This is mostly a random observation tangentially related to SCU.
The Sacramento Kings new arena, the Golden 1 Center, hosted a CBB doubler header last night.
The undercard was the local matchup of Sac State v. UC Davis.
The main event saw SDSU take on Cal.
Attendance, probably counting for both games, was listed at over 10k. The top of the arena was hidden behind a curtain. It looked very lively, very spirited, and almost completely full on TV. All four teams have big alumni bases in the Capital City. SDSU has ridden a number of Sacramento players into an era of great success under Fisher.
Yesterday, they announced that Stanford will host KU there next December.
I have to imagine that if the same event were played at SAP or Oracle, substituting in some other local mid-major game, the attendance would have been far fewer. I know we’ll see over the holiday week a number of neutral site tournaments that may have 200 people in the seats. This was a such a stark contrast that it took me by surprise.
Maybe someday, SCU can garner enough momentum to play in a doubleheader or event like the one last night. There are lots of Broncos in that region who don’t make the trip to the Leavey center. It was simply great to see College Hoops in Northern California being played before a largely full house. USF, SCU, SJSU, and even Cal and Stanford look like they’re playing in empty caverns every time I tune in.
Leavey looked worse than cavern on the stream last night. Winning cures all, and the Broncos look better each game. And U of A had some trouble with the lumberjacks last night before pulling away. Jarvis Pugh looks better than ever, and you can bet he hasn’t forgotten those free throws versus U of A last year (I know I haven’t). Broncos will get two games that can alter program perception and trajectory this week. Go get em Broncos.