Dec. 12, 2012
SERIES RECORD: This will be the 44th meeting between USD and SDSU with the Aztecs owning a 26-17 advantage... SDSU has won six straight and nine of ten... The Aztecs dealt USD a 74-62 loss last year at the Jenny Craig Pavilion on Dec. 7, 2011... USD jumped out to a 14-2, but SDSU battled back for a 37-36 halftime lead... Chris Manresa paced USD with 14 points and 10 rebounds; SDSU was led by Chase Tapley (23 points).
RADIO-TV: All USD home and away games will be broadcast live on XX 1090 AM or ESPN 1700 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 feed is also available for free of charge at www.usdtoreros.com. Saturday's game airs on XX 1090 AM. The game will also be televised by 4SD with Chris Ello (play-by-play) and Jim Brogan (color analyst).
A LOOK AHEAD: Following Saturday's game at SDSU, the Toreros will not be in action again until Dec. 22nd when they play Oregon State in a 6:05 p.m. contest at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The two-day event, billed as the Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic, will see USD take on James Madison on Sunday, Dec. 23rd at 3:30 pm.
WCC STANDINGS (thru Dec. 11th): Gonzaga (9-1), Saint Mary's (7-2), Santa Clara (7-2), USF (5-2), BYU (6-3), Pepperdine (6-3), LMU (5-4), San Diego (6-5) Portland (3-6).
DEE EARNS SECOND WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONOR: USD sophomore guard Johnny Dee (Vista, CA) has earned his second WCC Player of the Week honor after leading the Toreros to two wins last week over Southern Utah (67-53) and Tulane (78-72). Dee averaged 20.0 points over the two contests while converting 60% from the floor (12-20), 57.1% from behind the arc (8-14) and a perfect 8-8 from the free throw line. He scored a game-high 17 points against Southern Utah, including 13 in the first half as the Toreros jumped out to a 36-22 intermission lead. Against Tulane, he scored 15 of his game-high 23 points in the second half and canned 5-of-9 treys for the game.
COACH GRIER (6TH YEAR): Coach Bill Grier (Oregon, 1990) is in his sixth season at the helm of the USD program... He enters the SDSU contest with a 6-5 mark... 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 Championships before falling to BYU by just 5 points... The 2010-11 season was highlighted by a 74-66 home win over #23 Saint Mary's, along with a 67-64 win over Utah... The 2009-10 season was highlighted by wins over Stanford, #25 Oklahoma, Houston and Boise State... His 2008-09 campaign (16-16) 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 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... 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... Bill and his wife, Nicole, have two daughters, Giselle & Ashley.
TORERO TIDBITS: The Toreros enter Saturday's game with a three-game winning streak... The Toreros are 4-0 this season with senior center Chris Manresa in the line-up (he missed games 2 thru 8 with back issues)... Three of USD's five losses are by 5 points or less (74-71 vs. CS Northridge, 67-66 at Montana, 56-51 at Stephen F. Austin)... Senior forward Ken Rancifer has been on fire over the past two games making a combined 16-of-20 shots overall (80%) and 9-of-13 three-pointers (69.2%) while averaging 21.5 ppg... Sophomore guard Johnny Dee, who leads the team in scoring at 15.0 ppg, has already by tabbed the WCC Player of the Week twice (Dec. 10 & Nov. 19)... Over the past 5 games three Torero starters are averaging double-digit scoring - Dee (15.0 ppg), Rancifer (13.4 ppg) and point guard Christopher Anderson (10.2 ppg).
TOREROS WIN THIRD STRAIGHT WITH 88-65 WIN: The USD Toreros won their third straight game with a convincing 88-65 home win over Arizona Christian at the JCP. Senior forward Ken Rancifer scored a career-high 27 points as he made 10-of-12 shots overall, including 6-of-8 from beyond the three-point arc. In the first half both teams got off to slow starts as the game was tied at 8-all at the 13:41 mark. Over the next 4:19 the Toreros strung together a 10-0 run that ended with a Rancifer free throw and from there the closest the visiting ACU Firestorm would get is 7 points at 23-16 on a three-pointer from Mike Navar. Over the final 7 minutes of the first half the Toreros closed with a 24-11 run. Rancifer had 17 points by the break as the Toreros made 58.1% of their shots from the floor and 6-of-12 three-pointers.In the 2nd half the Toreros extended their lead to as many as 32 points (74-42) with 9:44 to go with Coach Grier having the luxury to get some of his reserves some increased minutes on the floor. Besides Rancifer, junior guard Mike Davis also chipped in with a new career-high of 15 points on 7-of-12 shooting. Sophomore guard Johnny Dee added 11 points. For the game the Toreros shot a season-best 60.0% from the floor (36-60), while connecting on 8-of-17 three-pointers.
