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Adam Link and the Leathernecks play at Oakland Saturday evening (Jan. 26) with tip-off slated for 4 p.m. CT.
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Adam Link and the Leathernecks play at Oakland Saturday evening (Jan. 26) with tip-off slated for 4 p.m. CT.
Fighting Leathernecks Look to Spoil Oakland's Homecoming
Courtesy: Western Illinois Athletics  
Release: Thursday 01/25/2013
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ON TAP:
Western Illinois (16-4, 8-1) continues Summit League action on the road Saturday (Jan. 26) when it faces the Oakland Golden Grizzlies (9-13, 4-4) in Rochester, Mich...The Leathernecks are coming off of a 43-40 victory at Fort Wayne, their second straight win, while Oakland is coming off of an 89-71 victory over IUPUI at home...The game is Oakland’s 5th Annual Homecoming game.


THE BREAKDOWN

THE MATCHUP

WHO: Western Illinois Leathernecks (16-4, 8-1) at Oakland Golden Grizzlies (9-13, 4-4)
WHERE: 
Rochester, Mich. • Athletics Center O’rena (3,000)
WHEN:
Saturday, Jan. 26 at 4 p.m. CT
SERIES HISTORY:
Oakland leads 25-6


FOLLOW THE ACTION

Television:
Fox College Sports Atlantic / Fox Sports Detroit
Talent:
Mario Impemba (play-by-play) & Mateen Cleaves (color)

Radio/Live Audio:
Classic 103 (102.7 FM)
Talent: Beau Spencer (play-by-play) & Aaron Viner (color)


Live Video:
OUGrizzlies.com/allaccess

Live Stats:
OUGrizzlies.com

Twitter:
@WIUAthletics


Facebook:

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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 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

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. 16-4 - 2012-13
T7. 16-11 - 1997-98
T7. 16-12 - 1998-99
T7. 16-13 - 1989-99

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.

CONFERENCE PLAY:
The Leathernecks are owners of a 8-1 Summit League record, the best start to conference play in its Division I history...Western is also a perfect 4-0 on the road in league games...The undefeated conference road record is the best in Western’s Division I history...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 three 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:

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

IN THE NATION (As of 1/24/13):
Western ranks in the top five of two national categories, third in personal fouls per game, having committed only 12.2 per game, and fourth in defensive scoring, having held its opponents to 51.5 points per game...The Leathernecks also rank in the top 100 of seven other categories... 25th in winning percentage (80.0), 29th in field goal percentage defense (38.5), 30th in turnovers per game (11.6), 36th in field goal percentage (46.6), 61st in blocked shots per game (4.7), 62nd in scoring margin (9.2), and 68th in three-point FG% defense (30.9).

CLARK AND PARKS NATION (As of 1/24/13):
Seniors Ceola Clark III and Terell Parks rank in the top 100 of five national categories...Parks ranks 19th in blocked shots per game (2.8), 25th in field goal percentage (56.9), 37th in double-doubles (7.0), 46th in rebounds per game (9.0)...Clark ranks 50th in assist/turnover ratio (2.37).

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 this season over Oakland, and give the Leathernecks the season sweep...A win would be Western’s second-straight versus Oakland...A win would mark the Leathernecks’ second win in over Oakland in their last 13 meetings over seven years.

A LOOK AT THE GOLDEN GRIZZLIES:
Oakland enters Saturday evening’s contest, which is its fifth annual homecoming game, with a 9-13 overall record, and are 4-4 in Summit League play...The Golden Grizzlies most recently played host to IUPUI, and defeated the Jaguars, 89-71...Oakland has three players averaging 10-plus points per game, led by Travis Bader who is averaging 21.4 PPG...Corey Petros and Duke Mondy are the two others scoring more than 10 a game.

COACHING OAKLAND:
The Golden Grizzlies are coached by Greg Kampe (Bowling Green, 1978) who is in his 29th year at the helm with a 499-362 career coaching record.

THE SERIES:
Oakland leads the all-time series 25-6...The Leathernecks have won two of the last three meetings...Earlier this season in Macomb, the Leathernecks defeated OU, 73-63.

CAREER GAMES PLAYED:
Ceola Clark III is tied for fourth in career games played at Western with 114.

GAMES PLAYED    Year
T1. 117 Joe Dykstra    1978-83
T1. 117 Cory Fosdyck    1997-02
3. 115 Todd Hutcheson    1980-84
T4. 114 Ceola Clark III    2009-pr

1,000 POINT CLUB:
Ceola Clark III ranks 12th overall in points scored in program history with 1,315 career points.

POINTS    Year
10. 1,431 David Jackson    2004-08
11. 1,348 Garrick Vicks    1993-96
12. 1,328 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.

3-POINT FG (DIVISION I)    Year
1. 221 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.

STEALS (DIVISION I)    Year
1. 221 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).

ASSISTS    Year
1. 506 Dwayne Banks    1977-80
2. 423 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
T2. 102 Terell Parks    2011-pr
T2. 102 Janthony Joseph    1995-97

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

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

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