Who Do You Want To Beat More? Middle Tennessee Or Marshall | WKU Connection

In a recent poll ran on our twitter we asked the fan base which school you want to beat more? Middle Tennessee or Marshall. Here are the results:

With over 350 votes online Marshall edged out long time rival MTSU by 4 points.

WKU vs Marshall 67-66

Western Kentucky and Marshall have mostly faced off since joining Conference USA in 2014, but wasted no time in kicking off this rivalry.

In recent years Western Kentucky have had some pretty epic battles on the hardwood and field. Most notably the 2014 match-up in Huntington, West Virginia where WKU ended Marshall’s undefeated season in a high scoring 67-66 thriller.

Then comes the hardwood, in 2018 in the Conference USA championship game Marshall defeated Western Kentucky on what looked like to be a magical run to the NCAA tournament. Marshall 67 WKU 66 (Again).

100 Miles of Hate

The history between Western Kentucky and MTSU is long and filled with bad blood. 100 Miles of Hate is the unoffical nickname for this match up between the two separated by 100 miles. The first football meeting dates back all the way to 1914. Middle Tennessee leads the all time series 34-32-1.

With this we want to ask those on the website what do you think? Who do you view as WKU’s biggest rival?


Hilltoppers Roll Campbellsville 109-66 | WKU Connection

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Tonight inside Diddle Arena Western Kentucky rolled Campbellsville 103-66 behind 27 points from Junior Forward Carson Williams.

Western Kentucky is now 4-0 for the first time since 2006-2007.

With the win Western Kentucky now has totaled 1,799 all-time wins.

Quick team totals:

  • 21 total assists on 40 made field goals
  • 12-26 from 3PT (46.2%)
  • 17-20 on FT (85%)
  • 7 players scoring in double digits

In this game, senior forward Matt Horton clocked in his first minutes of the season totaling 4 pts, 6 rebs, & 4 blocks in 12 minutes of action. Sophomore guard Jeremiah Gambrell gave some good minutes tonight with 5 pts in 12 minutes.

Announced attendance was 4,134.

Western Kentucky will face off against Bowling Green Friday night in the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam at 7 PM.

They will return home to Diddle Arena on December 7th vs. Arkansas. Tickets are limited.

WKU Students Will Receive Free Admission To The Louisville Game In Nashville | WKU Connection

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It’s time to pack Bridgestone Arena.

In a statement released earlier today by WKU Athletics WKU students will now receive free admission to the match up between the Hilltoppers and Cardinals on November 29th in Nashville Tennessee.

Vouchers for the game will start to be disbursed tonight as WKU takes on Campbellsville at 7 PM. The first 100 students to claim this voucher will receive lower level priority seating at the arena for the Louisville game. Those who do not claim one of the first 100 vouchers can still receive a one through the WKU Ticket office. (Those will likely be upper level seating).

This idea was brought up earlier and credit to WKU Athletics for addressing potential issues.

Those who wish to purchase tickets can do so here.

See you in Nashville!


Hilltoppers cruise to victory defeating EKU 79-71 | WKU Connection


A convincing win tonight for the guys in red tonight in Richmond.

WKU took control of the game from the start and never really looked back. The final score is not telling of how convincing the Hilltoppers looked tonight. If Western Kentucky cuts down on their turnover (23) then they win this game by 15+

Bench play from freshmen Jordan Rawls was key adding 14 points off the bench for WKU.

Senior forward Jared Savage went down before halftime with a ankle injury and did not return. We will know more in the coming games.

Full game recap coming soon.


Why Is Kenny Cooper Still Not Eligible? | WKU Connection

We’re almost through the first week of the season and there is still no sign of the NCAA granting WKU Basketball PG Kenny Cooper a wavier to be eligible this season.

Cooper, a Lipscomb transfer, averaged 9.8 PPG, 4.5 APG, & 2.0 steals per game for a Lipscomb roster that made the NCAA tournament and NIT final four in the previous two seasons. With Lipscomb’s head coach taking the job at Belmont, Western Kentucky felt good about Coopers wavier being approved by the NCAA. Rick Stansbury even had this to say earlier in May to the Bowling Green Daily News-

We feel good about (Cooper) applying for his waiver and we feel good about the waiver,” Stansbury said. “These kids nowadays, these waivers, they pass them out like Halloween candy a little bit. There are some other mitigating factors in his situation too. So we feel really good about him.”

Rick Stansbury (via: BGDN)

Well we’re a week past Halloween and we still have no word on Cooper’s eligibility.

Hilltopper fans have seen this before, most recently in the 2017 season when former Hilltopper Moustaphia Diagne and current Hilltopper Josh Anderson went until December until the NCAA ruled both eligible. Ridiculous.

Moving forward without Cooper for now Western Kentucky will turn to junior Taveion Hollingsworth to run the point. While Hollingsworth is not a natural point guard he can get the job done through the next 4 games until WKU faces off with Louisville in Nashville on November 29th. To increase their chances against the cardinals Western Kentucky will likely need their senior point guard to be eligible.

The longer this decision lingers, the more of a joke the NCAA becomes. Your move NCAA.


Western Kentucky Has Offered Alex Tchikou | WKU Connection


Western Kentucky has offered 2021 Power forward Alex Tchikou of Wolfeboro, NH. Tchikou attended Findlay Prep in Henderson, NV. A prep school who has produced the likes of Tristan Thompson, PJ Washington, Bol Bol, and Avery Bradley.

Tchikou is rated as a 4 star recruit and #31 overall in the class of 2021 by 247 Sports. (#25 overall by Rivals)

Alex has went from unranked this time last year to a top junior in the country. Tchikou is an athletic power forward who can run the floor and defend the basket. His outside shot needs improvement as well as his frame before making the jump to the next level.

He holds offers from Texas A&M, Baylor, Kansas, UCLA, and Nebraska.

JJ Traynor Unlikely To Commit To WKU | WKU Connection


As you know recruiting is one of the lifelines of this website and we strive to bring updates on recruits with quick and accurate information.

Therefore, I hate to say it, but it appears WKU is out of the running for 4 Star Bardstown prospect JJ Traynor in the class of 2020. In a post published yesterday we detailed JJ’s connection to UofL and how they are the clear front runner to land Traynor.

Yesterday this news proved even more true when Traynor posted this to his Instagram page:


It’s almost certain Traynor’s decision will be between UofL, and Cincinnati. An offer from Kentucky could possibly slide them into this list as well.

With the news of WKU likely being out of the picture for Traynor the question now to be asked is, who does Rick Stansbury look for to be the center piece of the 2020 class?