TOREROS TO PLAY TWO GAMES IN LAS VEGAS CLASSIC: As a prelude to the 2013 Pac-12 Men's Basketball Championships, the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas will host the 2012 Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic December 22 & 23 with Oregon State, San Diego, James Madison, San Jose State, Boise State and New Orleans as participants. USD and Oregon State will kickoff the event on Saturday, Dec. 22nd with a 6:00 p.m. contest that will be televised on the Pac-12 Network. James Madison and San Jose State will face off in the second game at approximately 8:30 pm. On Sunday, December 23rd, Boise State will take on New Orleans at 1:00 p.m., followed by USD vs. James Madison at approximately 3:30 pm. The MGM Hotel is offering a package deal that includes free tickets to all four games if you book your room there. For more information, contact the MGM Hotel (www.mgmgrand.com) or Pac-12 (www.pac-12.org).
SCOUTING THE SAN DIEGO STATE AZTECS: The San Diego State Aztecs have a record of 7-1 and have now won seven straight since opening the season with a 62-49 loss to Syracuse on November 11th... They are currently ranked #15 in the USA Today Coaches' Poll, and #18 in the Associated Press Poll... They are currently 4-0 this season in games played at Viejas Arena, including an 84-70 win over UC Santa Barbara in their last outing on December 6th... Guard Chase Tapley led five Aztecs in double-digit scoring with 23 points... He was followed by guard Jamaal Franklin (14), JJ O'Brien (12), Xavier Thames (11) and James Rahon (10)... Franklin, last year's Mountain West Conference Player of the Year, leads the team in scoring at 19.1 points per game and 9.9 rebounds per game... Tapley is second in scoring at 13.6 ppg... The Aztecs are averaging 72.6 points and 39.8 rebounds while limiting its opponents to 58.4 ppg and 35.6 rpg... Head Coach Steve Fisher is in his 14th year at SDSU (265-161).
Toreros Play LMU & Pepperdine at Home
No. 5 USD Volleyball play LMU on Thursday night and Pepperdine Saturday Afternoon
USD Hosts Valparaiso
The Toreros take on Valparaiso at home Saturday afternoon
Women's Soccer Plays BYU at Home
After a win at Gonzaga the Toreros take on BYU in the Torero Stadium
USD Women Lead Softball Clinic
USD Softball worked with Montgomery Middle School in community service project
USD Plays Drake In Fourth PFL Game Of The Season
The Toreros travel to Iowa in hopes of continuing their undefeated PFL season
The Rise (1973-84)
Short documentary on men's basketball's jump to DI and their first WCC championship
San Diego Beats Davidson 52-3
USD now 3-0 in the PFL
Sixth Man Night: The Rise
Men's Basketball fundraiser brings together alumni, student-athletes and the USD community
Thrive Elementary Visits Men's Soccer Team
Toreros put on skills clinic for local children
Meet the Toreros: Allyson Eylers
Freshman setter from Gilbert, Arizona
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
USD plays Davidson in Torero Stadium for Homecoming Weekend
Toreros play Davidson hoping to take home the 25th straight PFL home victory
Pack the Pavilion Night Against BYU
No. 6 Toreros battle No. 11 BYU for the first place spot in conference
Toreros Prepare For Butler
Smith and Coach Lindsey talk challenges and strategies for first away PFL game
Meet the Toreros: Megan Jacobsen
Jacobsen is a 6'2" middle blocker from Tacoma, Washington
USD Wins Big Conference Game Against Dayton
Toreros beat Dayton 34-22
Volleyball Plays USF for First WCC Play
Kristen Gengenbacher & Kaity Edwards talk about excitement for WCC play
USD Hosts Dayton in PFL Opener
Co-Captain Brian Riley & Coach Lindsey talk about the challenges of the Saturday's game
Volleyball Highlights from Wins Over UCSB and LBSU
Volleyball up to no. 7 after dominant weekend
Meet The Toreros: Ana Ramos
Freshman guard from Portugal
Cross Country Shows Speed on Home Course
The women finished second overall & the men finished fourth overall
Meet the Toreros: Kaity Edwards
6-2 MH From Playa Del Rey, CA
Second Home Tournament Preview
Lauren Schad & Jayden Kennedy talk about new ranking and preview upcoming games
Home Cross Country Race Preview
Head Coach Guarino and seniors Benster & Smith talk about the new team
Volleyball Highlights from Home Tournament Sweep
Volleyball beats UCI, CU and UCLA at their first home tournament
Sixth Man Night
Head Coach Smith talks about upcoming annual fundraiser
Volleyball's First Home Tournament of the Season
Kramer & Jennings recap last game and share excitement for upcoming tournament
Football Plays Cal Poly After 27-0 Opening Week Win
Giorgi and Lindsey recap game against WNM and preview Cal Poly
Men's Soccer Home Opener Preview
Price & McFadden preview UCD & Sac State
Postgame Highlights & Interviews
Western New Mexico Preview
Jamal Agnew & Anthony Lawrence break down WNMU.
USD vs. Stanford Volleyball UPSET
Torero women win 3 of 5 sets against #11 Stanford.
Meet the Toreros: Isaiah Pineiro
Versatile 6'6" forward will redshirt 2016-17 season.
