By Ian Bush

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Villanova begins its defense of the National Championship on Thursday. How much will it cost if you want to go along for the ride — all the way to the title game?

Get ready to dig deep into your wallet. The Wildcats begin in Buffalo, where tickets on the secondary market are currently starting at $62. That’s a little below face value.

Ralph Garcia with can get you a seat for the second round for about $112.

“If they do advance, though, things will get a little more expensive once they travel to Madison Square Garden,” Garcia said. “Currently it’s the priciest regional round that we’ve tracked historically since 2010.”

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Figure around $600 for the Sweet 16 and Elite 8.

Then, it’s a flight to Phoenix for the Final Four and Championship.

“The current lowest price for the Final Four semifinals is $243 and it will be $211 for the championship game,” Garcia said. “Grand total, if you wanted to follow them all the way through the tournament, you’re looking at $1,022.”

Tack on airfare and hotels and you’ll fork over about $2,400 in total — but if Villanova repeats, it’ll be worth every penny.