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: for $60, you get two three-game ticket packages to see the University of Michigan basketball team play Big Ten opponents from upper gold-level seats at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor (a $120 value). The three games are against the following opponents:
- Penn State on Thursday, December 29, at 7:30 p.m.
- Minnesota on Sunday, January 1, at 4 p.m.
- Northwestern on Wednesday, January 11, at 6:30 p.m.
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 the Nittany Lions of Penn State in the conference opener. 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 13,751-person arena, a congregation of UM faithful cheer 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 Northwestern Wildcats roll into Crisler from Evanston, the season will have neared its halfway point, at which point fans can gauge whether this year’s squad is bound for a bout of March Madness.