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Toreros host SDSU Aztecs on Thursday at 8:00 p.m.
Nov. 27, 2017

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GAME #6: The USD Toreros (5-0), under the direction of head coach Lamont Smith, are off to the program's best start in five seasons (2013-14; 5-0). On Thursday, November 30th, the Toreros will host crosstown rival San Diego State (5-2) in a 8:05 p.m. contest at the Jenny Craig Pavilion (5,100 capacity).

SERIES RECORD: This is the 49th meeting between these two programs with SDSU owning a 30-18 advantage... In last year's season opener on Nov. 11th, the Aztecs won 69-59 at Viejas Arena... Olin Carter III paced the Toreros with 17 points... USD snapped a 9-game SDSU win streak in 2015 with a 53-48 neutral site victory played outdoors at Petco Park on December 6th... USD's last win over SDSU at the JCP came on November 30, 2005; a 90-80 victory.

TICKETS: Single game, 3-game mini-packs, group tickets and season tickets are available by contacting the USD Athletics ticket office (619-260-7550) or by visiting

RADIO/TV: All USD home and away games will be broadcast on either The Mighty 1090AM or ESPN 1700AM with Jack Cronin (4th season) bringing you all the action; his pre-game show airs 15 minutes prior to tip-off. Thursday's game will air on The Mighty 1090AM. The game is also being televised by Fox Sports West (Kevin Barnett, play-by-play; Ryan Hollins, color analyst; Michelle Margaux, sideline reporter), and will also stream on (out-of-region).

WCC STANDINGS (as of Nov. 26): San Diego (5-0), Gonzaga (5-1), San Francisco (3-1), Saint Mary's (5-2), BYU (4-2), LMU (3-2), Pacific (3-4), Pepperdine (2-4), Portland (2-4), Santa Clara (1-5).

WCC PRESEASON COACHES POLL: The Toreros were picked to place sixth by the WCC head coaches in the 2017-18 Preseason WCC Coaches Poll. Saint Mary's was selected first with 81 points and 9 first place votes. Rounding out the top-5 was Gonzaga (73 points, 1 first place vote), BYU (62 points), San Francisco (59 points) and Santa Clara (44 points). Following San Diego is Pepperdine (30 points), Pacific (24 points), Portland (21 points) and Loyola Marymount (19 points).

COACH SMITH (3RD YEAR): Coach Lamont Smith (San Diego, 1998) is in his third year at the helm of the Torero basketball program. The team's current 5-0 start matches the program's best Divison I start (2013-14 & 1990-91). He welcomes back four starters from last year's squad that finished 13-18 overall. The Toreros earned a home victory over BYU and swept Portland during league play. Brett Bailey, last year's lone senior and team captain, earned All-WCC Second Team honors. Prior to USD Smith was at the University of New Mexico where he was the Associate Head Coach. Prior to UNM he spent time at Washington, Arizona State, Santa Clara, Saint Mary's College and Saint Louis University. Smith returned to USD where he was a member of the men's basketball team from 1994-99. He started all 27 games his senior year in 1998-99 for the 18-9 Toreros. He was named the Toreros' Defensive Player of the Year in 1997 and 1999 and served as the team captain from 1997-99. Smith earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of San Diego in 1998. Lamont and his wife Kimberly have two daughters -- Payton and Olivia.

A LOOK AHEAD: The Toreros close out the week with a game at UC Santa Barbara (4-2)on Saturday, December 2nd. Game time is 7:00 p.m. at the Thunderdome. The Gauchos play at San Francisco on Tuesday evening before the tilt with the Toreros.

* USD's current 5-0 start has only been matched by two previous Torero teams from the NCAA Division I era that began in 1979-80... The most recent team was the 2013-14 club that got out of the gates with a 5-0 start and finished the year 18-17; the first team was the 1990-91 squad that started 5-0 and finished out the year with a 17-12 mark.

* The Toreros hot start can be attributed mainly to their team defensive effort... USD currently ranks #2 in the NCAA in 3-point field goal percentage defense (19.0%),#13 in scoring defense (58.6) and #21 in FG% defense (.367).... USD ranks #1 in WCC in these categories.

* On Saturday the Toreros earned an impressive 72-62 road win over previously undefeated Grand Canyon (No. 25 in Mid-Major poll)... Junior guard Isaiah Wright came within a rebound of a triple-double with 16 points, 10 assists and 9 rebounds... Junior forward Isaiah Pineiro (17 points), freshman forward Yauhen Massalski (17 points, 7 rebounds) and junior guard Olin Carter III (15 points) also reached double digit scoring... The Toreros did not allow GCU to score a basket over the final nine minutes of action.

* The Toreros win over Little Rock (Nov. 20) was spearheaded by Isaiah Pineiro's 20 point, 7 rebound, 4 assist and 4 steal performance... San Diego used 11-0 runs to open up each half and its defense held LR to 37.3% shooting (19-51) and forced them into 17 turnovers... Isaiah Wright (12) and Cameron Neubauer (11) also reached double digits.

* The Toreros dealt Norfolk State a 71-62 loss on Nov. 18... Olin Carter III scored a game-high 21 points... Cameron Neubauer (16 points) and Isaiah Pineiro (14 points, 7 rebounds) also reached double-digits, while sophomore forward Juwan Gray grabbed a game-high 8 rebounds... Carter scored 13 of his points in the first half as USD jumped out to a 38-16 advantage... The Toreros canned 12-26 threes.

* The Toreros opened up their 2017-18 home slate with a 65-53 win over Robert Morris on November 15th... Isaiah Wright paced the Toreros with a game-high 17 points to go with 8 rebounds and 6 assists... He was joined in double-digit scoring by Yauhen Massalski (11 points, 8 rebounds, 3 blocks) and Alex Floresca (10 points)... The Torero defense held the Colonials to 53 points and 33.3% shooting (18-54) and came out on top in the rebounding department (44-32).

* The Toreros opened the 2017-18 season with an impressive 81-64 road win over San Jose State on November 12th... Junior guard Isaiah Wright (22 points, 7 assists, 5 steals) led four Toreros in double digit scoring... He was followed by Olin Carter III (18), Cameron Neubauer (13) and Isaiah Pineiro (13 and team-high 6 rebounds)... Freshman forward Yauhen Massalski chipped in 8 points and 4 rebounds as USD shot 57.4% from the field (31-54) and 52.9% from beyond the arc (9-17)... USD led 51-29 at the halftime break.

SCOUTING SAN DIEGO STATE: San Diego State, under the direction of first year head coach Brian Dutcher (19th year with program), bring a record of 5-2 to the Jenny Craig Pavilion... They had their 4-game winning streak snapped on Nov. 26 with a 93-86 loss to Washington State in the championship game of the Wooden Legacy... Prior to that they had run off wins against McNeese (83-52), Eastern Illinois (94-63), Sacramento State (89-52) and Georgia (75-68)... Devin Watson leads four players in double-digit scoring with his 13.9 points per game averge... He is followed by guard Trey Kell (13.6 ppg), forward Malik Pope (12.4 ppg, 6.7 rpg) and forward Matt Mitchell (11.1 ppg)... SDSU is averaging 83.7 points per game and limiting its opponents on average to 67.1 points per game... SDSU was picked to finish second in the preseason Mountain West Conference poll.

The Last Meeting
San Diego59
San Diego State69
November 11, 2016
San Diego, Calif. (Viejas Arena)



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