For the first time since joining the Football Bowl Subdivision, the Western Kentucky University football team will play in a postseason bowl. After a 7-5 regular season, WKU formally accepted an invitation Sunday to play on Dec. 26 in Detroit in the 2012 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. The Hilltoppers will square off against Central Michigan at 6:30 p.m. (CST) at Ford Field on ESPN.
The WKU men's basketball team erased a 13-point second-half deficit Saturday night at Troy and moved to 2-0 in Sun Belt Conference play for the first time in three seasons with a 75-71 win over the Trojans. The Hilltoppers improved to 6-2 on the season.
WKU finishes a stretch of four of five away from home Saturday night at 7:30 when it takes on Troy at the brand-new Trojan Arena, which opened prior to the 2012-13 season. The Hilltoppers started the Sun Belt Conference schedule with a win Thursday night at ULM behind T.J. Price’s career high 30 points, giving the Hilltoppers their fifth win in the last six conference openers and snapping a three-game Sun Belt Conference road losing streak.
Sophomore T.J. Price scored a career high 30 points as WKU opened Sun Belt Conference play with a 65-54 win over ULM at the Fant-Ewing Coliseum Thursday night. WKU has now won five of its last six conference openers as the Hilltoppers expanded a two-point lead at the half into a double-digit victory.
A legislative task force has made its final recommendations to improve the health and safety of Kentucky’s middle school athletes. Kentucky currently has a High School Athletics Association, which sets policies for older students who are beyond the middle school age.
WKU President Gary Ransdell and Athletic Director Todd Stewart have issued a joint statement Wednesday in response to questions regarding WKU's future athletic conference. Another round of conference realignment kicked off this week when Maryland announced it was leaving the ACC for the Big Ten, and Rutgers said it was leaving the Big East for the Big 10.
The Atlantic Coast Conference’s presidents and chancellors have voted unanimously to add Louisville as the replacement for Maryland, a person familiar with the situation said Wednesday morning. The person said ACC leaders also considered Connecticut and Cincinnati over the past week before choosing to add the Cardinals from the Big East.
WKU’s first two-time All-American basketball player has passed away. Carlisle Towery was 92 years old. Towery earned All-American honors his junior and senior seasons at WKU, in 1940 and 1941. Playing under legendary coach E.A. Diddle, Towery was the first Hilltopper to score 1,000 points, and he averaged a then-record 17.1 points a game as a senior.
A stingy WKU defense held Brescia (Ky.) without a field goal for 13:16 at one point Saturday night at E.A. Diddle Arena, helping the Hilltoppers improve to 4-2 on the season with a 74-46 win over the Bearcats. WKU limited Brescia to just 11 field goals in the game and only four inside the three-point line.