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Former Western Kentucky star center Chris Marcus, 40, dies

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) Chris Marcus, a two-time Associated Press All-America honorable mention selection during a decorated career at center for Western Kentucky, has died. He was 40.

The school said Marcus died Thursday in his hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina, but did not state a cause of death.

Considered one of WKU's most dominant big men, the 7-foot-1 Marcus had 1,113 points and 795 rebounds for the Hilltoppers and led the nation at 12.1 boards per game in 2001. He was named Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year that season and earned his second consecutive Defensive Player of the Year award.

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Leaders
Points: T. Hollingsworth16.6
Rebounds: J. Savage7.1
Assists: T. Hollingsworth2.7
FG%: C. Williams55.5%
FT%: T. Hollingsworth84.3%
3P%: J. Savage39.6%
Steals: T. Hollingsworth1.3
Blocks: C. Bassey1.6
AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Kansas28-3
2 Gonzaga31-2
3 Dayton29-2
4 Florida State26-5
5 Baylor26-4
6 San Diego State30-2
7 Creighton24-7
8 Kentucky25-6
9 Michigan State22-9
10 Villanova24-7
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Coaches Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Kansas28-3
2 Gonzaga31-2
3 Dayton29-2
4 Baylor26-4
5 Florida State26-5
6 San Diego State30-2
7 Kentucky25-6
8 Duke25-6
9 Creighton24-7
9 Villanova24-7
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Conference USA Standings
 ConferenceOverall
  W-L W-L
North Texas 14-4 20-11
Louisiana Tech 13-5 22-8
Western Kentucky 13-5 20-10
Charlotte 10-8 16-13
Marshall 10-8 17-15
FIU 9-9 19-13
UAB 9-9 19-13
Old Dominion 9-9 13-19
Florida Atlantic 8-10 17-15
UTEP 8-10 17-15
Rice 7-11 15-17
UTSA 7-11 13-19
Southern Miss 5-13 9-22
Middle Tennessee 4-14 8-23
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Offense (Rank)
Points: 76.6 (39)
Rebounds: 8.4 (289)
Assists: 11.1 (319)
FG%: 45.7% (75)
FT%: 78.9% (5)
3P%: 33.8% (156)
Defense (Rank)
Points: 72.0 (254)
Rebounds: 25.6 (176)
Assists: 13.1 (225)
FG%: 44.1% (251)
FT%: 73.7% (317)
3P%: 30.0% (37)
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