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NCAA tickets for Cards and Hoosiers available, but hard to find

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – It's only two hours up Interstate 65, but the ticket to Indianapolis for University of Louisville basketball fans is beginning to get a little harder to find.

The same may be true for Indiana fans headed to the nation's capitol.

The universities only get a limited amount of tickets for NCAA tournament games, so fans can try Ticketmaster, the NCAA's official seller, or try their luck at the secondary market. Most sales are legitimate, but fans may be surprised at what some people are trying to sell.

Cards fans, remember the ticket to Indy back in 2009? It was a little easier to get. That's because it was the first big NCAA event at Lucas Oil Stadium. The court was set up in the middle of the stadium with nearly 40-thousand seats around it. This time, the focus is one end zone with better sight lines, seating about 31-thousand fans.

Each university gets a small amount of tickets as they progress "We started with 550 (tickets) in Lexington, and we're at 1,250 now," explained Kenny Klein, Senior Athletic Director of Media Relations for the University of Louisville. "But by the time you go through the player's needs, the coaching staff's needs, the athletic department's needs, the students, the faculty and what have you, there's just not a lot to go around."

In the past, when a school didn't take all of its block of tickets, another school might be able to pick it up. "It's not like that anymore," Klein said. "The NCAA runs all their tickets through their website,, so it's not something where we are just sitting on some tickets or we are going to get another block of tickets."

So who's selling those Indy seats for Friday and Sunday's games? A good bet: IU fans who grabbed plenty of them thinking they would be the number one overall seed. They probably would have been until Wisconsin knocked the Hoosiers out of the Big Ten Tournament.

Fans are now surfing the secondary market for both Indy and Washington D.C. where the Hoosiers tip off Thursday.

You could pay anywhere from $100 to $2,000 for tickets. Buyer beware: There are a lot of scams and faux posts like one on Craigslist we found for two media passes for $1,000 dollars. That's not allowed.

Both universities believe their fans will work hard to find the tickets and show up to support their teams.

One of the best seats in town still available is for the UofL women vs. Purdue game at the KFC Yum! Center Tuesday night at 7.  Tickets range from $18 dollars for lower arena seat to as little as $5 in the end zone.

"We're hopeful to have a great turnout because the women are having a great year," Klein said, "and it would be great to send them out with a full house."

And for the men, one of the best seats is free. The open practices are Wednesday for the Hoosiers at 3:10 p.m. at the Verizon Center, and for the Cards it's Thursday at 2:10 p.m. at Lucas Oil Stadium.

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