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Anticipation builds ahead of Pacers-Heat game

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INDIANAPOLIS -

March Madness in Indiana isn't just limited to the NCAA. Wednesday night's Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat match up is also generating national attention.

"We knew there would be some hype but it's gotten more and more as the game got closer and I'm really glad we picked this game," said Jeff McAlister.

The Louisiana native brought his high school aged son and his friend to Indianapolis to watch the game.

Who they're rooting for is still up in the air.

"Probably the pacers since we're in Indiana," Cody Cambre said.

"I love Lebron James and Paul George so I'm just ready to see them play," Josh McAlister said.

But to see them in person, fans have had to pay up.

"Just to walk in the door you were looking at spending between $175-$200 and that's an upper level ticket," said ticket broker Rob Willoughby with Sport Event.

While the price fell from this morning, getting inside will still be expensive no matter how high the seat.

With the game at home, you could say workers have been doing some redecorating, placing blue and gold posters in the seats around Bankers Life Fieldhouse to spell "Beat The Heat".

"In the regular season, this is one of the bigger games you'll get," said Mike Tirico with ESPN.

He's in town to cover the match-up tonight.

"It's not a playoff game, so you've always go to remember that, but I think the implications of the game could impact what happens in the play offs," Tirico said.

He says the pacers and heat are a great rivalry, but don't tell that to Coach Vogel.

"I don't like when players make headlines for rivalry talk or when coaches make headlines for rivalry talk, so it's all up for you guys and fans," Vogel smiled.

But no matter what you call it, Pacers players say they're ready to battle the heat.

"They put stuff on the seats so the city is embracing this game, but we know we have work to do," said Pacers Center Roy Hibbert.

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