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The Western Kentucky University men’s basketball team dropped a back-and-forth game with Utah Tuesday night in the semifinals of the National Invitation Tournament.

Utah beat the Hilltoppers 69-64 in New York City’s Madison Square Garden.  

WKU finishes the season with a record of 27-11. That’s the most wins for the team since the 2007-2008 season.

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Western Kentucky University's Lady Hilltopper basketball team has a new head coach.

Assistant coach Greg Collins was promoted to the top spot Tuesday following the departure of Michelle Clark-Heard, who is the new head coach at the University of Cincinnati.

Collins has been an assistant at WKU for the past six seasons.

WKU is On to NYC After Beating Oklahoma State in the NIT

Mar 22, 2018
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Freshman Taveion Hollingsworth matched his career high with 30 points and Western Kentucky advanced to the final four of the NIT for the first time since 1948 with a 92-84 victory over Oklahoma State on Wednesday night.

The fourth-seeded Hilltoppers (27-10) made 15 of 18 free throws in the last three minutes to hold off the second-seeded Cowboys (21-15), who missed six of eight shots in the last two minutes.

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The Western Kentucky University men’s basketball team is on to the National Invitational Tournament quarterfinal round after winning consecutive NIT games for the first time since 1948.

The Hilltoppers won at Southern California Monday night, beating the Trojans 79-75 in Los Angeles. Senior forward Justin Johnson led WKU with 23 points and six rebounds.

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Justin Johnson had his fifth-straight double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds to lead Western Kentucky to a 79-62 win over Boston College on Tuesday night in a first-round game of the NIT.

Taveion Hollingsworth added 18 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals for the Hilltoppers (25-10), a four-seed. Darius Thompson had 17 points, eight assists and six rebounds.

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The Western Kentucky University women’s basketball team will find out Monday night who, when, and where it will play in the NCAA tournament.

The Lady Hilltoppers earned an automatic bid to the Big Dance after winning the Conference USA tournament championship Saturday.

Fans are invited to attend an NCAA Selection Show Watch Party with the team Monday at 5:30 pm at the Mister B’s location on Scottsville Road.

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Visitation and funeral arrangements have been made for the man known as the “Voice of the Hilltoppers.”

Wes Strader passed away Tuesday evening at the age of 79.

He was the play-by-play voice of the WKU football and men’s basketball teams for 36 seasons.

All arrangements are being held at Eastwood Baptist Church in Bowling Green.

Visitation will be held Monday from 2 to 8 pm, with funeral services at 1 pm on Tuesday.

The burial will be private.

WKU Football Falls at Illinois for First Loss of Season

Sep 10, 2017
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Illinois' young defense held Western Kentucky's high-powered attack in check Saturday and freshman running back Mike Epstein rushed for 111 yards on the way to a 20-7 win.

The Illini (2-0) scored their first touchdown of the night on an interception return, and held the Hilltoppers (1-1) to 244 yards of offense. Western Kentucky didn't score until the fourth quarter.

Hilltopper quarterback Mike White averaged 311.6 yards a game last season, but Saturday heavy Illini pressure limited him to 28 of 43 pasing for 238 yards and an interception. He also ran for a score.

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Western Kentucky University is mourning the loss of own of its most famous athletes.

Basketball legend Jim McDaniels passed away Wednesday night in Bowling Green at the age of 69.

McDaniels was a 7-foot center from Scottsville who led the Hilltoppers to the 1971 Final Four, and finished his career tied with the most points ever scored by a men’s player at WKU.

He’s one of eight former WKU players to have their jersey retired and hung in the rafters at E.A. Diddle Arena.

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WKU has a new leader of its baseball team. The school will introduc John Pawlowski Thursday afternoon as the new head coach of the Hilltopper baseball program.

Pawlowski formally coached at Auburn and the College of Charleston, and has been to 11 NCAA tournaments as either a head coach or assistant coach.

