WKU Basketball Schedule Break Down | WKU Connection

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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.

WKU Quad 1 games in 2019-2020 season are:

Louisville (Neutral 22)

Possibly Cincinnati (Neutral 24)

WKU Quad 2 games in 2019-2020 season are:

Belmont ( Home 39)

Arkansas ( Home 60)

Southern Miss (Road 102)

Louisiana Tech (Road 123)

UAB (Road 135)

WKU Quad 3 games in 2019-2020 season are:

Old Dominion (Home 101)

Bowling Green (Neutral 121)

Austin Peay (Home 130)

Wright St (Road 136)

Rhode Island (Road 138)

UTSA (Road 143)

Marshall (Home 146)

Marshall (Road 146)

North Texas (Home 147)

FAU (Road 152)

FIU (Road 186)

WKU Quad 4 games in 2019-2020 season are:

Possibly Illinois State (Neutral 208)

Rice (Home 217)

Middle Tennessee (Road 248)

Eastern Kentucky (Road 256)

Charlotte (Home 266)

UTEP (Road 290)

Tennessee Tech ( Home 331)

WKU Showing Interest In 4 Star (PG) Hassan Diarra (2020)

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Diarra is ranked as a 4 star PG by 247 sports and ranked #71 overall (#10 PG) in the class of 2020.

Diarra holds offers from schools such as, Texas Tech, VCU, Dayton, and Georgia.

(2) WKU vs. (10) North Texas Preview

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.

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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: