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What would you do for Syracuse-Villanova tickets?

Jeff Eisenberg
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Some Syracuse fans shelled out hundreds of dollars on the secondary ticket market. Others advertised on Craigslist offering to be "seat buddies" for a stranger with an extra seat. Hundreds more hauled their sleeping bags to the Carrier Dome to camp out for a spot in the student section.

It's all part of what makes Saturday night's Syracuse-Villanova showdown perhaps the most sought-after ticket of the college basketball season this year.

A record crowd clad all in orange is expected to pack the Carrier Dome for the matchup between the Big East's top two teams. Here's a sampling of some relevant numbers to give you an idea of the demand for seats to this game:

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34,616: Paid game attendance, which would be the largest ever on campus for a college basketball game

33,633: the current record, set in Gerry McNamara's final home game, also against Villanova in 2006

33,000: the listed capacity crowd for basketball at the Carrier Dome

450: Syracuse students camping in the Dome for seats in the student section

$34: Cheapest face value ticket to Saturday's game

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$79: Most expensive face value ticket to Saturday's game

$750: Most expensive selling price on StubHub for a ticket to Saturday's game

$2,500: Asking price for one floor seat on StubHub.com

$400: Price of a Syracuse season ticket good for all 21 home games

$160: The average selling price on StubHub for a ticket to Saturday's game

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$59: The average selling price on StubHub for a ticket to Syracuse's previous 18 games

0: College basketball games that have grossed more money than Syracuse-Villanova on StubHub this season

2: T-shirts sold by the Syracuse bookstore commemorating the Villanova game

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