Who: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
When: December 2nd, 7 p.m.
Where: Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, SC
- After reaching the Sweet Sixteen in Coach Horn’s final season at the helm, the Hilltoppers returned to the Big Dance in ’08-’09, winning a first round match up against Illinois before falling to Gonzaga 83-81. Western Kentucky finished the season with an overall record of 25-9 and 15-3 in the Sun Belt Conference.
- Western Kentucky returns four starters from the previous season, but must replace Sun Belt Player of the Year Orlando Mendez-Valdez.
- Senior shooting guard A.J. Slaughter is expected to be a big presence again after averaging 16 points per game last season. Slaughter was the Sun Belt Tournament MVP and second-team all-conference.
- Western Kentucky is favored to win the Sun Belt East this year and placed four players on the preseason all-conference teams. Slaughter was picked as the Preseason Player of the Year.
- In the recent ESPN/Sagarin All-Time Rankings release, the Hilltoppers’ program was ranked as the 44th best out of 330 programs.
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