WKU-Georgia leftovers

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Well, a couple of weeks if you had put $$ on the Toppers completing a Southern Illinois-Louisville-Georgia trifecta, congratulations for now being rich. You can take me out to dinner, or maybe the entire city of Bowling Green, and still have plenty of spending money leftover.

What WKU has done is nothing short of remarkable. Now, time will tell just how good Southern Illinois and Georgia end up being, but it really doesn’t matter right now. For the Hilltoppers to be on a three-game winning streak after WKU “got (its) head bashed in” at Murray State, – as WKU coach Ken McDonald put it – is stunning.

If that’s not enough to pump up a Topper fan’s enthusiasm, here’s more reason to be optimistic – WKU beat Louisville and Georgia without playing truly great basketball, especially offensively. The Tops shot only 41 percent against Louisville and 35 percent against Georgia. If the Hilltoppers can pull out wins with pedestrian offensive numbers, what happens if they start playing much better offensively?

Now the Hilltoppers have a whole new challenge coming up – winning on the road when the Hilltoppers are perceived as the better team. WKU is 0-2 on the road thus far and it now heads to Tulane on Saturday followed by a trip to Evansville on Dec. 13 before Sun Belt play begins. On paper, WKU is clearly better than both. But can they take the momentum they’ve earned during the three-game stretch onto the road?

* Mixed results for the rest of the Sun Belt Conference last night. In my book, Middle Tennessee losing at home to Houston was surprising and disappointing for the league. Even without A.J. Slaughter, WKU could’ve-and-should’ve won at Houston to open the year.

South Alabama did win at Southern Miss in OT. Not a huge win for the league, but at least a decent one against a Conference USA foe.

* Hopefully fans enjoyed their Diddle Arena experience last night because it will be a while before they can go back for a WKU home game. The Tops don’t play at Diddle until Dec. 21, their only remaining home game in 2008.

Last night’s crowd, fresh off the Louisville experience, was spirited and it will be interesting to see WKU can continue that enthusiasm.

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