Dec. 20, 2012
GAMES #13 & #14: The USD Toreros (6-6) head to Las Vegas, Nevada this weekend for two games in the Vegas Holiday Hoops event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena (7,500 capacity). The Toreros take on Oregon State University (8-2) on Saturday, Dec. 22nd, at 6:00 pm, followed by Sunday's 3:30 pm contest against James Madison (4-6).
VEGAS HOLIDAY HOOPS SCHEDULE: (Sat., Dec. 22) - USD vs. Oregon State (6pm), James Madison vs. San Jose State (8pm). (Sun., Dec. 23rd) - New Orleans vs. Boise State (1pm), USD vs. James Madison (3:30 pm).
SERIES RECORD: This will just the third time USD and Oregon State have met with the series tied at 1-all... Oregon State won the last meeting during the 2001-02 season in Corvallis, Oregon (65-56)... The Toreros won the first-ever meeting during the 2000-01 campaign in San Diego (82-71). That contest was just the second game played by the Toreros in their newly constructed Jenny Craig Pavilion - the contest was billed as USD's "Torero Tip-off", with the Torero women hosting USC in the earlier contest that evening. Sunday's game with James Madison will be USD's first meeting against the JMU Dukes.
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. Both of these games will air on XX 1090 AM. Saturday's game will also be televised by the Pac-12 Networks with Ted Robinson (play-by-play) and Ernie Kent (color analyst).
A LOOK AHEAD: Following Christmas the Toreros will close out their nonconference slate with a home game against Morgan State on Saturday, Dec. 29th (7:30 pm).
WCC STANDINGS (thru Dec. 19th): Gonzaga (11-1), Santa Clara (9-2),Saint Mary's (8-2), BYU (8-3), Pepperdine (7-4), USF (5-4), San Diego (6-6), Portland (6-6), LMU (5-5).
COACH GRIER (6TH YEAR): Coach Bill Grier (Oregon, 1990) is in his sixth season at the helm of the USD program... He enters the Oregon State contest with a 6-6 mark this season... 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: This weekend's games will be USD's first neutral site contests of the season... USD is currently 1-4 in away contests with their lone win being a 67-53 decision at Southern Utah back on December 4th... Senior forward Ken Rancifer is averaging 19.7 points over USD's last three contests - he has led the team in scoring in all three contests (16 vs. Tulane, 27 vs. Arizona Christian, 16 vs. SDSU)... Sophomore guard Johnny Dee (team-best 14.5 ppg) is the only WCC player this season to have earned two league player of the week honors (Nov. 19 & Dec. 10)... The Toreros are 4-1 this season with senior center Chris Manresa in the lineup (missed games 2-8 with back issues)... Sophomore guard Christopher Anderson dished out a season-high 9 assists vs. #15 SDSU; he ranks 3rd in the WCC in assists (6.2) and 2nd in steals (2.8).
TOREROS FALL IN CITY CHAMPIONSHIP, 72-56: The Toreros dropped a 72-56 decision to the 15th-ranked SDSU Aztecs at Viejas Arena last Saturday. Senior forward Ken Rancifer scored a game-high 16 points but it wasn't enough as the long and athletic Aztecs won their 8th straight game to improve to 8-1 on the year. The Toreros, who also received double-digit performances from Chris Manresa (11 points, 7 rebounds) and Christopher Anderson (11 points, 9 assists), saw their season record even up at 6-6. The Toreros played well out of the gates and held leads on six different times in the first half with the last coming at 18-16 with 10:16 to go on a Mike Davis (9 points) layup. Five straight Aztec buckets over the next 4:21, including the last two being three-pointers by Chase Tapley, gave SDSU a 28-18 advantage with 5:55 to go. The Toreros would get within six points at 32-26, but the Aztecs would close out the half 7-0 run and 39-26 intermission lead. In the second half the Aztecs would build their lead to as many as 22 points (59-37) and cruise to their 7th straight win in the series.
SCOUTING OREGON STATE & JAMES MADISON: Oregon State (8-2) of the Pac-12 conference heads to Las Vegas riding a four-game winning streak... In fact, their only two losses of the season have been by 3 points (vs. Alabama, Nov. 15th) and by 6 points (@ #10 Kansas, Nov. 30)... In their most recent win over Howard (69-53), 6-10 forward Eric Moreland notched a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds... Five Beavers average double-digit scoring led by junior guard Roberto Nelson (16.1 ppg); he is followed by 6-8 forward Devon Collier (15.1), junior guard Ahmad Starks (13.2), senior center Angus Brandt (11.3), and senior center Joe Burton (10.3)... Moreland averages 9.5 ppg, but averages 10.6 boards... Head Coach Craig Robinson is in his 5th year and owns a OSU record of 72-73. James Madison (4-6) of the Colonial Athletic Association, takes a record of 4-6 into their Saturday game with San Jose State (5-4)... The Dukes earned their 4th victory in their last outing, an 85-73 home win over UNC-Greensboro on Dec. 16th... Senior forward Rayshawn Goins led the way with 23 points and 11 boards, along with 22 points-9 rebounds from senior guard Devon Moore... Goins leads four Dukes in double-digit scoring at 14.4 ppg; he is followed by senior forward Andrey Semenov (11.6), Moore (10.9) and freshman guard Andre Nation (10.2)... Head Coach Matt Brady (5th season at JMU) owns a record of 71-73.
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The Toreros take on Valparaiso at home Saturday afternoon
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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
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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
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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
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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
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USD Men's Basketball - The Origins (1955-1973)
A Glance at the Beginnings of Torero Hoops
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Coach Lindsey and Jereke Armstrong talk about the season so far
WCC Media Day
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Dale Lindsey and Anthony Lawrence on USD's 45-14 win
Anthony Lawrence and Coach Lindsey preview game vs. Warner
Torero Community Service
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Men's Basketball Camp Update
Kok and Carter talk about the upcoming season
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Toreros look for 4th straight win
Pack the Stadium Night
ITA All-American's Preview
Petronijevic, Angus, & Vittek Prepare
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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
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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.