#WIU13n13: Men's Basketball's Historic Season Earns the #1 Spot
Courtesy: Western Illinois Athletics  
Release: Tuesday 07/02/2013
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The Western Illinois men’s basketball team concluded its historic season with its second-straight appearance in the College Basketball Invitational. Although The Fighting Leathernecks didn’t reach their ultimate goal of advancing to the program’s first-ever NCAA tournament appearance, the Leathernecks still made program history by winning their first-ever true Summit League regular season championship, and earning 22 wins, the most ever in the program’s NCAA Division I history.

To view all of the milestones from the 2012-13 season in a .PDF document, see the related links section.

IN THE NATION:
AS A TEAM: The Fighting Leathernecks rank #1 in personal fouls per game, having committed only 12.6 per game, and #2 in scoring defense having allowed only 53.6 points per game. Western also ranks #12 in three-point field goal percentage having connected on 39.1 percent of their attempts. Other notable team rankings:#33 in field goal percentage (46.6), #35 in turnovers per game (11.4), #46 in field goal percentage defense (40.0),#47 in win-loss percentage (71.0), #74 in scoring margin (5.9), #102 in blocks per game (4.0) and #108 in assist/turnover ratio (1.05).

INDIVIDUALS: Terell Parks ranks in the top 45 of four national categories: #22 in field goal percentage (56.9), #25 in blocks per game (2.5), #26 in rebounds per game (9.6), and #42 in double doubles (11). Ceola Clark IIIranked #47 in assist/turnover ratio (2.21) and #78 in steals per game (1.87).

RECOGNITION:
NABC ALL-DISTRICT 12 COACH OF THE YEAR: Western Illinois head coach Jim Molinari was named  the 2013 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District coach for District 12. The honor, which is selected by other college basketball coaches, is the second of coach Molinari’s career. Molinari earned All-District coaching honors for District 11 while at Northern Illinois in 1991. No other Western Illinois coach has earned the honor. Molinari was also named a finalist for the 2013 Hugh Durham Award. The Hugh Durham Award is given annually to the nation’s top mid-major coach.

NABC ALL-DISTRICT 12 SECOND TEAM: Western Illinois forward Terell Parks was named to the All-District 12 Second Team after helping lead the Leathernecks to their best season as a NCAA DI program.

SUMMIT LEAGUE AWARDS: The Fighting Leathernecks had four members of the team earn five awards...Head coach Jim Molinari was tabbed The Summit League’s ‘Coach of the Year’. Terell Parks was named the league’s ‘Defensive Player of the Year’, while also being named to the All-Summit League First Team. Ceola Clark III was also named to the All-Summit League First Team. Adam Link was named to the All-Newcomer Team.

MORE RECOGNITION: Head coach Jim Molinari was tabbed The Summit League’s ‘Coach of the Year’ by CollegeInsider.com and College Sports Madness. Ceola Clark III and Terell Parks were also named to College Sports Madness’ All-Summit League First Team, while Adam Link was tabbed All-Summit League Third Team.

WEEKLY AWARDS: Senior Ceola Clark III was named The Summit League ‘Player of the Week’ twice this season (Dec. 3 & March 4), and Terell Parks earned the honor once (Jan. 7), while also being named the league’s Male ‘Athlete of the Month’ (December). Clark was also tabbed College Sports Madness Mid-Major ‘Player of the Week’ (Dec. 3).

RPI:
NCAA RPI: The Leathernecks are 137th on the NCAA’s final RPI ratings after being ranked 163rd to begin the season.
Previous appearances in the RPI:
Jan. 7 -    163rd
Jan. 14 -     158th
Jan. 21 -     146th
Jan. 28 -     133rd
Feb. 4 -     134th
Feb. 11 -     135th
Feb. 18 -     102nd
Feb. 25 -    120th
March 4 -     124th
March 11 - 121st
March 18 - 122nd
April 12 - 137th

WESTERN VS. RPI: vs. 1-50: N/A, 51-99: 2-3 (SDSU & NDSU), vs. 100-199: 3-5 (3-1 at home, 0-4 on the road), 200-299: 12-0.