WKU announced last month that Matt Myers wouldn’t be retained following four seasons as the school’s baseball coach.

Here's a look at Pawlowski's coaching career:

Pawlowski’s Coaching Career

2014-15: San Diego State Assistant Coach (2 Years; 2 NCAA Tournaments)

2009-13: Auburn Head Coach (5 Years; 167-126 Record, and 1 NCAA Tournament)

2000-08: College of Charleston Head Coach (9 Years; 338-192 Record)

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The WKU Lady Hilltoppers will face Old Dominion in the Conference USA semifinals Friday afternoon in Birmingham.

The game begins at 12:30 pm central. The winner goes on to play in the championship game Saturday, with the winner of that contest earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

WKU beat Charlotte 70-67 Thursday in the C-USA quarterfinals.  

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The WKU Lady Hilltoppers enter their first-ever Conference USA basketball tournament this week as the team to beat.

They won the conference regular season crown, and they boast the league’s Player of the Year, Chastity Gooch, as well as Conference USA Coach and Defensive Player of the Year winners.

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The WKU women’s basketball is heading into their postseason conference tournament with some major individual awards to go along with their number-one seeding.

Conference USA announced Monday that WKU senior Chastity Gooch was named Player of the Year, after averaging over 17 points and 7 rebounds a game.

Sophomore Kendall Noble was named conference Defensive Player of the Year after setting a WKU record for steals in a season.

Michelle Clark-Heard was named conference Coach of the Year for leading the Lady Hilltoppers to a 27-4 record.

The awards were voted on by the league’s head coaches, a media member representing each school, and each school’s sports information director.

WKU plays Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Conference USA tournament, against the winner of Wednesday’s game between Charlotte and Marshall.

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WKU’s upcoming football season features road trips to Vanderbilt, Indiana, and LSU.

The Hilltoppers’ 2015 schedule includes eight Conference USA games, with five of those contests at home. WKU kicks off the season September 5 in Nashville, against the Vanderbilt Commodores. The team’s home and league opener is the following week against Louisiana Tech.

See the entire WKU 2015 football schedule here.

WKU returns 17 starters from last season’s team that finished 8-5, including a win in the Bahamas Bowl.

One of those returnees is quarterback Brandon Doughty, who led the nation in passing yards and touchdown passes last season.

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The WKU Lady Hilltopper basketball team has been playing a prominent role in area elementary and middle schools over the past several weeks. Thursday’s game between the WKU Lady  Toppers and Florida Atlantic is the fourth annual “Spread the Red Education Game”, and will be attended by all third-through-eighth graders in Bowling Green city schools, and seventh grade students from Warren County public schools.

For the past month, teachers have been incorporating statistics and biographical information about the players and teams into math, geography, reading, and history lessons. 

“And  bigger picture, there’s a learning component in terms of the career opportunities, and just the overall experience of being able to come up to the university and hopefully inspire our kids to want to aim high,” said Warren County Schools Superintendent Rob Clayton.

Bowling Green Schools Superintendent Joe Tinius embraces any opportunity to get young students on a college campus. He says it will be many students’ first time attending an event at WKU.

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WKU’s all-time leading scorer is having his basketball jersey number retired later this month.

The school announced Thursday that Courtney Lee’s #32 jersey will be retired January 22 during WKU’s game against Texas-El Paso. Lee will become just the tenth person affiliated with the WKU men’s basketballteam to have his jersey retired, joining names such as coach E.A. Diddle, and players Jim McDaniels, Clem Haskins, and Darel Carrier.

Lee played at WKU from 2004-to-2008, scoring 2,238 career points—equaling McDaniels for the most points all time. The Indianapolis native led the Hilltoppers to an NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 appearance and 29-win season his senior year, while averaging over 20 points a game.

Lee was taken in the first round of the 2008 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic. He has played for five different teams, and currently averages 11 points a game for the Memphis Grizzlies.

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