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Former Western Kentucky center Jim McDaniels dies at 69

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) Jim McDaniels, a 7-footer who led Western Kentucky to the NCAA Final Four in 1971 and ranks at or near the top of several statistical categories, has died. He was 69.

The school said McDaniels died Wednesday in Bowling Green. Visitation is Monday in E.A. Diddle Arena at Western with the funeral Tuesday.

Considered one of WKU's greatest athletes, McDaniels was a two-time Ohio Valley Conference player of the year. McDaniels was a consensus All-American during the 1970-71 season while leading the Hilltoppers to third place at the Final Four in Houston.

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Leaders
Points: J. Johnson14.5
Rebounds: J. Johnson9.4
Assists: J. Lomomba3.4
FG%: J. Johnson52.3%
FT%: J. Johnson55.4%
3P%: P. Thomas39.8%
Steals: P. Thomas0.9
Blocks: B. Lawson1.8
AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Villanova32-4
2 Gonzaga37-2
3 Kansas31-5
4 Arizona32-5
5 North Carolina33-7
6 Kentucky32-6
7 Duke28-9
8 UCLA31-5
9 Oregon33-6
10 Louisville25-9
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Rank School Rec
1 North Carolina33-7
2 Gonzaga37-2
3 Oregon33-6
4 Kansas31-5
5 Kentucky32-6
6 South Carolina26-11
7 Arizona32-5
8 Villanova32-4
9 UCLA31-5
10 Florida27-9
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Conference USA Standings
 ConferenceOverall
  W-L W-L
Middle Tennessee 17-1 31-5
Louisiana Tech 14-4 23-10
Old Dominion 12-6 19-12
UTEP 12-6 15-17
Rice 11-7 23-12
Marshall 10-8 20-15
UAB 9-9 17-16
Western Kentucky 9-9 15-17
UTSA 8-10 14-19
Charlotte 7-11 13-17
Florida Atlantic 6-12 10-20
Southern Miss 6-12 9-22
FIU 3-15 7-24
North Texas 2-16 8-22
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