Feb. 28, 2014
As the calendar turns to March, WKU goes for its 10th win in the last 12 games Saturday night at 7:30 (CT) at UT Arlington.
A victory on Saturday would mean 20 wins for the Hilltoppers for the second-straight season and 42nd time in program history, which is the eighth-most in NCAA history and more than programs such as Indiana, Connecticut, Arizona, Texas and Michigan State.
The Hilltoppers knocked off Texas State Thursday night, 51-50, after trailing by 12 points in the second half. Should WKU defeat UT Arlington it would be WKU's seventh road conference win of the season, its most since winning eight league games away from home in 2007-08.
With three games remaining in the 2013-14 regular season WKU is in second place in the Sun Belt Conference standings, one game ahead of Arkansas State in the loss column and two full games ahead of Louisiana-Lafayette.
Saturday's game is not on television. It will be broadcast on the radio on the Hilltopper IMG Sports Network, airing locally in Bowling Green on WKLX-FM Sam 100.7, with Randy Lee and Hal Schmitt on the call.
WKU returns to E.A. Diddle Arena for the final time on Thursday at 7:00 PM (CT) to face Louisiana-Lafayette.
Tickets for the 2014 Sun Belt Conference Tournament are now on sale through the WKU Ticket Office. Each ticket book contains eight tickets. There are a total of eight sessions, with sessions 1-6 including two games each. Session seven featuring the women's championship game, and session eight is the men's championship game. Ticket books cost $99.00, and seats are general admission. To purchase tickets please contact the WKU Ticket Office at 1-800-5-BIG RED or 745-5222 locally, or order online at WKUSports.com.
WKU (19-9, 11-4 SBC) at UT Arlington (12-15, 7-8 SBC)
March 1, 2014 // 7:30 PM (CT)
Arlington, Texas // College Park Center (7,000)
Radio: Hilltopper IMG Sports Network Randy Lee (pxp), Hal Schmitt (analysis)
A win on Saturday would secure WKU's 42nd 20-win season, which ranks eight in NCAA history and is one behind Kansas and Syracuse, and first in the regular season since 2008-09.
WKU is 16-3 under head coach Ray Harper in games played on or after February 21, and the three losses were to teams a combined 87-11 at the time (#1 Kentucky, 2012; Middle Tennessee, #3 Kansas, 2013).
WKU is 5-0 this season in games decided by three points or fewer.
WKU has won seven of its last eight SBC road games.
WKU is tied for 24th in the nation in rebounding in conference games (34.7 rpg).
The Hilltoppers have been outrebounded in a game only four times this season.
Chris Harrison-Docks is third in the nation amongst freshman in free throw percentage (.875), and he has made 30 of his last 33 attempts from the charity stripe.
George Fant has started 58-straight games.
T.J. Price has scored in double figures in 33 of his last 39 games and has made at least one three-pointer in 38 of his last 41 games.
Should the 2013-14 Hilltoppers advance to the NCAA Tournament, it would mark the third time in WKU history the program has advanced to three-straight tournaments (1993-95; 2001-03).
An SBC Tournament championship would give WKU two of the three instances of three-straight tournament titles in league history (UAB, 1982-84; WKU, 2001-03).
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