BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – With 20 Conference USA games and 11 non-conference contests, WKU Hilltopper Basketball announced its full roster featuring 16 home games, with two exhibitions and at least two Power Five contests.
“Once again we have a tough schedule,” said the head coach Rick Stansbury. “It gives us great opportunities for our team. We look forward to some quality games against quality opponents.”
WKU will open the year with two exhibitions on John O. Oldham Court. The Hilltoppers host the Montevallo Falcons on November 2, followed by the Georgetown College Tigers on November 5.
In their first official game of the season, the Hilltoppers will start the year in the Bluegrass State of Eastern Kentucky. WKU will face the Colonels in Richmond on Thursday, November 10. Western Kentucky is 115-44 against EKU and holds a 47-27 record at Richmond in the Legendary Series.
For its home opener, WKU will play another state opponent in the Kentucky State Thoroughbreds on November 12 inside EA Diddle Arena. The Hilltoppers will stay home to face the University of Indianapolis on November 15.
WKU will then head to the Cayman Islands Classic for three contests over Thanksgiving week. The Hilltoppers begin support against the Akron Zips on Nov. 21 at 12:30 p.m. CT. They will next face either Illinois State or LSU on Nov. 22, followed by the final game on Nov. 23. More information on the Cayman Islands Classic can be found here.
South Carolina State will come to Bowling Green on Saturday, Nov. 26 before WKU heads to Austin Peay on Nov. 30. A game against Wright State on Dec. 10 will wrap up the non-conference home schedule.
WKU ends its non-conference slate with two Power Five opponents on the road. The Hilltoppers will play in the KFC Yum! Center for the first time since 2020 as they face the Louisville Cardinals. WKU earned its first-ever home win against Louisville on Dec. 18, 2021, pushing the Tops to 11 Power Five wins over the past five seasons.
The Hilltoppers will face another Power Five opponent in South Carolina in Columbia, SC on Dec. 22 to complete the non-conference schedule.
With 11 total teams in C-USA for the 2022-23 season, the league campaign includes one home-and-away game against every school in the league with 20 total conference games.
The Hilltoppers kick off the C-USA program on December 29 at Diddle Arena. WKU are going the short way on the road for their next game against Middle Tennessee on New Years Eve.
WKU returns home to face defending C-USA West Division champion North Texas on Jan. 5 before playing two games on the road: at UTSA on Jan. 7 and 2022 C-USA Tournament Champion UAB on January 11.
The Hilltoppers host Florida Schools for a weekend with FIU on Jan. 14 and Florida Atlantic on Monday, Jan. 16.
The following weekend, WKU travels to Louisiana Tech on January 19 before returning home for a game against Charlotte on the 21st. The Hilltoppers end the month with the FIU swing in Florida on January 26 and the Florida Atlantic on the 28th. January.
A three-game homestand kicks off February for the Hilltoppers. WKU hosts UTSA on February 2, UTEP on February 4 and Middle Tennessee on February 9, with a day off this Saturday.
WKU hits Charlotte on Feb. 16 and Rice on Feb. 18 before ending the month at home. The Hilltoppers’ final home league games are against Louisiana Tech on Feb. 23 and UAB on Feb. 25.
The Hilltoppers wrap up the regular season at UTEP on March 2 and North Texas on March 4.
The Conference USA tournament will return to The Star’s Ford Center in Frisco, Texas for the sixth consecutive year. The tournament will take place from Wednesday March 8 to Saturday March 11.
WKU’s full schedule for the 2022-23 season can be found here.