Michigan basketball selling tickets at a Fab Five pace, expects sellouts the rest of the way
ANN ARBOR -- Anyone who hasn't already bought tickets to see a Michigan basketball game this season might be out of luck.
Michigan senior associate athletic director Hunter Lochmann confirmed in an email Wednesday that the men's basketball program -- which, at 8-0, is off to its best start since 1996-97 -- is on track to have sellout crowds for the remainder of the 2012-13 season.
Lochmann said that as of now, only three remaining home games have a decent amount of tickets remaining -- a Dec. 11 contest against Binghamton, a Jan. 9 home game against Nebraska and a Jan. 30 tilt against Northwestern. But he does expect all three of those games to go in the books as sellouts.
Outside of that, he said there are still a "very limited" number of tickets remaining for the rest of Michigan's home schedule, allowing Lochmann to predict that Michigan will finish the season with 16 home sellouts, including 15 straight to close the season.
Michigan has already declared sellout crowds (12,693) in three games this season -- Slippery Rock, North Carolina State and Western Michigan. There were patches of empty seats in the arena for both the Slippery Rock and WMU games, but technically, the games were dubbed sellouts as all the tickets had been sold.
Speaking on the Lucy Ann Lance Show earlier Wednesday, Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon said he's received extremely positive reactions regarding the atmosphere in newly-renovated Crisler Center this season.
"Whatever empty seats there are, it'll be people who have chose not to come (because the tickets have been sold)," Brandon said. "We're very pleased and as we get into the Big Ten season, it's going to be very fun."
Michigan recorded eight sellout games a year ago, and only three in 2010-11.
Lochmann added that Michigan stopped selling season ticket packages after the first regular-season game, as all were sold out. Michigan has also sold out all of its previous specialty multi-game specialty ticket packages.
In total, Lochmann said he expects Michigan will have its best men's basketball ticket sales numbers since the 1994-95 season, when the team recorded sellout crowds in 12 of its 13 games at Crisler Arena.
The '94-95 campaign was the final year of Michigan's famed Fab Five recruiting class -- when holdovers Jimmy King and Ray Jackson were seniors.
No. 3 Michigan returns to Crisler Center on Saturday (noon, CBS) to take on Arkansas.
The game, of course, is expected to sell out.