Big Ten fans will gear up for a first this Saturday, as Madison Square Garden will host the first ever Big Ten Super Saturday, pitting conference rivals Michigan and Penn State against each other in a rare basketball/hockey doubleheader. Michigan undoubtedly dominates the headlines between the two universities when it comes to the hardwood, but the playing field is a little more even with both hockey teams resting inside the nation’s top 15.
Even with the basketball game likely to be one-sided in Michigan’s direction, fans are getting a killer bargain at MSG, with Penn State Nittany Lions and Michigan Wolverines tickets costing just $177.86 on average. Fans can get in the door for as low as $48 and can save extra cash by finding tickets before they even head out to the first game, and make sure to check Bet Phoenix Online Sportsbook lines as well!
Basketball fans can hit up MSG for the noon tip off, when the Wolverines (16-5, 6-5 in Big 10) and the Nittany Lions (11-10, 2-6) will meet up for the second time this season. The Wolverines are the clear favorite, as they’ve enjoyed much more success inside the conference so far this year and come in riding a three-game winning streak. Michigan easily took care of Penn State in their previous meeting this year (79-56) and will look to remain balanced in an effort to achieve a similar outcome on a neutral site.
The Nittany Lions face an uphill battle in their trip to New York, as they got embarrassed by the Wolverines last time and may not have the offense to stage an upset. Penn State has been slipping lately, too, with two straight losses sending them into the weekend facing a must-win situation. That imbalance isn’t to be found when the two sides get together for a much-anticipated hockey duel later in the night at 7 p.m. at Madison Square Garden, however.
Penn State (16-5-3) enters as the 15th best team in the nation and will take on the rival No. 6 Wolverines (14-3-4) in an attempt to climb the college hockey ranks. Fans actually get a deal in terms of value compared to the Penn State/Michigan basketball game, as Michigan Wolverines and Penn State Nittany Lions tickets are just $121.88 on average ($43 for the cheap seats) for this intense battle at MSG.
Michigan is expected to be the favorite in the hockey showdown, as well, potentially setting up a joyous weekend for the Wolverines. Penn State has slipped coming into this epic clash, losing three of their last eight contests. While the Nittany Lions haven’t been in top form, they love to get up to face the hated Wolverines, which could make for a fantastic hockey showdown to close out a jam-packed Super Saturday debut. The trick for Penn State will be limiting Michigan’s offense, which is tops in the nation thanks to freshman Kyle Connor, who is third in NCAA in goals scored.