BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — WKU Hilltopper Basketball will look to secure a top-four seed
and a first-round bye in the Conference USA Basketball Championship when it hosts
Charlotte at 7 p.m. CT Thursday to start the final homestand at E.A. Diddle Arena.
The Hilltoppers have won four straight games and 13 of their last 15, securing the
44th 20-win season in program history.
Charlotte has lost 12 straight since a road win at North Texas on Jan. 4.
WKU leads the all-time series 18-10, while WKU head coach Rick Stansbury is 4-2 in
his career against the 49ers.
Charlotte (5-20, 1-13 C-USA) at WKU (20-7, 12-2 C-USA)
February 22, 2018 | 7 p.m. CT
E.A. Diddle Arena | Bowling Green, Ky.
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Live Stats: WKU Stats
• WKU is 22-6 (.786) at E.A. Diddle Arena under head coach Rick Stansbury. The
Hilltoppers are 595-168 all-time at Diddle Arena for a .780 winning percentage.
• The Hilltoppers’ 12-2 conference record is their best through 14 league games
• WKU has made at least one 3-pointer in 965 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 78.7 points per game would be the program’s
highest since 1994-95.
• As of Tuesday, the Hilltoppers were tied with UNLV for the national lead in
free-throw differential with 246 more free throws than their foes. They’ve made 55
more free throws than their opponents have attempted, which ranks second in the
country to Xavier (+84).
• WKU ranks 16th in the country in field goal percentage and first in Conference USA
at 49.7 percent. That percentage would rank eighth for a single season in program
• WKU has outscored its opponents 1,098-790 in the paint this season.
Taveion Hollingsworth has scored in double figures in 17 of the last 21 games, and
the freshman is averaging 16.3 points per game over his last six outings.
• After averaging 10.2 points over a six-game span and shooting 2 of 17 from 3-point
range in that time, Darius Thompson is averaging 21.3 points over his last three
outings while shooting 8 of 14 from 3.
• Lamonte Bearden is 19 points from reaching 1,000 for his career across his time at
Buffalo and WKU.
• Justin Johnson has grabbed at least 12 rebounds in seven of the last 13 games and
has done so in 10 games overall this season. He had just seven such games all last
• As of Tuesday, Justin Johnson was ranked eighth among active NCAA players for
career rebounds and tied for 12th in career double-doubles. He and Winthrop’s Xavier
Cooks are the only active NCAA players with at least 1,500 career points and 950
• Justin Johnson is ranked 16th on WKU’s all-time scoring list with 1,513 career
points. He needs 32 points to pass Steffphon Pettigrew to move into 15th.
• Justin Johnson ranks sixth on WKU’s all-time rebounding list with 954 career
boards. He needs 11 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 needs 46 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.
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.
• Coming Home King
• Crossroads IGA Scholarship Giveaway
LAST GAME AGAINST CHARLOTTE: JANUARY 13, 2018
WKU overcame a tough offensive first half at Charlotte, shooting better than 50
percent in the second half on its way to a 73-63 road victory. Lamonte Bearden led
the Hilltoppers 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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