Most sports grow out of a simple formula—ball plus stick, ball plus kick, or car plus explosion. Study the necessary integers with this GrouponLive deal to see both men’s semifinal games of the 2012 Big West Basketball Tournament at the Honda Center in Anaheim. For $17, you get one ticket for plaza-level seating on Friday, March 9, at 6:30 p.m. (a $34 value). Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the second game immediately follows the first.
The Honda Center's court thunders with bouncing balls and sprinting feet as the Big West Basketball Tournament stampedes into its semifinal bouts on March 9. Plaza-level seats alley-oop unfettered views of the action for hoops fans during the 6:30 p.m. matchup, which pits the tournament's highest and lowest remaining seeds against each other in a basket-to-basket joust for a chance to play in Saturday's championship, with the two remaining semifinalist teams head-to-head in the second game. Attendees at Friday's semifinal contests may have the chance to marvel at the two-time defending champion UC Santa Barbara Gauchos, who follow the lead of the Big West's top scorer, Orlando Johnson, as they fend off competitors with sharpshooting accuracy and firecrackers hidden in their socks.
The Long Beach State 49ers represent another possible semifinal contender behind double-double machine T.J. Robinson, and the explosive offense of the Cal State Fullerton Titans hopes to startle defenders with high-arching three-pointers and razzle-dazzle dribbling. Throughout the games, ESPNU cameras will rove the sidelines, making sure to capture rim-rattling dunks and players as they tune their sneakers to the correct squeak level.