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Doubleheader at Golden 1 Center Brings NCAA March Madness Preview to Sacramento

In what could be a preview of the NCAA’s March Madness tournament scheduled to hit Sacramento after a ten-year hiatus, Golden 1 Center played host to four California NCAA basketball teams before an impressive Monday night crowd.

Attendance topped 10,000 for the unique doubleheader, as UC Davis bested rival Sacramento State 81-72 in the soon-to-be annual Causeway Cup. In the nightcap, San Diego State handled 25th-ranked California 77-65.

Eight teams will descend on the new arena in Sacramento on March 17 and 19 for the first and second-round matchups of the NCAA tournament. Sacramento hosted the tournament four times until 2007, when the then-named Arco Arena (which held it’s last NBA basketball game last year) was deemed unfit for the prestigious tournament.

Sac State's Marcus Graves splits two UC Davis defenders, Darius Graham (2) and Lawrence White at Golden 1 Center
Sac State’s Marcus Graves splits two UC Davis defenders, Darius Graham (2) and Lawrence White at Golden 1 Center
San Diego State's Jeremy Hesley drives on California in the first half.
San Diego State’s Jeremy Hesley drives on California in the first half.
Lawrence White of UC Davis leaps at Sacramento State's Eric Stuteville.
Lawrence White of UC Davis leaps at Sacramento State’s Eric Stuteville.
Cal cheerleaders before the start of the second game of the doubleheader.
Cal cheerleaders before the start of the second game of the doubleheader.
Sacramento's Marcus Graves drives
Sacramento’s Marcus Graves drives

Photos by Steve Martarano

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Steve Martarano

Steve Martarano

A resident of Sacramento since graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Nevada, Reno, Steve spent the 1980s at The Sacramento Union, working as a sports writer, music reviewer and crime reporter, among other assignments. He's spent the last 25+ years working in government public affairs for both state and federal agencies and currently is with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Bay-Delta office in Sacramento. He has shot just about every local sports team for the Sacramento Press, including local colleges, the Sacramento River Cats and Sacramento Republic FC. He resides in Curtis Park with his wife Sharon.

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