Toreros host NUCDF Basketball Challenge November 14-18

Nov. 13, 2012

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GAME #2: The USD Toreros (1-0) play host to the Northern Kentucky Norse (0-0) this Wednesday, November 14th, in a 7:05 p.m. contest at the Jenny Craig Pavilion (5,100 capacity). This game is the first of nine games for the 2012 NUCDF Basketball Challenge with other participating teams being Cal State Northridge, Siena College and the University of Tulsa.

2012 NUCDF BASKETBALL CHALLENGE & MATCHUPS: The NUCDF Basketball Challenge is a five-team, five-day tournament organized by PlanBC3, LLC and Triple Threat Travel, LLC. Proceeds from this tournament will be used to raise awareness, support and research for the National Urea Cycle Disorders Foundation - CUREUCD.ORG. The schedule for tournament matchups is as follows - (Wed., Nov. 14th) Northern Kentucky vs. San Diego @ 7:00 pm. (Thur., Nov. 15th) Tulsa vs. Northern Kentucky @ 4:30 pm; Cal State Northridge vs. San Diego @ 7:00 pm. (Fri., Nov. 16th) Siena College vs. Cal State Northridge @ 4:00 pm; Tulsa vs. San Diego @ 7:00 pm on FSSD television. (Sat., Nov. 17th) Tulsa vs. Cal State Northridge @ 5:00 pm; Northern Kentucky vs. Siena College @ 7:30 pm. (Sun., Nov. 18th) Siena College vs. San Diego @ 1:00 pm on FSSD television; Cal State Northridge vs. Northern Kentucky @ 3:30 pm.

USD VS. NUCDF OPPONENTS: USD will be facing Northern Kentucky, Tulsa and Siena for the first time. The Toreros own a 16-12 series advantage over Cal State Northridge.

RADIO & TV: All USD home and away games will be broadcast live on XX 1090 AM with Andy Masur (6th season) bringing you all the action; his pre-game show will air 15 minutes prior to tip-off. A audio-video feed for USD home games is available for free of charge at Fox Sports San Diego will televise two USD games in this tournament - Tulsa on Nov. 16th and Siena on the 18th. Talent includes Mike Pomeranz, play-by-play; Jud Buechler, color analyst; and Cheryl Gorman, sideline reporter

COACH GRIER (6TH YEAR): Coach Bill Grier (Oregon, 1990) is in his sixth season at the helm of the USD program... Last season's squad finished 13-18, but won 4 of its final 6 regular-season WCC games and then advanced to the quarterfinals of the WCC Basketball Championships before falling to BYU by just 5 points... The 2010-11 season was highlighted by the team's 74-66 home win over #23 Saint Mary's, along with a 67-64 win over Utah on Christmas... The 2009-10 season was highlighted by wins over Stanford, #25 Oklahoma, Houston and Boise State... His second campaign with USD (16-16 mark in 2008-09) was highlighted by road wins over Oregon and Mississippi State... In his rookie year (2007-08) he guided the Toreros to an overall mark of 22-14 and 3rd place finish in the WCC race at 11-3... He guided the Toreros to three wins and the championship title at the WCC Tournament (hosted by USD) with wins over Pepperdine, Saint Mary's and No. 20 Gonzaga... The Toreros then upset No. 15 UCONN in the NCAA Tournament opener with a 70-69 overtime victory, before falling to Western Kentucky in the second round... His 11 WCC wins were the second most for league wins in a single season in program history... Hired on March 26, 2007, Grier is USD's 11th head coach overall and just the 4th head coach since the Torero program moved to the NCAA Division I ranks in 1979-80... His 22 wins in 2007-08 were also the most by a Torero coach in his first season at USD. In addition to knocking off Kentucky on the road, 81-72, the Toreros earned three wins over Top-25 teams: #21 Saint Mary's, #20 Gonzaga and #15 Connecticut... Prior to USD Grier spent 16 years at Gonzaga, including the last 8 seasons as Mark Few's top assistant. Bill and his wife, Nicole, have two daughters, Giselle & Ashley.

