The WKU men’s basketball team may be done with finals week, but the Hilltoppers face another tough test this weekend.
WKU travels to the KFC YUM! Center Saturday to take on the defending national champion Louisville Cardinals. The Hilltoppers bring a 5-3 record into the matchup with the sixth-ranked Cardinals, and will have two new faces on the court.
Guards Chris Harrison-Docks and Trency Jackson are eligible to play for the first time this season after sitting out the first semester because of NCAA transfer rules. Harrison-Docks is a Louisville native who transferred to WKU after originally attending Butler.
Jackson made his way to Bowling Green after attending Texas Tech and a Florida junior college.
You can read more on the matchup and learn more about the Hilltoppers and Cardinals here.
The WKU-Louisville game begins at 11 a.m. central, and is being televised on ESPN2.
The WKU football team is no doubt still smarting from not receiving a bowl bid.
Maybe some postseason awards will ease the pain a bit.
Senior running back Antonio Andrews was named the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year Wednesday, while senior linebacker Xavius Boyd won the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year honors.
Andrews rushed for a school-record 1,730 yards this season, and led the nation in all-purpose yards for the second straight campaign. The Ft. Campbell High School graduate scored on a conference-leading 16 rushing touchdowns.
Blake Pillow rushed for 150 yards and Blue Tisdale put up three touchdowns as Bowling Green High School scored 49 unanswered points to roll past Pulaski County High 49-14 in the KHSAA Class 5A championship game at Houchens Industries/L.T. Smith Stadium at WKU Sunday afternoon.
The win marks the Purples third consecutive state championship and their third straight undefeated season.
Pulaski County jumped out to a 14-0 lead behind a 25 yard score from quarterback Riley Hall, who finished the game with 41 yards on the ground while completing 19 of 31 passes for 163 yards and a touchdown.
Despite being bowl eligible for a third straight season, the WKU Hilltopper football team was not selected to take part in a bowl this postseason. WKU finished with an 8-4 record and was considered by bowls in Detroit, Mobile, Ala. and Shreveport, La.
Athletic Director Todd Stewart says with 79 bowl-eligible teams and 70 spots, someone was going to be left out.
“For me personally, this feels like a loss right now,” said Stewart. “But I think when you have difficulty, I think you need to take a step back and take a look at the big picture. That’s what I’ve tried to do and that’s what I hope our fans do.”
Stewart says he’s especially disappointed for the seniors who have played their final game in a Hilltopper uniform.
Class 3A Final, Belfry 3, Wayne County 0. Mayfield defeated Williamsburg 42-0 in Friday's 1A championship game.
The Kentucky High School Athletics Association has announced changes to this weekend's high school football championship games. One of the games affected is the 5A matchup between Bowling Green and Pulaski County.
Here is the new schedule: (all times Central Time):
Saturday, 12/7, 11 am - Class 2A- DeSales vs. Newport Central Catholic (as scheduled)
Saturday, 12/7, 2 pm - Class 4A- Collins vs. Highlands
Saturday, 12/7, 5 pm - Class 6A- Meade County vs. Scott County
Sunday, 12/8, 2 pm - Class 5A- Bowling Green vs. Pulaski County