BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- WKU held its annual basketball media day Wednesday afternoon at E.A. Diddle Arena, with both the Hilltopper and Lady Topper student-athletes and head coaches meeting with approximately 15 media members.
The day began with head coach Ray Harper participating in the Sun Belt Conference Media Day teleconference, where he discussed the state of basketball in the conference conference, the Hilltoppers' offseason workouts, the start of practice and the team's prospects for the season.
From there, Hilltoppers George Fant, Jamal Crook and Caden Dickerson met with members of the media in the Media Room at E.A. Diddle Arena, followed by Coach Harper.
"We are excited about getting this season started," Harper said on the conference call. "We are still a relatively young team. We only have two seniors. We have some guys that have been through the grind of college basketball and I think they are anxious and excited at the same time to get started.
"We have some guys that experienced success last season. Just like losing is a habit, winning is a habit. They got a taste of it at the end of the season last year, and I think they liked it. Hopefully we can build on it this season as well."
Preseason All-Sun Belt Conference
Earlier in the day, WKU sophomores George Fant and T.J. Price were named Preseason All-Sun Belt Conference, and the Hilltoppers were picked to finish third in the east division in the preseason coaches' poll. Fant was a second-team selection, and Price picked up third-team preseason recognition.
WKU Basketball to be on ESPN3 and ESPN Full Court
In addition, WKU announced that 25 basketball games this season will air on ESPN3 and also on ESPN Full Court when selected through the Hilltopper Sports Satellite Network. The 20 men's games and five women's games will be available in 72 million homes and to 21 million additional people on campuses and military bases in the United States.
The 20 games announced today join the six others already selected by other television networks for the 2012-13 season, giving WKU 26 of 31 regular-season games on television. In the past six seasons, WKU has made 178 television appearances.