In 2015 the Kareem Abdul- Jabbar center of the year award was created. This year the WKU Hilltoppers have a potential shot at winning this award. The Hilltoppers center Charles Bassey has been named as one of the candidates. He is one of only two freshmen to be in the running this season. Charles is in the top 40 in the country in double-doubles, field-goal percentage, blocks per game, total blocks, rebounds per game, offensive rebounds per game, defensive rebounds per game and total rebounds. All of Hilltopper nation needs to vote for our 5-star center for the 2019 award. This would be not only monumental for Charles, but also for the basketball program we are creating on the hill. To vote for Bassey simply go here before March 29th.
After that five finalists will be presented to Kareem and a selection committee, where they will pick the 2019 center of the year award winner.
The winner will be announced on Friday, April 12, 2019. The fan votes can have a big impact on the winner so Hilltopper nation get out and vote for Mr. Charles Bassey.
Previous winners of this award include 2015 Frank Kaminsky of Wisconsin, 2016 Jakob Poeltl of Utah, 2017 Przemek Karnowski of Gonzaga, and 2018 Angel Delgado of Seton Hall.
You can vote once per day, per email address. You must vote for all 5 awards and validate the vote in your email.
Tonight at 7:30 PM CT the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers will take on the Old Dominion Monarchs in Frisco, Texas. WKU is (0-2) in the previous two meetings this season, one of them coming after gaining a (21-0) lead in the first half and going on to lose (69-66) back on January 5th.
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On Saturday night Taveion Hollingsworth will go for history as the only sophomore in WKU basketball history to reach 1,000 career points in his freshmen and sophomore seasons. He needs 13 points to accomplish this milestone.
Hollingsworth set the WKU freshmen scoring record last season with (506) total points through 38 games. The record was previously held by Courtney Lee (461). With the current pace Hollingsworth is currently scoring at he has a good chance at setting the all time WKU scoring record held by Courtney Lee and Jim McDaniels (2,238).
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.
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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: