The Conference USA preseason prediction of the order for the division has came out and WKU is ranked 5th in the East below FAU, FIU, and Marshall, and Middle Tennessee while above Charlotte, and Old Dominion. The west division has North Texas, Southern Miss, Louisiana Tech, UAB, UTSA, Rice, and UTEP. North Texas received the most 1st place votes with 20 on the West Division and Marshall had the most on the East Division with 14.
If the media is correct and WKU ends in 5th place in the standings would it be enough to make a bowl game. What would it take for this season to be considered a successful season for WKU?
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: