Stansbury “Disappointed” in lack of UK/WKU Matchup
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Offseason training is well underway for Western Kentucky’s men’s basketball team as they prepare for the upcoming 2020-21 season.
While the Hilltoppers regular season slate certainly features its fair share of challenges, it does not include a particular matchup that nearly everyone across the Commonwealth wants to see.
Despite a strong public push from WKU, the Kentucky Wildcats have shown no interest in playing a game against their in-state foe, and instead have elected to schedule non-conference match-ups against a pair of Conference USA members in Marshall and UAB.
‘Tops head coach Rick Stansbury doesn’t take offense to the move, though, and says that even though he’s disappointed with the result, he understands where UK is coming from and takes it as a sign of respect that the ‘Cats want no part of this year’s team.
“It doesn’t bother me,” Stansbury explains, “We have an experienced team coming back and a good team coming back… Why roll the dice with playing us?”
The Hilltoppers’ head coach finished by saying that he hopes the two schools can find a way to move forward and schedule a showdown at some point in the near future.
WKU’s men’s basketball team will begin their 2020-21 season on the road at in-state rival Louisville on November 12th.