Hilltoppers Fall In Disappointing Loss To Bowling Green 77-75 | WKU Connection


That was tough to watch down the stretch.

Scoring just 1 point in the final 5 minutes of action Western Kentucky suffers their first loss of the season to a team they should have handled easily.

Following the loss some questions need to be asked of this team before a tournament run is made-

Who does this team rely on to take the final shot?

Who is the leader of this team?

Who fills the position of floor general as long as Kenny Cooper remains ineligible?

How does this team handle adversity? Something we’ll find out very soon.

How do you not score 1 field goal in the final 5 minutes of a game?

How does a center lead your team in assists?

Tough loss tonight, Let’s bounce back tomorrow. Please.

Btw, eat it Goodman.

Local Bar Will Be Streaming The Paradise Jam This Weekend | WKU Connection

Many WKU Basketball fans questioned how they will get to watch the Hilltoppers this weekend at the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Look no further, Hilligans has you covered. They are located at 1265 college street.

Many fans looked into the price of subscribing to FloHoops (The exclusive streaming service of the Paradise Jam), but the $29.99 price-tag was a little steep for just 3 days of service.

If you need a place with a great college atmosphere to watch the Hilltoppers this weekend Hilligans Bar has you covered. (Must be 21 to enter)

Here is the bracket with tip off times for this weekends games.

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.