Preview: WKU vs. Stony Brook

Western Kentucky visits the American East preseason favorite on Tuesday night, with tipoff scheduled for 6 p.m. CT.

Western Kentucky visits Stony Brook from the American East on Tuesday night, with tipoff scheduled for 6 p.m. CT.

Read our full preview below for details on the matchup.


TV: Online-only stream at AmericaEast.TV

Radio: Hilltopper IMG Sports Network. Click HERE for network listings.


Vegas line: Unavailable as of publishing time.

Kenpom model: Stony Brook is ranked No. 134 nationally on Kenpom.com, while WKU is No. 150 overall. Kenpom’s system likes the Seawolves by 4, giving them a 67 percent chance to win.

Opponent roster highlights: Juniors Jameel Warney and Carson Puriefoy are the players to watch for Stony Brook. Warney, a 6-foot-8 forward, earned the American East conference's Player-of-the-Year award last season. He signed with the Seawolves in 2012 over several mid/high-major offers, including Iowa and Temple, among others. His individual defensive rebounding rate is the 8th best in Division 1, so look for Stony Brook to use him and try to neutralize WKU's usual gameplan of hitting the glass.

Looking at the Seawolves' team profile, their strongest signature is controlling the glass--both their offensive and defensive rebounding rates are top 100 nationally. Arguably WKU's biggest issue so far this season is turnovers, and Stony Brook's defense isn't good at forcing them, turning their opponents over on only 16.8 percent of their possessions (No. 283 nationally.) So, a chance for WKU to get back on-track in that category, especially if they can cutdown the unforced ones.


Game Notes: WKU--LINK.

Stony Brook--No game notes.


Stat of the match: WKU hasn't had a three-game losing streak since a February stretch in 2012-13'. That team fell to Arkansas State at home, then FAU and FIU on the road consecutively.

Quote of the match: WKU head coach Ray Harper on Stony Brook and Jameel Warney, after Saturday night's 64-63 loss to Belmont: "I haven’t had a chance to watch him (Warney) yet. I just know that he had 26 and 14 the other night and (Carson) Puriefoy, their guard, had 26 (points) against Georgia. Obviously they have some weapons. It’s a basketball team that won 23 games last year. Regular season champions, always play well at home, smaller gym. He’s the reigning Conference Player of the Year. So, it’s going to be a huge challenge for us.

"We knew it was going to be like that. We don’t have any easy games on our schedule. We just have to keep grinding and getting better.”


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