BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — WKU Hilltopper Basketball returns home to host Indiana State at
11 a.m. CT Saturday at E.A. Diddle Arena.
The Hilltoppers are coming off back-to-back road losses at Ohio and Wisconsin.
Indiana State is 5-5 this season with two straight wins over Indianapolis and Green
Bay. WKU is 5-2 all-time against the Sycamores, including last year’s 77-59 win in
Terre Haute, Ind.
WKU head coach Rick Stansbury is 1-0 in his career against Indiana State.
Indiana State (5-5) at WKU (6-4)
December 16, 2017 | 11 a.m. CT
Bowling Green, Ky. | E.A. Diddle Arena
Listen: Hilltopper IMG Sports
Network (WKLX 100.7 FM flagship), WKUSports.tv (free), TuneIn Radio (free)
(Jeff Younglove, pxp | Hal Schmitt, analysis)
Watch: Fox College Sports, WKU PBS in Bowling Green, WBNA in
Louisville (Radio Simulcast)
Live Stats: WKU Stats
• WKU is 15-4 (.789) at E.A. Diddle Arena under head coach Rick Stansbury. The
Hilltoppers are 588-167 all-time at Diddle Arena for a .779 winning percentage.
• WKU has made at least one 3-pointer in 948 consecutive games, dating back to March
15, 1987. The 3-point shot was instituted prior to the 1986-87 season. The
Hilltoppers’ streak is the fifth-longest in the nation behind Kentucky, UNLV,
Vanderbilt and Arkansas.
• Six of WKU’s seven scholarship players are averaging in double figures, between
10.4 and 14.2 points.
• In his last four games, Darius Thompson has a combined 23 assists and six
turnovers. In his last seven games, he has 34 combined assists and just nine
• WKU ranks 45th in the country in field goal percentage at 49.1 percent and 23rd in
3-point percentage at 40.1 percent. The Hilltoppers lead C-USA in both categories.
Freshmen Taveion Hollingsworth, Jake Ohmer and Marek Nelson are a combined 35 of 77
(45.5 percent) from long range.
• WKU has outscored its opponents 410-300 in the paint this season.
• Taveion Hollingsworth (125) and Jake Ohmer (104) are both on pace to finish among
the top eight in WKU history for scoring in a season by a varsity freshman. Mike
Wilson is 10th on that list with 265 points.
• WKU ranks 49th in the nation and second in C-USA in turnovers forced at 16.4 per
game, despite ranking 19th in the nation in personal fouls. Lamonte Bearden ranks
34th in the country and second in C-USA in total steals with 22 through nine games.
No WKU player had more than 28 steals all last season.
• Coming into the week, WKU was one of three programs in the nation with two players
– Dwight Coleby (4) and Justin Johnson (4) – who had at least four double-doubles
• As of Friday, Justin Johnson was ranked ninth among active NCAA players for career
rebounds and tied for eighth in career double-doubles. He’s one of just nine active
NCAA players with at least 1,000 career points and 750 rebounds.
• Justin Johnson is 27th on WKU’s all-time scoring list with 1,238 career points. He
needs eight points to pass Mike Wells to move into 26th.
• Justin Johnson currently ranks ninth on WKU’s all-time list for career field goal
percentage at 54.3 percent. He’s just over two percentage points from fifth place.
• Justin Johnson needs 214 rebounds to reach 1,000 for his career. That would make
him just the fifth player in WKU history with 1,000 career points and 1,000
rebounds, joining Tom Marshall, Art Spoelstra, Ralph Crosthwaite and Jim McDaniels,
the last to accomplish the feat in 1971.
• Lamonte Bearden is 189 points from reaching 1,000 for his career across his time
at Buffalo and WKU.
WKU Ticket Office: Online at WKUTickets.com, in person at E.A. Diddle Arena, via
phone at 1-800-5-BIG Red or 745-5222 locally.
Toys For Tots: Donate a new toy and receive a complimentary ticket.
LAST GAME AGAINST INDIANA STATE: DECEMBER 11, 2016
Pancake Thomas scored 22 points and WKU beat Indiana State 77-59 in Terre Haute,
Ind. Que Johnson added 15 points, while Justin Johnson contribued 14 points, 10
rebounds and six assists. ISU made just 2 of 24 3-pointers.
MED CENTER HEALTH
The 2017-18 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.
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