We're Dancing: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers

 

Courtney Lee and Tyrone Brazelton are not walking through that door, but Western Kentucky is back in the tournament.  A Sweet 16 team last season, WKU and its genderless mascot will once again look to play spoiler as they represent the Sun Belt.

The Hilltoppers blew a 15 point first half lead over South Alabama, but hung on to win 65 - 57.

A bit of a different look this season, with a more balanced scoring attack.  There's more to peruse after the jump.

Location: Bowling Green, Kentucky

Enrollment: 15,200

Record: 24-8 (15-3)

Leading scorers:  AJ Slaughter (15.8 ppg); Orlando Mendez-Valdez (14 ppg); Steffphon Pettigrew (12.7 ppg)

What to know:

  • This isn't a team that's just happy to be here.  They boast an RPI of 41 with wins over Louisville and Georgia.
  • Conversely, they have some awful losses against Evansville (40-72) and Mississippi State (67-95).
  • Sun Belt POY Orlando Mendez-Valdez runs the point and is also biggest three point threat, hitting 91 from beyond the arc this season.

Projected seed: 12; maybe even an 11 seed depending on how things shake out.  For the second consecutive season, this is a dangerous team.

 

 

 

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