Basketball has changed dramatically since its inception, when the hoop was a peach basket, the balls were peaches, and the players were peach-farm employees just doing their jobs. See some sweet dunks with this GrouponLive deal to the 2013 Big West men’s basketball tournament at the Honda Center. For $19, you get one ticket for lower-level plaza seating to the evening session for both semifinal games on Friday, March 15 (up to a $42.90 value, including all Ticketmaster fees). Game One begins at 6:30 p.m., with Game Two tipping off 30 minutes after the first contest. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
As part of the buildup to March Madness, the Big West tournament roars into its semifinals round with a four-way fight for conference supremacy and an automatic berth into the NCAA tournament. A year ago, the top-seeded Long Beach State 49ers snagged their fifth Big West title by defeating UC Santa Barbara. At 13–3 in Big West play this season, the 49ers have once again positioned themselves as the team to beat or the team to trick into driving to the wrong arena.
Despite losing to Long Beach in December, the Pacific Tigers (11-5) have kept pace with the 49ers all season and currently sit in second place in the conference standings. The UC Irvine Anteaters pose another threat to the 49ers’ throne. ‘Eaters guard Daman Starring checks in at third in the conference in three-point shooting percentage, which has helped the team’s offense put up some big numbers—including a 69-point blowout of Pacific back in November, the largest margin of victory by any Big West team this season.