Author Cortney Basham

11 entries

Introducing #TeamReset

Not so long ago in 2008, the WKU Hilltoppers were a NCAA Sweet 16 darling. But, after that magical run ("Ty Rogers! Does in Drake!") the Hilltoppers lost coach Darrin Horn to South Carolina as is the normal cycle at places like WKU. His replacement, Ken McDonald, raked up a pile of positive Topper capital by taking...

Unexpected Chili, Expected Hoops Result

Murray State (8-0, Great Alaska Shootout Champs) and Western Kentucky (2-6, #TeamReset) have one of those special, local rivalries that rarely disappoints. Tonight's meeting was the 149th meeting between the two schools, a series in which WKU enjoys a healthy 97-52 advantage, even including tonight's loss. But,...

Bowling Green Versus Bowling Green

The city of Bowling Green is the state of Kentucky's third largest city. It serves as the home of Western Kentucky University and Corvettes (all made here), while serving as the chief destination for Mammoth Cave National Park tourists when they get a hankering for Cracker Barrel or Olive Garden. So, when conversing...

Team RaySet

In previous recaps, I have referred to WKU as #TeamReset, as the administration opted to keep their beleaguered coach last Spring and "hit the reset buttonm" partially because of nine new players coming into the program. Well, that lasted about one half of a season, as former head coach Ken McDonald was let go...

1,000 Interim Coach Big Heads

There is something strange and perhaps wonderful happening in Bowling Green, Kentucky. After starting 5-12, WKU fired its head coach halfway through the season. The Tops proceeded to lose their next three games, but that was before Harper Mania had fully set it. At my last writing, I was giddily tapping away about...

Paging Alan Thicke

Growing Pains was far from my favorite sitcom, but it hit me at the right age as a young boy coming of age in the 1980s. Alan Thicke was the kind of former-rocker-turned-wise-counseling TV dad that hit the spot. He was calm and easy-going, always with a few lines in minutes 21 and 22 of his sitcom that seemed...

On Reading Personalized Sweater Vests

Just a couple weeks ago in Boca Raton, the WKUHilltoppers were playing one of their best games of the season. They ledpre-season Sun Belt fave FAU by nine points at the under-four-minute mediatimeout. HarperMania was beginning to swell, as the Tops had dispatched WestDivision leader UALR by double digits just...

Buzzer Bludgeoned

Last week, "my team," the WKU Hilltoppers, traveled to Sun Belt leader Middle Tennessee for a Thursday night tilt. We have family in Murfreesboro, Tenn., including cousins of my children. My five-year-old son was exceedingly sad that the late tip time, combined with a 1.5-hour drive and it being a school night,...

WKU 'Denvers' Arkansas State

Those who have read my recaps this season know that the WKU Hilltoppers have been in the throes of HarperMania for the last few weeks. The interim coach took over a 5-11 team that proceeded to lose its next three games, thus completing a 1-8 stretch during midseason. Since then, the once 5-14 Hilltoppers are 5-4...

Diddle Over Middle

As I wrote in ahead of this game in my last recap, the buzz around this event was gigantic on the campus of WKU and it would not disappoint in any respect. High stakes: check. Full arena: check. Bitter rivals: check. Tournament-feel hoops: check. Fans got it all on Saturday night in WKU's Diddle Arena. Mighty...

I, Too, Am a Kentuckian

How many layers of Kentucky can you handle? Before talkingabout this game, I contain many within myself. As Walt Whitman wrote, "Do Icontradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself. I am large, I contain multitudes." I am full of Kentucky contradictions. I was born to a long line ofKentucky tobacco farmers...

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