San Diego (5-0) vs. Illinois-Chicago (1-3)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Monday, November 25, 2:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Germain Arena (6,000) -- Estero, Florida. Television: None. Home Record: USD 3-0, UIC 1-3. Away Record: USD 2-0, UIC 0-0. Neutral Record: USD 0-0, UIC 0-0. Conference Record: USD 0-0, UIC 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: The San Diego Toreros try to run their record to a perfect 6-0 this afternoon as they travel across the country to battle the Illinois- Chicago Flames in the Gulf Coast Showcase at Germain Arena.
The latest victim for USD was San Diego Christian back on Nov. 21, a game which ended in an 82-46 final for the team's fifth straight victory out of the gate. Should the Toreros come up with another win today, it would mark the best start for a San Diego team at the Division I level. The best start to a season overall for the Toreros came in 1976-77 when the squad began with an 8-0 mark, but they ended up with 17-12 record overall.
As for the Flames, they are out on the road for the first time this season, after winning just one of their first four games of the campaign. The squad handed Roosevelt an 87-65 setback on Nov. 13, but since then has bowed to both Eastern Illinois (86-66) and Northwestern (93-58).
These two teams, meeting for the first time ever, will be back in action on Tuesday against Louisiana Tech and UNC Greensboro, with the matchups to be based on Monday's outcomes.
Against San Diego Christian the Toreros shot 50.7 percent from the field, but only 2-of-15 behind the 3-point line, yet still played well enough to come away with the lopsided victory. Thomas Jacobs came off the bench to record a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds, followed by Duda Sanadze with 12 points, Johnny Dee 11 and Jito Kok 10 as San Diego spread the wealth with 11 players scoring and a total of 13 seeing playing time.
Dee leads the team in scoring with 16.6 ppg, his 13 3-pointers more than half the squad's total of 24 at the moment. Dennis Kramer pitches in with 11.6 ppg and is first on the glass with 6.6 rpg as the team holds a rebounding advantage of 2.6 per game. Defensively, the Toreros have limited opponents to just 56.0 ppg on 32.9 percent shooting from the field and a dismal 20.2 percent out on the perimeter.
The Flames scored a season-low 58 points against Northwestern as they shot a mere 29.0 percent from the field and allowed the Wildcats to knock down 60.8 percent from the floor and 11-of-20 behind the 3-point line. Jordan Harks tried to keep the team competitive with his 13 points and 11 rebounds, but Kelsey Barlow was the only other player to score in double figures with his 10 points on 3-of-11 shooting.
Marc Brown, who scored just seven points on 2-of-10 shooting against Northwestern, leads the team in scoring with 18.0 ppg, while Barlow checks in with another 11.0 ppg and is first in assists with 22 in an effort to offset the fact that he has made just 36.4 percent of his field goal attempts.
Clearly the Toreros have not played a tough schedule to this point, but considering the UIC defense is allowing opponents to shoot 51.5 percent from the field and a staggering 53.7 percent beyond the arc, it might not make a difference today.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: San Diego 75, Illinois-Chicago 59
11/25 10:32:29 ET