WKU-Louisville game to be be broadcast on ESPN2

Cole Claybourn

WKU’s Dec. 23 game against Louisville at the KFC Yum! Center will be televised on ESPN2 at 6 p.m. CT, the Big East Conference announced Wednesday.

The game, which is WKU’s final non-conference game of the 2011-12 season, will be the Toppers’ first visit to the 22,000-seat KFC Yum! Center in downtown Louisville.

It also marks the fourth and final game in a four-year playing agreement between the Hilltoppers and Louisville. WKU won the first game of the series in 2008 when Louisville was ranked No. 3 in the country.

Louisville has won the last two — at Freedom Hall in Louisville in 2009 and last year at Diddle Arena.

However, WKU still leads the all-time series between the schools, 39-35.

A new four-year series begins next season with a game at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. WKU will host the Cardinals in Diddle Arena during the 2014-15 season.

More information on game times and television broadcasts for WKU’s 2011-12 season will be released in the coming weeks.

WKU announced on Wednesday the Toppers will on Nov. 5 host Xavier (La.) in an exhibition game for the third-straight season. The Toppers defeated the Gold Rush 90-37 in 2009 and 84-69 prior to the 2010-11 campaign.