A college sports game gives fans the chance to root for exciting young competitors who are not yet corrupted by agents, inflated salaries, and high-tops overflowing with caviar. Witness sports in their purest form with today's GrouponLive deal to see the University of Iowa men's basketball team take the court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
$14 for Two General-Admission Tickets to a Men's Basketball Game ($28 Value)
The University of Iowa Hawkeyes' men's basketball team takes on the University of South Dakota Coyotes on Tuesday, December 4, at 7 p.m. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.
The Scouting Report
Before delving into Big Ten conference play, the Hawkeyes look to snuff out the University of South Dakota Coyotes in an early season interconference matchup. Third-year head coach Fran McCaffery helms the men's squad as they seek to whip past the South Dakota defense and solve a geometry problem using the three-point line after each basket. Last season, sophomore forward Aaron White became the first Iowa freshman since 1943 to net 19 points in a season opener, and in early 2011, junior forward Melsahn Basabe became the first Big Ten player in more than 15 years to achieve at least 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 blocks in a single game.
The interconference showdown takes place in the newly renovated Carver-Hawkeye Arena, one of the largest university-owned facilities in the country. A competitive boon for its home teams, the arena has granted the men's basketball team a lifetime 78% winning percentage and enough room to build a Gatorade wave pool.
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University of Iowa Athletics
The University of Iowa Athletics program spans more than a century of tradition, including a venerated football team founded in 1889 as well as prodigiously successful wrestling and basketball programs. Consistently ranked among the top 25 college stadiums in the nation for attendance, Kinnick Stadium regularly houses more than 70,000 spectators in its stands during home football games. The venue takes its name from Iowa football legend Nile Kinnick, who in 1939 commemorated his Heisman Trophy win by painting himself bronze and dashing across the field.
Since the inauguration of Carver-Hawkeye Arena in 1983, the men's and women's basketball teams have posted .777 winning percentages. One of the largest university-owned facilities in the nation, Carver-Hawkeye packs in more than 15,000 fans for events that have included Big Ten and NCAA Championships as well as an exhibition match featuring the 1984 Olympic men's basketball team. The stadium also hosts the wrestling team, which boasts 18 undefeated seasons and a trophy case of retired mouth guards in its storied history.