Hilltoppers to play in inaugural Asheville Championship


Credit: WKU Athletics

WKU’s head coach Rick Stansbury yells during the Charlotte v WKU basketball game on Feb 22, 2020 in Diddle Arena. The Hilltoppers were defeated 72-20.

Jake Moore, Sports Editor

The WKU Men’s Basketball program announced on Wednesday morning that it will be competing in the inaugural Asheville Championship in the Harrah’s Cherokee Center in Asheville, North Carolina from Nov. 12-14.

The Hilltoppers will face the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Friday, Nov. 12 and will then face either South Carolina or Princeton on Nov. 14.

WKU has never beaten Minnesota before, holding a 0-2 all-time record against the Gophers and a 13-21 record against current Big Ten members as a whole. The Hilltoppers are 1-6 against South Carolina and defeated Princeton 59-45 in the two program’s only other meeting all the way back in 1993.

The multi-team event was created by KemperLesnik, who also developed the Maui Jim Maui Invitation and manages the event portion of the McDonald’s All-American Basketball Games.

Fans attending the event must provide proof of complete vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test 48 hours prior to the event. Game times and broadcast information are set to be announced at a later date as is the rest of WKU’s non-conference schedule.

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