TOREROS RUN PAST SAN DIEGO CHRISTIAN 91-58: The USD Toreros (1-0) kicked off the 2012-13 season with a convincing 91-58 win over the visiting San Diego Christian Hawks (0-1) this past Friday. The Toreros got off to a slow start but eventually turned the tide with their defensive play to pull away to a rout. Junior Dennis Kramer came off the bench to score 16 points in 18 minutes on 6-of-7 shooting, and senior Chris Manresa chipped in with 14 points while converting 6-of-7 shots. "I thought our approach was a little casual at both ends of the floor in the first part of the game," said 6th-year head coach Bill Grier. "But what I was pleased with was that they knew it and responded with about 8 minutes to go in the half by starting to defend like the way we are capable of. Part of it was I thought early on we got away from our defensive plan and that San Diego Christian did a nice job of exposing it. But I thought we broke it open towards the end of the half when we defended better. And coming out in the second half, I told this group that I was really happy with their approach coming out of the locker room and that carried through the rest of the game." First-year junior guard Mike Davis chipped in with 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting, and senior forward Ken Rancifer added 10 points with a game-high 9 rebounds. Sophomore guards Christopher Anderson (8 points, 6 assists) and Johnny Dee (8 points) started in the backcourt, and Simi Fajemisin and Jito Kok each added 3 blocked shots, with Kok second in rebounding with 8 caroms. In the first half the visitors led 27-22 with 7:26 to go, but the Toreros were able to close it out with a 22-4 run and 44-31 intermission lead. Kramer was one of the key sparks as he scored 10 of his 16 points in the final 10 minutes of the first half. In the second half San Diego Christian would not be able to get any closer than the halftime deficit, and the Toreros would go on to lead by as many as 36 with under two minutes to play.

SCOUTING THE NORTHERN KENTUCKY NORSE: Northern Kentucky University makes its NCAA Division I debut on Wednesday against the Toreros... In their final year of NCAA Division II play last season the Norse posted a 23-7 record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament... The Norse are now members of the Atlantic Sun Conference and were picked to finish 10th in the preseason poll... Head Coach Dave Bezold (161-79, 9th year at NKU) returns 2 starters and 5 lettermen from last year's squad... Top returners include senior point guard Ethan Faulkner (10.0 ppg), senior guard-forward Eshaunte Jones (10.7 ppg; 69 made treys), junior guard Chad Jackson (9.4 ppg) and senior forward Stretch Watson (6.3 ppg)... NKU finished No. 2 nationally in last season's NCAA Division II team statistics in 3-point shooting (42.5%)... This marks NKU's first trip to the west coast since the 1995-96 season when the Norse played Cal State Bakersfield and Cal State Los Angeles.

FOX SPORTS SAN DIEGO TO TELEVISE FIVE USD MEN'S GAMES: FOX Sports San Diego (FSSD) will produce and televise a total of six USD basketball games this season. The schedule includes five men's games and one women's game (vs. SDSU, Dec. 8th). Torero men's games include Tulsa (Nov. 16), Siena (Nov. 18), Tulane (Dec. 8), Portland (Jan. 3), and USF (Feb. 28). "We're pleased to feature the University of San Diego men's and women's basketball on FOX Sports San Diego," said Henry Ford, Senior Vice President and General Manager, FSSD. "USD is one of the premier athletic programs in Southern California and we're thrilled to showcase this slate of events." Calling play-by-play for all USD games on FOX Sports San Diego will be FSSD's own Mike Pomeranz. Pomeranz will be joined by native San Diegan and former NBA player Jud Buechler adding color commentary, as well as sideline reporter Cheryl Gorman. "We're excited to partner with FOX Sports San Diego on both conference and non-conference men's and women's basketball games," said Ky Snyder, Executive Director of Athletics, University of San Diego. "We have an exciting non-conference slate and we are pleased to be able to showcase the women's basketball city championship on December 8th." These games and all of FOX Sports San Diego's live programming can be seen locally on Cox channels 56 and 1056, DIRECTV channels 694 and 694-1, and AT&T U-Verse channel 776 and 1776-HD.

USD AND BCA INK PARTNERSHIP: University of San Diego Athletics and Broadcast Company of the Americas have come to terms on a 4-year partnership agreement that grants BCA the right to carry USD men's basketball games on XX 1090-AM & ESPN Radio 1700-AM. For the upcoming 2012-13 men's basketball season XX 1090-AM will be the flagship station. Andy Masur, the voice of USD men's basketball, returns for his 6th season with the upcoming 2012-13 campaign. All games will be broadcast on the radio and online, and games aired on XX 1090-AM will also be broadcast on the 1090 mobile app. The USD - BCA partnership will include sports radio remotes from USD athletic facilities that include the Jenny Craig Pavilion, Fowler Park and Torero Stadium; weekly USD Head Men's Basketball Coach Interviews during the season; ticket promotions and partnership mentions; website and social media support of all broadcasts; and numerous commercial spots in every USD men's basketball broadcast. "We are excited to announce that Torero Basketball will now be heard on the BCA radio stations XX 1090-AM and ESPN 1700-AM," said Ky Snyder, USD Executive Director of Athletics. "Their signal strength and commitment to local broadcasting make this a great fit for USD Athletics. We are also excited that Andy Masur will continue to bring live Torero Basketball to our fans."

WEST COAST CONFERENCE PRESEASON COACHES POLL: The Toreros have been picked to finish 5th by WCC head coaches in the nine team league. Gonzaga was picked 1st with 63 points (7 1st place votes). The Zags were followed by BYU (1), 55 points; Saint Mary's (1), 52 points; LMU, 37 points; USD, 36 points; Santa Clara, 35 points; San Francisco, 19 points; Portland, 15 points; Pepperdine, 12 points.



