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Michigan hoops season ticket sales reach 18-year high

James Hawkins
The Detroit News
The Maize Rage student section

Michigan basketball’s season doesn’t tip off for another two months, but it’s already a hot ticket.

According to the Michigan athletic department, 10,775 season tickets have already been sold entering this week, which is the most since the 2000-01 season and roughly 85 percent of Crisler Center’s 12,707-seat capacity.

This, of course, comes after the Wolverines posted one of their most successful seasons in program history, with a single-season record 33 wins, second consecutive Big Ten tournament championship and second trip to the national title game in six years.

And there’s plenty of anticipation this season with seven players returning from last year’s Final Four team coupled with one of Michigan coach John Beilein’s most highly rated recruiting classes.

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As a result, Michigan student sales have increased over 50 percent and are up for a second straight year. The Maize Rage, Michigan’s student cheering section, has claimed 3,086 season tickets, well above last year’s figure of 2,055 and 2016-17’s mark of 1,743.

Additionally, group ticketing sales have seen a significant spike. More than 9,000 of Michigan’s customized six-game and family ticket packages have already been ordered — over three times last season’s number of 2,720.

The overall demand trumps Michigan's 2013-14 season ticket sales when the Wolverines were coming off a national title game appearance, while the student demand is similar. According to a Michigan spokesman, there were 7,405 regular-season ticket holders, including 3,504 students, in 2013-14.

"We are exceptionally thankful for fans and their outstanding support,” athletic director Warde Manuel said in a statement. “Our students create a tremendous atmosphere at Crisler Center and the continued backing from season ticket holders is truly impressive.”

According to the athletic department, season tickets are no longer being offered and a limited number of ticket packages are still available.

Single-game tickets will go on sale Oct. 2 for donors and Oct. 3 for the general public.

The Wolverines went 15-1 at Crisler Center last season — 16-1 including the exhibition against Grand Valley State — but ranked 10th in the Big Ten in total home attendance (193,613) and 11th in average home attendance (11,389).

Michigan will open the regular season on Nov. 6 against Norfolk State and will have notable home games against North Carolina (Big Ten-ACC Challenge, Nov. 28), Purdue (Big Ten opener, Dec. 1), South Carolina (Dec. 8), Ohio State (Jan. 29) and Michigan State (Feb. 24).