BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — WKU Hilltopper Basketball will open play in November’s Myrtle
Beach Invitational with its first-ever matchup against Valparaiso, the tournament
The Hilltoppers are set to face Valpo at 4 p.m. CT November 15 at the HTC Center on
the campus of Coastal Carolina in Conway, S.C. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU.
The two programs have never met. Valparaiso finished 15-17 a year ago.
Teams will play three games in the inaugural event on November 15, 16 and 18. WKU
and Valparaiso will be joined in the eight-team tournament by West Virginia, Wake
Forest, UCF, Saint Joseph’s, Cal State Fullerton and Monmouth.
WKU will face either West Virginia or Monmouth in its second game. Other first-round
matchups include Wake Forest-Saint Joseph’s and UCF-Cal State Fullerton.
All games will air on ESPN Networks.
The Hilltoppers went 27-11 in 2017-18, their most wins in 10 seasons, while
advancing to the semifinals of the NIT for the first time since 1954. WKU finished
the season 4-2 against Power 5 conference teams and was one of four teams in the
nation – including the only non-Power 5 – to register wins over opponents from each
of the ACC, SEC, Pac-12 and Big Ten conferences.
WKU found plenty of success in its early-season tournament trip last year, upsetting
top-25 Purdue, beating SMU on a last-second shot and going toe-to-toe with eventual
national champion Villanova at the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas.
Fans can purchase hotel rooms now through Anthony Travel by calling 888-632-6951 or
by going here.
Only fans purchasing travel packages will have the chance to purchase tickets for
the tournament during this pre-sale opportunity, which includes only all-session
tickets. The fee for the all-session ticket is $130.00 including tax and fees.
All seating with be general admission.
All-session tickets will go on sale to the public outside of travel packages in
August, while single-session tickets won’t be sold until November, if available.