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Louisville-SMU Is The Hottest Ticket In Texas

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Andy Lyons

It's been forever and a day since SMU hosted a basketball game as big as the one Wednesday night in Moody Coliseum, so it's understandable that Mustang fans are a little bit excited.

Not only is the showdown between the Cards and the Stangs the hottest ticket of 2014 at SMU, it's one of the hottest tickets in Texas this year.

At an average ticket price of $184, it's the most in-demand regular season college basketball game in the state since at least 2009, according to SeatGeek. Seats for SMU-Louisville are going for more than the cost of a season ticket at SMU.

Here some other key bullet points courtesy of SeatGeek:

  • Prior to SMU-Louisville, the hottest regular season college basketball ticket of the last five seasons in Texas had been Kentucky-Baylor at AT&T Stadium earlier this season on Dec. 6, which drew an average ticket price of $138. Then-No. 20 Baylor upset then-No. 3 Kentucky in that game, 67-62.
  • Loge or club level seating for SMU-Louisville can't be found for less than $756 per ticket.
  • The average ticket price for the Louisville game ($184) is 90% higher than for the Cincinnati game on Feb. 8, which had previously set the record for the most expensive ticket in SMU history at an average of $97 on the resale market.
  • Interestingly enough, tomorrow's game is actually more expensive than any Dallas Mavericks home game this year other than the Miami Heat's visit on Feb. 18, which drew an average ticket price of $193.

To put those numbers in perspective, SMU season tickets could be purchased for $125 four months ago.

Should be an awfully hostile environment tonight.