WKU Men's and Women's Basketball in Postseason Action this Weekend

Mar 22, 2013

WKU senior guard Jamal Crook
Credit WKU Athletics

It’s a BIG weekend for WKU basketball. The men’s team will try to make history Friday night in the NCAA tournament, and the Lady Hilltoppers are looking to win their second game in the women’s NIT.

No #16 seed has ever beaten a #1 seed in the NCAA tournament. Yet we keep being told by college basketball analysts that some day that very thing is going to happen. Will it be Friday, when the WKU Hilltoppers take on the top-seed Kansas Jayhawks?

Kansas is one of the deepest, most experienced teams in the country, with four senior starters. And they’re playing only 30 minutes away from their campus in Lawrence, Kansas. The Jayhawks are well-known in Kansas City, having just won the Big 12 tournament there.

The Hilltoppers? Not so much.

The AP reports WKU head coach Ray Harper was held up for several minutes by Sprint Center security staff. WKU officials were eventually able to convince the guards that Harper was, in fact, WKU's coach.

The game is scheduled to tip off  at 8:50 p.m. central Friday, and will be televised on TNT.

The WKU women, meanwhile, are on to the second round of the women’s NIT. They play at Auburn Sunday at 2 p.m. central after beating East Carolina Thursday night in overtime.

Alexis Govan hit a three-pointer late in regulation to tie the game and send it into overtime. The Lady Toppers dominated the extra session 15-4, and went on to a 88-77 win, their first postseason victory since 2007.