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The Toreros take on Valparaiso at home Saturday afternoon
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USD Softball worked with Montgomery Middle School in community service project
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The Toreros travel to Iowa in hopes of continuing their undefeated PFL season
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Short documentary on men's basketball's jump to DI and their first WCC championship
Video Thumbnail San Diego Beats Davidson 52-3
USD now 3-0 in the PFL
Video Thumbnail Sixth Man Night: The Rise
Men's Basketball fundraiser brings together alumni, student-athletes and the USD community
Video Thumbnail Thrive Elementary Visits Men's Soccer Team
Toreros put on skills clinic for local children
Video Thumbnail Meet the Toreros: Allyson Eylers
Freshman setter from Gilbert, Arizona
Video Thumbnail USD Receives Award From Autism Tree Project Foundation
The Legacy Award goes to USD for football and baseball's work with the athlete-mentor program
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Toreros play Davidson hoping to take home the 25th straight PFL home victory
Video Thumbnail Pack the Pavilion Night Against BYU
No. 6 Toreros battle No. 11 BYU for the first place spot in conference
Video Thumbnail Toreros Prepare For Butler
Smith and Coach Lindsey talk challenges and strategies for first away PFL game
Video Thumbnail Meet the Toreros: Megan Jacobsen
Jacobsen is a 6'2" middle blocker from Tacoma, Washington
Video Thumbnail USD Wins Big Conference Game Against Dayton
Toreros beat Dayton 34-22
Video Thumbnail Volleyball Plays USF for First WCC Play
Kristen Gengenbacher & Kaity Edwards talk about excitement for WCC play
Video Thumbnail USD Hosts Dayton in PFL Opener
Co-Captain Brian Riley & Coach Lindsey talk about the challenges of the Saturday's game
Video Thumbnail Volleyball Highlights from Wins Over UCSB and LBSU
Volleyball up to no. 7 after dominant weekend
Video Thumbnail Meet The Toreros: Ana Ramos
Freshman guard from Portugal
Video Thumbnail Cross Country Shows Speed on Home Course
The women finished second overall & the men finished fourth overall
Video Thumbnail Meet the Toreros: Kaity Edwards
6-2 MH From Playa Del Rey, CA
Video Thumbnail Second Home Tournament Preview
Lauren Schad & Jayden Kennedy talk about new ranking and preview upcoming games
Video Thumbnail Home Cross Country Race Preview
Head Coach Guarino and seniors Benster & Smith talk about the new team
Video Thumbnail Volleyball Highlights from Home Tournament Sweep
Volleyball beats UCI, CU and UCLA at their first home tournament
Video Thumbnail Sixth Man Night
Head Coach Smith talks about upcoming annual fundraiser
Video Thumbnail Volleyball's First Home Tournament of the Season
Kramer & Jennings recap last game and share excitement for upcoming tournament
Video Thumbnail Football Plays Cal Poly After 27-0 Opening Week Win
Giorgi and Lindsey recap game against WNM and preview Cal Poly
Video Thumbnail Men's Soccer Home Opener Preview
Price & McFadden preview UCD & Sac State
Video Thumbnail WNMU recap
Postgame Highlights & Interviews
Video Thumbnail #GameChangers
Who's Next?
Video Thumbnail Western New Mexico Preview
Jamal Agnew & Anthony Lawrence break down WNMU.
Video Thumbnail USD vs. Stanford Volleyball UPSET
Torero women win 3 of 5 sets against #11 Stanford.
Video Thumbnail Meet the Toreros: Isaiah Pineiro
Versatile 6'6" forward will redshirt 2016-17 season.
Video Thumbnail Men's Soccer Kicks Off Season In NC
Coach McFadden & Michael Turner Preview Matches vs Duke & Elon.
Video Thumbnail Softball Golf Tournament Promo
September 17th at Bernardo Heights CC.
Video Thumbnail Meet the Toreros: Isaiah Wright
Former Utah Ute will redshirt the 2016-17 season.
Video Thumbnail Training Camp Update
Team prepares for Saturday scrimmage.
Video Thumbnail Meet the Toreros: Patricia Brossmann
6'0" freshman forward from Berlin, Germany.
Video Thumbnail Meet the Toreros: Mark Carbone
6'2" freshman guard from Wethersfield, CT.
Video Thumbnail Meet the Toreros: Madison Pollock
6'1" freshman guard from Snohomish, Wash.
Video Thumbnail Women's Soccer In the Community
Toreros host soccer skills clinic at Linda Vista Elementary.
Video Thumbnail Meet the Toreros: Juwan Gray
6'8" freshman forward from Dover, Delaware.
Video Thumbnail Toreros Open Training Camp
The USD women's soccer team began training camp today.
Video Thumbnail Meet the Toreros: Nassir Barrino
6'0" freshman guard from Newark, New Jersey.
Video Thumbnail Meet the Toreros: José Martinez
6'10" freshman forward from Cayey, Puerto Rico.
Video Thumbnail Meet the Toreros: Frank Ryder
6'10" freshman forward from Boulder, Colo.
Video Thumbnail 2015-16 Highlight Video
All the top plays from 2015-16
Video Thumbnail Jordan Angus - Male Torero of the Year
Angus reflects on his time at USD
Video Thumbnail Malina Hood - Female Torero of the Year
Malina Hood looks back at her USD career
Video Thumbnail NCAA Tournament Preview
San Diego faces Vanderbilt in first round
Video Thumbnail 2016 Celebration of Excellence
Behind the Scenes at the COE
Video Thumbnail Toreros Participate in Linda Vista Parade
Toreros Participate in Linda Vista Parade

