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 Groupon to the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championships at the Salem Civic Center. Choose between two ticket options:
- For $25, adults get two four-game packages (a $50 value)
- For $20, seniors and students (college age and younger) get two four-game packages (a $25 value)
Each four-game package includes seats for both semi-final contests on Friday, March 18th, as well as the national-championship game and the 2011 Reese's Division III all-star game on Saturday, March 19th.
A Salem sports staple since 1996, the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship pits four of the nation's top D-3 teams against each other in a single elimination tournament for basket-making supremacy. The teams that make it to the tournament's penultimate rounds remain to be seen, but the currently undefeated Wooster, Augustana, and Whitworth look like locks, with Williams a safe bet as well. But—as with comic book physics and improv surgery—anything can happen. Once the last dunk has sunk, the last team has fallen, and the last buzzer has burst into flames, each team's elite players will immediately convene for a star-studded exhibition game. After the tourney, hoops addicts can burn off their pent-up energy and unvoiced cheers amid the scenic beauty of greater Roanoke Valley and the historic city of Salem.