Humans have been putting spherical objects in hoops for centuries, but until the invention of the dunk, the fast break, and face dribbling, it wasn’t an activity worth watching. See if “basketball” lives up to the hype with today’s GrouponLive deal to see a University of Michigan men’s basketball game at Crisler Arena. Choose from the following options:
- For $10, you get two upper-level tickets to the game against the Arkansas–Pine Bluff Golden Lions on Tuesday, December 13, at 7 p.m. (a $20 value).
- For $14, you get two upper-level tickets to the game against the Bradley Braves on Thursday, December 22, at 6:30 p.m. (a $30 value).
- For $20, you get two upper-level tickets to the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions on Thursday, December 29, at 7:30 p.m. (a $40 value).
- For $20, you get two upper-level tickets to the game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Sunday, January 1, at 4 p.m. (a $40 value).<p>
With a preseason ranking of No. 18, this year’s roster of Wolverines looks to improve upon last year’s fourth-place Big Ten finish as they pounce on Crisler Arena–bound opponents. Maize- and blue-bloods follow the up-tempo action from upper gold-level seats, where high-angle views allow clear sight lines of defensive steals, fast breaks, and the hopeful face of the ball as it soars from beyond the arc. Witness sophomore guard Tim Hardaway Jr.’s continued ascent, as the early-season team leader in scoring shows why he was selected to represent Team USA this past summer at the FIBA U19 world championships.
Inside the 12,721-person arena, a congregation of UM faithful cheers on last season’s Sixth Man Award winner Evan Smotrycz as he cleans up the glass with solid rebounding and a head of hair that doubles as a squeegee. When the Golden Gophers roll into Crisler from Minnesota, the season will have neared the halfway mark, at which point fans can gauge whether this year’s squad is bound for a bout of March Madness.