FRISCO, Texas — WKU Hilltopper Basketball enters this week’s Conference USA
Championship as the No. 2 seed and will face either No. 7 FIU or No. 10 North Texas
in the quarterfinals at 8:30 p.m. CT Thursday in Frisco, Texas. The game will air on
Stadium and on WKU-PBS locally in Bowling Green.
The Hilltoppers lost their only meeting with FIU this year, 77-76 at home on Jan. 17
on Brian Beard’s layup just before the buzzer. WKU is 34-8 all-time against the
WKU won 62-59 at North Texas on Feb. 9 to start a string of seven straight losses
for the Mean Green. WKU is 21-5 all-time vs. North Texas, including nine straight
Conference USA Tournament Quarterfinals
No. 7 FIU (19-12) or No. 10 North Texas (20-11) vs. No. 2 WKU (18-13)
March 14, 2019 | 8:30 p.m. CT
Ford Center at The Star | Frisco, Texas
Listen: Hilltopper IMG Sports Network (WKLX 100.7 FM flagship) (Randy Lee, pxp | Hal Schmitt, analysis)
• WKU’s No. 2 seed in the Conference USA Tournament is its highest finish in five
years in C-USA, as well as its highest finish overall since claiming the No. 2 seed
in the Sun Belt Conference in 2014.
• The Hilltoppers are 20-5 in quarterfinal matchups since joining the Sun Belt in
the 1982-83 season.
• 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 1,007 games dates back
to March 15, 1987.
• WKU ranks 13th in the country in total blocks and 11th in blocked shots per game,
and 16th 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 (2.4).
• Sophomore guard Taveion Hollingsworth needs just 53 points to reach 1,000.
• In the last 10 games, redshirt senior guard Lamonte Bearden has 66 combined
assists against just 17 turnovers. He leads C-USA in conference play with a 3.2-to-1
• Sophomore guard Josh Anderson is 1 of 12 players in the country with at least 120
total rebounds, 52 steals and 21 blocks this season. He’s 1 of 2 players from
Conference USA to reach those marks.
• WKU freshman center Charles Bassey could become the second freshman in the country
since 1992 – along with Greg Oden – to average 15 points, nine rebounds and two
blocks per game, while also shooting at least 60 percent from the field.
• As of Sunday, Charles Bassey ranked second in the nation among freshmen in total
rebounds (308), third in total blocks (74) and third in field-goal percentage (62.9
• As of Sunday, Charles Bassey ranked in the top 30 nationally in double-doubles
(20th), field-goal percentage (11th), blocks per game (15th), total blocks (14th),
rebounds per game (18th), defensive rebounds per game (29th) and total rebounds
• Charles Bassey’s 15 double-doubles this season are the most on record by a
Hilltopper freshman. Bassey leads C-USA in double-doubles and ranks second in the
nation among freshmen in double-doubles.
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.