Western Kentucky Falls To Wright State 74-76 | WKU Connection

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What the hell did I just watch?

Western Kentucky falls to a Wright State squad who was missing one of their main pieces.

Some serious questions need to be answered about this team and where this program is headed.

Why the hell does Rick Stansbury not call a timeout with 5 seconds left down 2?

This is unacceptable coaching.

Why do we play a 2-3 zone?

Why do we not run the offense through Charles Bassey?

Why does Jordan Rawls not get more playing time?

All of these need to be answered if this team wants to even think about sniffing the NCAA tournament.

See you all in Diddle Saturday.

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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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Western Wins! Defeating Arkansas | WKU Connection

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A dominating performance today by Western Kentucky, firing on all cylinders on both sides of the ball.

Ty Storey in his homecoming game back to Arkansas torches the Arkansas defense for four quarters.

WKU came into this game not having scored over 30 points on the season, they would surpass that mark at just halftime leading Arkansas 35-7.

With this win Western Kentucky will become bowl eligible with 2 games remaining on the schedule.

I know you’ve been waiting on it so here it is,

Full game recap coming soon. For now, let’s beat Austin Peavy!

JJ Traynor Decision Update + Recruiting Weekend Recap | WKU Connection

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Earlier today a source close to 4 star prospect JJ Traynor reported that Traynor’s timetable for a decision is currently set in November, but could be delayed.

We know that Traynor was in attendance Thursday night for Hilltopper Hysteria on an unofficial visit. Traynor was also in Louisville Saturday morning to attend a UofL practice in the KFC Yum Center. Since Louisville head coach Chris Mack offered JJ last week mutual interest has been established between the two. 247 Sports views Louisville’s recruitment of Traynor as “warm” according to their metrics. The advantage Louisville holds over everyone else right now is JJ’s High School Coach James Brewer played for Louisville in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Something to keep in mind.

WKU Head Coach Rick Stansbury was the first to officially offer Traynor back in April of this year and has been regularly in contact with him ever since. Making frequent visits to Bardstown to watch Traynor its safe to say he is Stansbury’s top target in the 2020 class.

UPDATE: Traynor now viewed as “unlikely’ to commit to Western Kentucky.

Zion Harmon

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2021 4 star prospect Zion Harmon was on his official visit over the weekend attending Hilltopper Hysteria Thursday night and Saturdays Football game against Charlotte.

Western Kentucky is the first official visit for Harmon. With 4 more official visits to take it is likely he will visit Murray State, Louisville, Kansas, Seton Hall, LSU, and Kentucky to finish out his top 7. WKU getting the first official visit for Harmon does hold some weight as it has been rumored Harmon could reclassify to the 2020 class.

Brooks Barnhizer

2021 SF Brooks Barnhizer of Lafayette, IN was on his official visit this past weekend. Western Kentucky extended an offer to Barnhizer in July. A source close to Barnhizer confirmed the visit went well, impressing Barnhizer.

WKU makes a Small Jump in USA Today Poll | WKU Connection

After the 4th conference win of the season and now 4 wins in a row WKU keeps moving up the ladder in the latest USA Today poll to number 67. This is a 7 spot jump from last week.

In week 1 USA Today had WKU at 114, week 2 they had WKU ranked 130, week 3 they had WKU 116, in week 4 WKU was ranked 117, in week 5 WKU was ranked 117, and in week 6 WKU was ranked 103, and in week 7 WKU was ranked 74th. Since WKU is on the road at Marshall this week if they get another win you could see WKU jump into the top 50. WKU ranks 3rd in Conference USA ahead of Southern Miss, Marshall, FAU, North Texas, FIU, Middle Tennessee, Charlotte, UTSA, ODU, Rice, and UTEP.

The full rankings are linked below:

Marshall – 76th

FAU – 78th

Arkansas – 110th

Southern Miss – 72nd

Middle Tennessee – 114th

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/2019/10/21/college-football-ncaa-re-rank-ohio-state-top-wisconsin-michigan-fall/4045261002/