WKU and EKU to renew basketball rivalry

WKU and EKU to renew basketball rivalry



— WKU and Eastern Kentucky have agreed to a four-year men's basketball series beginning Dec. 1 in Bowling Green, the schools announced Wednesday.

After the meeting at E.A. Diddle Arena during the upcoming 2015-16 season, the series will shift to Richmond in 2016-17. It will be played in Bowling Green again in 2017-18 and then again at Eastern Kentucky in 2018-19.

WKU and Eastern Kentucky have played 154 times in series history, dating back to 1914-15. WKU leads the series 111-43, with the 111 wins against the Colonels being the most against any single opponent in Hilltopper history, but the two schools have not played since Dec. 8, 2007.

The two schools were Ohio Valley Conference rivals from 1948-82.

WKU holds a 56-15 advantage in games played in Bowling Green and a 46-26 lead in games contested in Richmond.

More information on WKU's upcoming 2015-16 season will be available in the coming months.

Hilltopper Basketball on the Map:

With a third-straight 20-win season in 2014-15, WKU and head coach Ray Harper entered into exclusive company.

- WKU and LA Tech as the only schools in Conference USA to win 20 or more games in each of the last three seasons

- The Hilltoppers are one of just 46 schools in the nation to currently have a streak of three-straight 20-win seasons

- Ray Harper joins 21 other head coaches since 2000-01 to record three 20-win campaigns in his first three full seasons as a Division I head coach

Official release from WKU sports information