In a recent article by the WKU Herald, WKU President Tim Caboni offered his thoughts on this upcoming basketball season by stating,
“Right now, in Conference USA, we’re a single-bid league, “…” That means the way you go to the tournament is to win the league, and so that’s the expectation.”
Tim Caboni (via Drake Kizer/WKU Herald)
It has been 6 years since WKU Basketball has heard their named called on selection Sunday. This should be the expectation set by President Caboni heading into the 2019-2020 season. With Western Kentucky returning a majority of key pieces from a season ago. Returning players such as, Taveion Hollingsworth, Josh Anderson, Charles Bassey, Carson Williams (sat last season due to transfer rules), and Jared Savage. As well as, adding Camron Justice, Kenny Cooper, Jordan Rawls, Eli Wright, Jackson Harlan, and Isaiah Cozart the Hilltoppers time to end their NCAA drought is now.
No doubt this season will be the most pressure WKU Head Coach Rick Stansbury has felt in his time in Bowling Green. From fans to the members of the university, expectations have never been higher then they are this season.
If you’re looking at this years WKU basketball schedule with skepticism as to how likely would WKU be able to make the NCAA tournament with an at-large bid. It could be more of a challenge than you may think, WKU would need to probably lose only 5 games going into the Conference USA tournament.
The way the NCAA tournament committee compares each teams wins and losses is based on a Quadrant system.
Quadrant 1 is home 1-30, Neutral 1-50, and Away 1-75. Quadrant 2 is home 31-75, Neutral 51-100, and Away 76-135. Quadrant 3 is home 76-160 Neutral 101-200, and Away 135-240. Quadrant 4 is home 161-353, Neutral 201-353, and Away 241-353.
Looking back on the final quadrant rankings of 2018-2019 season here is how the teams on WKU’s schedule ranked. Quad 1 games -2, Quad 2 games -5, Quad 3 games -11, Quad 4 games- 7. Hopefully somehow some of the Quads 3 and 4 can move up into Quad 2 and 3 games for WKU.
Conference USA has announced some teams schedules for the upcoming season and this is what we have assume to realize for WKU 2019-2020 Conference USA basketball schedule. The TV schedule and times will be announced at a later date.
They are as follows:
Jan 2 vs North Texas
Jan. 4 vs Rice
Jan. 9 at UAB
Jan 11 at Middle Tennessee
Jan 16 vs Old Dominion
Jan 18 vs Charlotte
Jan 22 at Marshall
Jan 25 vs Marshall
Jan 30 at FAU
Feb 1 at FIU
Feb 6 vs Louisiana Tech
Feb 8 vs Southern Mississippi
Feb 13 at UTEP
Feb 15 at UTSA
Bonus play is back for another year but this year it will be taking a week off from the last game to the start of bonus play dates are as followed Feb 22, Feb 27, Mar 1, Mar 4 and the last game being Mar 7. Each team will only play 4 of those 5 days during that span.
If this is the schedule which games are you most excited for and what do you think our record will be during the 18 conference games?
The past 24 hours you can’t scroll through the internet without someone using FaceApps new filter named “Old”. So we here at WKU Connection thought we would play around with the new feature and test it on some familiar faces here at WKU. Enjoy!
It is now confirmed that WKU Freshmen Point Guard Jordan Rawls is officially apart of the 2019-2020 roster. WKU Basketball confirmed this in a tweet soon after Rawls posted this story to his Instagram account.
Rawls rounds out the WKU back court that now consists of, Hollingsworth, Justice, Cooper (still not cleared by NCAA due to transfer rules), Gambrell, and Rawls. Rawls fills the hole left by graduating point guard Lamonte Bearden at one guard.
Another option at the point guard position is Lipscomb transfer Kenny Cooper if he is deemed eligible by the NCAA. If the eligibility process for Cooper drags out into the season (similar to Josh Anderson and Mou in 2017) look for Rawls role on the Hill to increase. Maybe throw in the possibility of Camron Justice running some point too.
Now that we know the full roster here’s what it looks like by position-