Students do seem to get free tickets:UCF has a 10,000 seat arena. They sold about 3,700 tix for the first round NIT game against Colorado. During the regular season, they sold fewer than 5,000 for the game against first place SMU.
And this is the game they sell out? What is going on here? Do students get free tickets, so that a sale of 3,700 tickets really meant that they filled 10,000 seats?
Thanks for posting this. For me this is one of the few bright spots that are Illini bball this year. Love seeing Tracy finish strong.Tracy Abrams over the last 10 games:
2.7 assists (to 0.7 turnovers - 3.9:1 ratio)
46.2% 3pt (18-39)
He's playing just as efficiently as he was the first 12 games of the season. If he hadn't endured a horrific slump from the Missouri game through the Minnesota game on 2/4 (exactly 12 games), his final season would go down in Illini lore as the ultimate redemption story (esp. if his strong play carried us to another win or two and into the tournament).
The middle twelve games of the year, his slump was epic: 4.6 ppg, 2.6 reb, 1.4 ast (to 1.5 turnovers), 0.7 stl, 23.9% FG, 12.1% 3pt (4-33), all while continuing to play over 22 min/game. Obviously, the level of competition factors in to some extent, but Tracy has put up great numbers against plenty of solid teams this year; the middle stretch seems like an outlier even if his performance should have been expected to dip against B1G opponents.
Now that good Tracy is back, we're on a bit of a tear. He's really been a difference maker this year for better and worse.
Great list but I add Lundquist, move Dakich down about 4 notches and add Jim Nance with his rugged good looks and velvety voice as the best straight man.Color guys?
Bill Raftery is the king, he might be the best ever in any sport. Jay Bilas is great. Steve Lavin is great. I like Dakich a lot. Len Elmore is pretty good, CWebb has been really good since he started doing it. We're biased, but I always enjoy Stephen Bardo.
Well those are play-by-play guys.Great list but I add Lundquist, move Dakich down about 4 notches and add Jim Nance with his rugged good looks and velvety voice as the best straight man.
To my ears, I could not tolerate Brent Musburger. He began as a sports print journalist which was his true calling. On the pro sports side, Joe Buck requires the sound to be turned down pronto.5. Anyone but Vitale
4. Anyone but Doris Burke
3. Anyone but Beth Mowins
2. Anyone but Gus Johnson
1. Anyone but Vitale
In reality my top 5 are
4. Sean McDonough
5. Rece Davis
I followed a bunch of links from there (yeah, yeah, way too much time on my hands) and it looks like there may be a total of 1,000 free student tickets, perhaps as the result of some sort of a donation, and that student ticket prices go to $4 each once the 1,000 are gone.Students do seem to get free tickets:
Hating Billy PACCker ? No not in the least. If you were a fan of Duke, North Carolina or the rest of the ACC in the tourney, Billy Packer was sweet music to your ears.