FRISCO, Texas — WKU Hilltopper Basketball advances to the Conference USA
Championship semifinals as the No. 2 seed to face No. 3 seed Southern Miss at 3 p.m.
CT Friday in Frisco, Texas. The game will air on CBS Sports Network.
The Hilltoppers reached the semifinals with a 67-51 win over North Texas in
Thursday’s quarterfinals. They’ve beaten Southern Miss in both meetings this season,
including a 76-71 win in Bowling Green on March 3.
Southern Miss ousted defending champion Marshall 82-73 in Thursday’s quarterfinals.
WKU is 10-1 all-time vs. the Golden Eagles, while head coach Rick Stansbury is 5-0.
Conference USA Tournament Semifinals
No. 3 Southern Miss (20-11) vs. No. 2 WKU (19-13)
March 15, 2019 | 3 p.m. CT
Ford Center at The Star | Frisco, Texas
Listen: Hilltopper IMG Sports Network (WKLX 100.7 FM flagship), (Randy Lee, pxp | Hal Schmitt, analysis)
• WKU is 14-11 in conference tournament semifinals since joining the Sun Belt
Conference in 1982-83. The Hilltoppers have reached at least the semifinals of their
conference tourney in 13 of the last 15 seasons.
• With a win over Southern Miss, the Hilltoppers would secure the 45th 20-win season
in program history. WKU ranks seventh in NCAA history for most 20-win seasons.
• WKU became the fifth program in NCAA history to reach 1,000 straight games with a
made 3-pointer at Rice on Feb. 7. The Hilltoppers’ streak of 1,008 games dates back
to March 15, 1987.
• WKU ranks 15th in the country in total blocks and 12th in blocked shots per game,
and 12th in percentage of opponents’ shots blocked, according to Ken Pomeroy. Its
164 total blocks and average of 5.1 blocks per game are the team’s highest on
record. Charles Bassey ranks second in C-USA in blocks per game (2.4).
• Sophomore guard Taveion Hollingsworth needs just 30 points to reach 1,000.
• In the last 11 games, redshirt senior guard Lamonte Bearden has 74 combined
assists against just 18 turnovers. He leads C-USA in conference play with a 3.2-to-1
• WKU freshman center Charles Bassey could become the third freshman in the country
since 1992 – along with Anthony Davis and Greg Oden – to average 14 points, nine
rebounds and two blocks per game, while also shooting at least 60 percent from the
• As of Thursday, Charles Bassey ranked second in the nation among freshmen in total
rebounds, third in total blocks and third in field-goal percentage.
• As of Thursday, Charles Bassey ranked in the top 30 nationally in double-doubles
(21st), field-goal percentage (11th), blocks per game (14th), total blocks (14th),
rebounds per game (18th), defensive rebounds per game (29th) and total rebounds
• Charles Bassey’s 15 double-doubles this season are the most on record by a
Hilltopper freshman. Bassey leads C-USA in double-doubles and ranks second in the
nation among freshmen in double-doubles.
LAST MATCHUP AGAINST SOUTHERN MISS: MARCH 3, 2019
WKU made 11 3-pointers, including 8 of 12 in the second half, to secure a 76-71 home
victory over Southern Miss at E.A. Diddle Arena. Taveion Hollingsworth had a
game-high 21 points with three made 3s.
MED CENTER HEALTH
The 2018-19 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.