Western Defeats MTSU 31-26 | WKU Connection

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In a rainy, nasty, close game Western Kentucky pulls out the victory against rival Middle Tennessee.

Many things happened in this game, but it boils down to the fake punt ran by MTSU in the 4th fourth quarter that ultimately cost them the game. WKU would soon capitalize on that mistake and never look back.

WKU Head Coach Tyson Helton finishes the regular season 8-4 and will be going to a bowl game later to be named.

Former WKU coach Mike Stanford only won game 9 games in his 2 seasons at the helm for WKU.

Full game recap coming soon.

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Western Kentucky Defeats Fordham 69-64 | WKU Connection

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Western Kentucky survives a late rally by Fordham to improve to 6-1 on the season heading into a matchup with instate rival Louisville on Friday in Nashville.

WKU finishes in 4th place at the Paradise Jam. They will travel back to Bowling Green tomorrow and prepare for #2 ranked Louisville.

Quick Stats

  • Charles Bassey- 24pts 12 rbs (10/10 FT)
  • Cam Justice- 23pts
  • Jared Savage- 9pts, 6 rbs, 2 ast

Senior Cam Justice with a huge first half shooting 4-4 from the 3pt line and ended the game shooting 6-8 from deep.

With this afternoons win we can now fully focus on beating Louisville Friday.

Can it be Friday already? See you in Nashville!

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WKU Basketball Defeats Illinois State 83-69 | WKU Connection

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After a sloppy first half start from the Hilltoppers they come from behind to beat Illinois State 83-69 in St. Thomas.

A great bounce back win for WKU after last nights loss to Bowling Green. Western Kentucky was able to respond with a win against a solid Illinois State squad who played Cincinnati down to the wire last night.

Freshmen guard Jordan Rawls racked up 14 points on the night.

Cam Justice adds 19 points in a bounce back game from Friday which saw him go 1-12 from the field.

Jared Savage totaled 16 points in which he surpassed 1,000 career points.

This win was #1800 all time for WKU Basketball.

Hilltoppers move to 5-1 on the season and will play Fordham Monday at 2:15 PM.

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Western Kentucky Defeats Southern Miss. 28-10 | WKU Connection

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A convincing win down in Hattiesburg this afternoon, Western Kentucky handles Southern Miss. 28-10.

Let me know if you’ve heard this one before, WKU’s defense carries them to victory. Allowing just 10 points to what was considered a high powered offense for Southern Miss.

With this win Western Kentucky moves to 7-4 on the year with a chance to win 8 next weekend with MTSU coming to town. If you would have told me that after the season opening lost to UCA I would call you crazy, but here we are. Credit to Tyson Helton and staff for the turnaround.

Full game recap coming soon.

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Hilltoppers Fall In Disappointing Loss To Bowling Green 77-75 | WKU Connection

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That was tough to watch down the stretch.

Scoring just 1 point in the final 5 minutes of action Western Kentucky suffers their first loss of the season to a team they should have handled easily.

Following the loss some questions need to be asked of this team before a tournament run is made-

Who does this team rely on to take the final shot?

Who is the leader of this team?

Who fills the position of floor general as long as Kenny Cooper remains ineligible?

How does this team handle adversity? Something we’ll find out very soon.

How do you not score 1 field goal in the final 5 minutes of a game?

How does a center lead your team in assists?

Tough loss tonight, Let’s bounce back tomorrow. Please.

Btw, eat it Goodman.

Local Bar Will Be Streaming The Paradise Jam This Weekend | WKU Connection

Many WKU Basketball fans questioned how they will get to watch the Hilltoppers this weekend at the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Look no further, Hilligans has you covered. They are located at 1265 college street.

Many fans looked into the price of subscribing to FloHoops (The exclusive streaming service of the Paradise Jam), but the $29.99 price-tag was a little steep for just 3 days of service.

If you need a place with a great college atmosphere to watch the Hilltoppers this weekend Hilligans Bar has you covered. (Must be 21 to enter)


Here is the bracket with tip off times for this weekends games.

Who Do You Want To Beat More? Middle Tennessee Or Marshall | WKU Connection

In a recent poll ran on our twitter we asked the fan base which school you want to beat more? Middle Tennessee or Marshall. Here are the results:

With over 350 votes online Marshall edged out long time rival MTSU by 4 points.

WKU vs Marshall 67-66

Western Kentucky and Marshall have mostly faced off since joining Conference USA in 2014, but wasted no time in kicking off this rivalry.

In recent years Western Kentucky have had some pretty epic battles on the hardwood and field. Most notably the 2014 match-up in Huntington, West Virginia where WKU ended Marshall’s undefeated season in a high scoring 67-66 thriller.

Then comes the hardwood, in 2018 in the Conference USA championship game Marshall defeated Western Kentucky on what looked like to be a magical run to the NCAA tournament. Marshall 67 WKU 66 (Again).

100 Miles of Hate

The history between Western Kentucky and MTSU is long and filled with bad blood. 100 Miles of Hate is the unoffical nickname for this match up between the two separated by 100 miles. The first football meeting dates back all the way to 1914. Middle Tennessee leads the all time series 34-32-1.


With this we want to ask those on the website what do you think? Who do you view as WKU’s biggest rival?

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