CHARLOTTE, N.C. — WKU Hilltopper Basketball begins Conference USA play on the road
against Charlotte at 6:30 p.m. CT Thursday in Charlotte, N.C. The game will air on
This season will be the first time that WKU has opened conference play with three
straight road games – at Charlotte, at Old Dominion, at Marshall – since 2002-03,
when the Hilltoppers began Sun Belt action at Middle Tennessee, Little Rock and
The Hilltoppers concluded non-conference play with an 83-76 home upset of No. 15/16
Wisconsin on Saturday, the highest-ranked team they’ve beaten at home since 1973.
Charlotte finished non-conference action with a 68-53 loss to Colorado in Honolulu,
Hawaii. WKU is 19-10 all-time against the 49ers, including a 6-8 mark on the road.
Hilltopper head coach Rick Stansbury is 5-2 in his career against Charlotte.
WKU (7-6, 0-0 C-USA) at Charlotte (3-8, 0-0 C-USA)
January 3, 2019 | 6:30 p.m. CT
Halton Arena | Charlotte, N.C.
Listen: Hilltopper IMG Sports Network (WKLX 100.7 FM flagship), (Randy Lee, pxp | Hal Schmitt, analysis)
• The Hilltoppers have won nine of their last 11 conference openers, including two
• WKU finished non-conference play with the 19th-best strength of schedule in the
nation, according to the Sagarin Ratings, and the 33rd-best non-conference slate per
• The Hilltoppers have made a 3-pointer in 989 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.
• WKU is 43-1 when leading with five minutes to play under head coach Rick
• WKU freshman center Charles Bassey has more blocks himself (33) this year than 73
Division I teams.
• WKU ranks 16th in the country in total blocks and 18th in the country in blocked
shots per game, and 22nd in percentage of opponents’ shots blocked, according to Ken
Pomeroy. Its average of 5.5 blocks per game would be its highest on record. Charles
Bassey leads C-USA in blocks per game (2.5).
• The Hilltoppers have shot 83 more free throws than their opponents this year and
made four more free throws than their opponents have even attempted, a calling card
of the program.
• Sophomore Taveion Hollingsworth has scored at least 10 points in 37 of his 51
career games. He’s scored at least 20 points in 12 of those outings, including a
22-point effort against Wisconsin on Dec. 29.
• After scoring 15-plus points just once in the Hilltoppers’ first 10 games of the
season, sophomore guard Josh Anderson has scored at least 15 points in three
straight games for WKU.
• As of Tuesday, Charles Bassey was ranked fifth nationally among freshmen for
rebounds per game (9.1) and tied for second in total blocks (33). He ranks second in
C-USA in total rebounds per game (9.1).
• As of Tuesday, Charles Bassey ranked in the top 50 in the country in
double-doubles (40th), field-goal percentage (23rd), blocks per game (13th), total
blocks (13th), total rebounds per game (47th) and total rebounds (50th).
LAST GAME AGAINST CHARLOTTE: FEBRUARY 22, 2018
WKU shot better than 55 percent for the fourth straight game, rolling past Charlotte
93-55 at E.A. Diddle Arena. The Hilltoppers put six players in double figures,
including a career-high 19 points from Josh Anderson.
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.