WKU-EKU basketball rivalry renewed

WKU Head Coach Ray Harper reacts to a foul call in the final minutes of WKU’s 53-52 loss against UAB in the second round of the Conference USA tournament, Thursday, March 12 at Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. Mike Clark/HERALD


WKU athletics and Eastern Kentucky University athletics renewed one of the most storied rivalries in Kentucky college basketball history on Wednesday when the programs announced a four-year men’s basketball series.

The series will start December 1 when the Hilltoppers host the Colonels in Diddle Arena. The host location will rotate in the years following. 

The programs have clashed a total of 154 times, first meeting in the 1914-1915 season. The teams last competed in December of 2007 when WKU claimed a 77-60 win in Richmond.

WKU holds and overall series record of 111-43, and has not beaten a single program more than 111 times in school history.

From 1948-1982 WKU and EKU were league rivals in the Ohio Valley Conference.