ON TAP: The Fighting Leathernecks (4-3, 1-0) continue Summit League play, and their eight-game road trip, at Kansas City (3-3, 1-0) Saturday afternoon (Dec. 1). The two team's are slated to tip-off at 4:05 p.m.
WHO: Western Illinois Leathernecks (4-3, 1-0) at Kansas City Kangaroos (3-3, 1-0)
WHERE: Kansas City, Mo. • Swinney Recreation Center (1,504)
WHEN: Saturday, December 1 at 4:05 p.m.
SERIES HISTORY: Kansas City leads 26-15
LAST SEASON: Split, 1-1
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THIS DATE IN PROGRAM HISTORY (Dec. 1): Saturday’s game will be the 32nd-ever on December 1st for Western Illinois...Western owns a 17-14 all-time record on the date...The Leathernecks won their first eight games played in the date, all of which occurred in the 40s and 50s, and have lost 5 of their last 7 on the date.
Western’s last 10 game on December 1st can be found below:
2011-12: Western defeats North Dakota State (55-51)
2007-08: Western falls to UT-Arlington (57-80)
2002-03: Western falls to Illinois (56-85)
2001-02: Western defeats SE Missouri State (71-58)
2000-01: Western falls to Southern Mississippi (51-86)
1999-00: Western falls to Bradley (75-79)
1995-96: Western falls to Fairfield (59-62)
1992-93: Western defeats Northern Eastern Illinois (73-71)
1990-91: Western falls to Jackson State (73-94)
1986-87: Western defeats Roosevelt (129-80)
IN THE NATION (As of 11/27/12): Western ranks in the top five of two national categories...Third in defensive scoring, having held its opponents to 49 points per game...And fourth in personal fouls per game, having committed only 12.8 per game.
TEAM: IN THE SUMMIT LEAGUE (As of 11/27/12): As a team, Western ranks in the top five of seven Summit League categories including: First in points per game allowed (52.1)...Second in three point field goal % (38.3), personal fouls per game (13.3), and blocks per game (4.7)...opponents field goal percentage (39.3) and turnovers per game (12.0)...Fifth in rebound margin per game (0.6).
INDIVIDUAL: IN THE SUMMIT LEAGUE (As of 11/27/12): Terell Parks ranks in the top 10 of seven league statistical categories, including: First in rebounds per game (8.3)...Second in total rebounds (58) and total blocks (15)...Third in total defensive rebounds (39)...Fourth in total offensive rebounds (19)...Fifth in total field goals (42)...10th in points per game (13.1) and field goal % (50.0)...Ceola Clark III ranks in the top 10 of eight league statistical categories...Fourth in minutes per game (34.4), steals (13), and total three-points (17)...Fifth in three-point field goal percentage (48.6)...Seventh in free throw percentage (81.8), total assists (24), and minutes (241)...Eighth in assist/turnover ratio (2.7)...Don McAvoy ranks fifth in minutes per game (32.9)...10th in total minutes (230) and total defensive rebounds (28)...Jordan Foster ranks fifth in the conference in free throw percentage (83.3)...Adam Link ranks ninth in the conference in free throw percentage (79.2).
CONFERENCE ACTIVE CAREER LEADERS (As of 11/26/12): Ceola Clark III ranks third amongst active career scoring leaders in The Summit League (1,158 points), fifth in rebounds (384), and second in assists (359).
LAST TIME OUT: Ceola Clark III’s late-game heroics, a teardrop in the paint as time expired, trumped a late game-tying three from South Dakota’s Juevol Myles, giving the Leathernecks a victory Thursday evening (Nov. 29) in dramatic fashion.
With the win Western is now 4-3 overall and a 1-0 in Summit League play, while USD falls to 3-4 overall and 0-1 in conference action.
Clark led four Western Illinois players in double-figures with 20 points. He also had four assists, three rebounds, and two steals.
With his 18 points, Clark now has 1,187 career points, and moves into 16th on the Leathernecks’ all-time scoring list. His four assists on the night also bumps him into second all-time in assists at Western, having dished out 264 career helpers.
Don McAvoy III (16), Terell Parks (14), and Jordan Foster (11) also tallied double figures in the game for Western. Parks pulled down a game-high nine boards and had three blocks.
Newcomer Michael Ochereobia played significant minutes down the stretch when Parks was in foul trouble, finishing the contest with three points, five rebounds, and a block.
Western had only eight turnovers in the game, the third time this season they finished with less than 10, compared to USD’s 14. The Leathernecks capitalized on the Coyote turnovers, scoring 23 points off of them.
Western shot 50% (24-of-48), while USD connected on 48% (24-of-50) of their shots.
South Dakota was led by Myles who finished with a game-high 21 points and had five assists.
A LOOK AT THE KANGAROOS: Kansas City, who finished last season 10th in The Summit League, enters Saturday’s game with a 3-3 overall record, and are 1-0 in conference play...The ‘Roos most recently opened Summit League play at home against IUPUI, and won, 79-65...UMKC is led by Kirk Korver who averages 10.7 points per game this season, the only ‘Roo averaging more than 10 points a game...Their leading rebounder is Fred Chatmon who pulls down 6.5 a game...With 24 assists this season, Estan Tyler leads UMKC...Similar to the Leathernecks, UMKC has not won, or lost, two straight games this season.
COACHING KANSAS CITY: The Kangaroos are coached by Matt Brown (Shippensburg ‘94) who is in his sixth year at the helm...Brown owns a 55-101 record while at UMKC.
THE SERIES: Western owns a 15-26 record versus Kansas City all-time...Last season the two teams split, each team winning at home...The first-ever meeting came on December 16, 1989 when Western lost, 84-73...The Leathernecks have lost four of their last six games against Kansas City.
