Western Illinois Leathernecks men's basketball

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Western Illinois Leathernecks
2018–19 Western Illinois Leathernecks men's basketball team
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UniversityWestern Illinois University
Head coachBilly Wright (5th season)
ConferenceSummit League
LocationMacomb, Illinois
ArenaWestern Hall
(Capacity: 5,139)
NicknameLeathernecks
ColorsPurple and Gold[1]
         
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
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NCAA Tournament appearances
1959*, 1980*, 1981*
Conference tournament champions
1984
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 its 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.

Current coaches[edit]

Name Title College First season
Billy Wright Head Coach Bradley 2014
Joshua Wolfe Associate Head Coach Hope College 2012
Jestin Anderson Assistant Coach Quincy 2016
Joshua Jones Assistant Coach Eastern Kentucky 2016

Postseason[edit]

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
1959 Regional Quarterfinals
Regional 3rd Place Game
Centenary
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
2012 First Round Oregon State L 59–80
2013 First Round Purdue L 67–81

Records[edit]

Year Overall Record Conference Record Conference Finish (Total teams) Postseason
2005–06 7–21 3–14 8th (9) No
2006–07 7–23 3–11 8th (8) No
2007–08 12–18 7–11 7th (9) No
2008–09 9–20 6–12 8th (10) No
2009–10 13–17 6–12 7th (10) No
2010–11 7–23 2–16 9th (10) No
2011–12 18–15 9–9 4th (10) 2012 CBI
2012–13 22–9 13–3 2nd (9) 2013 CBI
2013–14 10–20 4–10 7th (8) No
2014–15 8–20 3–13 9th (9) No
2015–16 10–17 3–13 9th (9) No
2016–17 8–20 5–11 8th (9) No

References[edit]

  1. ^ Western Illinois Leathernecks Athletics 2017–18 Branding & Style Guidelines (PDF). July 11, 2017. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  2. ^ "Western Illinois to play in first-ever D-I postseason tourney". Retrieved 27 March 2012.

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