LEATHERNECKS BETTER RPI THAN: Western’s 137th RPI is better than...
3 Big 12 Conference teams
2 Big 10 Conference teams
4 SEC teams
2 Big East teams
4 ACC teams
3 Pac-12 teams
4 Missouri Valley teams
5 Atlantic-10 teams
6 Horizon League teams
8 Ohio Valley teams
6 Conference USA teams
8 Mid-America Conference teams
9 Sun Belt Conference teams
5 West Coast Conference teams

WINNING:
BEST DIVISION I OVERALL RECORD: The 2012-13 Leathernecks finished with 22 wins this season, the most ever by a Western Illinois team in the program’s NCAA Division I era. Besides winning more games than any other team in Western’s NCAA Division I, the Leathernecks also own the second best win percentage in program history.
The Division I Top 5 list is below:
1. 22-9 (.710) -     2012-13 
2. 20-8 (.714) -     1994-95
    20-11 (.645) -     1982-83
4. 19-10 (.655)-    1996-97
5. 18-15 (.545)-    2011-12

BEST DIVISION I CONFERENCE RECORD: The Leathernecks finished the 2012-13 season with 13 league wins, tying the most ever earned during a season in Western Illinois’ Division I era, and their win percentage stands alone as the program’s best-ever. Western finished 7-1 at home in conference play, and 6-2 on the road in league action. The Leathernecks kicked-off the season 6-0 in league play.
The Division I Top 5 list is below:
T1. 13-3 (.812) -     2012-13
      13-5 (.722) -     1994-95
3.   12-6 (.667) -     1995-96
4.   11-5 (.688) -     1996-97
      11-5 (.688) -     1997-98

INSIDE WESTERN HALL: Western lost only two games at home this season, owners of a 12-2 mark inside Western Hall. The Leathernecks are 7-1 at home in conference games, and 5-1 at home in nonconference action. Western’s .857 win-percentage is tied for the program’s best-ever in games played in Western Hall in the Leathernecks’ Division I history.
The Division I Top 5 list is below:
1. 13-4 (.765) -     1982-83
2. 12-2 (.857) -     2012-13 
    12-2 (.857) -     1994-95
    12-3 (.800) -    1989-90
    12-4 (.667) -     1987-88

AWAY FROM WESTERN HALL: Western is 10-7 this season in games away from Western Hall. The Leathernecks went 6-2 on the road in conference action and 4-5 in nonconference road games. 
The Division I Top 5 list is below:
1. 11-6 (.647) -     1996-97
2. 10-7 (.588) -     2012-13 
3. 8-6 (.571) -     1994-95
    8-11 (.421) -    2011-12
4. 7-7 (.500) -     1982-83
    7-10 (.412) -     1995-96

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 DECEMBER: The Leathernecks finished the month of December with a 6-0 record. It was the first time Western finished the month of December undefeated in its Division I history, and the first time since the Leathernecks went 8-0 in December during the 1957-58 season.

ATTENDANCE: 
DIVISION I SINGLE-GAME ATTENDANCE: The Western Illinois men’s basketball team had its best attendance since 1987 when it played host to South Dakota on March 2nd, as 5,089 fans packed Western Hall and the Leathernecks clinched a share of the The Summit League regular season title.

A COUPLE OTHER NOTABLE ATTENDANCES: The Fighting Leathernecks had two other games with more than 4,000 fans. First when they played host to South Dakota State on Jan. 17 (4,163), and then when Cleveland State visited Western Hall on Feb. 23 (4,259). Western also had 3,973 fans pack Western Hall on Jan. 19 versus North Dakota State.

1,200 PLUS: There were more than 1,200 fans at every game this season, something that was only accomplished four times during the 2011-12 season, twice during the 2010-11 season, and three times during the 2009-10 season.

DIVISION I HOME ATTENDANCE AVERAGE: This season also averaged 2,454 fans per game, which ranks eighth in the program’s NCAA Division I era, and is the best average since the 1998-99 season.


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