One More Game | WKU Defeats (3) Southern Miss

Thursday afternoon WKU defeated Southern Miss (70-59) in a nail biter until the final 5 minutes. With this win Western Kentucky punches their ticket to the C-USA championship game tomorrow night vs ODU at 7:30 PM CT.

WKU punches their ticket to the C-USA championship

This win makes two straight seasons Western Kentucky will play in the C-USA final. Last season WKU came up short to Marshall (67-66) in a heart breaker on the final play. Tomorrow nights game is crucial for the Rick Stansbury era at WKU, failing to reach the NCAA tournament in the previous two seasons. To say the pressure is on tomorrow night is an understatement.

Lucky Jackson has a message for WKU Basketball

Tomorrows match-up

ODU is led by C-USA player of the year B.J. Stith who averages 17.3 ppg & 7.4 Rpg. ODU will be looking to avenge their loss to the Hilltoppers last season in the C-USA semi-finals.

In the 2 previous games vs ODU the Hilltoppers are (0-2). They look to get their first win over ODU this season and make an appearance in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2013.

Some key stats: vs ODU

-In the last game we gave up 18 offensive rebounds.

-Committed 16 turnovers

-2/10 from the 3pt line

The Hilltoppers will need to improve on these stats to pull out the victory Saturday night.

All of Bowling Green and Western Kentucky will be watching tomorrow night.

Go Tops

WKU Connects Top Five Tweets Of The Day

WKU will take on Southern Miss in the C-USA tournament Friday afternoon. Here are the WKU connects Top 5 tweets of the day.

#5 Scott Sallee

#4 Marek Nelson

#3 The Sand Man

#2 Drew Murrell

#1 WKU Basketball

Where are you watching the game this afternoon? Tweet us! @WKUconnect

WKU Basketball | Isaiah Cozart Named Kentucky Gatorade Player Of The Year

Western Kentucky Basketball Signee Isiah Cozart, named Kentucky’s Gatorade Player Of The Year on Friday.

Via Twitter

Cozart, who signed with Western Kentucky back in November. Holds the Kentucky state record for career blocked shots (716). This past season he averaged 20.0 ppg 12.2 rebs & 5.8 blk for Madison Central.

2 More Wins | WKU vs. North Texas Recap

Call in to work Friday morning we’ve got 2 more games to win!

Thursday Night Western Kentucky defeated North Texas (67-51) in the quarter-finals of the C-USA Tournament. The Hilltoppers are now (6-1) all time vs North Texas in conference tournament play.

Josh Anderson. Photo Via: Herald-dispatch

Final Stats:

Hollinsworth 23pts (9-15 FG)

Anderson 13pts (7-12) FT 7 reb

Bassey 9pts 8 reb 3blk

Savage 8pts 5 reb

Bearden 2 pts 8 ast 4 reb

North Texas was held to 30% FG shooting

The Hilltoppers will go on to face (3) Southern Miss. tomorrow afternoon at 3 PM CT on the CBS Sports Network.

Side Note: Did you see Dak Prescott in the WKU hat?

via: @WKUBasketball

Dak Prescott was court-side Thursday night with Teammate and former WKU QB Mike White to witness the Hilltoppers first win in the C-USA tournament.

George Fant Gets Paid

George Fant Via: MSN.Com

On Wednesday afternoon the Seattle Seahawks placed a second-round tender on RFA George Fant.

via: @GeorgeFant74

The second-round tender will cost Seattle around 3 Million in 2019 and will ensure the seahawks will receive a 2nd round pick for Fant if the seahawks decline to match an offer made by another team.

Fant, heading into his 4th season in the NFL, recently finished his 3 year rookie contract and was set to test the open free agent market for the first time if not placed on tender.

This past season, Fant played in all 16 games for Seattle and started in 7 of those games. He also totaled 1 catch for 9 yds.

video via: @SeaTimesSports

Tornadoes touch down in Paducah | Images

This morning, several tornadoes touched down in far western Kentucky near Paducah. The images and videos from this event are jaw-dropping.

Mt. Zion Baptist Church:

via: @EricChumbler
via: @Mike_Stunson

Funnel Cloud Video:

via: WSMS News4 Nashville
via: @bapro5

Y’all stay safe out there.

Severe Weather Outlook

Bowling Green is currently under a TORNADO WATCH until 4pm today. This means the conditions in the atmosphere are favorable for the development of a severe thunderstorm. Within these severe thunderstorms (supercell), there is the capability of tornados being produced. In addition to the tornado watch, Warren county is also under a wind advisory. As I am sure many of you know, it is quite windy outside. This advisory is in effect until 7pm tonight. Wind gusts of up to 50 mph are possible with sustained winds between 15-25 mph.

NWS-SPC Outlook (Bowling Green under an ENHANCED)

To get a better look at where Bowling Green lies within this watch, check out the graphic below.

To get an idea of the seriousness of these watches, warnings, and outlooks, NWS Paducah narrowly escaped a confirmed tornado this morning (As seen below). Stay updated on the weather today via Twitter, news outlets, or NOAA Weather radios. In the instance a tornado warning is in effect (meaning a tornado is imminent or occurring), seek shelter immediately. Find shelter in the in-most area of the house, away from all windows and doors and wait until NOAA gives the “All-clear”.

As for today, be weather aware. This means be cognizant of the dangers for today: strong winds, heavy rain, thunderstorms, the possibility of hail, and the chance of some isolated tornadoes. This also includes knowing what to do in times of warning alerts, as I talked about above. Expect to encounter the brunt of this system sometime early to mid afternoon (1-3pm timeframe).

What can you expect for the remainder of the week and into this weekend? Lots of sun and cooler temperatures. A cold front will be moving through tonight bringing high’s in the upper 40s and low 50s this weekend. Luckily, lots of sun will accompany these colder temperatures, making it feel a bit more pleasant.

FORECAST:

Today: Very breezy with gusts up to 50mph. Severe thunderstorms possible early to mid afternoon, so stay weather aware.
High: 74
Low: 41
Tonight: Clouds will decreasing leaving mostly clear skies overnight.

Friday: Mostly cloudy and cooler
High: 49
Low: 30
Friday Night: Partly cloudy and chilly

This weekend: Mostly sunny both days with highs in the upper 40’s Saturday and mid 50’s Sunday.