HOUSTON, Texas — WKU Hilltopper Basketball starts its final road trip before Bonus
Play begins at Rice at 8 p.m. CT Thursday in Houston, Texas. The game will air on
CBS Sports Network.
The Hilltoppers have won five of their last six and two straight, most recently
topping UTEP 76-59 at home Saturday. WKU will be trying for its 1,000th straight
game with a made 3-pointer.
Rice is 4-6 in conference play, but 3-2 at home in league action. WKU is 3-2
all-time against the Owls but has won two in a row, including last year in Houston.
Hilltopper head coach Rick Stansbury is 2-0 in his career against Rice.
WKU (13-10, 6-4 C-USA) at Rice (9-14, 4-6 C-USA)
February 7, 2019 | 8 p.m. CT
Tudor Fieldhouse | Houston, Texas
Listen: Hilltopper IMG Sports Network (WKLX 100.7 FM flagship), (Randy Lee, pxp | Hal Schmitt, analysis)
• WKU has made a 3-pointer in 999 straight games dating back to March 15, 1987, and
will look to become the fifth team in NCAA history to reach 1,000 straight games
• The Hilltoppers have just 15 combined turnovers in their last two games. Before
that, they had at least 16 turnovers in five of their previous six games.
• WKU is one of the youngest teams in the country, ranking 329th of 353 in
experience, per Ken Pomeroy.
• WKU ranks 11th in the country in total blocks and 19th in blocked shots per game,
and 20th in percentage of opponents’ shots blocked, according to Ken Pomeroy. Its
average of 5.0 blocks per game would tie its highest on record. Charles Bassey ranks
second in C-USA in blocks per game (2.1).
• WKU freshman center Charles Bassey has more blocks himself (49) this year than 41
Division I teams.
• As of Tuesday, Charles Bassey was ranked fifth in the nation among freshmen in
total blocks (49), third in field-goal percentage (64.5 percent) and second for
total rebounds (233).
• As of Tuesday, Charles Bassey ranked in the top 50 nationally in double-doubles
(16th), field-goal percentage (12th), blocks per game (29th), total blocks (22nd),
rebounds per game (16th), offensive rebounds per game (32nd), defensive rebounds per
game (26th) and total rebounds (14th).
• Charles Bassey’s 11 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.
• Sophomore guard Taveion Hollingsworth could potentially hit 1,000 career points in
less than two years. He would be just the third Hilltopper to accomplish that feat,
joining Jim McDaniels and Clem Haskins.
• Since putting on a protective mask for a broken nose suffered Jan. 24, sophomore
guard Josh Anderson has averaged 18.5 points per game in the last two outings.
• In the last four games, redshirt senior guard Lamonte Bearden has 23 combined
assists against just six turnovers. He ranks third in C-USA in conference play with
a 2.6-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.
LAST GAME AGAINST RICE: FEBRUARY 17, 2018
WKU Basketball used a fast start to record the 44th 20-win season in program history
with an 85-66 road victory over Rice. Darius Thompson flirted with a triple-double
with 18 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds.
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.