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)

3 Year Review of the Rick Stansbury era | WKU Connection

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Though the 3rd year of Rick Stansbury era as the Head Coach of Western Kentucky, we have had some big wins. During this time we have had the best recruiting classes in WKU history. Recruiting the state of Kentucky very well in this season having 6 players on the current roster. Half of them being a former Mr. Basketball. He has led us to 7 wins over power 5 schools, Back to back conference title game appearances, an NIT Final Four appearance, and lots of exciting atmospheres in Diddle. Over his 3 seasons at WKU Stansbury has a posted a record of 62-42 for a win percentage of (.596)

With all of this success, it is a make or break year for Rick Stansbury to make it to the NCAA Tournament? With having loads of talent returning from a 20 win team a season ago. Being that it has been 7 years since WKU has heard their named called on Selection Sunday. And as of right now Joe Lunardi of ESPN Bracketology has WKU as the 12 seed in the 2020 NCAA Tournament.

With this I ask you, what are you expectations for WKU Basketball this season?