Sometimes, because I am a glutton for punishment, I like to take a look at the secondary ticket market to see how it is going for Gonzaga games at home. Generally speaking, no matter who the opponent, there are always a few tickets up for grabs, most of them for way more money than I am willing to spend.
So consider me semi-shocked, but not really shocked, when a quick glance at StubHub revealed that there is not a single ticket on the reselling market for Wednesday’s contest against the North Carolina Tar Heels.
In reality, this is the biggest game to ever come to Spokane, full stop. Gonzaga has hosted some good squads before, such as Arizona and Michigan State, but North Carolina is a breed in its own class. North Carolina is one of the lauded blue bloods, and considering that UCLA and Indiana don’t live up to the hype as often anymore, that is saying something for the Tar Heels.
Gonzaga and North Carolina have developed their own quirky little bit of history in the process. Granted, for most North Carolina fans, they probably don’t feel the same. But for Gonzaga, the Bulldogs have not been able to avenge the 2017 national championship defeat. Gonzaga tried their hardest last season but ultimately fell short.
This year, it seems much more doable. North Carolina has struggled mightily and is entering Spokane on a three-game losing streak. At the beginning of the year, this was supposed to be a battle between two top 10 teams, Now the Tar Heels might not even be ranked.
I won’t be putting any sort of asterisk on a potential win here, however. Gonzaga has searched for this specific win against this specific team for a couple of years now. For all of those are were lucky enough to get a seat, hope you are ready to stand and scream for at least two hours.