After a hard-fought, three-point overtime loss at Southern Miss Saturday night, WKU returns to Bowling Green for its home opener against Austin Peay Tuesday night at 7:00 as part of the 2012 Cancun Challenge.
The two former Ohio Valley Conference foes have met 51 times over the years, and the Hilltoppers have won nearly 73 percent of the matchups. Austin Peay returns nine letterwinners but just one starter from last year’s squad, and the Governors were picked to finish third in the Ohio Valley Conference West Division in the conference’s preseason coaches’ poll this season.
Saturday’s game at Southern Miss was WKU’s first season opener that needed overtime since the start of the 2004-05 season against Tennessee State, and the Hilltoppers have won the following game in three of the last four seasons they have lost the opening game.
Both Tuesday’s game against Austin Peay and Saturday’s contest against Western Carolina are part of the Cancun Challenge, and WKU heads to Mexico next week to play two more games in the early-season tournament.