History Of The 2K Sports Classic
The 2K Sports Classic early season annual college basketball tournament returns for another year with the semifinals and finals scheduled for November 20th and 21st respectively. This year’s tournament includes another strong field of teams such as Syracuse, Texas, California, Iowa, North Dakota, Alcorn St, Hampton, and Kennesaw St.
The opening game to start the tournament is a matchup between North Dakota and Texas at the Frank Erwin Center, 2K Sports Classic tickets for this game have a current average price of $33 with a get in price of just $5 as 2K Sports Classic tickets for this matchup are now down 18% over the past week.
2K Sports Classic tickets for the semifinals matches at Madison Square Garden now have a current secondary average price of $114.98 with a get in price of just $20, while 2K Sports Classic tickets for the consolation and championship game have a current average price of $138.47 with a get in price of $27 as 2K Sports Classic tickets for championship game are now down 2% in the secondary market.
The first 2K Sports Classic tournament was held back in December of 1995, when 2K Sports Classic tickets were for a tournament that consisted of only four teams playing in two separate games with no championship game. By 1997, the tournament expanded and featured a championship game between the two winners of the tournament and consolation game between the losers, giving another game opportunity to sell 2K Sports Classic tickets. In 1998, the tournament changed locations with the semifinals and championship game being held at the famed Madison Square Garden. In 2004, the tournament expanded its present format that now includes 12 teams in four different regions. The host teams of the two first round games in each region will meet in New York with the victors of the semifinal games meeting in the championship and the losers in the consolation game.
This year’s tournament features a field with very solid teams such as the Syracuse Orange who last year began the season with a 25-0 record, ending the year at 28-6 and making it to the third round of the NCAA tournament, which was the 37th NCAA tournament appearance for the Orange under Hall of Fame head coach Jim Boeheim.
The North Dakota State Bison will be looking to make a deep run in this tournament after coming off one of their most successful seasons in Bison history, finishing with a 26-7 record and advancing into the Third round of the NCAA tournament that included an upset win over Oklahoma. In the past two seasons, NDSU has recorded 50 wins the most in school history following a two year span.
The Texas Longhorns will also look to make some noise in this tournament as they come back looking to improve upon their season from last year where they finished with 24 wins despite no seniors on their roster. However, the Longhorns continue to find success under coach Rick Barnes who had led the team to 15 NCAA tournaments as he is the winningest coach in school history.