Men's Soccer Kicks Off Season In NC
Coach McFadden & Michael Turner Preview Matches vs Duke & Elon.
Softball Golf Tournament Promo
September 17th at Bernardo Heights CC.
Meet the Toreros: Isaiah Wright
Former Utah Ute will redshirt the 2016-17 season.
Training Camp Update
Team prepares for Saturday scrimmage.
Meet the Toreros: Patricia Brossmann
6'0" freshman forward from Berlin, Germany.
Meet the Toreros: Mark Carbone
6'2" freshman guard from Wethersfield, CT.
Meet the Toreros: Madison Pollock
6'1" freshman guard from Snohomish, Wash.
Women's Soccer In the Community
Toreros host soccer skills clinic at Linda Vista Elementary.
Meet the Toreros: Juwan Gray
6'8" freshman forward from Dover, Delaware.
Toreros Open Training Camp
The USD women's soccer team began training camp today.
Meet the Toreros: Nassir Barrino
6'0" freshman guard from Newark, New Jersey.
Meet the Toreros: José Martinez
6'10" freshman forward from Cayey, Puerto Rico.
Meet the Toreros: Frank Ryder
6'10" freshman forward from Boulder, Colo.
2015-16 Highlight Video
All the top plays from 2015-16
Jordan Angus - Male Torero of the Year
Angus reflects on his time at USD
Malina Hood - Female Torero of the Year
Malina Hood looks back at her USD career
NCAA Tournament Preview
San Diego faces Vanderbilt in first round
2016 Celebration of Excellence
Behind the Scenes at the COE
Toreros Participate in Linda Vista Parade
Toreros Participate in Linda Vista Parade
Men's Tennis senior Day
The Toreros host LMU and Pepperdine Saturday and Sunday
Softball WCC Preview
The Toreros host Saint Mary's Saturday and Sunday
2016 San Diego Crew Classic
The Toreros show speed against the nation's top crews
The Torero Baseball Experience
Kris Bryant & Brian Matusz reflect on their time at USD
MBB Senior Night
Jito Kok and Duda Sanadze prepare for the final home game
USD Baseball Season Preview
Season starts at No. 3 Vanderbilt February 19
USD Softball Season Preview
Season starts February 12
USD travels to No. 9 UCLA Friday
Toreros Host Kentucky Saturday
USD looks to defend home court against No. 22 Kentucky
Toreros Host Pepperdine & LMU
USD returns home after four-game road trip
Toreros Team Up with PYBL
Men's Basketball hosts annual clinic for Challenged Division
Men's Tennis 2016
USD opens at home vs UC Irvine and UCSD Saturday
Preview of USD women's basketball WCC opener vs. BYU.
City Championship Highlights
Relive the Toreros' Upset over SDSU at Petco Park
Toreros to Host Hope International
The 9-1 Toreros will host Hope International in their final game before WCC play
Toreros Stun Aztecs at Petco
Postgame reaction and press conferences
Toreros Return Home
USD will host Bethesda before Sunday's City Championship at Petco Park
Men's Basketball Season Tickets
Starting as Low as $99
Pono Keni and Coach Lindsey talk about Saturday's Senior Day game against Butler
Coach Fisher and forward Maya Hood talk about Tuesday's home-opener against CSUN
Coach Smith and Brett Bailey preview the season opener at USC
Jonah Hodges and Dale Lindsey talk about Jonah's return and preview Davidson game
San Diego Fall Classic Preview
Coach Dagman previews the San Diego Fall Classic
USD's Women's Basketball team will start their season at Nevada this weekend
USD Men's Basketball - The Origins (1955-1973)
A Glance at the Beginnings of Torero Hoops
Coach Lindsey and Jeff Starr preview Campbell
Coach Lindsey and Jereke Armstrong talk about the season so far
WCC Media Day
Behind the scenes with Men's and Women's Basketball at WCC media day
Dale Lindsey and Anthony Lawrence on USD's 45-14 win
Anthony Lawrence and Coach Lindsey preview game vs. Warner
Torero Community Service
USD Athletics helps out at Father Joe's Village in downtown San Diego
Men's Basketball Camp Update
Kok and Carter talk about the upcoming season
Toreros host Bulldogs for Homecoming game
Toreros look for 4th straight win
Pack the Stadium Night
ITA All-American's Preview
Petronijevic, Angus, & Vittek Prepare
USD Looks to Extend Home Win Streak
Toreros First True Road Game of 2015
CSUN and UCSB Preview
Toreros Look to Extend Win Streak
Aztec Invite Recap
Both Squads Finish Second
Toreros Take on Cross-town Rival
Highlights from 45-21 win
2015 Home Opener
Previewing Western New Mexico
Volleyball Tournament Preview
A preview of the USD Tournament
Men's Soccer Season Opener
Previewing No. 16 Cal
Training Camp Update
Coach Lindsey Recaps the First Two Weeks
2015 WSOC Preview
A brief preview of the 2015 Toreros.