Hilltoppers will play Drake to open the Gulf Coast Showcase

08/05/2015 06:30 PM

Western Kentucky University announced yesterday that the basketball team will play in the opening game of the 2015 Gulf Coast showcase against the Bulldogs of Drake University on Monday, November 23.

The last time the two teams faced each other was in the 2008 NCAA national tournament when Hilltopper shooting guard Ty Rogers hit a buzzer beater in overtime to give WKU a 101-99 victory. The Toppers then knocked off San Diego to reach the sweet sixteen before losing to final four bound UCLA.

The tournament takes place in Germain Arena in Estero, FL. WKU will either play Central Michigan or Weber State on the second day of the tournament which wraps up Wednesday, November 25.

Other teams playing in the tournament include fellow Kentucky school Murray State, Pepperdine, and Milwaukee. The teams will play three games in three days.

Click here for more information on the 2015 Gulf Coast Showcase.

Garrett Moore

Garrett is a Sports Producer for Spectrum News. He is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State and got his start as a sports photographer. He now produces Sports Night, the state’s only nightly show dedicated to in-depth coverage of all sports in Kentucky. Sports Night airs weeknights at 6:30 and 10:30 on Spectrum News. Outside the station, Garrett enjoys golfing, hiking, fishing, and prides himself on being all-in as a sports spectator. He won a gift card for playing an air guitar in the student section during an MTSU basketball game. Follow Garrett on Twitter @SportsNightGM for real-time sports updates or if you just want to see the shenanigans that go on behind the scenes in getting Sports Night on the air.

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