San Diego State and Cal will tipoff in Sacramento on November 21st to end a close to 70-year drought that Cal has without playing in the state capital. Cal's last game in the state capital was in 1947, while the Aztecs last played in Sacramento in 1994.
This game will be the first college basketball game at the new Golden 1 Center, which is the new home of the Sacramento Kings. The arena which cost 541 million dollars to build will open in October.
Sacramento has been a very strong recruiting area for San Diego State recently, as both a number of former players and current players Dakarai Allen, Malik Pope and D'Erryl Williams, are from the area.
The Aztecs lead the overall series between the two schools 6-4. The last time they met was last November in the Las Vegas Invitational, when the Aztecs won 72-58. Cal was ranked 14th heading into the game.
This game will be the first of a three-game series between the two teams. In 2017 San Diego State will host Cal and in 2018 Cal will play host to the Aztecs.
This addition to Cal on the 2016-17 schedule gives San Diego State a loaded non-conference schedule that includes playing at Gonzaga, hosting Arizona State, going to WAC champion Grand Canyon who beat San Diego State at home last year and they play in the Diamond Classic across the Pacific in Hawaii in a tournament that features four NCAA tournament teams.