STILLWATER, Okla. — WKU Hilltopper Basketball will try to win three games in the NIT
for the first time ever – and in any postseason tournament for the first time since
1971 – when it visits second-seeded Oklahoma State in the quarterfinals at 7 p.m. CT
Wednesday in Stillwater, Okla.
The Hilltoppers advanced by knocking off top-seeded USC 79-75 on the road Monday.
Oklahoma State beat Stanford 71-65 at home Monday to advance. The fourth-seeded
Hilltoppers and head coach Rick Stansbury have each never faced the Cowboys before.
No. 4 WKU (26-10) at No. 2 Oklahoma State (21-14)
March 21, 2018 | 7 p.m. CT
Gallagher-Iba Arena | Stillwater, Okla.
Listen: Hilltopper IMG Sports Network (WKLX 100.7 FM flagship), WKUSports.tv (free),
TuneIn Radio (free) (Randy Lee, pxp | Hal Schmitt, analysis)
Watch: ESPN2 (Mike Corey, pxp | John Thompson, analysis)
Live Stats: Oklahoma State Stats
• WKU has made at least one 3-pointer in 974 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 UNLV, Vanderbilt, Duke
• WKU is 3-1 against the Power 5 conferences this season with wins over Big Ten, ACC
and Pac-12 teams.
• The Hilltoppers’ 26 wins and eight road victories are their most since 2007-08,
and their 14 conference victories are their most since 2008-09. This is the 19th
25-win season in program history.
• WKU has 11 wins this season against programs with at least 20 victories: Old
Dominion (3 times), UAB (2), Marshall (2), Purdue (1), Wright State (1), Nicholls
(1) and USC (1).
• WKU’s current scoring average of 78.4 points per game would be the program’s
highest since 1994-95.
• WKU ranks 11th in the country in field goal percentage and first in Conference USA
at 49.6 percent. That percentage would rank eighth for a single season in program
• The Hilltoppers have outscored their opponents 1,400-1,039 in the paint this
• Coming into the week, WKU ranked 13th in the nation with 129 dunks against
Division I competition, according to Ken Pomeroy.
• Justin Johnson has recorded a double-double in seven in the last 10 games. He has
39 career double-doubles and 15 this season.
• Justin Johnson is on pace to become the first Hilltopper to lead the team in both
scoring and rebounding in three straight seasons since Jim McDaniels did it from
• Justin Johnson leads C-USA in rebounding at 9.5 boards per game. He could become
the first player to lead the league in rebounding average in back-to-back years
since Memphis’ Joey Dorsey from 2006-08.
• As of Tuesday, Justin Johnson was ranked sixth among active NCAA players for
career rebounds and fifth in career double-doubles. Johnson is the only active
player in the nation with at least 1,600 career points and 1,000 rebounds. He ranks
15th in the country this year with 343 total rebounds.
• Justin Johnson is ranked 11th on WKU’s all-time scoring list with 1,681 career
points. He needs seven points to pass Bobby Rascoe to move into 10th.
• Justin Johnson ranks fifth on WKU’s all-time rebounding list with 1,041 career
boards. Johnson is one of five Hilltoppers in program history ranked in the top 15
in scoring and the top 10 in rebounding.
• Justin Johnson is 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.
• Taveion Hollingsworth has scored more points and played more minutes than any
freshman in Hilltopper history. He recently passed WKU great Courtney Lee for the
• Darius Thompson needs to play just 31 minutes to rank first on WKU’s list for most
minutes played in a single season. Thompson ranks eighth in the country in total
minutes played this season.
NIT EXPERIMENTAL RULES
The 2018 NIT will feature four rules modifications:
• The three-point line will be extended by approximately 1 foot 8 inches to the
same distance used by FIBA for international competition (22 feet 1.75 inches).
• The free throw lane will be widened from 12 feet to 16 feet, consistent with the
width used by the NBA.
• The games will be divided into four 10-minute quarters as opposed to two
20-minute halves. Teams will shoot two free throws beginning with the fifth foul of
• The shot clock will reset to 20 seconds after an offensive rebound instead of the
full 30 seconds.
LAST MEETING WITH OKLAHOMA STATE:
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.