San Diego Toreros: 2008 Tournament Analysis

Todd ParmeleeSenior Analyst IMarch 17, 2008

Boston Redsox General Manager Theo Epstein is basking in glory right now. 

His alma mater, the University of San Diego is in the Big Dance and will be playing the UConn Huskies at 3 p.m. Friday in Tampa, Florida. Epstein received his law degree from the University of San Diego in 2000.  

Will Epstein make the game? Epstein sure will hoping he can—the Red Sox are off on March 21st, but are scheduled to be in Japan on March 22nd.   

The San Diego Toreros finished the season 21-13 overall and 11-3 in WCC play. 

On paper San Diego does not appear to be a good three-point shooting team at 34 percent. They make an average of 4.9 three pointers per game on 14.5 attempts. The 4.9 threes per game ranked San Diego last in WCC conference play.

They average 65.6 points per game while giving up 63.4 (+2.2 point margin). San Diego ranked fifth in scoring offense and fourth in scoring defense. They average 33.7 rebounds, while opponents average 31.9 (+1.8 margin).

San Diego also appears sloppy with the ball as they have more turnovers (510) than assists (452) for a (-58 margin). Opponents, though have committed 520 turnovers on the year or 15.29 per game.

San Diego's record against other tournament teams (4-7):

55-66 loss to UNLV
71-77 loss at Boise State
50-60 loss to USC
55-77 loss to South Alabama
81-72 win at Kentucky
70-80 loss at Gonzaga
63-55 win over Saint Mary's
55-59 loss to Gonzaga
54-61 loss to Saint Mary's
75-69 win over Saint Mary's
69-62 win over Gonzaga

San Diego is peaking at the right time of the year, winning five-straight games. They are 7-6 on the road and 1-2 on neutral courts.

Top scorers for San Diego:

Brandon Johnson, 16.9 ppg (third in conference in scoring)-

Johnson, a 6-foot guard, was named to the WCC first team for the first time this year. Johnson led the league in steals at 2.24 per game. Johnson shoots 37.4 percent from beyond the arc and led the WCC with 2.24 makes per game.

Gyno Pomare, 13.9 ppg

Pomare, a 6-foot-8 forward, is a two-time All-WCC First Team selection.

Rob Jones, 8.8 ppg

Jones, a 6-foot-6 freshman, had an outstanding year, leading to being named to the WCC All-Freshmen Team.

Interesting facts about the University of San Diego:

San Diego's home attendance is 2,770 per game on the year, they play their home games at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.

The University of San Diego campus is used for several scenes in the movie Almost Famous.

This is the first time the WCC is sending three teams to NCAA Tourney (Saint Mary's, Gonzaga).

A Torero is a bullfighter.

First NCAA berth since the 2003 season.

Head Coach Bill Grier was an assistant coach at Gonzaga. This is his first year as head coach.

San Diego had lost 13 straight games to Gonzaga until defeating them in the WCC Championship Game.

Notable Alumni:

Theo Epstein (GM of Red Sox)
Bill Bavasi (GM of Seattle Mariners)
Bernie Bickerstaff (Charlotte Bobcats Executive Vice President)
Mike Brown (head coach of Cleveland Cavaliers)
Eric Mussellman (former head coach of Sacramento Kings and Golden State Warriors)