HATTIESBURG, Miss. — WKU Hilltopper Basketball continues a stretch of five games in
10 days with a road trip to Southern Miss at 7 p.m. CT Thursday in Hattiesburg,
Miss. The game will stream on Stadium and air in Bowling Green on WKU-PBS.
WKU won its second straight game Monday night with a 68-59 home win over
Southern Miss had a three-game winning streak halted Saturday with a 78-60 loss at
Old Dominion. WKU is 8-1 all-time against the Golden Eagles, including 3-1 on the
road. WKU head coach Rick Stansbury is 3-0 in his career against Southern Miss.
WKU (10-9, 3-3 C-USA) at Southern Miss (11-8, 3-4 C-USA)
January 24, 2019 | 7 p.m. CT
Reed Green Coliseum | Hattiesburg, Miss.
Listen: Hilltopper IMG Sports Network (WKLX 100.7 FM flagship), (Randy Lee, pxp | Hal Schmitt, analysis)
• WKU head coach Rick Stansbury is 196-52 (.790) all-time in the state of
Mississippi. Stansbury was the head coach at Mississippi State for 14 seasons from
• WKU took its three conference losses by a combined five points and held a lead of
at least 15 points in each of those outings. The Hilltoppers had consecutive
one-point losses for the first time since 1929-30.
• WKU is one of the youngest teams in the country, ranking 332nd of 353 in
experience, per Ken Pomeroy.
• The Hilltoppers have made a 3-pointer in 995 straight games dating back to March
15, 1987. WKU entered the season tied with Arkansas for the fourth-longest streak in
the nation of consecutive games with a made 3. Only UNLV (1,039), Vanderbilt (1,031)
and Duke (1,021) had longer streaks to start the year.
• The Hilltoppers have shot 95 more free throws than their opponents this year and
made nearly as many free throws as their opponents have even attempted, a calling
card of the program.
• In Stansbury’s 2.5 seasons at the helm, WKU has shot 609 more total free throws
than its opponents.
• WKU ranks eighth in the country in total blocks and 12th in blocked shots per
game, and 10th in percentage of opponents’ shots blocked, according to Ken Pomeroy.
Its average of 5.4 blocks per game would be its highest on record. Charles Bassey
ranks second in C-USA in blocks per game (2.4).
• WKU freshman center Charles Bassey has more blocks himself (46) this year than 73
Division I teams.
• As of Tuesday, Charles Bassey was tied for second in the nation among freshmen in
total blocks (46), ranked fourth in field-goal percentage (63.1 percent) and second
for total rebounds (178).
• As of Tuesday, Charles Bassey ranked in the top 50 nationally in double-doubles
(24th), field-goal percentage (17th), blocks per game (19th), total blocks (12th),
rebounds per game (35th), offensive rebounds per game (44th) and total rebounds
• After scoring 13-plus points just five times overall in his first 33 college
games, sophomore guard Josh Anderson has scored at least 13 points in eight of the
last nine games for WKU.
LAST GAME AGAINST SOUTHERN MISS: DECEMBER 30, 2017
WKU assisted on its first 16 made baskets and used a season-high 12 3-pointers to
outrun Southern Miss 82-66 at E.A. Diddle Arena. Dwight Coleby had a career-high 20
points and went 10-for-10 from the free-throw line.
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.