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UM-MSU Hottest Ticket In College Basketball This Weekend -- What Are Fans Paying?

It even beats out Rockets-Warriors Saturday night.

February 22, 2019 - 4:53 pm

It's not quite Duke-North Carolina earlier this week, but ticket prices for Sunday's clash between No. 7 Michigan and No. 10 Michigan State at Crisler Center are climbing. It's just the third top-10 matchup between the two rivals in the 70-year history of the AP Poll. 

The get-in price on the secondary market as of Friday afternoon was $138 via StubHub and $142 via SeatGeek. In a weekend with a number of big games -- including No. 3 Virginia at No. 18 Louisville, No. 5 Tennessee at No. 13 LSU and No. 1 Duke at Syracuse -- Michigan-Michigan State appears to be the most coveted ticket in college basketball. 

According to TickPick, the average listing price was $312 as of Friday morning. There were tickets being sold on all three sites for over $1,000. 

The get-in price for Michigan-Michigan State, as of Friday afternoon on StubHub, was higher than it was for Warriors-Rockets at Oracle Arena Saturday night, the NBA's hottest ticket of the weekend. 

Those lucky enough to snag a seat in Crisler Center on Sunday will likely get their money's worth. 

"It's going to be a great game," John Beilein said on Friday. "Michigan State is so good. The names change, they've been hit by the injury bug a little bit, and I don't see any difference right now. They're playing terrific. They really have a good team, obviously have a great system in place.

"We got two really tremendous programs in this state, as I've said many times, and this is a great game that I'm sure has a lot of interest everywhere." 

Michigan is 9-11 against Michigan State under Beilein. But the Wolverines have won the majority of the marquee matchups, going 5-3 against the Spartans when both teams are ranked. 

They last met as ranked teams in the semifinals of the 2018 Big Ten Tournament when No. 15 Michigan beat No. 2 Michigan State 75-64. There were two top-10 clashes in 2013, with the Spartans winning the first and the Wolverines winning the second. 

Beilein is expecting a great atmosphere at Crisler Center on Sunday. 

"We've had some really good atmospheres, but this will probably rival some of those because so many people go off the rankings. I don't do that, but I think the last time that we had this, I remember there were some pretty epic games that we played that went right down to the last seconds in a charged-up atmosphere in here, so it's going to be great," Beilein said. 

Whatever the result, it will be a tribute to college basketball in the state of Michigan -- which, in Beilein's mind, can rival any state in the country. 

"Things can go up and down based on pro attrition, based on injuries, and for both of these programs to be where they have been, with a whole bunch of championships in the last decade, four Final Fours in the last decade between the two of us, who’s doing that?" Beilein said. "What other state is doing that, with two schools in the same state? Duke and North Carolina. That’s the only one you can compare.

"Maybe I’m missing a state out there, but are Virginia and Virginia Tech doing that? Are UCLA and Stanford doing that? It’s not happening. It really says a lot about what two great programs we have."