BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — WKU Hilltopper Basketball enters the final week before Bonus
Play with two home games, starting against rival Middle Tennessee at 7 p.m. CT
Thursday at E.A. Diddle Arena. The game will stream on CBS Sports Network on
The Hilltoppers have won seven of their last eight games, including four straight.
WKU is 93-43 all-time against Middle Tennessee in a series that dates back to the
1914-15 season. The Hilltoppers have lost eight of the last nine to the Blue Raiders
and haven’t beaten them at home since 2012. Head coach Rick Stansbury is 0-4 in his
career against Middle Tennessee.
Stansbury will not be on the bench Thursday or Saturday.
“After consulting with my doctors, I will not be present in Diddle Arena on Thursday
or Saturday as I have back surgery Friday morning. I anticipate a quick recovery and
returning to the sidelines soon,” Stansbury said in a statement. “I know tickets are limited for Thursday and sold
out for Saturday, but I ask for all of Hilltopper Nation and our great student
section to please arrive early, bring great energy that our players can feed off of,
and support this coaching staff. You can make the difference. Go Tops!”
With Coach Stansbury out, assistant Marc Hsu will again serve as interim coach this
week. Hsu led WKU to two road victories last week at Rice and North Texas in
As he did Saturday at North Texas, director of operations Talvis Franklin will fill
WKU’s fourth coaching spot until Stansbury can return. Franklin filled a similar
role last season with the Hilltoppers down to just two assistant coaches before the
2017-18 season began.
Middle Tennessee (8-17, 5-7 C-USA) at WKU (15-10, 8-4 C-USA)
February 14, 2019 | 7 p.m. CT
E.A. Diddle Arena | Bowling Green, Ky.
Listen: Hilltopper IMG Sports Network (WKLX 100.7 FM flagship) (Randy Lee, pxp | Hal Schmitt, analysis)
• WKU has won four games in a row for the first time this season. It previously won
three in a row three times.
• WKU head coach Rick Stansbury will miss Thursday and Saturday’s games as he has
back surgery Friday. Assistant coach Marc Hsu served as interim coach in his place
last week. With Stansbury out, director of basketball operations Talvis Franklin has
also served in a fourth coaching role.
• 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 1,001 games dates back
to March 15, 1987.
• WKU is one of the youngest teams in the country, ranking 325th of 353 in
experience, per Ken Pomeroy.
• WKU ranks seventh in the country in total blocks and 14th in blocked shots per
game, and 20th in percentage of opponents’ shots blocked, according to Ken Pomeroy.
Its average of 5.1 blocks per game would tie its highest on record. Charles Bassey
ranks second in C-USA in blocks per game (2.3).
• Since putting on a protective mask for a broken nose suffered Jan. 24, sophomore
guard Josh Anderson has averaged 17 points per game in the last four outings.
• In the last four games, redshirt senior guard Lamonte Bearden has 31 combined
assists against just four turnovers. He leads C-USA in conference play with a
3.8-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.
• WKU freshman center Charles Bassey has more blocks himself (58) this year than 63
Division I teams.
• As of Tuesday, Charles Bassey led the nation among freshmen in total rebounds
(254), tied for second in total blocks (58), and ranked third in field-goal
percentage (63.4 percent).
• As of Tuesday, Charles Bassey ranked in the top 50 nationally in double-doubles
(16th), field-goal percentage (10th), blocks per game (17th), total blocks (12th),
rebounds per game (17th), offensive rebounds per game (43rd), defensive rebounds per
game (26th) and total rebounds (13th).
• Charles Bassey’s 12 double-doubles this season are the most on record by a
Hilltopper freshman. Bassey leads C-USA in double-doubles and is 1 of 2 freshmen in
the entire nation averaging a double-double.
WKU Ticket Office: Limited single-game tickets for the Middle Tennessee game remain
available in person at the WKU Ticket Office, by phone at 1-800-5-BIGRED or online
• 13th piece of 16-piece 100th season commemorative poster (Josh Anderson/Clem
Haskins) for first 3,000 fans
• Date Night – 2 for $25 Valentines Day ticket special
LAST GAME AGAINST MIDDLE TENNESSEE: MARCH 1, 2018
A rough end to the first half and top-25 Middle Tennessee’s hot shooting worked
against WKU in an 82-64 road loss. Redshirt junior guard Lamonte Bearden tied a
career high with 24 points to lead the Hilltoppers.
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