Today's Groupon gets you half-priced tickets to catch the Texas A&M Aggies as they face off against the New Mexico Lobos at the Houston Holiday Shoot-Out. For $10, you'll watch the hoop action from first-come, first-served seats in the $20 section at the Toyota Center on Saturday, December 12, at 5 p.m. (doors open at 4 p.m.). Pick up your tickets at the Toyota Center box office on game day.
The Aggies (one loss as of December 8, 2009) and the Lobos (undefeated as of December 8, 2009) haven't played each other in 17 years because their last meeting was so explosive that no buildings could be built for three months afterward due to prolonged ground quaking. Last year at the Toyota Center, the Aggies squeaked out a victory against LSU, 72–61. See if the team, coached by Mark Turgeon, will pull off another win this year.
Expansive windows, cozy seating, and the largest lower level of any national arena make the Toyota Center a prime place to watch the sport that made notable shoe-and-underwear salesman Michael Jordan a superstar. And basketball itself is a great game for those too temperature-sensitive to enjoy hockey, as well as sport fans unimpressed by low-scoring games like soccer, baseball, or the inscrutable Aztec sport of deathball.
Insider Pagers cite the Toyota Center as a great place to enjoy sports and give it a five-star rating:
A real college basketball game can be a great family event, but try not to get too frustrated if you’re forced to bring your basketball-illiterate nephew—he means well, and he’s just excited about spending time with you. Here’s a list of questions he might ask so that you can get all the eye-rolling out of the way ahead of time and concentrate on the male bonding:
- How many touchdowns are a basket worth? I need to know for my report.
- If the goal is to cast the basket-sphere into the points bracelet, wouldn’t a larger loop facilitate a greater success rate?
- How much mana do you have to tap to summon a point guard?
- I have to go to the bathroom. Can you pause it?
- Is it cheating to use The Force?
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