BOWLING GREEN, Ky. —
WKU Hilltopper Basketball’s full 2021-22 Conference USA slate of 18 games, complete with a format change to divisional play, was released this week by the league.
The reigning East Division champion Hilltoppers will play every team from the East (Florida Atlantic, FIU, Old Dominion, Charlotte, Middle Tennessee, Marshall) twice in home-and-home matchups, while facing every team from the West Division except UTEP once for a total of nine home games and nine away games.
WKU will open its conference slate on the road for the third time in four seasons, starting at Southern Miss on Thursday, Dec. 30. The Hilltoppers will follow up their conference opener at 2021 West Division champion Louisiana Tech on New Year’s Day.
After a midweek bye, WKU will then play three straight contests at home in E.A. Diddle Arena, including FIU on Saturday, Jan. 8, Rice on Thursday, Jan. 13 and North Texas on Saturday, Jan. 15.
The Hilltoppers and Mean Green squared off last year in the C-USA Tournament title game, with North Texas pulling out the win in overtime. Of the 11 times North Texas and WKU will have met since the Hilltoppers joined C-USA, this will only be the fourth time the matchup has been held in Bowling Green.
WKU will travel to the Sunshine State in late January to…