BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – A record 18 home games and five non-conference competitions against teams that finished in the top 90 of last year’s NET rankings highlight WKU Hilltopper Basketball’s full 2021-22 schedule released on Thursday.
“It’s one of the toughest programs we’ve had, but at the same time it presents a lot of great opportunities,” said WKU head coach Rick Stansbury. “All of these challenges will help us prepare for the conference game and compete for another championship. We can’t wait to get Diddle Arena back to full capacity this season, and there’s no better way to welcome Hilltopper Nation again than with a record number of home games to a full house. We also hope to see our fans on the road this season for several top driving distance games in our region. “
The Hilltoppers will play at EA Diddle Arena nine times before the start of Conference USA, including two exhibitions and seven regular season contests.
WKU’s 18 home games are tied for most in program history for a pre-season schedule. The list of non-home conferences is highlighted by games against state enemies Louisville and Eastern Kentucky, as well as another NIT 2021 participant, Buffalo.
WKU still has room to add an additional game to the non-conference schedule in the future.
WKU will open the season with exhibitions against the Stansbury Campbellsville Alma Mater on November 1 and the University of the Cumberlands on November 5. The schools also represent Stansbury’s first two coaching jobs as a student assistant and graduate assistant.
The Hilltoppers open the regular season at Diddle Arena against Alabama State on Nov. 9 before going into three tough away games.
WKU will play two games in the 2021 Asheville Championship on November 12 and 14 in Asheville, NC, starting against Big Ten, Minnesota on November 12. The Tops will then face SEC opponent South Carolina or Princeton in their second game on November 11. 14.
WKU will remain on the road for a November 19 trip to Memphis, which is set to begin the season in the nation’s Top 10. The Tigers were last year’s NIT Champions, although WKU beat Memphis 75-69 last November in the Crossover Classic semifinals.
WKU then comes home for six of their next seven games, including four back-to-back at Diddle Arena.
This stretch begins with Alabama A&M (November 24) and UT Martin (November 27). The Hilltoppers will next host Eastern Kentucky on December 4, marking the series’ 159th all-time reunion that dates back to the show’s first season in 1914.
WKU will conclude the homestand with its very first meeting against Buffalo on December 8. The Tops will return to the game in the 2023-24 season.
The Hilltoppers then travel to Atlanta to take on the SEC’s Ole Miss at the Holiday Hoopsgiving event at State Farm Arena. This game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CT on the SEC network.
WKU returns home to take on Center College, the alma mater of legendary Hilltopper trainer EA Diddle, on December 14 before a massive clash with Louisville on December 18. This will only be the third time WKU has hosted the Cardinals at Bowling Green since 1990, and the first time overall since 2014.
The Hilltoppers conclude non-conference action in Austin Peay on December 22.
The WKU Conference USA schedule was previously announced and begins with a transfer to Southern Miss on December 30 and Louisiana Tech on January 1. The full 2021-22 program is available on the following link: https://goto.ps / 3ffx6bA
C-USA TV partners could always request date changes to accommodate broadcast times. Game times and full TV information will be announced at a later date.