WKU officially announces football game, men's basketball series with Arkansas

Western Kentucky and Arkansas have officially agreed to a two-game series in men’s basketball and a single football game, the school announced Tuesday.

As part of the agreement, the Hilltoppers will travel to Fayetteville, Ark., in 2019 for a single football game and have a home-and-home series in men’s basketball. Western will travel to Fayetteville later this year in men’s basketball and receive a return visit in 2019.

“We are always looking for compelling matchups in our football and men’s basketball schedules, and adding the Arkansas Razorbacks is a very exciting addition for both programs,” WKU athletic director Todd Stewart said in a release. “There was a true rebirth in the atmosphere inside Diddle Arena this season. With Wisconsin and St. Mary’s scheduled to visit next year, the addition of Arkansas in 2019 continues the upward trajectory of our men’s basketball scheduling.

"The proximity of Arkansas to Bowling Green will also enable our fans to travel to Fayetteville and experience unique men’s basketball and football environments.”

Western Kentucky last faced the Razorbacks in men’s basketball in 1974 when the Hilltoppers came away with a 74-63 victory inside E.A. Diddle Arena. It remains Arkansas’ only visit to Bowling Green and the series sits at a 4-2 advantage in favor of the Razorbacks.

Arkansas will be the first SEC team to visit to Diddle Arena since Mississippi won at WKU in 2013. Western coach Rick Stansbury is 16-14 all-time against Arkansas.

The Razorbacks are one of five current SEC members WKU has never faced in football but will become the 10th when WKU travels to Fayetteville on Nov. 9, 2019. To accommodate the game, a previously scheduled game at Indiana has been moved to the 2022 season.

Western Kentucky will receive $1.5 million from Arkansas per conditions of the agreed contract.

MATCHUP DATES

Men's basketball: TBD 2018; Fayetteville, Ark. (or Little Rock, Ark.)

Football: Nov. 9, 2019; Fayetteville, Ark. (or Little Rock, Ark.)

Men's basketball: : TBD 2019; Bowling Green