Originally published on Wed March 14, 2012 9:10 pm
MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:
Basketball fans in Bowling Green, Kentucky are celebrating an amazing come-from-behind victory. It happened last night in the opening game of the NCAA tournament. President Obama and the British prime minister had front row seats, as the Hilltoppers came back from 16 points down to beat Mississippi Valley State.
From member station WKYU, Joe Corcoran has reaction from Bowling Green.
JOE CORCORAN, BYLINE: Even veteran announcer Jim Nantz couldn't contain of his excitement at the end of the game.
President Obama is picking North Carolina to beat Kentucky in the national title game, calling the Tar Heels a more experienced team. The president released his NCAA tournament brackets on ESPN Wednesday.
The Western Kentucky University mens' basketball team will be playing in front of a high profile fan tonight. President Barack Obama will be in the stands for the NCAA Tournament play-in games in Dayton, Ohio. The Dayton Daily News reports the President will watch the games with British Prime Minister David Cameron who's visiting the U.S. WKU plays Mississippi Valley State in the first of two games tonight.
The Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers will face Mississippi Valley State Tuesday at 6:30 Eastern time in the first round of the NCAA basketball tournament in Dayton, Ohio. If the Hilltoppers win, they'll take on the University of Kentucky Wildcats in Louisville Thursday.
After ten years as head coach of the WKU womens' basketball team and 21 years with the program as player and coach, Mary Taylor Cowles has been fired. Athletics Director Ross Bjork says he informed Cowles of her termination Thursday morning.
The WKU mens' basketball team returned home to a raucous crowd at Bowling Green's Carrol Knicely center Wednesday afternoon after completing an improbable run to win the Sun Belt Conference championship Tuesday. More than 300 fans swarmed the team's bus as it pulled in and erupted in cheers as the players got off the bus holding the championship award.
The WKU Hilltopper basketball team battled from behind to win the Sun Belt Conference basketball tournament championship game Tuesday night. Ray Harper's Hilltopper squad used tough defense and determined play on the boards to defeat North Texas by a final score of 74 to 70. The Hilltoppers had to win four games in four days to advance as tournament champions, and win a trip to the NCAA championship.
Western Kentucky University Athletics Director Ross Bjork announced Sunday that Ray Harper will have the word "interim" removed from his title and become the school's 14th full-time men's basketball coach.
Harper has led the Hilltoppers since Ken McDonald was fired from the job in early January.
Before coming to WKU to serve as an assistant coach, Harper won four lower-division national championships while head coach at Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro and Oklahoma City University.