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Stansbury | Why can’t Western Kentucky be like Gonzaga or Wichita State?

Jon Rothstein

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Mar 27, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Western Kentucky Hilltoppers head coach Rick Stansbury reacts against the Utah Utes during the 2018 National Invitation Tournament Championship semifinals game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports
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Rick Stansbury made national waves last week when Charles Bassey — a top-five player in the Class of 2019 — committed to Western Kentucky and reclassified into the 2018 class.

According to the veteran head coach, it’s just one part of his plan to make the Hilltoppers’ program nationally relevant.

“Why can’t we be like Wichita State or Gonzaga,” Stansbury asked Monday on the College Hoops Today Podcast. “We can. We’ve got great facilities here and we’ve got unbelievable tradition and fan support.”

Western Kentucky advanced to the Final Four of the Postseason NIT last season and will be the heavy favorite in Conference-USA entering 18-19.

Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and is the lead college basketball columnist for the FRS Sports Network. He is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks, which is available via iTunes. Rothstein is also a regular in-studio correspondent for both WFAN and CBS Sports Radio. He currently lives in Manhattan.

Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and is the lead college basketball columnist for the FanRag Sports Network. He is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks, which is available via ITunes. Rothstein is also a regular in-studio correspondent for both WFAN and CBS Sports Radio. He currently lives in Manhattan.

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