“Don’t place all your eggs in one basket—dunk them with authority,” said Dr. James Naismith, the inventor of basketball. See how much the game has changed since upgrading from fragile ovoids to leathery spheres with today’s Groupon: for $12, you get two general-admission tickets to the session of your choice during this year’s NAIA Divison I Men’s Basketball National Championship (a $24 value). Games are played at the Municipal Auditorium starting Wednesday, March 16 through Tuesday, March 22, 2011. Redeem your Groupon tickets at the municipal box office.
Witness high-flying college teams making 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 74 years. Featuring 32 teams pivoting and sprinting atop a lustrous hardwood battlefield, it has grown to be known as the longest-running collegiate national championship tournament in the country, not counting the infamous Skull and Bones Underground Cavern Games that took George Washington's real teeth. This year’s tourney will feature several trophy-hungry NAIA teams, such as potential participants Martin Methodist College, Texas Wesleyan University, and NAIA top-ranked Mountain State. Behold a flurry of high-flying buzzer beaters and frustrating defensive schemes at the Kansas City tradition that has featured such big names as John Wooden, Dennis Rodman, and Terry Porter.
Groupon holders who supply their contact information at the municipal box office upon redemption will also be entered into a raffle for the chance to win an all-session tournament pass for 2012, giving fist-pump aficionados a new reason to record every dunk, pass, and shoe-squeak in their dry-erase diaries.
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