WHAT’S IN A WESTERN WIN?: A win would mark the 1,207th victory in program history...A win would mark head coach Jim Molinari’s 52nd victory at Western, and his 275th victory all-time as a head coach...A win would be Western’s 16th-ever over Kansas City...A win would mark the second consecutive Summit League opening victory for Western...A win would begin the Leatherneck’s first streak of the season...A win would give the Leathernecks a 2-0 league record for the first time since the 2008-09 season.
LEATHERNECKS SIGN THREE: Head coach Jim Molinari and the men’s basketball program signed three players during the early signing period this fall in: Jabari Sandifer (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley), Garret Covington (Edwardsville, Ill./Edwardsville) and Tate Stensfaard (Rapid City, S.D./Stevens).
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 is below:
DATE OPPONENT TELEVISION
November 29 at South Dakota Fox College Sports Atlantic / Midco Sports Net
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
ZERO FROM THREE: Western did not make a three-pointer in its game versus Evansville on November 17, 2012 (0-for-4)...It was the first time a Leatherneck men’s basketball team had not connected on a triple since they went 0-for-5 at Wisconsin-Green Bay on February 2, 1991.
PARKS IN THE FIRST: Terell Parks has had two games this season with 15 or more points in the first half of a game, both of which came in the team’s first two losses...The first came at SIU-E (15 points), and the other was at Evansville (16 points).
1,000 POINT CLUB: Ceola Clark III ranks 16th overall in points scored in program history with 1,187 career points.
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...Clark has 199 career steals to date.
STEALS (DIVISION I) Year
1. 199 Ceola Clark III 2009-pr
2. 167 Bill Heisler 1997-01
3. 138 Andre Humphrey 1993-95
#CC3: Ceola Clark III sits second in career triples made at Western with 196, and fifth in career three-pointers attempted with 422...Clark is 21 threes away from moving into first on Western’s all-time three pointers list (Bill Heisler - 216).
3-POINT FG (DIVISION I) Year
1. 216 Bill Heisler 1997-01
2. 196 Ceola Clark III 2009-pr
3. 181 Brandon Creason 1995-99
DISHIN’ THE ROCK: Ceola Clark III makes everyone else on the court around him better because of his ability to make great passes...Clark has amassed 360 career assists while at Western, which ranks 3rd all-time (1. Dwayne Banks - 506 & 2. Daryl Reed - 361).
1. 506 Dwayne Banks 1977-80
2. 361 Daryl Reed 1982-86
3. 360 Ceola Clark III 2009-pr
PRESEASON POLL: The Western Illinois men’s basketball team was picked to finish fourth in The Summit League’s annual preseason poll of league coaches, SIDs and media after receiving 274 points. The Fighting Leathernecks had a league-high two players selected to Preseason All-League First Team in seniors Ceola Clark III and Terell Parks. The fourth-place prediction is the highest for Western since the 2005-06 season when the Leathernecks were picked to finish fourth.
MORE PRESEASON RECOGNITION: After being tabbed Preseason All-Summit League First Team by the league’s coaches, media and SIDs (Oct. 17), Ceola Clark III and Terell Parks were again honored, this time by College Sports Madness. Both Clark and Parks were named Preseason All-Summit League First Team by the staff at College Sports Madness.
AT THE HELM: Jim Molinari took over the Western Illinois program at the start of the 2008-09 season, and during his fourth season at the helm of the Leatherneck men’s basketball program, Molinari put Western Illinois basketball back on the map...He was tabbed Summit League ‘Coach of the Year’ by CollegeInsider.com after leading the Leathernecks to a 18-15 overall record, a fourth-place finish in the The Summit League with a 9-9 league record, and the programs first-ever Division I postseason berth (2012 College Basketball Invitational).
GRANTED A SIXTH YEAR: Senior guard Ceola Clark III was granted a 6th year of eligibility in April, 2012, by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)...Clark had this to say about another year at Western” “It feels great,” said Clark. “Getting the opportunity to play the game I love for another year. I’m coming back with more determination than ever. Being able to play with a group of guys that took the men’s basketball program to where it hasn’t been in years, and being so close to making the NCAA Tournament, I’m excited to get one more shot with my team.”
2012-13 SENIOR CLASS: Led by Ceola Clark III who enters his sixth year at Western Illinois, the Leathernecks have four total seniors this year...Jack Houpt is in his third year at Western, while Terell Parks and Don McAvoy III are each in their second season as Leathernecks.
RETURNERS: This season the Fighting Leathernecks have six returners, seniors Ceola Clark III, Terell Parks, Jack Houpt and Don McAvoy III, junior Billy Molinari and sophomore Remy Roberts-Burnett.
NEWCOMERS: This past offseason coach Molinari and the men’s basketball program brought in seven newcomers including two JUCO transfers in Adam Link and Michael Ochereobia...Western also has five freshmen this season in: Jordan Foster, Jamaal Walker, Jason Hawthorne, Isaiah Duncan and John Schneider.
WHAT IS A LEATHERNECK?: Western Illinois holds the distinction of being the only non-military institution to officially have its nickname derived from a branch of the military service. The school began use of the Marine Corps’ official nickname, “The Fighting Leathernecks,” in 1927 when then-athletic director and head baseball, basketball and football coach Ray “Rock” Hanson was granted permission by the U.S. Navy, based on his status as a Marine hero, to use the Marine’s official seal, bulldog mascot and nickname.
UP NEXT: Western Illinois wraps up its eight-game road trip at instate rival Eastern Illinois on Wednesday, December 5th.