“Don’t place all your eggs in one basket—dunk them with authority,” said Dr. James Naismith, the founder of basketball. See how much the game has changed since upgrading from fragile ovoids to leathery spheres with today’s Groupon. For $35, you get general admission to all games during this year’s NAIA Divison I Men’s Basketball National Championship at Municipal Auditorium from Wednesday, March 17 through Tuesday, March 23. Exchange your Groupon at the Municipal box office for all-admission tickets.
Witness college teams make it rain from three-point range while defending shots with their armbrellas. Established in 1937, the inaugural NAIA Tournament has called Kansas City home for 73 years. Featuring 32 teams pivoting and sprinting atop a lustrous hardwood battlefield, it has grown to be the longest-running collegiate national championship tournament in the country, not counting the Skull and Bones Underground Cavern Games that took George Washington's teeth. This year’s tourney will feature several trophy-hungry NAIA teams, such as potential participants Central Methodist University and Evangel University. Behold a flurry of high-flying buzzer beaters and frustrating defensive schemes at the Kansas City tradition that has featured big names such as John Wooden, Dennis Rodman, and Terry Porter.
Incorporating taut team chemistry and impressive whiteboard play-drawing artistry, basketball is a favorite sport of chemists, artists, and trampoline-propelled dunking mascots. Witness in all its post-season playmaking glory the pastime that’s enjoyed internationally by fist-pump aficionados.
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