LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Following a dramatic comeback win at UALR Saturday night, WKU gets right back on the court Monday night at 7:05 (CT) at Arkansas State looking for its seventh-straight Sun Belt Conference victory.
Trailing by 13 points with 8:17 left in the game, WKU topped the Trojans when Trency Jackson hit a buzzer-beater to give the Hilltoppers the one-point victory.
The Hilltoppers defeated the Red Wolves in double overtime in Bowling Green a month ago, but Arkansas State has won back-to-back games against WKU contested in Jonesboro.
A win on Monday night would make WKU 10 games over .500 for the first time since February 7, 2009, when the Hilltoppers were also 17-7.
Monday's game will be televised by the Hilltopper Sports Satellite Network, airing nationally on ESPN3 and ESPN Full Court and regionally on WKU PBS in the Bowling Green area and WBNA in Louisville. It will be broadcast on the radio on the Hilltopper IMG Sports Network, airing locally in Bowling Green on WKLX-FM Sam 100.7, with Randy Lee and Hal Schmitt on the call.
WKU returns to E.A. Diddle Arena to start a three-game homestand on Thursday at 7:00 PM (CT) against Troy.
Single-game tickets for the 2013-14 season and various multiple-game packages are on sale now. Fans interested in purchasing single-game tickets or multiple-game packages can call the WKU Ticket Office at 1-800-5-BIG RED or 745-5222 locally, or order online at WKUSports.com.
Tickets for the 2014 Sun Belt Conference Tournament are now on sale through the WKU Ticket Office. Each ticket book contains eight tickets. There are a total of eight sessions, with sessions 1-6 including two games each. Session seven featuring the women's championship game, and session eight is the men's championship game. Ticket books cost $99.00, and seats are general admission. To purchase tickets please contact the WKU Ticket Office at 1-800-5-BIG RED or 745-5222 locally, or order online at WKUSports.com.
WKU (16-7, 8-2 SBC) at Arkansas State (12-8, 5-4 SBC)
February 10, 2014 // 7:05 PM (CT)
Jonesboro, Ark. // Convocation Center (10,038)
Radio: Hilltopper IMG Sports Network • Randy Lee (pxp), Hal Schmitt (analysis)
Television: ESPN3 / ESPN Full Court / WKU PBS / WBNA • Randy Lee (pxp), Hal Schmitt (analysis)
• WKU is one of 12 teams in the nation that is at least 5-0 on the road in conference games.
• WKU has won six-straight Sun Belt Conference games for the first time since winning seven-in-a-row in league play at the end of the 2009-10 season.
• WKU has won six-straight SBC road games, dating back to the end of last season, for the first time since winning eight-in-a-row away from home in league play at the end of the 2007-08 campaign and the start of the 2008-09 slate.
• WKU has outrebounded each of its last 13 opponents, and the margin has been an average of 6.5 boards per contest.
• WKU is tied for 24th in the nation in rebounding in conference games.
• T.J. Price is averaging 16.2 points and 5.6 rebounds per game in five career games against Arkansas State, and George Fant is at 13.6 points and 6.2 rebounds per game in five outings.
• George Fant has started 53-straight games.
• T.J. Price has scored in double figures in 30 of his last 34 games.
• T.J. Price has made at least one three-pointer in 34 of his last 36 games and multiple threes in 28 of the 36 contests.
• O’Karo Akamune has scored 23 points with 24 rebounds in the last three games after recording 12 points and 17 rebounds in his previous six games.
• Should the 2013-14 Hilltoppers advance to the NCAA Tournament, it would mark the third time in WKU history the program has advanced to three-straight tournaments (1993-95; 2001-03).
• An SBC Tournament championship would give WKU two of the three instances of three-straight tournament titles in league history (UAB, 1982-84; WKU, 2001-03).