WKU Hilltoppers to face Ole Miss in “Holiday Hoopsgiving”

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – WKU Hilltopper Basketball will play a neutral-site game against Ole Miss on Saturday, Dec. 11 as part of the 2021 Holiday Hoopsgiving event in Atlanta.

The Hilltoppers will take on the Rebels at State Farm Arena, the home of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks.

That matchup will be one of four games played at the arena that day. Other contests include Georgia Tech-LSU, Nebraska-Auburn and Clemson-Drake.

Time, television and ticket information will be announced at a later date.

This will be the third all-time meeting between WKU and Ole Miss. The Hilltoppers won the last matchup 81-74 in Oxford, Miss., in 2014, while the Rebels pulled out a 79-74 victory the year before in Diddle Arena.

WKU has won three straight games against teams from the SEC under head coach Rick Stansbury, including last season’s road win at Alabama, which went on to rank in the top 10 nationally.

Before that, the Hilltoppers swept a home-and-home series with Arkansas across the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons.

The Hilltoppers are 9-6 overall against teams from the Power Five conferences over the last four seasons. WKU is 29-48 all-time against teams from the SEC.

Stansbury boasts a 21-8 all-time record against Ole Miss from his 14 seasons as head coach at the Rebels’ in-state rival, Mississippi State.

WKU’s Conference USA schedule is expected to be released in the coming days. The full non-conference schedule will be released later in the summer once finalized.