Posted: 9:00 a.m. Thursday, March 21, 2013
By Luke Zimmermann
With Big Ten champions Ohio State drawing a 2-seed and playing out of Dayton, OH, and Big Ten runner-up Wisconsin a five, the West region could really be the grueling one that makes or breaks people's brackets. Wisconsin actually finished the season ranked 3rd in defense, Ohio State finished 6th, New Mexico finished 12th, and Pittsburgh finished 17th. With tough test after tough test on Gonzaga's path, it becomes much easier to see why they have the longest odds amongst the 1-seeds to potentially make it all the way to Atlanta (to the Zags' credit, they enter with the 11th best adjusted D in the country though it was in the 70's/80's prior to the start of WCC play).
We've received some interesting data from our friends at TiqIQ on the ticket market for the games. TiqIQ has teamed up with Primesport, the official exchange of the NCAA basketball tournament, to bring you both tickets and insightful analytics like these. Including the most expensive session of this year's tourney in the first session of the regional at the Staples Center in Los Angeles (where the Buckeyes are headed if they can make it out of Dayton with two wins), TiqIQ has the various sessions for this region priced on average as follows:
EnergySolutions Arena (Salt Lake City, Utah) , Average Ticket Prices
UD Arena (Dayton, Ohio) Average Ticket Prices
West Regional (Staples Center) Average Ticket Prices
While we mentioned previously how getting to Los Angeles might be the biggest obstacle for you the fan pre-Final Four, if nothing else, you can now educatedly determine your best path for watching the Buckeyes march towards Atlanta in person.