Dec. 13, 2013
WKU finishes its three-game road trip Saturday morning at 11:00 (CT) at defending national champion Louisville, who is ranked sixth in the latest Associated Press Poll and fourth in the most recent USA Today Coaches Poll.
This is the sixth-straight season that the Hilltoppers and Cardinals have met, with Louisville winning the last four while the Hilltoppers hold a 39-37 edge in the all-time series.
Saturday's game is WKU's third at the KFC Yum! Center, now in its fourth season of existence, as the Hilltoppers lost to the fourth-ranked Cardinals, 70-60, on December 23, 2011 and lost to top-ranked Kentucky in the second round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament, 81-66, in downtown Louisville.
Saturday's contest is the second of four games on WKU's non-conference schedule against teams that won at least 27 games in 2012-13 (Wichita State, 30; Louisville, 35; Southern Miss, 27; Ole Miss, 27).
Saturday's game will be televised nationally on ESPN2 with Bob Wischusen and Kara Lawson on the call. It will also be broadcast on the radio on the Hilltopper IMG Sports Network, airing locally in Bowling Green on WKLX-FM Sam 100.7.
Single-game tickets for the 2013-14 season and various multiple-game packages are on sale now. Fans interested in purchasing single-game tickets or multiple-game packages can call the WKU Ticket Office at 1-800-5-BIG RED or 745-5222 locally, or order online at WKUSports.com.
WKU (5-3) at #6/4 Louisville (8-1)
December 14, 2013 // 11:00 AM (CT)
Louisville, Ky. // KFC Yum! Center (22,000)
Radio: Hilltopper IMG Sports Network Randy Lee (pxp), Hal Schmitt (analysis)
Television: ESPN2 Bob Wischusen (pxp), Kara Lawson (analysis)
WKU is 34-92 all-time against ranked opponents and has lost the last seven, and the Hilltoppers are 13-35 all-time against the top 10.
Louisville is WKU's second non-conference opponent that went to the 2013 Final Four in the first nine games of the 2013-14 season (Wichita State).
WKU ranks 30th in the nation in fewest points allowed per game this season (62.4).
In all five of its victories this season, WKU has gotten to the free throw line more than its opponent.
WKU has held at least a two-possession lead in all three of its losses this season and a lead of at least nine points in its two most recent defeats.
WKU has started true freshman point guards in each of its eight games this season.
George Fant is averaging 16.7 points per game in the last three contests and shooting 56.3 percent from the floor (18-for-32), while averaging 33.7 minutes per game.
T.J. Price has scored in double figures in 18 of his last 20 games.
T.J. Price has made at least one three-pointer in 22-straight games and multiple threes in 17 of the 22 contests.
Should T.J. Price and George Fant both reach the 1,000 career point threshold in 2013-14, it would mark the first time since 2009-10 that multiple players have reached the milestone in the same season (Jeremy Evans, Steffphon Pettigrew, A.J. Slaughter; 2009-10).
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