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Today@WKU: January 16, 2018

Welcome to Today@WKU, the daily newsletter from WKU Public Affairs, for January 16, 2018.

WKU News

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WKU Sports

  • Football: Hilltopper Linebacker Joel Iyiegbuniwe to Enter NFL Draft: Rising redshirt senior linebacker Joel Iyiegbuniwe will forgo his final season of eligibility on The Hill and enter the 2018 NFL Draft.
  • Men’s basketball: Tops Start 5-0 in C-USA with 73-63 Win at Charlotte: WKU overcame a tough offensive first half Saturday at Charlotte, shooting better than 50 percent in the second half on its way to a 73-63 road victory. The Hilltoppers (13-5) improved to 5-0 in conference play for the fourth time since 1970 and the first time since 2014-15. Next: WKU vs. UAB at 8 p.m. Thursday at Diddle Arena.
  • Women’s basketball: Lady Toppers Drop First C-USA Contest at UAB, 79-61: Ivy Brown scored a game-high 25 points and was one of three Lady Toppers in double figures, but WKU dropped its first C-USA matchup of the 2017-18 season in a 79-61 decision at UAB on Saturday evening inside Bartow Arena. Next: WKU (12-5, 3-1 C-USA) vs. UTSA at 11 a.m. Thursday in the annual Spread the Red Education Day game.
  • Track & Field: Hilltoppers Open 2018 with 22 Top-10 Finishes at Gene Edmonds Open: WKU Track & Field headed to West Lafayette, Ind., to get the 2018 indoor schedule underway at the Purdue-hosted Gene Edmonds Open on Saturday. The Hilltoppers racked up 22 top-10 finishes on the day with nine on the women’s side and the remaining 13 by the men. Next: WKU will head to Vanderbilt for the first time in 2018 to compete in the two-day Vanderbilt Invite Jan. 19-20

More: For updates on WKU Athletics, follow @WKUSports on Twitter or WKU Athletics on Facebook.

WKU in the News

  • Hilltoppers likely to play in front of big crowds this week: Since taking over the WKU basketball program in March of 2016, Rick Stansbury has dwelled upon the notion that E.A. Diddle Arena should be filled to the brim on a nightly basis. That, of course, has yet to happen for any of the 23 home games the former Mississippi State coach has been on the sideline for. But it appears Stansbury will finally get his wish of a sold-out arena this week, whether it be Thursday when Alabama Birmingham comes to town or Saturday when the Hilltoppers play archrival Middle Tennessee – or both.

More: Check out WKU in the News page.

WKU Alumni

More: Visit the WKU Alumni website

What’s Happening At-WKU

Ongoing/continuing events

Tuesday, Jan. 16     

Thursday, Jan. 18

  • 8 a.m.: Residence Halls Reopen for Spring Semester. Contact Housing, (270) 745-4359.
  • 11 a.m.: Lady Topper Basketball vs. UTSA. Diddle Arena. Contact Athletic Communications, (270) 745-4298.
  • 3 p.m.: WKU Honors Band Clinic. Music Hall, Ivan Wilson Fine Arts Center and other locations. Contact Gary Schallert, (270) 745-5893.
  • 3:45 p.m.: University Senate Meeting. Faculty House. Contact Eric Kondratieff, (270) 745-8861.
  • 7 p.m.: Hardin Planetarium Show: Musica. Hardin Planetarium. Contact Planetarium, (270) 745-4044.
  • 8 p.m.: Hilltopper Basketball vs. UAB. Diddle Arena. Contact Athletic Communications, (270) 745-4298.

Friday, Jan. 19

  • Winter Term Ends.
  • 8:30 a.m.: WKU Honors Band Clinic. Music Hall, Ivan Wilson Fine Arts Center and other locations. Contact Gary Schallert, (270) 745-5893.
  • 8 p.m.: PRISM Concert. Van Meter Hall. Admission is $15; $8 for students. Contact Music, (270) 745-3751.

For upcoming events: Visit the What’s Happening at WKU page, Events@WKU page or WKU’s online events calendar

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