GAME #7: The USD Toreros (5-1), under the direction of head coach Lamont Smith, look to get back to their winning ways when they head up the coast for a Saturday contest at UC Santa Barbara (5-2). USD saw its 5-game winning streak snapped on Thursday evening at the Jenny Craig Pavilion by the SDSU Aztecs, 66-57.
SERIES RECORD: This is the 25th meeting between USD and UCSB with the Gauchos owning a 16-8 advantage in the series that began in 1964... San Diego has won the last two meetings... Last season at the JCP on Dec. 11, 2016 the Toreros earned a 77-68 victory with Brett Bailey leading the way with 17 points... USD's last trip to UCSB was on December 11, 2014... The Toreros made 10-14 threes and were paced by guard Johnny Dee with 22 points.
TICKETS: USD 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 www.usdtoreros.com.
RADIO/STREAM: 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. Ben Higgins fills in for Cronin on Saturday with the game being broadcast on ESPN 1700AM. The game will also be streamed on BIGWEST.TV.
WCC STANDINGS (as of Nov. 30): Gonzaga (6-1), San Diego (5-1), Saint Mary's (5-2), BYU (5-2), LMU (4-2), San Francisco (3-2), Pacific (4-4), Portland (3-4), Pepperdine (2-5), Santa Clara (2-5).
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 5-0 start to the season matched 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 continue their road swing with a game at New Mexico State (5-1) on Wednesday, December 6th (6:00 p.m. PST). The Aggies play against Prairie View A&M on Sunday, December 3rd, before the match-up against San Diego.
* The Toreros 5-1 start to the season can be attributed mainly to their team defensive effort... USD currently is tops in the WCC and among NCAA leaders in 3-point field goal percentage defense (20.0%), scoring defense (59.8) and FG% defense (.381).
* USD's 5-0 start and road win over Grand Canyon moved them into the No. 25 spot on the CollegeInsider.com Top-25 Poll (as of Nov. 27th).
* USD's first loss of the season, a 66-57 setback to crosstown rival SDSU, can be attibuted to poor shooting... The Toreros converted just 23-of-61 shots (.377) and 7-of-30 threes (.233)... Junior Isaiah Pineiro paced the Toreros with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals... Junior guard Isaiah Wright chipped in with 10 points, 6 assists and 6 rebounds.
* Last Saturday the Toreros earned an impressive 72-62 road win over previously undefeated Grand Canyon, ranked No. 25 in CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major poll at the time of the game... 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.
SCOUTING THE UCSB GAUCHOS: The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos, under the direction of first year head coach Joe Pasternack, are off to a solid 5-2 start... This past Tuesday they earned a 79-72 road win at San Francisco for their fourth consecutive victory... Leland King II (21 points, 14 rebounds) and sophomore guard Max Heidegger (18 points) led five Gauchos in double digit scoring... The victory the UCSB's fourth straight... Heidegger leads the team in scoring at 24.1 points per game and is followed by King II (18.1 ppg), Jalen Cany (11.0), Gabe Vincent (10.1) and Marcus Jackson (10.0)... UCSB is averaging 76.0 ppg and 34.4 rpg, while limiting its opponents on average to 73.6 ppg and 35.4 rpg... Besides USF, team wins have come against North Dakota State, Pepperdine, Montana and Prairie View A&M... UCSB competes in the Big West Conference.
USD Honors Local Military Members
Toreros showed their support and hosted local military members at the men's basketball game
USD Athletes Sing "Santa's Coming to Town"
Toreros show their talent out of uniform
Basketball: City Championship
Toreros play SDSU Thursday night at 8
Football: Week Fourteen
Football preps for second round of playoffs at NDSU
Football: NAU From the Sidelines
Toreros win in first round of playoffs at NAU
Football: Week Thirteen
Football travels to NAU for the first round of the FCS Playoffs
A day to give to Torero Athletics
Football: Week Twelve
Toreros gear up for last game of conference play
Football: Week Eleven
Toreros prep for game day
Torero Timeout with Summer Mason
USD junior women's soccer player takes a timeout during a study break
On Saturday We Dominate
Big wins for both USD Football and USD Volleyball Saturday afternoon
Torero Timeout with Henry Lander
Men's soccer sophomore Henry Lander takes a Timeout between classes
Football: Week Ten
Toreros gear up for home game against Drake
Men's and women's basketball teamed up to host a Halloween event
Football: Week Nine
Big day in the weight room for the Toreros
Seamus McFadden's Legacy
39 years in review by former players and coaches
Alumni, staff and the San Diego community gathered to celebrate Men's Soccer Head Coach Seamus McFadden
Sixth Man Night: The Event
Recap video of the October 12 fundraiser event
Women's Basketball: WCC Hoops Tip-Off
Coach Fisher and Maya Hood attend media day in Las Vegas
Men's Basketball: New Heights
Men's basketball celebrates the third era of the program
Alumni and family gathered together for an eventful Homecoming weekend
Torero Timeout with Kristen Gengenbacher
Take a Timeout with the senior setter at her house in South Mission Beach
Football: Week Seven
Football preps for this Saturday's Homecoming game
Torero Timeout with Jonathan Petersen
USD Football's Petersen strolls through Belmont Park during his bye week
USD Basketball: Practice No. 1
Check out what practice looks like for the Torero ballers
Football: Week Five
Toreros prep for big game against Dayton
Football: FaceTime with Lion's Jamal Agnew
USD Head Coach Dale Lindsey congratulates Torero alum Agnew on his first NFL touchdown
Football: Brian Fogarty PFL Classic
From tailgates to touchdowns, we got it all
Football: Week Four
Hard work follows these Toreros on and off the field
Cross Country: USD Invite
Missed Saturday's race? Don't stress, we have it right here
Football: Week Three
Sights and sounds of USD Football at work
USD Invite: Take a Lap
Men's and women's cross country host the USD Invite: the only home race for the Toreros
Football: Week Two
Football hard at work for their first away game at UC Davis
Three Games - One Day
Ole Weekend was one to remember for USD Athletics
Football: Week One
Toreros preps for their home opener against Western New Mexico
2017 Football Season Preview
Head Coach Dale Lindsey and Senior Ray Clark discuss upcoming season
USD Athletics Highlight Video 2016-17
Don't miss the best highlights from this past year in USD Athletics