Perhaps 2023 will be the best year for Sacramento Basketball in years, as the Kings have a winning record after 16 terrible seasons and chants of “Light the Beam!” regularly reverberate throughout the arena and beyond when they win and the playoffs draw ever closer.
Golden 1 Center was also the host site for the high school CIF Basketball State Championships. Sacramento State qualified for its first NCAA Women’s Tournament and with March Madness coming up, the flurry of sports is going to be a real party.
The games this Thursday are:
Session 1 | March 16
(10) Utah St. 65 vs. (7) Missouri 76
(15) Princeton vs. (2) Arizona
Session 2 | March 16
(10) Boise St. v. (7) Northwestern
(15) UNC Asheville vs. (2) UCLA
March Madness searches for a winner among 68 teams. The second round games will take place on March 18 and 19, followed by catchy monikers of subsequent rounds: the Sweet 16 on March 23 and 23, the Elite Eight on March 25 and 26, the Final Four on April 1 and the title game on April 3 in Houston.
All of the NCAA games over the weekend were sold out. The economic impact for the city was $4 million, according to the university sports body.