BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — WKU Hilltopper Basketball’s season will continue in E.A.
Diddle Arena, with a home game against Boston College in the first round of the
National Invitation Tournament at 7 p.m. CT Tuesday.
The fourth-seeded Hilltoppers will welcome fifth-seeded Boston College for WKU’s
first home postseason game since an 88-80 overtime win over Kent State in the 2005
NIT, which was also their last victory in the event.
Single-game tickets for Tuesday’s matchup will be available at 9:30 p.m. CT tonight
online 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. The ticket office will have extended phone hours until 6 p.m.
Season ticket holders will have first priority to their seats through 8 a.m. Tuesday.
This is the first postseason tournament berth since 2013 for the Hilltoppers
(24-10), who fell to Marshall 67-66 in Saturday’s Conference USA Championship
WKU has made 13 previous appearances in the NIT, most recently in 2006. The
Hilltoppers have a 9-14 overall record in the event, including three top-four
finishes between 1942-54.
This will be the sixth NIT appearance in head coach Rick Stansbury’s career.
Stansbury’s teams at Mississippi State competed in the NIT five times, including a
semifinal trip to New York in 2007. Stansbury has a 6-5 overall record in the NIT,
including a 3-2 mark in the first round.
Stansbury’s teams have competed in either the NCAA Tournament or the NIT in 12 of
his 16 seasons as a head coach.
Boston College (19-15) fell 90-82 to Clemson in the quarterfinals of the ACC
Tournament last week.
WKU has faced the Eagles just once before, a 74-68 win in the Cotton States Classic
on Dec. 29, 1982 in Atlanta, Ga. The Hilltoppers are 57-61 all-time against the
current membership of the ACC.
The second round of the NIT is slated for March 16-19, with the quarterfinals on
March 20-21. The semifinals (March 27) and championship game (March 29) are played
at Madison Square Garden in New York.
WKU’s 24 wins are its most since the 2008-09 season. The Hilltoppers have 10 wins
over programs with at least 20 victories.
WKU’s average attendance in Diddle Arena this season of 5,444 is the program’s
highest since the 2007-08 Sweet 16 campaign. The over-capacity attendance of 7,759
against Middle Tennessee on Jan. 20 was the largest for a regular-season game in
Diddle Arena since the venue’s renovation and capacity decrease to 7,326 in 2002.
Over the last seven games, WKU averaged 6,547 fans per contest, filling the building
to 89.4 percent capacity and selling out its final four Saturday contests, including
three over-capacity crowds.
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