Tops Earn No. 2 Seed, Will Face FIU Or North Texas In C-USA Quarterfinals

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) --- WKU Hilltopper Basketball will be the No. 2 seed in next week’s 2019 Conference USA Basketball Championship, and will open play against either seventh-seeded FIU or 10th-seeded North Texas at 8:30 p.m. CT Thursday in Frisco, Texas.

The Hilltoppers’ quarterfinal matchup on Court A will air on Stadium and locally in Bowling Green on WKU-PBS. The tournament takes place at Ford Center at The Star, the training facility of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys.

WKU’s No. 2 seed is its highest finish in its five years in C-USA, as well as its highest finish overall since earning the No. 2 seed in the 2014 Sun Belt Conference Tournament.

The Hilltoppers (18-13, 11-7 C-USA) won 10 of their last 14 games in league play after a 1-3 start that included three losses by five total points in games WKU led by at least 15 points apiece.

The winner of WKU’s quarterfinal matchup will advance to the semifinals at 3 p.m. Friday in a contest broadcast nationally by CBS Sports Network. The championship will take place at 7:30 p.m. March 16 and also air on CBS Sports Network.

WKU took a 77-76 home loss to FIU in the teams’ only matchup this year on Jan. 17. The Hilltoppers won 62-59 at North Texas on Feb. 9.

WKU has advanced to at least the semifinals of its league tournament in 12 of the last 14 seasons. The program is 23-7 with four championships in the last 11 conference tournaments overall.

The Hilltoppers reached the C-USA championship game for the first time last season as the No. 3 seed, falling 67-66 to Marshall before a run to the NIT Final Four.

All-session booklets for this year’s conference tournament are on sale now through the WKU Ticket Office and at Limited premium GA booklets are available. Purchases made through the WKU Ticket Office directly support WKU Athletics.

All-session booklets cover all games for both WKU Hilltopper and Lady Topper Basketball games as well as all other tournament games.

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