Video Thumbnail Men's Tennis senior Day
The Toreros host LMU and Pepperdine Saturday and Sunday
Video Thumbnail Softball WCC Preview
The Toreros host Saint Mary's Saturday and Sunday
Video Thumbnail 2016 San Diego Crew Classic
The Toreros show speed against the nation's top crews
Video Thumbnail The Torero Baseball Experience
Kris Bryant & Brian Matusz reflect on their time at USD
Video Thumbnail MBB Senior Night
Jito Kok and Duda Sanadze prepare for the final home game
Video Thumbnail USD Baseball Season Preview
Season starts at No. 3 Vanderbilt February 19
Video Thumbnail USD Softball Season Preview
Season starts February 12
Video Thumbnail UCLA Preview
USD travels to No. 9 UCLA Friday
Video Thumbnail Toreros Host Kentucky Saturday
USD looks to defend home court against No. 22 Kentucky
Video Thumbnail Toreros Host Pepperdine & LMU
USD returns home after four-game road trip
Video Thumbnail Toreros Team Up with PYBL
Men's Basketball hosts annual clinic for Challenged Division
Video Thumbnail Men's Tennis 2016
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Video Thumbnail BYU Preview
Preview of USD women's basketball WCC opener vs. BYU.
Video Thumbnail City Championship Highlights
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Postgame reaction and press conferences
Video Thumbnail Toreros Return Home
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Video Thumbnail Men's Basketball Season Tickets
Starting as Low as $99
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Video Thumbnail CSUN Preview
Coach Fisher and forward Maya Hood talk about Tuesday's home-opener against CSUN
Video Thumbnail USC Preview
Coach Smith and Brett Bailey preview the season opener at USC
Video Thumbnail Davidson Preview
Jonah Hodges and Dale Lindsey talk about Jonah's return and preview Davidson game
Video Thumbnail San Diego Fall Classic Preview
Coach Dagman previews the San Diego Fall Classic
Video Thumbnail Nevada Preview
USD's Women's Basketball team will start their season at Nevada this weekend
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A Glance at the Beginnings of Torero Hoops
Video Thumbnail Campbell Preview
Coach Lindsey and Jeff Starr preview Campbell
Video Thumbnail Stetson Preview
Coach Lindsey and Jereke Armstrong talk about the season so far
Video Thumbnail WCC Media Day
Behind the scenes with Men's and Women's Basketball at WCC media day
Video Thumbnail Warner Recap
Dale Lindsey and Anthony Lawrence on USD's 45-14 win
Video Thumbnail Warner Preview

Anthony Lawrence and Coach Lindsey preview game vs. Warner
Video Thumbnail Torero Community Service

USD Athletics helps out at Father Joe's Village in downtown San Diego
Video Thumbnail Men's Basketball Camp Update

Kok and Carter talk about the upcoming season
Video Thumbnail Drake Preview

Toreros host Bulldogs for Homecoming game
Video Thumbnail Dayton Preview

Toreros look for 4th straight win
Video Thumbnail LMU Preview

Pack the Stadium Night
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Petronijevic, Angus, & Vittek Prepare
Video Thumbnail Marist Preview

USD Looks to Extend Home Win Streak
Video Thumbnail Valparaiso Preview

Toreros First True Road Game of 2015
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Toreros Look to Extend Win Streak
Video Thumbnail Aztec Invite Recap

Both Squads Finish Second
Video Thumbnail SDSU Preview

Toreros Take on Cross-town Rival
Video Thumbnail WNMU Recap

Highlights from 45-21 win
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Previewing Western New Mexico
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A preview of the USD Tournament
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Previewing No. 16 Cal
Video Thumbnail Training Camp Update
Coach Lindsey Recaps the First Two Weeks
Video Thumbnail 2015 WSOC Preview
A brief preview of the 2015 Toreros.


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