Kentucky is coming off one of the most interesting seasons of Wildcat basketball in a while. After being the preseason favorites to win it all, Kentucky disappointed fans with a lackluster regular season. After a strong end to their regular season, Kentucky made it all the way to the championship game as a No. 8 seed. On the way to the Championship Game, Kentucky beat undefeated Wichita State, in-state rival Louisville, 2013’s runner-up Michigan and No. 2 seed Wisconsin. The Wildcats fell short of their goal when they lost to Connecticut in the championship game.
This year’s Kentucky team returns everyone except their two NBA lottery picks in Julius Randle and James Young. The Harrison twins, Marcus Lee, Dakari Johnson, Alex Poythress and Willie-Caulie Stein are all returning. They added four McDonald’s All-Americans in Tyler Ullis, Karl Towns Jr, Trey Lyles and Devin Booker, which means they have a total of nine Burger Boys.
These Wildcats will be dangerous because the returning core has a Final Four run under their belts while the freshmen were able to get game experience this summer while they played exhibitions in the Bahamas.
It’s pretty obvious the fans have high expectations for this team based on the price of 2014-15 Kentucky basketball tickets on the secondary ticket market. Tickets are averaging $295.77 at home for the Kentucky Wildcats, the second most expensive home average in the league. Just a side note, those prices are on the rise as they’ve already increased over $10 in the last week alone.
One of Kentucky’s biggest home games is December 13th against another Blue Blood, North Carolina. The Tar Heels are set to come to Rupp Arena and tickets are averaging $704.05 on the secondary ticket market. The get-in price right now is $165.
On March 7th, Kentucky will take on the Florida Gators in what could be the deciding factor in which teams win the SEC. Florida is the only other SEC team in the top 25 and they’re the clear contender for Kentucky in the conference title race. Fans that want to attend the game at Rupp will spend, on average, $592.36 and the get-in price is $127 according to TiqIQ.