FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — WKU Hilltopper Basketball finishes its two-game road swing at
Arkansas at 2:30 p.m. CT Saturday in Fayetteville, Ark. The game will air on SEC
The Hilltoppers most recently fell 84-78 at Missouri State on Wednesday.
Arkansas routed Colorado State 98-74 on the road Wednesday and has won six straight
games. WKU is 2-4 all-time against the Razorbacks, although the teams haven’t met
since a 74-63 Hilltopper win in Bowling Green in 1974. WKU head coach Rick
Stansbury, a longtime SEC head coach, is 16-14 in his career against Arkansas.
WKU (4-4) at Arkansas (6-1)
December 8, 2018 | 2:30 p.m. CT
Bud Walton Arena (19,200) | Fayetteville, Ark.
Listen: Hilltopper IMG Sports Network (WKLX 100.7 FM flagship) (Randy Lee, pxp | Hal Schmitt, analysis)
• WKU is 26-48 all-time against the current SEC membership, while head coach Rick
Stansbury is 140-116 against current SEC members. The Hilltoppers’ last road win
over a SEC opponent was an 81-74 victory at Ole Miss on Dec. 13, 2014.
• With a win over Arkansas, the Hilltoppers would have a win over a team from each
Power 5 program since Nov. 23, 2017, of last season.
• This two-game road swing completes a stretch of 7 of 9 games away from Diddle
Arena to start the season for WKU. The Hilltoppers play just two home games before
Dec. 16. WKU will have traveled nearly 8,000 miles by the time this nine-game
opening stretch ends.
• The Hilltoppers have made a 3-pointer in 984 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 ranks 27th in the country in blocked shots per game, and 15th in percentage of
opponents’ shots blocked, according to Ken Pomeroy. Its average of 5.3 blocks per
game would be its highest on record since programs began tracking the statistic.
Charles Bassey leads C-USA in blocked shots per game (2.4).
• The Hilltoppers rank 20th in the country in free-throw rate, according to Ken
Pomeroy. They’ve shot 36 more free throws than their opponents this year, a calling
card of the program.
• Sophomore Taveion Hollingsworth has scored at least 10 points in 33 of his 46
career games. He’s scored at least 20 points in 11 of those outings, including a
24-point showing at Missouri State on Dec. 5.
• As of Thursday, Charles Bassey is tied for third in the country among freshmen for
rebounds per game (9.6). He leads Conference USA in total (9.6), offensive (3.3) and
defensive (6.4) rebounds per game.
• As of Thursday, Charles Bassey ranked in the top 50 in the country in
double-doubles (18th), blocks per game (28th), total blocks (30th), offensive
rebounds per game (42nd) and total rebounds per game (31st).
LAST GAME AGAINST ARKANSAS: DECEMBER 7, 1974
Mike Odemns had 25 points and 10 rebounds, and Johnny Britt added 24 points and
seven boards as WKU outscored the Razorbacks by 10 in the second half of a 74-63
victory over Arkansas at E.A. Diddle Arena.
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
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