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
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.
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: