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WIU Advances to Elite Eight of 6th Fan Competition

February 24, 2014

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MACOMB, IL - Thanks to the constant support of Western Illinois University fans, the Leathernecks have advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA 6th Fan Competition.

The Fighting Leathernecks advanced late Sunday night following a 58/42 voting edge over New Mexico. Up next is Summit League rival South Dakota State.

Western Illinois has already earned $10,000 toward the University's general scholarship fund. The winner of the overall competition will win $100,000, which will be put toward the University's general scholarship fund, as well.

The institution with the most votes by March 2 will advance to the Final Four. Fans are encouraged to continue voting via Facebook, Twitter (by using the hashtags #6thFan #WILL) and via

Each round of voting will last one week, leading up to the announcement of the two finalists on March 10, with the overall winner announced on March 16. In addition, those who register to vote on have the chance to win either an iPad Air (one person per round) or an all-expense paid trip to the 2015 Men's Final Four in Indianapolis.

Ways to Vote

  • - Fans can visit this site and vote.
  • Twitter - Simply use the hashtags #6thFan and #WILL to vote for the Leathernecks.
  • Facebook - Connect your Facebook to the site to vote and register for a chance to win prizes.

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