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.
Photos by Steve Martarano