The Toreros season officially opens when they travel to USC on Nov. 13 for a 5 p.m. tip-off.
Smith played at USD from 1994-99 when he was the team’s Defensive Player of the Year in 1997 and 1999 and was a team captain from 1997-99.
Just like Smith’s head coaching career, the Toreros lack experience on their team with only two seniors returning along with the departure of the school’s all-time scoring leader Johnny Dee.
The school’s all-time block leader, Jito Kok, is one of the senior returning along with Dude Sanadze, who started 14 games last season.
Along with USC, the Toreros have another big non-conference game against cross-town rival SDSU, which is scheduled to be played at 2 p.m. on Dec. 5 at Petco Park.
The date of the game may change if SDSU’s football team earns a birth to the Mountain West championship game.
Tickets for Saturday’s game are $5 and it can be heard on ESPN 1700 AM.
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