WKU is trying to become just the fifth team in NCAA history to reach 1,000 straight
games with a made 3-pointer. Kentucky was the first program to hit the benchmark on
Feb. 11, 2017. The Wildcats’ streak eventually ended at 1,047 games and has since
been passed by UNLV.
CURRENT ACTIVE STREAKS
WKU is ranked fourth in the nation among active streaks of consecutive games with a
3-pointer at 999 straight contests. UNLV has the longest streak in history, while
Vanderbilt and Duke have also eclipsed 1,000 straight games. Arkansas is on pace to
reach the milestone just one game behind the Hilltoppers.
Longest Active Streaks of Consecutive Games with a Made 3-pointer (as of 2/3)
Team Current Streak
1. UNLV 1,060 games
2. Vanderbilt 1,052 games
3. Duke 1,042 games
4. WKU 999 games
5. Arkansas 998 games
HOW IT ALL STARTED
WKU’s streak of consecutive games with a 3-pointer began on March 15, 1987, in a
second-round NCAA Tournament game against Syracuse. After failing to make a
3-pointer in an opening-round victory over West Virginia, the Hilltoppers’ Kurk Lee
sank three 3s against the Orange to start a streak that has lasted nearly 32 years.
Getting at least one 3-pointer in every game since 1987 hasn’t always come easy for
the Hilltoppers. In fact, they’ve had 19 games during the streak in which they’ve
only hit one 3-pointer. Two of those games actually came last season, with both
going to the second half before WKU hit its first 3-pointer. The most close calls
came in 1987-88 and 1992-93, in which the Hilltoppers netted just one long-range
shot in four games both years.
DOWN TO THE FINAL MINUTE
WKU had to wait until the final minute to make its first 3-pointer against Denver on
Jan. 6, 2011. The Hilltoppers played 39 minutes and 9 seconds before Kahlil McDonald
sank the team’s only 3 of the game.
THE BIGGEST 3-POINTER IN SCHOOL HISTORY
There’s no doubt about the most significant 3-pointer in WKU history. In the first
round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament, the 12th-seeded Hilltoppers went to overtime with
fifth-seeded Drake. With WKU trailing by one, Rogers knocked down a 26-footer for
the win in what has become one of the most iconic shots in NCAA Tournament history.
The Hilltoppers went on to advance to the Sweet 16 after defeating San Diego in the
second round. Rogers’ shot won the ESPY Award that year for Best Finish.