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Terell Parks, Ceola Clark III and the Leathernecks  journey to Brookings, S.D. in hopes to remain first in The Summit League standings against the South Dakota State Jackrabbits Saturday afternoon.
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Terell Parks, Ceola Clark III and the Leathernecks journey to Brookings, S.D. in hopes to remain first in The...
Western Looks to Remain First in Summit League Standings at SDSU
Courtesy: Western Illinois Athletics  
Release: Monday 02/15/2013
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Western Illinois journeys to Brookings, S.D. in hopes to remain first in The Summit League standings, and successfully finish-off its conference road schedule against the South Dakota State Jackrabbits Saturday afternoon.



WHO: Western Illinois Leathernecks (19-5, 11-2) at South Dakota State Jackrabbits (20-7, 11-3)
, S.D. •  Frost Arena (6,500)
Saturday, Feb. 16 at 4:05 p.m.
SDSU leads 11-3


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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 3rd 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
T3. 19-5 -     2012-13
T3. 19-10 -     1996-97
4. 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 19-5 or better since the 1957-58 season when the Leathernecks started 27-0.

LEAGUE LEADER: Terell Parks has earned 11 double-doubles this season, which ranks first in the Summit League...Parks also ranks first in 10-rebound games with 12, and Ceola Clark III ranks tied for first in 10-assist games with one.

CONFERENCE PLAY: The Leathernecks are owners of a 11-2 Summit League record, the best start to conference play in their Division I history...Western is 5-1 at home in conference play, and 6-1 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.

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 1,222st victory in program history...A win would mark head coach Jim Molinari’s 67th victory at Western, and his 290th victory all-time as a head coach...A win would be Western’s first over South Dakota State this season, and give the Leathernecks the season split...A win would be Western’s fourth over the Jackrabbits all-time, and be Western’s first in the last eight meetings.

Ceola Clark III ranks in the top five of The Summit League’s active leaders in points and assists...He ranks second in assists (440) and fourth in scoring (1,372)...Terell Parks ranks fourth in rebounds (534).

IN THE NATION (As of 2/15/13): Western ranks in the top five of two national categories, second in personal fouls, having committed only 12.3 per game, and second in defensive scoring, having held its opponents to 51.7 points per game...The Leathernecks also rank in the top 100 of eight other categories... 18th in FG% defense (38.2), 21st in three-point FG% (39.0), 28th in win% (79.2), 35th in FG% (46.9), 37th in turnovers per game (11.6), 46th in three-point FG% defense (30.6), 57th in scoring margin (9.0), 61st in blocked shots per game (4.5).

CLARK AND PARKS NATION (As of 2/15/13): Seniors Ceola Clark III and Terell Parks rank in the top 100 of five national categories...Parks ranks 15th in double-doubles (11), 22nd in blocked shots per game (2.58), 22nd in FG% (56.5), and 23rd in rebounds per game (9.7)...Clark ranks 29th in assist/turnover ratio (2.5).

CAREER GAMES PLAYED: Ceola Clark III is tied for first in career games played at Western with 118.

1. 118 Ceola Clark III    2009-pr
T2. 117 Joe Dykstra    1978-83
T2. 117 Cory Fosdyck    1997-02
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. 1,372 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. 230 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. 440 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. 108 Terell Parks    2011-pr
3. 102 Janthony Joseph    1995-97

GLASS CLEANER: Terell Parks also ranks in the top 15 in career rebounds at Western.

13. 630 Paul Reuschel    1966-68
14. 586 Garrick Vicks    1993-96
15. 534 Terell Parks    2011-pr


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