Ralph Willard's Western Kentucky Hilltoppers finished the 1992-1993 regular season 21-5. Three more wins including a 72-63 victory over #13 ranked New Orleans gave WKU the Sun Belt Conference Tournament Championship and an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.
As the #7 seed in the Southeast Region, Western's first opponent was #10 seed Memphis State and their super frosh Penny Hardaway. A strong 2nd half pushed the Hilltoppers past the Tigers, 55-52. Waiting for them in the 2nd round was the #2 seed Seton Hall Pirates with a trip to the Sweet 16 on the line.
While the college basketball pundits weren't giving WKU much of a chance, Coach Willard felt really good about his team and the matchup with SHU. Led by Mark Bell's 20 points Western Kentucky pulled off the upset, 72-68 earning their spot in the Sweet 16.
"We felt confident going into the game that if we followed our game plan we would be all right. It's like a dream game for us, playing a Big East team- playing a great team- but played our hearts out and came out on top."
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