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9:38 am
Wed December 26, 2012

WKU Hilltoppers Look to Make History, Win First Major College Bowl Game

WKU junior running back Antonio Andrews
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The WKU football team takes on Central Michigan Wednesday night in the Little Caesar's Bowl--the first ever major college bowl game for the Hilltoppers. WKU will look for another big game from their do-everything running back, receiver, and kickoff/punt returner Antonio Andrews, who is looking to set the NCAA record for total yards in a season.

The Little Caesar's Bowl is being televised nationally on ESPN, with kickoff scheduled for 6:30pm central time Wednesday evening.

Defensive coordinator Lance Guidry is coaching the Hilltoppers following the departure of former coach Willie Taggart, who left WKU to become the new head coach at South Florida. WKU made national news when they hired former Louisville and Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino just three days after Taggart's depature.

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9:36 am
Sun December 23, 2012

WKU Faces the Music in Music City, Drops Game to Louisville

The Toppers are now 8-5 after the loss to U of L.
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WKU shot 50% in the second half and had just seven second-half turnovers Saturday night at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., but the 5th-ranked Louisville Cardinals earned a 78-55 win to wrap up WKU's non-conference slate for 2012-13.

A crowd of 10,728 was on-hand to see WKU and Louisville begin a new four-year series of games. The loss is WKU's third-straight, all coming against teams that went a combined 90-19 and won at least one game in the NCAA Tournament a season ago, and drops the Hilltoppers' record to 8-5. Louisville improves to 11-1.

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9:07 am
Sat December 22, 2012

WKU Faces Toughest Foe Yet in #5 Louisville Cardinals

WKU wraps up non-conference play for 2012-13 Saturday night at 7:30 against fifth-ranked Louisville at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.

WKU has dropped back-to-back games this week on the road against Murray State and VCU, and Saturday’s game against Louisville will mark the second-straight season WKU has matched up with a Final Four team from the previous year, joining 2011 Final Four participant VCU during WKU’s 2011-12 non-conference schedule.

WKU returns to the scene of a November 30, 2008 win against third-ranked Louisville, where WKU captured a 68-54 victory against the Cardinals behind 25 points from A.J. Slaughter and 17 points and 12 rebounds from Steffphon Pettigrew.

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9:26 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Hilltoppers and Hot Rods Agree to Unique Schedule

Bowling Green Ballpark

The Bowling Green Hot Rods and WKU Hilltopper baseball team have announced a unique schedule which will allow them both to play games at the Bowling Green Ballpark on April 9th and April 23rd.

The schedule allows WKU to host both the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky. WKU Head Baseball Coach Matt Myers says the chance to play in the professional ballpark is good for recruiting and good for the fans.

The Hot Rods, the class A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, will schedule "education day" games for area school children on April 9th and 23rd, to accomodate the 6 pm WKU games on those dates.

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7:42 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

WKU Senior Jamal Crook Out 4-6 Weeks with Broken Foot

WKU senior Jamal Crook is a senior guard from Louisville.
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The bad hits just keep on coming for the WKU men's basketball team. Senior point guard Jamal Crook is out 4-6 weeks with a right foot fracture sustained during Sunday's loss at Murray State.

The Courier-Journal reports the injury couldn't come at a worse time, as the Hilltoppers are getting ready to play one of the top teams in the nation, the Louisville Cardinals. WKU head coach Ray Harper says his team is suffering through the worst rash of injuries he's seen in his long coaching career.

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9:34 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Rough Road Trip Continues for Hilltoppers with 32 Point Loss at VCU; U of L Next

VCU's trademark defensive pressure gave a depleted WKU team trouble Tuesday night in Richmond, Va., and WKU dropped a 76-44 decision in front of the 24th-straight sellout crowd at Verizon Wireless Arena.

WKU is now 8-4 on the season, and VCU improves to 8-3.

George Fant led WKU with eight points and eight rebounds. Kevin Kaspar added eight and five, and Brandon Harris, Percy Blade and Aleksejs Rostov each had seven points. VCU was paced by four players in double figures, led by Briante Weber's 13.

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2:00 am
Tue December 18, 2012

WKU, VCU Meet for Third Time in Last Two Seasons Tuesday Night

WKU senior guard Jamal Crook
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WKU continues its stretch of three-straight away from home Tuesday night at 6:00 (CT) in Richmond, Va., against VCU.

After dropping a five-point decision at Murray State on Sunday afternoon, WKU turns its attention to the Rams just over 48 hours later in the third meeting in the last two seasons between the two schools.

The two former Sun Belt Conference rivals have met 32 times over the years, with VCU winning the last three to take a 17-15 advantage in the all-time series. This is WKU’s first trip to Richmond since 2003.

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10:14 pm
Sun December 16, 2012

WKU Battles Murray State to the End, but Hilltoppers Fall Short Against Rival

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The 150th meeting between WKU and Murray State lived up to its rivalry status, as eight second-half lead changes and key baskets by both teams highlighted a 75-70 Murray State victory Sunday night in Murray, Ky. Brandon Harris scored a career high 23 points and Teeng Akol and George Fant added 14 and 10, respectively, and WKU matched Murray State step-for-step before dropping the five-point decision.

WKU sees its six-game winning streak come to an end and is now 8-3 on the season. Murray State improves to 8-1. Despite the loss, WKU still leads the all-time series between the two schools, 97-53.

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9:22 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

WKU Men's Basketball vs Murray State: Take 150

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One of college basketball’s longest-running rivalries is renewed Sunday afternoon at 2:00, as WKU and Murray State meet for the 150th time.

The two former Ohio Valley Conference foes separated by less than 135 miles first squared off on January 25, 1932, and WKU holds a 97-52 advantage in the series but trails 31-30 in games contested in Murray. Murray State has won three of the last four games in the series, and over 60 percent of the games in the series have been decided by single digits.

Both teams are off to solid starts in 2012-13, as the 15 combined wins entering Sunday’s game are the most heading into a WKU-Murray State matchup since the January 12, 1988 contest, when the Hilltoppers were 9-3 and the Racers were 6-6.

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10:00 am
Fri December 14, 2012

No Holiday Rest for the Hilltoppers: Three Major Games on the Road Await

WKU sophomore forward George Fant
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The WKU men’s basketball team is preparing for a tough three-game stretch away from home, starting this Sunday afternoon at longtime rival Murray State. WKU has had the week off for final exams, but some major tests are still ahead for the men’s basketball team.

The Tops will hit the road for Murray to take on the 7-1 Racers Sunday, in a game that will be televised on the Hiltopper Sports Satellite Network. It will be the 150th time the two in-state rivals have played.

Next Tuesday, WKU travels to Richmond, Virginia, to take on Virginia Commonwealth. The VCU Rams are one of the top mid-major programs in the country, and are battle-tested already this young season, with a win against Memphis, and losses to Duke and Missouri.

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