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

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.

(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.

photo via: wnky.com

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: