SAN DIEGO — Two of the country's best defensive teams--the University of San Diego and St. Mary's--play at 7:30 tonight in a West Coast Athletic Conference game in the USD Sports Center.
USD (9-1 in conference, 19-4 overall) is ranked second in field-goal defense, allowing opponents to shoot 39.9% from the floor.
The Toreros lead the conference by two games over Gonzaga with four to play. St. Mary's (5-5, 14-10) is tied for third with Portland.
The Gaels are ranked fourth in the country in scoring defense (59.7 points per game) and have yet to allow a conference opponent to shoot better than 50%.
What offense that does occur tonight should come from center Scott Thompson and forward Nils Madden for USD and guard Paul Robertson and forward Robert Haugen for St. Mary's.