The next WKU men’s basketball recruiting class features players from three different parts of the country.
WKU head basketball coach Ray Harper announced today that the school has received national letters of intent from Justin Johnson of Hazard, Kentucky; Derrick Clayton from Castro Valley, California; and Avery Patterson of Decatur, Georgia.
Johnson is a 6'7" forward who averaged over 16 points and 10 rebounds a game as a junior at Perry County Central High School last season.
Clayton is a 6'5" guard who scored 17 points a game as a junior in California.
Patterson is from the same high school in Georgia that produced current Hilltopper Niger Snipes. Coach Harper says he believes the 6'1" guard can compete for playing time as a freshman next season.
WKU senior Antonio Andrews has been named a semifinalist for the 2013 Doak Walker Award, given annually to the nation’s best college running back.
Andrews leads the nation in all-purpose yardage with nearly 2,200 yards and ranks second nationally in total rushing yards.
Andrews is one of ten semifinalists being considered for the award. Members of the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee will next cast their votes for three finalists, who will be named November 25.
The winner of the award will be announced December 12.
The WKU men’s basketball team opens up its season in unusual fashion Monday evening.
Actually, make that Tuesday morning.
The Hilltoppers are on the road at Wichita State for a game that begins at midnight Tuesday morning. The unorthodox scheduling is a result of WKU’s participation in ESPN’s Tip-Off Marathon, an event the network has billed as “24 hours of hoops.”
The WKU-Wichita State game is being televised on ESPN2.
The WKU women’s basketball team is also kicking off its regular season, and looking to win on the road against Vanderbilt for the first time in nearly 15 years. The Lady Hilltoppers play the Commodores tonight at 7 p.m. at Memorial Gymnasium in Nashville.
The WKU women’s team won its season-opener Saturday against Austin Peay.
The wealthiest men’s college basketball program resides in the Bluegrass State.
A new ESPN report puts the University of Louisville at the top of the list, with the program bringing in about $35 million in profits during last season’s title run.
The Louisville Cardinals had several things going for them last season that helped them earn the title of “wealthiest program” in the nation. They were at, or near, the top of the national rankings last season as they won the school's third NCAA championship, they had the third-highest attendance of any program in the country, and they benefited from the income generated through 71 luxury box seats at the KFC Yum! Center.
Seating a little over 22,000 fans per home game, the Yum! Center was filled to an average of 97.6% capacity last season during U of L’s home games.
One ESPN analyst wrote in the report that the Cardinals’ financial clout was enough to make “even some NBA executives envious.”
Antonio Andrews rushed for 110 yards, Brandon Doughty had 206 yards passing and Keshawn Simpson ran for four touchdowns to help Western Kentucky and coach Bobby Petrino beat Georgia State 44-28 on Saturday.
Petrino made his first appearance at the Georgia Dome since abruptly resigning 13 games into his only season as Atlanta Falcons coach six years ago.
The announced crowd of 5,377 barely acknowledged Petrino in pre-game introductions. Over 69,000 fans were at his last game in Atlanta, a 34-14 Monday night loss to the New Orleans Saints on Dec. 10, 2007.
Petrino shocked the Falcons with his sudden departure for Arkansas the following day. He went 34-17 with the Razorbacks, but was fired in April 2012 after acknowledging an extramarital affair.
Western Kentucky (5-4, 2/3 Sun Belt Conference) snapped a two-game losing streak. Ronnie Bell had two touchdown passes for Georgia State (0-9, 0-4).
The WKU Hilltoppers travel to Atlanta on Saturday for a matchup with Georgia State at the Georgia Dome. After back-to-back losses, head coach Bobby Petrino says his offense is putting too much pressure on itself to make big plays.
“What I’ve had tried to have them focus on is just relaxing, worrying about your performance and making sure we’re not worrying about the scoreboard or where we’re at in the game,” said Petrino. “It’s just one play at a time and do your job.”
The ‘Toppers come into the game 4-4, Georgia State is winless at 0-8. WKU will be without linebacker Andrew Jackson, who was suspended indefinitely for violating team rules.
The game will be broadcast by the Sun Belt Network Saturday at noon central. The game can be seen in Bowling Green on WKU PBS.
WKU head football coach Bobby Petrino has suspended star linebacker Andrew Jackson indefinitely beginning with this weekend's game against Georgia State in Atlanta.
In a written statement, Petrino said Jackson did not meet the expectations they set forth for all their players but, if Jackson meets conditions laid out for him, he'll be back on the team for next weekend's game against Army.
In an overnight tweet, Jackson apologized to fans saying he missed team meetings Monday morning. He said while that was unacceptable, he plans to learn from his mistakes and expects to play against Army.
Alonzo Harris rushed for 115 yards and two touchdowns to lead Louisiana-Lafayette to a 37-20 victory over Western Kentucky on Tuesday night.
Terrance Broadway had a 1-yard TD run and also threw for a score for the Ragin' Cajuns (4-2, 2-0 Sun Belt), who have won four in a row since a 48-27 loss at Kansas State last month. Louisiana-Lafayette had 198 yards rushing in the second half and finished with 254 on the ground for the game.
Antonio Andrews had 28 carries for 154 yards for the Hilltoppers (4-3, 1-2), who led 10-0 after the first quarter. Andrews, who had a 1-yard TD run in the fourth quarter, went over 1,000 yards for the season.
Western Kentucky committed four turnovers, including Al Riles' 99-yard interception return that made it 10-7 with 6:41 left in the second quarter.
The Southeastern Conference will make a "historic announcement" Tuesday in Nashville. Music City is expected to be named the primary home of SEC basketball tournaments.
The Tennessean newspaper reports Nashville will host 12 consecutive postseason basketball tournaments, nine men’s and three women’s, starting in 2015. The venue will be Bridgestone Arena.
The SEC played this year’s men’s championship in Nashville and was already scheduled to return in 2015, 2016, and 2019.
Back in May, SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said the league would explore a primary site for the basketball tournaments, noting success with other permanent sites, in Atlanta for football and Alabama for baseball.