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Terell Parks, Ceola Clark III, and the first-place Leathernecks head north to face NDSU and SDSU.
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Terell Parks, Ceola Clark III, and the first-place Leathernecks head north to face NDSU and SDSU.
First-Place Leathernecks Head North to Face NDSU and SDSU
Courtesy: Western Illinois Athletics  
Release: Friday 02/12/2013
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The Western Illinois men's basketball team sits first-place in The Summit League standings, but the Leathernecks face a tough week on the road at North Dakota State on Thursday (Feb. 14) and at South Dakota State Saturday on Saturday (Feb. 16).



WHO: Western Illinois Leathernecks (18-5, 10-2) at North Dakota State Bison (19-6, 10-3)
Fargo, N.D. •  Bison Sports Arena (5,830)
Thursday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m.
Tied 6-6


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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 #19 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
Feb. 4 -     #20
Feb. 11 -     #19

NCAA RPI: The Leathernecks are 135th 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
Feb. 4 -     134th
Feb. 11 -     135th

DIVISION I OVERALL RECORD: With multiple games left in the season, the Leathernecks are tied for the 4th 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
T4. 18-5 -     2012-13
T4. 18-15 -     2011-12
T5. 17-12 -     1995-96
T5. 17-13 -     1983-84

BEST START SINCE: Western is off to its best start in its NCAA Division I history...No Western Illinois team has started a season 18-5 or better since the 1957-58 season when the Leathernecks started 27-0.

LEAGUE LEADER: Terell Parks has earned 10 double-doubles this season, which ranks first in the Summit League, four ahead of the Corey Petros who sits second with six...Parks also ranks first in 10-rebound games with 11, and Ceola Clark III ranks tied for first in 10-assist games with one.

CONFERENCE PLAY: The Leathernecks are owners of a 10-2 Summit League record, the best start to conference play in their Division I history...Western is 5-1 at home in conference play, and 5-1 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 10-1 mark inside Western Hall...The Leathernecks are 5-1 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 one 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     W, 68-59
February 16     at South Dakota State    Fox College Sports Pacific

WHAT’S IN A WESTERN WIN?: A win would mark the 1,221st victory in program history...A win would mark head coach Jim Molinari’s 66th victory at Western, and his 289th victory all-time as a head coach...A win would be Western’s second over North Dakota State this season, and give the Leathernecks the season sweep...A win would be Western’s fifth straight against the Bison...A win would give the Leathernecks the series advantage, 7-6.

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 (435) and fourth in scoring (1,354)...Terell Parks ranks fourth in rebounds (519).

IN THE NATION (As of 2/10/13): Western ranks in the top five of two national categories, second in personal fouls, having committed only 12.2 per game, and third in defensive scoring, having held its opponents to 52.4 points per game...The Leathernecks also rank in the top 100 of eight other categories...19th in three-point FG% (39.0), 25th in FG% defense (38.6), 32nd in FG% (46.9), 32nd in win% (78.3), 39th in turnovers per game (11.7), 58th in blocked shots per game (4.6), 59th in scoring margin (8.9), 77th in three-point FG% defense (31.4).

CLARK AND PARKS NATION (As of 2/10/13): Seniors Ceola Clark III and Terell Parks rank in the top 100 of six national categories...Parks ranks 16th in double-doubles (10.0), 20th in blocked shots per game (2.65), 21st in FG% (57.0), and 28th in rebounds per game (9.5)...Clark ranks 26th in assist/turnover ratio (2.57) and 78th in FT% (83.3).

North Dakota State owns a 19-5 overall record this season, and sits tied for second in the conference standing with South Dakota State with a 10-3 conference mark...The Bison are led by Marshall Bjorkland and Lawrence Alexander who are averaging 12.1 and 10.7 points per game...Their leading scorer this season, Taylor Braun, has missed several games due to an injury.

COACHING NORTH DAKOTA STATE: The Bison are coached by Saul Phillips (Wisconsin-Platteville ‘96) who is in his sixth season at the helm, and owns a 103-72 record at NDSU.

THE SERIES: The all-time series between Western and NDSU is tied, 6-6...The Leathernecks swept the Bison last year, winning both regular season meetings, and downing NDSU in the first round of The Summit League tournament...Western defeated NDSU in Macomb earlier this season as well, now having won four straight.

CAREER GAMES PLAYED: Ceola Clark III is tied for first in career games played at Western with 117.

T1. 117 Joe Dykstra    1978-83
T1. 117 Cory Fosdyck    1997-02
T1. 117 Ceola Clark III    2009-pr
4. 115 Todd Hutcheson    1980-84

1,000 POINT CLUB: Ceola Clark III ranks 11th overall in points scored in program history with 1,354 career points.

POINTS    Year
9. 1,448 Gardy McCollum    1957-60
10. 1,431 David Jackson    2004-08
11. 1,362 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. 228 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. 226 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 in assists all-time in program history (1. Dwayne Banks - 506).

1. 506 Dwayne Banks    1977-80
2. 435 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. 107 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.

17. 520 Dwayne Banks    1977-80
18. 519 Terell Parks    2011-pr
19. 508 Randy Hersey    1973-77


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