On Thursday Night at 8:30 PM CT Western Kentucky will take on North Texas in the Second Round of the C-USA tournament in Frisco, Texas. The game will be televised on Stadium and WKU-Pbs here locally in Bowling Green.
Western Kentucky and North Texas met once earlier this season ending in a (62-59) Win for the Hilltoppers. In the previous meeting the Hilltoppers were without their Head Coach Rick Stansbury, filling in his place was assistant coach Marc Hsu. The Hilltoppers are at full strength heading into Thursday nights match-up looking to advance to the semi-finals of the C-USA tournament.
One stat that sticks out from this game is that Western Kentucky shot just 16% (3-18) from the 3 point line against North Texas. That should change this game and lead to a win for Western Kentucky.
The winner of this game will go on to play the winner of (3) Southern Miss. and (6) Marshall on Friday at 3 PM.
Here is a view of the bracket as it currently stands:
Tonight in the opening round of the C-USA tournament, (7) FIU vs. (10) North Texas. The winner will face WKU Thursday night. Tonight’s game will tip-off at 8:30 PM CT on ESPN+
North Texas (10)
North Texas (20-11) overall and (8-10) in C-USA. With wins over New Mexico, Indiana State, and Southern Miss. Earlier this season North Texas lost to FIU (69-59).
They are led by Freshmen Guard Umoja Gibson (12.5 ppg, 2.7 rebs.) and Junior Guard Ryan Woolridge (11.7 ppg, 5.9 rebs.)
Florida International (19-12) overall and (10-8) in C-USA. With wins over Western Kentucky, LA-tech, and Youngstown State. Earlier this season FIU beat North Texas (73-58) on March 9th.
The panthers are lead by Senior Guard Brian Beard (17.4 ppg, 6.1 ast.) and Junior Forward Devon Andrews (15 ppg, 5.2 rebs.)
I expect a close game until the final 5 minutes with FIU pulling away at the end. Final score (FIU 75 NT 66)
How does this affect WKU?
IF FIU defeats North Texas tonight that will set the table for a WKU vs FIU rematch Thursday night @8:30 PM CT on Stadium. On January 17th FIU defeated WKU (77-76). The Hilltoppers will be looking for revenge with their season on the line.
WKU football opened spring practice on Tuesday afternoon.
1. Manny Allen is going to be very good
Manny was heavily recruited by several power 5 schools such as, Illinois, Cal, Ole Miss, Oregon, Nebraska, and Utah. He is ranked as WKUs highest ever rated recruit by 247sports.com. I expect Manny to start as a freshmen and make a big impact in WKUs offense.
2. Kevaris Thomas can throw the deep ball
Last season was Thomas’ redshirt season at Western Kentucky where he appeared in 3 games attempted 6 passes for 18 yds and 1 TD. Look for Thomas to take the back up spot this season behind graduate transfer QB Ty Storey and become our QB of the future.
B. Wayne Hughes was named the richest person in Kentucky. He’s worth an estimated $2.8 billion. Hughes is the founder of Public Storage, the largest self-storage company in the United States and lives in Lexington.
He ranks #417 on the Bloomberg billionaires list.
Who Knew there was that much money in Self-Storage?