On Thursday, Western Illinois plays host to Missouri-Kansas City at Western Hall. The game gets underway at 8:30 p.m. EST. The Leathernecks beat the Kangaroos 68-63 on Dec. 1 and are 5-4 against them over the last four years.
Western Illinois is currently in second place in the conference and Missouri-Kansas City is in seventh.
In their last outing, despite 15 points from Adam Link, the Leathernecks fell to Cleveland State 60-54 on Feb. 23. While contributing 3.9 rebounds per game, he also scores 10 points per game. For the Kangaroos, Nelson Kirksey put up 16 points and 8 rebounds in the 68-62 loss to Tennessee Tech on Feb. 23. He contributes 3.4 rebounds per game in addition to his 7.4 points per game.
StatSmack! Western Illinois is better than Missouri-Kansas City
Terell Parks is ranked 40th nationally in rebounds and 25th nationally in blocks.
The Western Illinois rebounding leader (Terell Parks, 242 rebounds) has more rebounds than the Missouri-Kansas City rebounding leader (Fred Chatmon, 200 rebounds).
Western Illinois has a much better overall winning percentage over the last five years (44.6 percent to 34.4 percent).
Western Illinois has a better conference record than Missouri-Kansas City this season (11-3 vs. 4-10).