Western Kentucky

Western Kentucky, the pre-season favorite to win the Conference USA title, returns two starters from last year's team that won 27 games and advance to the semi-finals of the NIT.  Sophomore guard Taveion Hollingsworth, a CUSA's pre-season all-league team pick, and senior guard Lamonte Bearden are the returning starters after averaging 13.3 and 11.8 points a game last season, respectively.  Hollingsworth was one of just 20 freshmen in the nation to score at least 500 points last year.  Hilltopper graduate senior forward Desean Murray, who also was on the CUSA pre-season all-league team, averaged 10.1 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists as a junior while starting all 34 games for a 26-win Auburn team last season.  Coach Rick Stansbury's 12-win improvement from the 2016-2017 to 2017-2018 season was the largest increase in wins for any Hilltopper Basketball coach between their first and second seasons.

Team Roster

  # Player Name Pos Class  
  0 Patrick Murphy G JR  
  0 Tolu Smith F FR  
  0 Carson Williams F JR  
  1 Lamonte Bearden G SR  
  2 Jared Savage G JR  
  4 Josh Anderson G SO  
  5 Matt Horton F JR  
  10 Jeremiah Gambrell G FR  
  11 Taveion Hollingsworth G SO  
  12 Moustapha Diagne F JR  
  13 Desean Murray F SR  
  14 Marek Nelson F SO  
  20 Dalano Banton G FR  
  21 Jake Ohmer G SO  
  23 Charles Bassey C FR