Western Illinois Leathernecks men's basketball

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Western Illinois Leathernecks
2015–16 Western Illinois Leathernecks men's basketball team
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University Western Illinois University
Conference Summit League
Location Macomb, IL
Head coach Billy Wright (2nd year)
Arena Western Hall
(Capacity: 5,139)
Nickname Leathernecks
Colors Purple and Gold[1]
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Home jersey
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Team colours
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Away jersey
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Team colours
NCAA Tournament appearances
1959*, 1980*, 1981*
Conference tournament champions
Conference regular season champions
1983, 2013
*at Division II level

The Western Illinois Leathernecks men's basketball team represents Western Illinois University of Macomb, Illinois, in NCAA Division I men's college basketball competition. The school's team currently competes in The Summit League. The team plays it home games at 5,139-seat Western Hall and are coached by Billy Wright.

Western Illinois' first men's basketball team was fielded in 1910-1911. The Leathernecks men's basketball program made the transition from Division II to Division I beginning in the 1981–82 season. They were selected to play in the College Basketball Invitational tournament following the 2011–12 regular season, the first Division I postseason appearance in school history.[2] The leathernecks were selected again to play in the College Basketball Invitational tournament after the 2012-13 season.


Name Title College First Season
Billy Wright Head Coach 2014
Wade Hokenson Assistant Coach Minnesota 2008
Kyle Vogt Assistant Coach Lakeland 2011


NCAA Division II Tournament results[edit]

The Leathernecks have appeared in three NCAA Division II Tournaments. Their combined record is 2–4.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
1959 Regional Quarterfinals
Regional 3rd Place Game
Abilene Christian
L 76–84
L 81–85 OT
1980 Regional Quarterfinals
Regional Finals
North Dakota
South Dakota State
W 102–79
L 86–98
1981 Regional Quarterfinals
Regional Finals
Southern Indiana
Northern Michigan
W 80–73
L 87–93

CBI results[edit]

The Leathernecks have appeared in two College Basketball Invitationals. Their combined record is 0–2.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
2012 First Round Oregon State L 59–80
2013 First Round Purdue L 67–81


  1. ^ "Approved WIU Colors". Retrieved 2016-04-16. 
  2. ^ "Western Illinois to play in first-ever D-I postseason tourney". Retrieved 27 March 2012. 

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