BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — WKU Hilltopper Basketball will host a postseason game for the
first time since 2005 when Boston College comes to E.A. Diddle Arena at 7 p.m. CT
Tuesday for a NIT opening-round game.
The Hilltoppers are coming off a 67-66 loss to Marshall in Saturday’s Conference USA
Boston College won two games in the ACC Tournament before falling to Clemson in the
WKU leads the all-time series against the Eagles 1-0, and WKU head coach Rick
Stansbury has never faced Boston College.
NIT First Round
No. 5 Boston College (19-15) at No. 4 WKU (24-10)
March 13, 2018 | 7 p.m. CT
E.A. Diddle Arena | Bowling Green, Ky.
Listen: Hilltopper IMG Sports Network (WKLX 100.7 FM flagship)
WKUSports.tv (free), TuneIn Radio (free) (Randy Lee, pxp | Hal Schmitt, analysis)
Live Stats: WKU Stats
• WKU is 24-6 (.800) at E.A. Diddle Arena under head coach Rick Stansbury. The
Hilltoppers are 596-168 all-time at Diddle Arena for a .780 winning percentage.
• WKU has 10 wins this season against programs with at least 20 victories: Old
Dominion (3 times), UAB (2), Marshall (2), Purdue (1), Wright State (1) and Nicholls
• The Hilltoppers’ 24 wins and 14 conference victories are both their most since
• WKU has made at least one 3-pointer in 972 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 78.4 points per game would be the program’s
highest since 1994-95.
• WKU ranks 14th in the country in field goal percentage and first in Conference USA
at 49.3 percent. That percentage would tied for eighth for a single season in
• The Hilltoppers have outscored their opponents 1,348-977 in the paint this season.
• Darius Thompson needs to play just 21 minutes to rank second on WKU’s list for
most minutes played in a single season. Justin Johnson and Taveion Hollingsworth
also rank in the top seven for minutes in a season.
• Taveion Hollingsworth has played more minutes than any freshman in WKU history and
needs just 16 points to pass Courtney Lee for the most points scored by a Hilltopper
• Justin Johnson has four straight double-doubles and six in the last eight games.
He has 38 career double-doubles and 14 this season for the second straight year.
• Justin Johnson is on pace to become the first Hilltopper to lead the team in both
scoring and rebounding in three straight seasons since Jim McDaniels did it from
• Justin Johnson leads C-USA in rebounding at 9.6 boards per game. He could become
the first player to lead the league in rebounding average in back-to-back years
since Memphis’ Joey Dorsey from 2006-08.
• As of Monday, Justin Johnson was ranked sixth among active NCAA players for career
rebounds and tied for fifth in career double-doubles. Johnson is the only active
player in the nation with at least 1,600 career points and 1,000 rebounds.
• Justin Johnson is ranked 13th on WKU’s all-time scoring list with 1,639 career
points. He needs 18 points to pass Chris Robinson to move into 12th.
• Justin Johnson ranks fifth on WKU’s all-time rebounding list with 1,023 career
boards. Johnson is one of five Hilltoppers in program history ranked in the top 15
in scoring and the top 10 in rebounding.
• Justin Johnson is 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.
NIT EXPERIMENTAL RULES
The 2018 NIT will feature four rules modifications:
• The three-point line will be extended by approximately 1 foot 8 inches to the
same distance used by FIBA for international competition (22 feet 1.75 inches).
• The free throw lane will be widened from 12 feet to 16 feet, consistent with the
width used by the NBA.
• The games will be divided into four 10-minute quarters as opposed to two
20-minute halves. Teams will shoot two free throws beginning with the fifth foul of
• The shot clock will reset to 20 seconds after an offensive rebound instead of the
full 30 seconds.
Single-game tickets for Tuesday’s matchup are available at WKUTickets.com. Chairback
seats will be $25, while bleacher seating will be $15. Student tickets are free
courtesy of WKU Athletics. Season ticket holders can buy their season tickets and
parking locations starting at 8:30 a.m. Monday. Season ticket holders are encouraged
to purchase their seats online through their account manager to avoid lines and wait
time through the WKU Ticket Office. Season ticket holders will have first priority
to their seats through 8 a.m. Tuesday.
LAST MEETING WITH BOSTON COLLEGE: DECEMBER 29, 1982
WKU shot 51 percent from the field, including 56 percent in the second half, to beat
Boston College 74-68 in the Cotton States Classic in Atlanta, Ga. The Hilltoppers
were led by Bobby Jones with 19 points.
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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