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NCAA Tournament Tickets in Demand – Tickifieds Top 10

IndianaHoosiersNCAATournamentAs expected, the NCAA Tournament is in the spotlight again this week.  After an exciting first few rounds of the tournament, we are down to the final 16 teams spread out across each of the 4 regions.    The East Region consists of Marquette, Miami, Syracuse and Indiana.  The Midwest contains Michigan State, Duke, Louisville and Oregon.  Michigan, Kansas, Florida and Florida Gulf Coast make up the South Region.  Lastly, the West will feature Arizona, Ohio State, Wichita State and La Salle.

Although there are lots of unexpected teams (see Oregon, Florida Gulf Coast, Wichita State, La Salle, etc.), the Big 10 has lived up to expectations placing four teams in the Sweet Sixteen.  I can’t imagine anyone out their still with a perfect bracket!

Top Events Week 11 (3/19/2013 to 3/26/2013)

1.  NCAA Tournament

The 2013 NCAA Tournament field is down to the “Sweet Sixteen” and is headed for regional action.  As such, ticket demand is extremely strong for the Midwest, East, South, and West Regionals.

2. One Direction

Despite the fact that the NCAA tournament has outshined them the past two weeks, demand for One Direction tickets has not slowed one bit. Fans are still eagerly looking for the best deals on several of the rapidly approaching 2013 shows.  Hot concerts this week include Los Angeles, Tinley Park and Hershey.

3.  CONCACAF Gold Cup

The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) is being hosted by the United States this year much to the delight of soccer fans.  Popular matches include USA vs Costa Rica, Panama vs Canada, USA vs Belize, and the Gold Cup Final at Soldier Field in Chicago.

4.  Jimmy Buffett

Jimmy Buffett is always a popular summer concert as Parrotheads are strong supporters year after year.  This year Jimmy will also be playing a few special shows with Jackson Browne at the Austin360 Amphitheater in Austin, FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco and Comerica Park in Detroit.

5.  Kenny Chesney

Country music’s version of Jimmy Buffett has also been popular this week.  Top shows include Angel Stadium, Columbia South Carolina and Target Field with the Zac Brown Band.

6.  Milwaukee Summerfest

Interest in the world’s largest music festival is gaining steam as more and more performers are starting to leak out.  Already confirmed for 2013 are Fun (with Tegan and Sara), Tom Petty and the Heart Breakers, Jason Aldean, New Kids on the Block with 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men, Tim McGraw, Rush and the Vans Warped Tour.  Get more details at 2013 Milwakee Summerfest Schedule.

7.  Chicago Cubs

The Cubs might still be a few years away from contending for a World Series title but that has not stopped fans from gobbling up tickets.   Cubs home opener tickets are drawing the most interest with games against the White Sox coming in a close second.

8.  Milwaukee Brewers

The team that plays at Wrigley Field North is also generating a fair amount of fan interest. That said, the most popular Brewers games appear to against the Chicago Cubs.

9.  Bon Jovi

Bon Jovi’s 2013 Tour is still going strong especially for concerts at the intimate indoor venues happening this spring.  Popular shows include Omaha, San Jose and Kansas City.

10.  Detroit Tigers

The City of Detroit may be a vacant wasteland but at least they have the Detroit Tigers going for them.  Demand should remain strong as the Tigers are expected to contend for a World Series title again this year.

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

2012 NCAA Sweet 16 Field Set

2012 Sweet 16 TeamsAfter a crazy weekend of college basketball, the “Sweet 16″ is now final (almost).  Although all four #1 seeds are still alive (Michigan State, North Carolina, Kentucky, and Syracuse), there were also plenty of upsets as two #2 seeds fell in the second round (Missouri and Duke).  Although the #15 seeds (Lehigh and Norfolk State) that beat those #2 seeds fell in the 3rd round, there are still plenty of “Cinderella Stories” to give the 24 hour news outlets plenty of story-lines.

