BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Riding its second five-game winning streak in the last 17 games, WKU welcomes IUPUI to E.A. Diddle Arena Saturday afternoon at 3:00 for a non-conference matchup.
The Hilltoppers, off to their best start to a season since 2007-08 at 7-2, have won nine-straight home games and will look to make it an even 10 against the Jaguars before taking next week off from games for final examinations. From there, WKU hits the road for three games at Murray State, VCU and against Louisville in Nashville to wrap up the non-conference schedule.
During the current five-game winning streak WKU is averaging 68.4 points per game and outscoring opponents by over 10 points per game, and three players are in double figures in scoring, led by T.J. Price at nearly 20 points per contest.
The game will be televised by the Hilltopper Sports Satellite Network, airing nationally on ESPN3 and ESPN Full Court, locally on WKYU-PBS and in Louisville on WBNA. It will also be broadcast on the radio on the Hilltopper IMG Sports Network with Randy Lee and Hal Schmitt on the call. Live stats and live audio are available on WKUSports.com.
It is Big Red's Rascals Day at E.A. Diddle Arena on Saturday. All members of Big Red's Rascals can receive a complimentary ticket to the game, and all friends and family can purchase unlimited tickets for $7.00. Also, fans who bring a new toy to the game for the Marine Corps' Toys for Tots drive will receive a free ticket to the game. The toys collected will be given out to children in Bowling Green for Christmas.
Tickets for the 2012-13 WKU men's basketball season are available online at WKUSports.com or by visiting the WKU Ticket Office in E.A. Diddle Arena. Fans can also call the ticket office at 1-800-5-BIG RED or 745-5222 locally.
WKU (7-2, 2-0 SBC) vs. IUPUI (3-7, 0-2 Summit League)
December 8, 2012 // 3:00 PM (CT)
Bowling Green, Ky. // E.A. Diddle Arena (7,326)
• WKU is off to its best start to a season since beginning the 2007-08 campaign with an identical 7-2 record.
• WKU earned its seventh win of the season on December 5, and last season’s seventh win did not come until January 28.
• WKU has won nine-straight home games after losing four-in-a-row before that.
• WKU’s current nine-game home winning streak is its longest since winning 15-in-a-row at E.A. Diddle Arena spanning the end of the 2007-08 season (1), the entire 2008-09 season (13) and the start of the 2009-10 campaign (1).
• WKU leads the Sun Belt Conference in rebounding and field goal defense and is second in scoring defense and scoring margin in 2012-13.
• WKU is 12-2 under head coach Ray Harper when leading a game with 5:00 remaining.
• The Hilltoppers are 15-1 under head coach Ray Harper when outrebounding their opponent and 14-3 when attempting more free throws than their opponent.
• WKU is 14-5 under head coach Ray Harper when allowing fewer than 70 points in a game.
THE LAST TIME OUT
Southern Illinois trimmed the WKU lead to one point on four different occasions in the final 5:00 of the game Wednesday night, but WKU kept the Salukis at bay and never trailed in a 58-57 win at E.A. Diddle Arena. When a Desmar Jackson three-pointer missed at the buzzer, WKU moved to 7-2 on the season with the victory. The win was WKU’s ninth-straight at E.A. Diddle Arena and 14th in the last 17 games overall. T.J. Price led WKU with 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting with four three-pointers, his eighth-straight game with at least 10 points and 10th in the last 11 contests overall. George Fant added 12 points and nine rebounds, and Jamal Crook had 10 and three assists. Jackson led all scorers with 22 tallies. The Hilltoppers shot 47.8 percent as a team and outrebounded Southern Illinois 35-31. WKU is now 15-1 under head coach Ray Harper when outrebounding its opponent.
HILLTOPPER INDIVIDUAL TRENDS
• T.J. Price has started 15-straight games for the Hilltoppers.
• T.J. Price has scored in double figures in eight-straight games and 10 of the last 11.
• George Fant has had at least 10 points in 10 of his last 14 games.
• T.J. Price has hit multiple three-pointers in 18 of the last 24 games.
• Teeng Akol is two blocked shots away from tying Lee Lampley (1997-2000) for 10th place on WKU’s career blocked shots list.
• Five of the eight highest-scoring games of Jamal Crook’s WKU career came in the first eight games of the 2012-13 season.
• Jamal Crook has had 19 double digit scoring games in 44 games since the start of his junior season after having just one in 63 games in his freshman and sophomore seasons.
• Caden Dickerson has made 56 of his last 68 free throw attempts (.824).
HILLTOPPER TEAM TRENDS
• WKU has won 14 of its last 17 games.
• WKU is 2-0 in Sun Belt Conference play for the first time since 2009-10.
• WKU has used four different starting lineups in nine games in 2012-13.
• The Hilltoppers have held their last four opponents to an average of 28.0 rebounds per game and outrebounded them by 13.8 per game.
• In the last 25 games, WKU is holding opponents to 64.4 points per game and is 18-7 in that stretch.
• WKU has come back to win eight of the last 12 times it has trailed at halftime, compared to losing 12-straight in that situation before that.
• WKU has faced a double-digit deficit at one point in 30 of its last 37 losses dating back to the start of the 2010-11 season.
• The Hilltoppers have advanced to the semifinals of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament eight-straight times and in 21 instances in 30 years as a member of the league dating to 1983.
• WKU has won at least one game in each of its last three NCAA Tournament appearances (2008, 2009, 2012).
• Since 1993 WKU has seven NCAA Tournament wins to its credit, and the rest of the Sun Belt Conference is a combined 0-14.