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.
With many exciting talents such as: Conference USA hitting champion Luke Brown returning this season, topper fans are longing for a successful season. With some bumps along the way last season, WKU ended their season with a 21-31 record. This year, for their 100th season of baseball, they look to change things. Though they have had a slow start, there has been some close games that WKU has come up short on (Louisiana Monroe & Libscomb). After a tough couple of weeks of loses (since March 1st) WKU looks to come out on top against an old rival, the Kentucky Wildcats. Last season the Tops showed they could play with the “Big Boys” but were unable to finish in the end. There were close games with ranked Vanderbilt, Louisville, and Kentucky last season. WKU failed to finish on top in the end of these games, forcing a loss by only 1 point. This year, the Tops look to change this by beating Kentucky tomorrow at 3pm. This game will take place in Lexington.
So what can the Tops do to pull a much needed win? Well to start, we have lots of experience returning this season. Luke Brown, Kevin Lambert and Jacob Green are just a few of these returners. UK has also not performed as well as they have in past season, as they have an 11-4 record and an unranked status. Last year in the 2018 season, WKU was up 3-0 going into the 9th before giving up 4 straight runs to the Cats. If there is anything to be learned from this game, as well as many others, it is to finish strong. A win tomorrow could boost the spirits of the Tops and give some motivation for the remainder of the season. Tune in tomorrow on ESPN SEC +, WKU Sports TV, or the UK Sports Network, to watch the game and/or receive live updates.
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?
As seen from GOES-16 (below), we are mostly clear in our area tonight. Earlier today, cloudy skies dominated our region due to some rain showers to our south (in the Nashville area). Thankfully, a high pressure system is making its way to the Ohio Valley. This provided some clearing this afternoon and some needed sun for your Tuesday.
As for the next few days, expect Bowling Green to stay dry until mid week (Wednesday night), when our next rain event moves in. For Wednesday, you can expect clouds to increase throughout the day, ahead of the rain that is set to start Wednesday evening. I will update you further mid week with what you can expect ahead of this next rain maker. Until then, enjoy the mild temperatures and sunny skies the first half of the week before rain and colder temperatures find their way back into south central Kentucky.
Today (3/11): Mostly cloudy now with clouds decreasing as the day carries on. By the afternoon we will have partly cloudy skies High: 56 Low: 33 Tonight: Mostly clear
Tuesday (3/12): Mostly sunny and mild High: 60 Low: 45 Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy with increasing clouds overnight
Wednesday (3/13): Partly cloudy to start with increasing clouds throughout the day. Breezy with winds between 10-20 mph (gusts up to 30). High: 72 Low: 58 Wednesday Night: Mostly cloudy