ON TAP: The Fighting Leathernecks men’s basketball team hits the road for a pair of Summit League contests this week, first at Fort Wayne Thursday (Jan. 24), and then at Oakland on Saturday (Jan. 26).
WHO: Western Illinois Leathernecks (15-4, 7-1) at Fort Wayne Mastodons (9-12, 2-5)
WHERE: Fort Wayne, Ind. • Hilliard Gates Sports Center (2,000)
WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. CT
SERIES HISTORY: Fort Wayne leads 10-5
2012-13 Information Guide/Record Book
2012-13 Quick Facts
2012-13 Season Preview
MID-MAJOR TOP 25: The Western Illinois men’s basketball team dropped two spots to #20 in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 poll Monday (Jan. 21).
Previous appearances in the poll:
Jan. 7 - #22
Jan. 14 - #18
Jan. 21 - #20
NCAA RPI: The Leathernecks are 146th on the NCAA’s most recent RPI ratings.
Previous appearances in the RPI:
Jan. 7 - 163rd
Jan. 14 - 158th
Jan. 21 - 146th
#CC3: After connecting on his 217th and 218th career three-pointers at home versus North Dakota State (Jan. 19), Ceola Clark III sits first in career triples made at Western...Clark passed Bill Heisler who connected on 216 during his playing career at Western.
3-POINT FG (DIVISION I) Year
1. 218 Ceola Clark III 2009-pr
2. 216 Bill Heisler 1997-01
3. 181 Brandon Creason 1995-99
WESTERN HALL: Western Illinois has lost only one game at home this season, owners of a 9-1 mark inside Western Hall...The Leathernecks are 4-1 at home in conference games, and 5-0 at home in nonconference action.
BEST START SINCE: Western is off to its best start in its NCAA Division I history...No Western Illinois team has started a season 15-4 or better since the 1957-58 season when the Leathernecks started 27-0.
DIVISION I OVERALL RECORD: With multiple games left in the season, the Leathernecks own the 10th most wins in a Division I single-season in program history.
The Division I Top 10 list is below:
T1. 20-8 - 1994-95
T1. 20-11 - 1982-83
3. 19-10 - 1996-97
4. 18-15 - 2011-12
T5. 17-12 - 1995-96
T5. 17-13 - 1983-84
T7. 16-11 - 1997-98
T7. 16-12 - 1998-99
T7. 16-13 - 1989-99
10. 15-4 - 2012-13
DIVISION I SINGLE-GAME ATTENDANCE: This season’s men’s basketball games are drawing in more fans than Western Hall has seen in years...The Leathernecks had 4,163 fans pack Western Hall on January 17th versus South Dakota State, and 3,973 on January 19th against North Dakota State...The last time that many people came to a home Leatherneck game was when Western played host to Indiana during the 2005-06 season.
TV GAMES: The men’s basketball team will play four games on television during the 2012-13 season, not including The Summit League Tournament...All four of the games will air on Fox College Sports...A complete list of men’s basketball TV games follows:
DATE OPPONENT TELEVISION STATION/RESULT
November 29 at South Dakota W, 73-71
January 26 at Oakland Fox College Sports Atlantic / Fox Sports Detroit
February 2 at IUPUI Fox College Sports Atlantic / HomeTown Sports
February 16 at South Dakota State Fox College Sports Pacific / Midco Sports Net
1,000 POINT CLUB: Ceola Clark III ranks 12th overall in points scored in program history with 1,315 career points.
IN THE NATION (As of 1/20/13): Western ranks in the top five of two national categories, third in personal fouls per game, having committed only 12.3 per game, and fourth in defensive scoring, having held its opponents to 52.1 points per game, The Leathernecks also rank in the top 100 of seven other categories...29th in field goal percentage (47.1), 29th in turnovers per game (11.5), 35th in field goal percentage defense (38.7), 36th in winning percentage (78.9), 45th in blocked shots per game (4.8), 58th in scoring margin (9.5), and 89th in three-point FG% defense (38.7).
CLARK AND PARKS NATION (As of 1/20/13): Seniors Ceola Clark III and Terell Parks rank in the top 100 of five national categories...Parks ranks 17th in blocked shots per game (2.84), 23rd in field goal percentage (57.0), 29th in double-doubles (7.0), 43rd in rebounds per game (9.2)...Clark ranks 26th in assist/turnover ratio (2.67).
CONFERENCE ACTIVE CAREER LEADERS: Ceola Clark III ranks in the top five of The Summit League’s active leaders in points and assists...He ranks second in assists (419) and third in scoring (1,304).
ALL-TIME STEALS LEADER: Ceola Clark III became the Western Illinois career steals leader last season, picking up his 168th swipe at Kansas City on January 19th, 2012...Clark passed Bill Heisler who finished his playing career with 167 steals.
STEALS (DIVISION I) Year
1. 219 Ceola Clark III 2009-pr
2. 167 Bill Heisler 1997-01
3. 138 Andre Humphrey 1993-95
DISHIN’ THE ROCK: Ceola Clark III makes everyone else on the court around him better because of his ability to make great passes and ranks second all-time in program history (1. Dwayne Banks - 506).
1. 506 Dwayne Banks 1977-80
2. 420 Ceola Clark III 2009-pr
3. 361 Daryl Reed 1982-86
STREAKING: Earlier this season Western had earned 11 consecutive wins, a winning streak that started with a win on November 29th at South Dakota, and ended at home versus South Dakota State on Jan. 17...The Leathernecks had never earned 11 or more straight wins in a season during its Division I history, and the last time they did so in the program’s history was during the 1957-58 season when they put together 27 consecutive wins.
UNDEFEATED CONFERENCE RECORD: The 2012-13 Western Illinois men’s basketball team kicked-off the season 6-0 in league play...The last time the Leathernecks started conference play 6-0 or better was during the 1997-98 team, in fact, the 1997-98 team was the only other Western Illinois men’s basketball team to do so in the Division I era.
WHAT’S IN A WESTERN WIN?: A win would mark the 1,218th victory in program history...A win would mark head coach Jim Molinari’s 63rd victory at Western, and his 286th victory all-time as a head coach...A win would be Western’s second this season over Fort Wayne...A win would be Western’s fourth-straight versus IPFW...A win would mark the Leathernecks’ sixth over IPFW.
A LOOK AT THE MASTODONS: Fort Wayne enters Thursday’s game with a 9-12 overall record, and sits 2-5 in Summit League action...IPFW most recently split league action at home, defeating South Dakota 62-60 before falling to Kansas City, 63-59, two days later...The Mastodons have two players averaging double figures in scoring this season, led by Frank Gaines (18.5)...Luis Jacobo (10.5) is the only other IPFW players scoring more than 10 points per game.
COACHING FORT WAYNE: The Mastodons are coached by Tony Jasick (Mars Hill College, 1996), who is in his second season, and owns a 19-31 overall coaching record at the helm.
THE SERIES: Fort Wayne leads the all-time series over Western, 10-5...Earlier this season the Leathernecks defeated IPFW at home 62-50...Western has won three straight against the Mastodons.