Hilltoppers Finally Getting Respect

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - Western Kentucky's run through the NCAA tournament has given the program a hard-earned public relations boost. The Hilltoppers have the disadvantage of playing in a state where loyalties are usually divided between national powers Kentucky and Louisville.

The 12th-seeded Hilltoppers will play top-seeded UCLA in the West Region semifinals on Thursday, and they're enjoying their newfound fame.

Western players are trying to treat the school's biggest game in 15 years like just another midseason Sun Belt Conference game, though.

Ty Rogers' game-winning 3-pointer in the first round has been one of the most memorable shots of the tournament to this point.

He says the Hilltoppers will just try to stick to what they've done all year.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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