IU hoping NCAA slots them for Indianapolis in tourney

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The Big Ten basketball tournament tips off later this morning in Chicago with several teams vying for a spot in the NCAA tournament.  Purdue plays tonight. IU takes the court tomorrow.

One NCAA Regional site is Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.  There is a rush on tickets, just with the possibility that IU will be bracketed to play close to home later this month.

And for this weekend's Big Ten tournament in Chicago, tickets are already technically sold out.

But that's not to say you can't get tickets to see Indiana's Big Ten regular-season champions play tomorrow.  It will just cost you.

IU's incredible season, including their 72-71 victory last weekend over Michigan, has created a lot of buzz on the secondary ticket market.  "It has been very busy," said Wendy Louks of Fanfare Tickets. "I think the Big Ten tournament is always going to be a draw this year with IU being ranked very well. And then this year in particular with them going up there being in Chicago, it has just been crazy. I think everyone is getting excited about the possibility of them moving on through the Final Four bracket. This is just the starting point."

That excitement was evident when the team returned to Bloomington earlier this week, as students who didn't leave for spring break were thrilled by the win and IU taking the outright Big Ten title for the first time in 20 years.

Tickets to tomorrow's game in Chicago are going for $60 to more than $1000. Then there are tickets to Lucas Oil Stadium, where IU is, at this point, not guaranteed to play when the NCAA slots teams Sunday night. Optimistic IU fans may not want to hear that, but it's still not a sure thing the Hoosiers will play close t home later this month. 

"It's at our back door," Louks said. "We're able to be here to have as much inventory as possible. We can have a presence in every city, but being here of course being our hometown we'll have the most opportunity there is."

Tickets for the NCAA Regional start at just over $100 and you can pay well over $1000 - for a game that's tentatively scheduled for March 29th. Ask an IU fan, though, and there's nothing tentative about it.