is no loved lost between these two North Carolina teams vying to become bowl eligible.

10.  Penn State Nittany Lions vs Ohio State Buckeyes

Although both teams are being sanction by the NCAA, there is still a huge rivalry between these two schools.  The Buckeyes will look to stay unbeaten as they invade Happy Valley.

 

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

 

 

Tickifieds.com 2011-2012 College Basketball Rankings

Fab Melo of Syracuse University

The Syracuse Orange can be legitimate National Championship contenders if Fab Melo can live up to his enormous potential.

With the NBA Labor dispute threatening professional basketball, fans of the sport across the country are anxiously awaiting the start of the NCAA season.   Although it seems strange talking college hoops in October, Midnight Madness has already officially kicked off the start of the 2011-2012 College Basketball season across many college campuses. These first days of practice typically include a raucous pep rally featuring cheerleaders, loud music, and a slam dunk contest.  While this is mainly a publicity stunt, it also mean teams may officially begin practices for games which begin in early November.  With only a few week left until tip off, we have come up with rankings for the upcoming season.  Below are the Tickifieds.com Preseason Top 25 College Basketball teams.

1.  North Carolina Tarheels

The Tarheels are probably the most talented team in the nation as they will be returning several stars from last season.  Point guard Kendall Marshall should benefit by beginning the season as a starter.  Throw in freshman 5-star prospects James McAdoo and PJ Hairston to the front court and North Carolina could be scary good.

2.  Kentucky Wildcats

Perhaps no one recruited a better freshman class than John Calipari.  The Wildcats will feature four 5-star prospects including Anthony Davis, Mike Gilchrist, Marquis Teague and Kyle Wiltjer. If the fantastic freshman can gel with veterans Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb, the could be one of the best college basketball teams in UK history.  Until we  see them in action, we have to put them at #2.

3.  The Ohio State Buckeyes

College Player of the Year Jared Sullinger will be back for his sophomore year and has the Buckeyes in contention for a national title.  Although Ohio State doesn’t have the depth of UNC or Kentucky, they will be returning Aaron Craft and William Buford to go along with another solid recruiting class.

4.  Syracuse Orange

We are going to go out on a bit of a limb and project Syracuse at #4.  This young and talented team has an impressive backcourt trio with Scoop Jardine, Brandon Triche and Dion Waiters.  If Fab Melo and Freshman Rakeem Christmas develop to their potential they could be real scary.

5.  Duke Blue Devils

The Blue Devils lost a lot of talent from last year but, as usual, have quickly reloaded with incoming freshman Austin Rivers, Seth Curry and Andre Dawkins set to take over.  They may take a while to get things going but there certainly will not be a lack of talent.

6.  Vanderbilt Commodores

After bowing out of the NCAA Tournament in the first round, Vandy will be looking for revenge.  With arguably one of the most experienced teams in the nation the Commodores should be strong with  Jeffery Taylor, John Jenkins and Festus Ezeli all returning.

7.  Memphis Tigers

Memphis made some noise last year but their inexperience showed last season.  With more experience under their belt, Josh Pastner’s squad could finally get to a Final Four with a nice mix of returning players and some exciting freshman.

8.  Louisville Cardinals

Although the Cardinals lost guard Preston Knowles, just about everyone else will be back.  Lousiville will also add 2 top 35 recruits in Chane Behanan and Wayne Blackshear.

9.  Florida Gators

The Gators certainly lost some frontcourt depth from last year but they return 2 of the most unappreciated guards in the country Erving Walker and Kenny Boynton.  If transfer Mike Rosario and 5-star recruit Brad Beal live up to potential, Florida could battle Kentucky and Vanderbilt for the SEC title.

10.  Pittsburgh Panthers

The Panthers are a bit of a sleeper pick but any team with Ashton Gibbs certainly has a shot.  Pittsburgh has solid chemistry with lots of returning players and a very nice recruiting class.  This team could get out of the gates quickly.

The rest of the top 25….

11.  Connecticut Huskies

12. Baylor Bears

13. Kansas Jayhawks

14.  Wisconsin Badgers

15.  Xavier Musketeers

16.  Alabama Crimson Tide

17.  Arizona Wildcats

18. Michigan Wolverines

19.  Texas A&M Aggies

20.  UCLA Bruins

21.  Marquette Golden Eagles

22. Cincinnati Bearcats

23. Gonzaga Bulldogs

24. California Golden Bears

25.  Missouri Tigers