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San Diego Toreros men's basketball

The San Diego Toreros men's basketball team is a college basketball team that represents the University of San Diego in San Diego, California. The school's team currently competes in the West Coast Conference (WCC). The team played in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament in 2008. The Toreros play their home games in the Jenny Craig Pavilion, and their head coach is Sam Scholl.

San Diego Toreros
2018–19 San Diego Toreros men's basketball team
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UniversityUniversity of San Diego
Head coachSam Scholl (1st season)
ConferenceWest Coast Conference
LocationSan Diego, California
ArenaJenny Craig Pavilion
(Capacity: 5,100)
NicknameToreros
ColorsNavy, White, and Toreros Blue[1]
              
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
Away


NCAA Tournament Round of 32
2008
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1984, 1987, 2003, 2008
Conference Tournament Champions
2003, 2008
Conference Regular Season Champions
1984, 1987

They won their first WCC title in 1984, when the conference was known as the West Coast Athletic Conference. The team was led by all-conference forward Mike Whitmarsh, who was a runner-up that year for the conference player of the year award. Their coach, Jim Brovelli, was named the conference coach of the year.[2]

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RivalriesEdit

University of San Diego's biggest rival is San Diego State University. Since the 2001-2002 season the Toreros have been 3-12 against the Aztecs during the past 15 seasons, but led the series 10-9 prior to that (SDSU leads 13-21 all-time).[3] The last Toreros win coming during the 2018-19 season at SDSU. They also won against them during a game at Petco Park during the 2012-13 season where one of four games since 2011 to be played outside. The game took place at Petco Park and is the first time the park has hosted a basketball game.[4] The Toreros won 53-48.[5]

College admissions scandalEdit

Lamont Smith, who coached the team from 2015-2018, was accused of accepting a bribe as part of the 2019 college admissions bribery scandal while he was coach of the team, allegedly illegally helping a Beverly Hills real estate developer's children gain admission to the university.[6][7][8][9]

Postseason resultsEdit

NCAA tournament resultsEdit

The Toreros have appeared in four NCAA Tournaments. Their combined record is 1–4.

Year Round Opponent Result
1984 Preliminary Round Princeton L 56–65
1987 First Round Auburn L 61–62
2003 First Round Stanford L 69–77
2008 First Round
Second Round
Connecticut
Western Kentucky
W 70–69OT
L 63–72

NIT resultsEdit

The Toreros have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) once, in 2019.

Year Round Opponent Result
2019 First Round Memphis L 60-74

CIT resultsEdit

The Toreros have appeared in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) two times. Their combined record is 4–2.

Year Round Opponent Result
2014 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Portland State
Sam Houston State
Pacific
W 87–65
W 77–72
L 60–75
2018 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Hartford
Portland State
Northern Colorado
W 88–72
W 67–64
L 75–86

Record by coachEdit

Coach Years Seasons Won Lost Pct. Conference Titles NCAA¹ NIT¹ CIT¹
Data at conclusion of 2018-19 WCC tournament
Fon Johnson 1955–1957 2 24 31 .436 0 0 0 0
Bob McCutcheon 1957–1958 1 14 11 .560 0 0 0 0
Les Harvey 1958–1960 2 15 36 .294 0 0 0 0
Ken Leslie 1960–1961 1 11 16 .407 0 0 0 0
Ed Baron 1961–1962 1 6 20 .231 0 0 0 0
Phil Woolpert 1962–1969 7 90 90 .500 0 0 0 0
Bernie Bickerstaff 1969–1973 4 55 49 .529 0 0 0 0
Jim Brovelli 1973–1984 11 160 131 .550 1 1 0 0
Hank Egan 1984–1994 10 156 126 .553 1 1 0 0
Brad Holland 1994–2007 13 200 176 .532 1 1 0 0
Bill Grier 2007–2015 8 117 144 .448 1 1 0 1
Lamont Smith 2015–2018 3 40 52 .435 0 0 0 0
Sam Scholl 2018–pres 2 23 15 .605 0 0 1 1
Totals 63 906 896 (.503)

¹ Invitations

Results by Season, Last 10 YearsEdit

2018–2019 (21–14) (7–9 Conference)
2017–2018 (20–14) (9–9 Conference)
2016–2017 (13–18) (6–12 Conference)
2015–2016 (9–21) (4–14 Conference)
2014–2015 (15–16) (8–10 Conference)
2013–2014 (18–17) (7–11 Conference)
2012–2013 (16–18) (7–9 Conference)
2011–2012 (13–18) (7–9 Conference)
2010–2011 (6–24) (2–12 Conference)
2009–2010 (11–21) (3–11 Conference)

Toreros in the NBAEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Color Palette - USD Brand - University of San Diego". Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  2. ^ Canepa, Michael (December 3, 1984). "Year later, Whitmarsh looks forward and back". Evening Tribune. p. D-1.
  3. ^ "San Diego State Aztecs Basketball 2015-16 Schedule - Aztecs Home and Away - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2016-08-02.
  4. ^ "San Diego State to play San Diego at Petco Park". Retrieved 2016-08-02.
  5. ^ "San Diego State Aztecs Basketball 2015-16 Schedule - Aztecs Home and Away". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2016-08-02.
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ "UTEP, former San Diego coach Lamont Smith implicated in college admissions scandal"
  8. ^ "UTEP assistant basketball coach resigns, implicated in college admissions scandal". KTSM. March 21, 2019. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  9. ^ Ziegler, Mark; Davis, Kristina (March 21, 2019). "Lamont Smith identified as USD coach in bribery scheme; resigns as UTEP assistant". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved March 21, 2019.

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