In 1891, James Naismith mounted two peach baskets on opposite walls of a gym, inventing the rudimentary version of what we know today as “shelving.” Take your basketball off this grand innovation with today’s GrouponLive deal: for $12, you get a ticket package to see the University of North Carolina–Greensboro Spartans men’s basketball team play the Virginia Commonwealth University Rams at the Greensboro Coliseum on Thursday, December 22, at 7 p.m. (up to a $46.15 total value, including all fees). Doors open at 6 p.m. Groupon holders will sit in one of the following sections: 107 AA–SS, 108 LL–XX, or 127 AA–KK. Children younger than 2 get free admission when accompanied by an adult. The package includes:
- One ticket (up to a $27.15 value)
- A T-shirt (a $15 value)
- A small Pepsi drink (a $4 value)<p>
Under the guidance of Head Coach Mike Dement, the UNCG Spartans roster of talented veterans and fresh recruits sprints into the 2011 season hoping to enter the Southern Conference Tournament for a second year. During last season’s challenging nonconference schedule, the Spartans learned to take their game to a new level, mastering speedy plays, fierce defense, and seamless Carolina shag kicks. After making the Southern Conference All-Freshman team last season, sophomore Trevis Simpson boasts an average of 12.5 points per game and a 42-inch vertical leap. Team leader in assists, guard Kyle Randall facilitates swishes with his keen eye and precise passes delivered via homing pigeon. Basketball fans marvel at athletic feats as the Spartans host 2011’s tournament darling, VCU, who unpredictably made it all the way to the Final Four.