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Jack Houpt, Terell Parks and the rest of the Leathernecks are scheduled to tip-off against IUPUI at 2 p.m. CDT on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 2) in a Summit League showdown
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Jack Houpt, Terell Parks and the rest of the Leathernecks are scheduled to tip-off against IUPUI at 2 p.m. CDT...
Western and IUPUI to Face-off in Indianapolis Saturday
Courtesy: Western Illinois Athletics  
Release: Tuesday 01/31/2013
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The Western Illinois Fighting Leathernecks (16-5, 8-2) wrap up their three-game Summit League road swing at IUPUI (6-18, 1-9) on Saturday (Feb. 2)...The Leathernecks and Jaguars are slated to tip-off at 2 p.m. CDT.



WHO: Western Illinois Leathernecks (16-5, 8-2) at IUPUI Jaguars (6-18, 1-9)
Indianapolis, Ind. • The Jungle (1,215)
Saturday, Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. CDT
IUPUI leads 28-10


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Preseason Information:
2012-13 Information Guide/Record Book
2012-13 Quick Facts

2012-13 Schedule
2012-13 Outlook
2012-13 Season Preview
2011-12 Highlights

MID-MAJOR TOP 25: The Leathernecks are #21 in the latest in the CollegeInsider Top 25 poll.

Previous appearances in the poll:
Jan. 7 -     #22
Jan. 14 -     #18
Jan. 21 -      #20
Jan. 28 -    #21

NCAA RPI: The Leathernecks are 133rd on the NCAA’s most recent RPI ratings.

Previous appearances in the RPI:

Jan. 7 -    163rd
Jan. 14 -     158th
Jan. 21 -     146th
Jan. 28 -     133rd

DIVISION I OVERALL RECORD: With multiple games left in the season, the Leathernecks are tied for the 7th most wins in a Western Illinois Division I single-season.

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. 16-5 -     2012-13
T7. 16-11 -     1997-98

BEST START SINCE: Western is off to its best start in its NCAA Division I history...No Western Illinois team has started a season 16-5 or better since the 1957-58 season when the Leathernecks started 27-0.

LEAGUE LEADER: Terell Parks has earned eight double-doubles this season, which ranks first in the Summit League, two ahead of the Cory Petros who sits second with six...Parks also ranks tied for first in 10-rebound games with nine, and Ceola Clark III ranks tied for first in 10-assist games with one.

TWO DOUBLE-DOUBLES: Last season Terell Parks and Ceola Clark III both a had a double-double in the same game (vs. IPFW - 2/2/12), and this season Parks and Jack Houpt did it at Oakland (Jan. 26)...Parks tallied 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Houpt recorded 12 points and 11 rebounds.

CONFERENCE PLAY: The Leathernecks are owners of an 8-2 Summit League record, the best start to conference play in its Division I history...Western is 4-1 at home in conference play, and 4-1 on the road in league action...Western kicked-off the season 6-0 in league play, only the second team to begin league play 6-0 in the program’s Division I era.

WESTERN HALL: Western 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.

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 is scheduled to play two more regular season games on television during the 2012-13 season, not including The Summit League Tournament...All four of the games have or will air on Fox College Sports...A complete list of men’s basketball TV games follows:

November 29     at South Dakota     W, 73-71
January 26     at Oakland     L, 60-67
February 2     at IUPUI     Fox College Sports Atlantic
February 16     at South Dakota State    Fox College Sports Pacific

IN THE NATION (As of 1/27/13): Western ranks in the top five of two national categories, fourth in personal fouls, having committed only 12.6 per game, and fourth in defensive scoring, having held its opponents to 52.2 points per game...The Leathernecks also rank in the top 100 of seven other categories... 31st in field goal percentage defense (38.5), 31st in field goal percentage (46.8), 37th in turnovers per game (11.7), 43rd in win percentage (76.2), 51st in blocked shots per game (4.8), 63rd in scoring margin (8.4), and 71st in three-point FG% defense (31.1).

Seniors Ceola Clark III and Terell Parks rank in the top 100 of five national categories...Parks ranks 21st in blocked shots per game (2.76), 21st in double-doubles (8.0), 23rd in field goal percentage (56.8), 41st in rebounds per game (9.1)...Clark ranks 41st in assist/turnover ratio (2.42).

WHAT’S IN A WESTERN WIN?: A win would mark the 1,219th victory in program history...A win would mark head coach Jim Molinari’s 64th victory at Western, and his 287th victory all-time as a head coach...A win would be Western’s second over IUPUI this season, and give the Leathernecks the season sweep...A win would be Western’s third-straight against IUPUI...A win would mark only the fourth win over IUPUI for the Leathernecks in their last 30 meetings, and 13 years.

A LOOK AT THE JAGUARS: IUPUI enters Saturday’s game with a 6-18 overall record, and 1-9 Summit League mark...The Jaguars were most recently swept on the road, losing at Oakland on Jan. 24, 89-71, and the falling at Fort Wayne on Jan. 26, 80-79, in overtime...The Jaguars have four players averaging 10-plus points per game in: John Hart (14.2), Mitchell Patton (13.4), Ian Chiles (10.3), and Dovovan Gibbs (10.0).

COACHING IUPUI: The Jaguars are coached by Todd Howard (Louisville ‘93) who is in his second season at the helm, and owns a 20-36 record at IUPUI.

THE SERIES: IUPUI leads the all-time series, 28-10...Last season the two team’s split, each winning at home, and this season the Leathernecks defeated the Jaguars in Macomb, 57-53.

CAREER GAMES PLAYED: Ceola Clark III is tied for third in career games played at Western with 115.

T1. 117 Joe Dykstra    1978-83
T1. 117 Cory Fosdyck    1997-02
T3. 115 Todd Hutcheson    1980-84
T3. 115 Ceola Clark III    2009-pr

1,000 POINT CLUB: Ceola Clark III ranks 12th overall in points scored in program history with 1,337 career points.

POINTS    Year
10. 1,431 David Jackson    2004-08
11. 1,348 Garrick Vicks    1993-96
12. 1,337 Ceola Clark III    2009-pr

#CC3: After connecting on his 217th and 218th career three-pointers at home versus North Dakota State (Jan. 19) earlier this season, 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.

1. 224 Ceola Clark III    2009-pr
2. 216 Bill Heisler    1997-01
3. 181 Brandon Creason    1995-99

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.

1. 222 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. 427 Ceola Clark III    2009-pr
3. 361 Daryl Reed    1982-86

SWAT TEAM: In his second season at Western, Terell Parks is tied for 2nd in blocks in program history.

BLOCKS    Year
1. 149 Shelby Thurmond    1992-93, 1994-95
2. 104 Terell Parks    2011-pr
3. 102 Janthony Joseph    1995-97

GLASS CLEANER: Terell Parks also ranks in the top 20 in career rebounds at Western.

18. 508 Randy Hersey    1973-77
19. 482 Coleman Carrodine    1960-64
20. 481 Terell Parks    2011-pr

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 (427) and fourth in scoring (1,337)...Terell Parks ranks fourth in rebounds (493).

UP NEXT: Western Illinois plays host to Summit League newcomer Omaha next Thursday (Feb. 7) inside Western Hall.


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