Michigan is already locked in to the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten tournament, but Wolverines fans are still excited for the regular season finale Saturday night. Michigan will host Indiana in the season’s final game at the Crisler Arena. Michigan basketball tickets have not been too expensive, on average, during the 2013-14 season, making Saturday’s game more than double the regular season home average.
During the regular season, Michigan home games had an average price of just $46 on the secondary market. Tickets for Saturday’s game against Indiana have an average price of $110 and have gone up 10% in the past week. The get-in price of $67 is even higher than Michigan’s average season price. Wolverines fans are bringing high demand to the regular season finale even though the Hoosiers are just 17-12 and under .500 in conference play. The game is the second most expensive home game in Ann Arbor after Michigan State’s visit last Sunday, which carried an average secondary market price of $230.62 and a get-in price of $163.
Michigan fans are staying focused on the regular season finale rather than shifting towards Big Ten tournament tickets as some other fans across the country are doing for games this weekend. Even though the Wolverines are currently behind the Wisconsin Badgers in the AP Poll, Michigan’s better conference record has clinched the top seed for them in the conference tournament.
A month ago the Wolverines went to Indiana and were defeated by the Hoosiers 63-52. Michigan will want to make sure they don’t lose to Indiana again, heading into the conference tournament with a bad loss. Indiana has just three wins in their last seven games, though the three wins have come in their last four games. These two teams could meet again in the Big Ten tournament if Indiana is the No. 8 or No. 9 seed and wins their first game.
For the fans not making their way to Indianapolis for the conference tournament or wherever Michigan ends up for the NCAA tournament, there’s still plenty of excitement around the Wolverines’ final regular season game. At more than double the price of an average regular season game in Ann Arbor, Michigan fans will be paying a premium to send the team off to the tournaments.