Thursday, October 13, 2016

Western Kentucky to Hold Hilltopper Hysteria Event Friday Night

Western Kentucky will introduce its men's basketball team at Hilltopper Hysteria tomorrow night in E.A. Diddle Arena.

Here are details on the event from WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- WKU's annual tip-off event for Hilltopper and Lady Topper Basketball, Hilltopper Hysteria, will take place Friday, Oct. 14, beginning at 6 p.m. in E.A. Diddle Arena.

Parking and admission are free for the event. The first 500 fans will receive a free t-shirt.

Hilltopper Hysteria, presented by Hughes Supply, includes individual player and coach introductions for both programs, scrimmages by both teams, the Azzip Pizza Shooting Stars Challenge, an autograph session to end the night and giveaways and prizes for fans. WKU's Spirit Squad will also entertain fans at the event.

Hughes Supply will be giving away a YETI Coolor and other YETI products during the event. Students will have a chance to win a year's worth of free pizza during the Azzip Pizza Shooting Stars Challenge, as well as a free apartment for a year from Hilltop Club by making a half-court shot.

There will also be a celebrity pancake eating contest, sponsored by Wild Eggs, and one lucky row of fans will win free popsicles from Popworks.

The event will begin with the WKU volleyball team's conference matchup against UAB at 6 p.m., with the basketball festivities to follow at approximately 7:30 p.m.

The Hilltoppers welcome many new faces to the roster this season, including immediate-impact graduate transfer guards Que Johnson, Junior Lomomba and Pancake Thomas.

They also return two other seniors, forwards Ben Lawson and Anton Waters, as well as junior forward Justin Johnson, who last season became the first WKU player to lead the program in both scoring and rebounding since Derrick Gordon in 2011-12.

The squad will take its guidance from first-year coach Rick Stansbury, who boasts 293 victories and a career home winning percentage of better than 80 percent in his 14 years at the helm at Mississippi State.

The Hilltoppers are 573-162 all-time at Diddle Arena and are one of the nation's most storied programs. WKU ranks third in NCAA history in regular-season league titles (42), seventh in 20-win seasons (43), ninth in all-time winning percentage (.663) and is tied for 16th in all-time wins (1,737).

Led by the reigning C-USA Player and Defensive Player of the Year in redshirt senior Kendall Noble, the Lady Toppers will look to continue building on one of the most successful eras in program history in 2016-17. Over the last two seasons, WKU has posted an impressive 57-12 (.826) record, the second-highest win total over a two-year span in school history, trailing only the 1984-85 and 1985-86 Final Four teams.

In addition to bringing back well-known faces such as redshirt senior Micah Jones and juniors Ivy Brown and Tashia Brown, the Lady Toppers are set to add six newcomers to the mix, including three freshman Kentucky natives in Whitney Creech, Malaka Frank and Sarah Price as well as transfers Kyvin Goodin-Rogers and Naomi Mayes. Sharpshooter Jaycee Coe will also be eligible to compete after sitting out last season due to transfer regulations.

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