West Coast Conference coaches made USD a unanimous pick to defend its WCC championship in a poll released today by the conference.
The Toreros received all seven first-place votes in the poll. Pepperdine was picked for second place, followed by Santa Clara, Loyola Marymount, Gonzaga, USF, Portland and Saint Mary's.
USD won the WCC's regular season title in 2007, giving the Toreros the home field advantage in the WCC Championship Series. USD defeated Gonzaga in the series to earn the conference's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.