After entering the season as the preseason No. 1 team, Kentucky enters the last game of the regular season clinching to the last spot in the Top 25. The Wildcats, on Saturday afternoon, will be heading into the home of the current No. 1 team in the country, Florida. Florida basketball tickets haven’t been very expensive, on average, this season on the secondary market, but this game between the top two teams in the SEC has produced the highest priced game at Stephen C. O’Connell Center all season.
The average price on the secondary market for Saturday’s game is currently $341, well above Florida’s previous high of $133.60 in their most recent home game against LSU and behind only North Carolina-Duke for the most expensive game played this weekend. The get-in price of $192 is higher than any average price of a Gators home game this season.
Though the price has dropped 3% in the past week, the trend of this game is going the opposite way of some of the other big games this weekend. With the conference tournaments set to start next week, many fans are looking past the last game of the regular season and ahead to the tournaments, but no Florida fans are ignoring this game for SEC tournament tickets. The Wildcats and Gators are both locked into as the top two seeds in the SEC, Florida at No.1 and Kentucky at No. 2, so the result of this game has no impact on the standings.
There are some points of pride on the line, though, during this game. Florida will head into the game undefeated in 17 conference games this season. The Gators want to make the statement of heading into the SEC tournament undefeated in conference play. Kentucky will be looking to hand Florida their only conference loss, hoping to gain the upperhand for a possible meeting in the SEC tournament finals. The Wildcats will also want to prove they belong in the top tier of teams after slipping all the way to No. 25 in the latest AP Poll due to going 3-3 in their last six games, starting with a loss to the Gators at home.
This game is currently more expensive than the SEC tournament title game on the secondary market, which has an average price of $220. These two teams are the favorite to meet in that game as well, but this weekend the fans in Florida will be paying a premium to host that matchup on their home court.