Sac State, UC Davis to meet in men’s basketball at Golden 1 Center

Sacramento State and UC Davis will play their annual Causeway Cup men’s basketball game for the next four years at Golden 1 Center starting Nov. 21 as part of a doubleheader, it was announced Monday.

The second game will feature Cal against San Diego State. Game times and ticket information will be announced later.

This will be the first Sac State-UCD game at a neutral site since the Capital City Classic at Arco Arena in 1989.

“We are very excited to compete in the first-ever collegiate basketball game at the Golden 1 Center,” Hornets coach coach Brian Katz said in a release. “It should be a great atmosphere, and we are looking forward to playing this rivalry game four consecutive years inside the new facility.”

Added Aggies coach Jim Les: “The Sacramento region is home to some of the best basketball fans in the nation. Golden 1 Center will only enhance that reputation, and UC Davis is excited to be a part of the first college basketball game in the new arena.”

Sac State and UC Davis will meet for the 115th time. The Hornets lead the rivalry 66-48.

Cal, of the Pacific-12 Conference, is expected to be one the top teams in the country with the return of senior guard Jabari Bird and sophomore forward Ivan Rabb, considered one of the best college players in the nation. Last season, the Bears reached the NCAA Tournament, earning their highest seed (No. 4) in program history after going 18-0 at home.

San Diego State, which won its third consecutive Mountain West Conference regular-season title last season, advanced to the postseason for the 11th consecutive year. The Aztecs feature two former Sheldon High School stars, senior guards D’Erryl Williams and Dakarai Allen, and junior forward Malik Pope from Laguna Creek.

Golden 1 Center also will host first- and second-round men’s games in the 2017 NCAA Tournament.

“We’re honored to host student-athletes and fans from four outstanding universities and athletic programs,” Golden 1 Center general manager Juan Rodriguez said in a statement. “Sacramento will be a home to showcase premier college basketball in a world-class venue for years to come.”

The arena’s first event will be concerts by Paul McCartney on Oct. 4-5. The Kings debut at the arena Oct. 10 in a preseason game against Israeli club team Maccabi Haifa. The NBA and Kings have yet to announce the regular-season schedule.

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