BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Winner of 11 of its last 13 games, WKU Hilltopper Basketball
visits North Texas at 8 p.m. CT Thursday in Denton, Texas.
The Hilltoppers won two home games last week but play four of their last six on the
road, where they’re 4-1 in league play.
North Texas has won four of its last five games, with the only loss in that stretch
a narrow defeat to Middle Tennessee.
WKU leads the all-time series 19-5, including seven straight victories. WKU head
coach Rick Stansbury is 2-0 all-time in his career against the Mean Green.
WKU (18-7, 10-2 C-USA) at North Texas (14-11, 7-5 C-USA)
February 15, 2018 | 8 p.m. CT
The Super Pit | Denton, Texas
Listen: Hilltopper IMG Sports Network (WKLX 100.7 FM flagship), WKUSports.tv (free), TuneIn Radio (free) (Randy Lee, pxp | Hal Schmitt, analysis)
Watch: Stadium (online streaming); WKU PBS (Ron Thulin, pxp | Tim Scarborough, analysis)
Live Stats: North Texas Stats
• The Hilltoppers’ 10-2 conference record is their best through 12 league games
• With a win Thursday, WKU would secure its most wins since 2014-15 and most road
wins since 2013-14.
• WKU has made at least one 3-pointer in 963 consecutive games, dating back to March
15, 1987. The 3-point shot was instituted prior to the 1986-87 season. The
Hilltoppers’ streak is the sixth-longest in the nation behind Kentucky, UNLV,
Vanderbilt, Duke and Arkansas.
• WKU’s current scoring average of 77.6 points per game would be the program’s
highest since 2006-07.
• WKU ranks 23rd in the country in field goal percentage and first in Conference USA
at 49 percent. That percentage would rank ninth for a single season in program
• WKU has outscored its opponents 1,012-724 in the paint this season.
• The Hilltoppers’ seven losses have come by a total of 37 points – an average of
5.3 points per game.
• Taveion Hollingsworth has scored in double figures in 16 of the last 19 games, and
the freshman is averaging 16.5 points per game over his last four outings.
• In his last 22 games, Darius Thompson has 107 combined assists and just 39
turnovers. He has at least four assists in 18 of 25 games this season and is tied
for 2nd in C-USA in assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.6-to-1.
• Through 25 games, Lamonte Bearden has 44 steals. No Hilltopper had more than 28
steals all last year.
• Lamonte Bearden is 34 points from reaching 1,000 for his career across his time at
Buffalo and WKU.
• Justin Johnson has grabbed at least 12 rebounds in six of the last 11 games and
has done so in nine games overall this season. He had just seven such games all last
• As of Tuesday, Justin Johnson was tied for seventh among active NCAA players for
career rebounds and tied for 12th in career double-doubles. He’s one of just four
active NCAA players with at least 1,400 career points and 900 rebounds.
• Justin Johnson is ranked 17th on WKU’s all-time scoring list with 1,479 career
points. He needs 32 points to pass Art Spoelstra to move into 16th.
• Justin Johnson ranks sixth on WKU’s all-time rebounding list with 935 career
boards. He needs 30 rebounds to pass Bob Daniels for fifth. Johnson is one of six
Hilltoppers in program history ranked in the top 20 in scoring and the top 10 in
• Justin Johnson currently ranks ninth on WKU’s all-time list for career field goal
percentage at 54.2 percent. He’s less than two percentage points from fifth place.
• Justin Johnson needs 65 rebounds to reach 1,000 for his career. That would make
him just the fifth player in WKU history with 1,000 career points and 1,000
rebounds, joining Tom Marshall, Art Spoelstra, Ralph Crosthwaite and Jim McDaniels,
the last to accomplish the feat in 1971.
LAST GAME AGAINST NORTH TEXAS: MARCH 2, 2017
Pancake Thomas scored 23 points, Justin Johnson had a double-double and WKU cruised
to a 74-63 victory over North Texas at E.A. Diddle Arena. J-Mychal Reese scored 14
points to lead North Texas.
MED CENTER HEALTH
The 2017-18 WKU Basketball season is presented by Med Center Health. With The
Medical Center at its core, Med Center Health has served Southcentral Kentucky for
more than 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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