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 $60, you get one 16-game pass for general-admission balcony seating (rows 16–18) to the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout, scheduled from Tuesday, November 20 through Saturday, November 24 at Sullivan Arena (a $120 value).
The longest-running regular-season college basketball tournament in the country, the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout invites eight men's and four women's teams from across the country for an intense tournament packed into Thanksgiving weekend. In the 35th edition of the men's field, the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves host such formidable foes as the Belmont Bruins, who hustled their way into last year's NCAA tournament, as well as the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles and the Loyola Marymount Lions, who amassed 27 and 21 wins last season, respectively. Tipping off Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., the men's teams begin to climb the brackets in four days of play so fast-paced that games must be announced by professional auctioneers.
Lady hoopsters open up the tournament on Tuesday evening, pitting six-time shootout victors the Seawolves against the North Dakota State Bison, who look to improve upon their 11–20 from last season. The Prairie View A&M Panthers and the Utah State Aggies round out the four-team women's bracket, which will crown a winner on Wednesday afternoon. Armed with tickets to every game, Groupon holders can be sure not to miss a slam dunk or mascot staring contest during four days of marathon spectatorship.