BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — After a seven-game, month-long road swing, WKU Hilltopper Basketball finally returns home to host Ohio at 8 p.m. CT Wednesday at E.A. Diddle Arena.
This will be the first home game since Nov. 22 for the Hilltoppers, who are 3-0 at home this season but 1-7 away from Bowling Green. WKU (4-7) most recently fell 85-79 at Detroit Mercy on Saturday.
WKU leads the all-time series against Ohio 3-1, but the teams haven’t met since the Hilltoppers won 97-87 in an NCAA Tournament game on March 12, 1960, in Louisville. The Bobcats (7-2) are led by senior forward Antonio Campbell, who is averaging 18.7 points and 10.1 rebounds per game.
WKU head coach Rick Stansbury has never faced Ohio.
Ohio (7-2) at WKU (4-7)
December 21, 2016 | 8 p.m. (CT)
Bowling Green, Ky. | E.A. Diddle Arena (7,326)
Listen: Hilltopper IMG Sports Network (WKLX 100.7 FM flagship), TuneIn Radio (free) (Randy Lee, pxp | Hal Schmitt, analysis)
Watch: Fox College Sports, WKU PBS, WBNA (radio simulcast)
Live Stats: Gametracker
• WKU is 52-15 (.776) at E.A. Diddle Arena over the last four-plus seasons after going 27-17 (.614) in the three seasons prior. The Hilltoppers are 576-162 all-time at Diddle Arena for a .780 winning percentage.
• The Hilltoppers have won 12 straight nonconference home games dating back to a loss to fourth-ranked Louisville on Dec. 20, 2014.
• The Hilltoppers are averaging 4,042 fans through three home games this season. They averaged 3,672 fans over 16 home games last season.
• WKU traveled more than 10,000 miles and played in six different states and three time zones, and played in front of 35,525 total fans on its recent road swing.
• The road swing was the most consecutive games away from home for the Hilltoppers since 2007-08, when they played eight in a row away from the end of the regular season to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16.
• WKU went 29 days between home games, the most since going 42 days between home contests from Dec. 11, 1999, to Jan. 22, 2000.
• WKU has made at least one 3-pointer in 917 consecutive games, dating back to March 15, 1987. The 3-point shot was instituted prior to the 1986-87 season.
• Junior Justin Johnson has made 9 of 18 shots from 3-point range this year after netting just one 3-pointer over his first two seasons.
• Graduate senior Pancake Thomas and graduate senior Junior Lomomba are a combined 53 of 67 from the free-throw line. WKU’s guards are a combined 94 of 119 (.790) from the charity stripe.
• WKU has made more free throws (166) than its opponents have attempted (144). The Hilltoppers’ 31 makes vs. North Carolina A&T were their most since netting 33 vs. Ball State on Feb. 22, 2003.
• Pancake Thomas is second in C-USA and 28th nationally at 35.7 minutes played per game.
• Graduate transfer seniors Que Johnson, Pancake Thomas and Junior Lomomba all reached the 100th career game milestone this season.
• Justin Johnson needs 202 points this season to become the 49th player in Hilltopper Basketball history to score 1,000 career points.
• Graduate senior Que Johnson needs three points to reach 1,000 for his career across his time at Washington State and WKU. Pancake Thomas needs 137 points to reach 1,000 for his career across his time at New Mexico, Hartford and WKU.
• Ben Lawson ranks fifth in WKU history with 151 career blocked shots. He’s tied for 41st nationally in blocks per game (2.1).
• Head coach Rick Stansbury needs three more wins to reach 300 victories for his career.
Toys for Tots: Bring a new toy to the game for the Marines Toys for Tots foundation and receive a complimentary ticket.
Pictures with Big Red and Santa: Big Red and Santa will be taking pictures on the concourse prior to the game.
Holiday Stocking Giveaway: First 500 Fans receive a WKU holiday stocking.
WKU Ticket Office: Online at WKUTickets.com, in person at E.A. Diddle Arena, via phone at 1-800-5-BIG Red or 745-5222 locally.
MED CENTER HEALTH
The 2016-17 WKU Basketball season is presented by Med Center Health. With The Medical Center at its core, Med Center Health has served Southcentral Kentucky for 90 years, and its system of care includes six acute care hospitals, a complete network of immediate to emergency services and services in dozens of specialties. Whether it is emergency treatment for heart attack victims or preventative programs to improve the health of the communities it serves, Med Center Health is committed to providing the highest level of care and service.
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