The two biggest stories of the tournament thus far are the Ohio Bobcats and North Carolina State.  The Bobcats came in as a #13 seed and pull off a big upset of #4 Michigan and #12 South Florida.  Ohio will face #1 seeded North Carolina in the Midwest Regional on March 23rd at the Edward Jones Done in St. Louis.

NC State came into the tournament as an 11th seeded “bubble team”.  They certainly justified their selection by defeating #6 seed San Diego State and the #3 seeded Georgetown Hoyas.  The Wolfpack will face the #2 Kansas Jayhawks in the Midwest Regional as well.  Other unlikely teams to have made the sweet sixteen include the #10 Xavier Musketeers and the #7 Florida Gators.

2012 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Matchups

East Regional (Boston)

South Regional (Atlanta)

Midwest Regional (St. Louis)

West Regional (Phoenix)

NCAA Sweet Sixteen Recap

A recap of the 2nd/3rd round games and what to expect in the sweet 16. The favorites to win the national championship are holding steady from Selection Sunday: Ohio State, Kansas and Duke.

The OSU Buckeyes’ Jared Sullinger is still hands-down the best low-post scorer in the field and the team has the most fruitful group of 3-point shooters.  The Buckeyes absolutely hammered George Mason.

The experienced Kansas Jayhawks swept the Illinois Fighting Illini in the latter half of Sunday night.  Coach Bill Self has done an excellent job with the team throughout their tumultuous season.

The Duke Blue Devils got a real scare from the Michigan Wolverines, winning by a mere 2 points in the Charlotte tournament.   The duo of freshman Kyrie Irving (guard) and Nolan Smith created quite the backcourt tandem.

Perhaps one of the biggest upsets from this past weekend’s tournaments was the Butler.  Where did they come from?  They crushed topped ranked Pittsburgh 71 – 70 in the last new seconds.  They will next be matched up again Wisconsin on Friday morning.

Also of note is Marquette throwing Syracuse to the curb.  With 51 seconds to go on the clock, Syracuse’s Dion Waiters threw his sideline inbounds pass too high and close to the midcourt line. Scoop Jardine toed over the line on his jump to retreive the ball for a backcourt violation.   The messy pass cost them the game.

“I thought I had him and I was just trying to throw the pass where I thought he could catch it,” Waiters said. “I don’t know what happened.”

VCU Rams should not go unmentioned in this article.  They completed outplayed third-seeded Purdue Boilermakers on Sunday 94-76.  This was their third win in 5 days.  The Rams pressured Purdue, broke through its defense and won their reward in layups.  This is the Rams first trip to the Sweet 16.

“A week ago, we thought we were done,” said the persistent point guard Joey Rodriguez, who had 12 points, 11 assists and no turnovers in 34 minutes.

“And now, we’re here in the Sweet 16. Anything can happen now.”

 So, the 4 Regional Tournaments cities are sure to have a large draw.

Newark, N.J.: North Carolina has historically always shown up for events in the New York area. Ohio State fans ALWAYS travel for football and will travel for a golden child favorite basketball team. Marquette’s fans are very faithful, too.   This East Regional Tournament Tickets will be hard to get.

New Orleans, LA: A case could be made for any of the four teams to win in the Southeast Tournament: No. 2 Florida, No. 3 BYU, No. 4 Wisconsin or No. 8 Butler, all are equally challenged.  These are the dark horses.  Watch out for them. 

Anaheim, CA: Arizona and San Diego State are the to, all intents and purposes, home teams in Anaheim, Calif. The Arizona fans will vastly outnumber the Duke fans, and perhaps that will help them.  Who knows?   The same will hold true with San Diego over Connecticut.  

San Antonio, TX: The Kansas Jayhawks were the only single-digit seed to advance to the Sweet 16 out of the Southwest as surprises were plentiful the first weekend. Joining the Jayhawks are three double-digit seeds: No. 10 Florida State, No. 11 VCU and No. 12 Richmond

At the end of the day, most sports commentators are picking Kansas to bring home the big prize.  Be sure to watch!