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 $18, you get one lower-level corner or club-level center-court ticket to see the University of Florida Gators play against the Wright State Raiders at St. Pete Times Forum on Monday, November 21, at 7 p.m. (up to a $37.60 value, including fees).
A perennial basketball powerhouse, the Florida Gators pound the court with rapid-fire scoring and a star-studded roster of NBA prospects. Led by 2011 SEC Coach of the Year Billy Donovan, the talent-packed squad enters this season seeking to build upon last year's impressive sprint to the Elite Eight. All-conference point guard Erving Walker captains the court-storming contingent, dishing out assists and rumors about the secret identity of the opponent's mascot to fragment rival defenses. Guard Kenny Boynton exhausts defenders and scoreboard operators with his precise shooting, and center Patric Young stifles opposing offenses by snagging rebounds and ferociously swatting away potential baskets. Standing as the Gators' formidable foe, Wright State channels last season's ascendancy to the top of the Horizon League, where the persistent Raiders rode a steadfast defense, unmatched free-throw shooting, and a pack of trained wolves to the conference championship game.