The Records: The Bulldogs enter Thursday's game against the Eagles with a 5-13 overall mark and are 3-6 in league play. AU heads into the contest with a 14-6 record and owns a current 6-4 conference ledger. Findlay, which is ranked sixth nationally in the latest (Jan. 23) NCAA Division II poll, holds a 17-1 overall record prior to Saturday's tilt with FSU and is currently perfect (10-0) in GLIAC action.
Media Coverage: Both games will be carried live locally by News Talk 1460 AM WBRN. Jason DaDay will handle the play-by-play duties for the coverage. A live video and audio webcast will be available through B2 Networks for a charge of $6 on FSU’s Athletics Website at www.ferris.edu/sports. A internet audio-only broadcast is also tentatively slated to be available at www.ferris.edu/sports. Live internet statistics will be offered on FSU’s Athletics Website at www.ferris.edu/sports. Ashland and Findlay also will have audio webcasts of their broadcasts at the following sites, respectively: www.ashland.edu/athletics and http://athletics.findlay.edu.
Crowded North Division: Despite holding a 3-6 league mark to date, the Bulldogs remain only one game away from second place in the crowded GLIAC North Division standings. Grand Valley State leads the division with a 7-2 GLIAC mark entering Thursday’s play. Saginaw Valley State are currently tied for second place (4-5) followed by Michigan Tech along with Northern Michigan a half-game behind (4-6). Both Ferris and Northwood hold identical 3-6 league records. Findlay leads the South Division heading into Thursday’s play with a perfect 10-0 mark while Ashland is listed second (6-4) in the division standings.
About Ferris State: Ferris State University is a NCAA Division II school located in Big Rapids, Mich., with an enrollment of 12,578. The Bulldogs are a member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). Big Rapids is located in West Michigan approximately 60 miles north of Grand Rapids or 40 miles west of Mount Pleasant, Mich.
Ticket Info: Tickets for the event will be available at the door. For more information or directions, please contact the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at (231) 591-2888 or go online at www.starticketsplus.net. Tickets are $7 (general admission) or $10 (reserved) for adults along with $5 for students (K-12) or faculty/staff. FSU students are admitted free of charge with identification. A family pass with two adult and two youth tickets is $15.
Ferris Drops Two In Erie: The Bulldog men suffered a pair of close league road losses last weekend (Jan. 18 & 20) to Mercyhurst and Gannon in Erie, Pa. Ferris fell to Mercyhurst 70-65 in Thursday’s (Jan. 18) outing before dropping a 85-83 decision Saturday (Jan. 20) at Gannon. The Bulldogs totaled 56 fouls and allowed their opponents to shoot 69 free throws in the two games combined. Senior forward Terrance Shaw (Saginaw/Bridgeport) totaled 23 points and 10 rebounds at Mercyhurst while sophomore guard Jessie York (Muskegon Heights) netted a team-best 21 points in the loss at Gannon. FSU has currently dropped 11 of its last 13 outings this season.
Last Campaign: Ferris State posted an 18-13 overall mark en route to making its second consecutive NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional Tournament berth during the 2005-06 campaign. FSU posted a second-place 13-5 mark in GLIAC North Division regular-season action after claiming back-to-back league crowns in 2003-04 and 2004-05. Ferris also received GLIAC Tournament runner-up accolades last season.
Two Years Ago: Ferris State capped off a banner 2004-05 season with a runner-up finish in the NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional Tournament (March 12-15) held in Findlay, Ohio. FSU reached the regional championship game for only the third time in school history. The Bulldogs, who won their second-straight GLIAC North Division Championship in 2004-05, concluded the year with a 24-7 overall record and fell one game shy of advancing to the NCAA-II Elite Eight for the second time ever. FSU's 24 victories represented the third-most wins in school history.
Head Coach Bill Sall: A 1994 Calvin graduate, fifth-year FSU head coach Bill Sall previously held assistant coaching positions at Calvin (1992-95), Ferris State (1995-98) and Hillsdale (1998-02) prior to being named Ferris State’s 11th head coach. The Zeeland, Mich., native served as Ferris’ interim head coach for a portion of the 1995-96 campaign and led the Bulldogs to a 5-8 mark. Before joining the coaching ranks, Sall was a standout player at Calvin from 1985-90. He twice (1989-90) received second-team National Association of Basketball Coaches Division III All-America honors and led Calvin to three Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAA) championships, four NCAA-III Tournament bids and the 1990 NCAA-III Final Four. Sall has a current 77-70 (.524) career mark.
The Bulldog Tradition: The 2006-07 campaign marks the 79th season of Bulldog men’s basketball. The program began in 1925 although Ferris did not field a team from 1942-45 due to World War II. FSU has compiled a 939-869 (.519) all-time mark. The Bulldogs have won 11 GLIAC titles, made eight NCAA Division II Tournament appearances and reached the 1988 NCAA-II Elite Eight. Ferris captured a league-record four consecutive GLIAC titles from 1986-90.
Leading The Way: Among the returnees this year is Terrance Shaw, who received All-GLIAC Second Team accolades a year ago. The 6-5 Shaw averaged 13 points and a team-best 6.8 rebounds in 2005-06. Shaw, senior forward Michael Daniels (Detroit/Murray-Wright) and senior guard Julius Vines (Muskegon Heights) are serving as team captains this year.
The Bulldog Roster: Ferris’ 2006-07 roster includes three seniors, four juniors, two sophomores and six freshmen. Eight of the 15 players are guards while the remaining seven are frontcourt players. All 15 players on the Bulldogs’ 2006-07 roster hail from Michigan.
B2 Broadband Webcasts: A live broadband video and audio webcast will be available via B2 Networks for FSU’s remaining home games this season. The cost is $6 per game and includes live video along with a radio audio feed. To access the service or obtain more info, please visit the FSU Athletics Website at www.ferris.edu/sports.
Live Internet Stats: “Live Stats” of all 2006-07 Ferris State home games will be provided in progress via the internet. Visit the site at www.ferris.edu/sports and click the “Live Stats” icon to access.
GLIAC Games On The Air: All eighteen of FSU’s 2006-07 league games are tentatively slated to be carried live by local radio station WBRN (News Talk 1460 AM). FSU Assistant Athletics Communications Director Rob Bentley will once again call the play-by-play action on the road while Jason DaDay will be the on-air talent for home games. Selected contests can also be accessed live via the internet by clicking on the Bulldog Athletics Webcasts icon at www.ferris.edu/sports.
On The Internet: Ferris State University Athletics’ official web site can be found at www.ferris.edu/sports. The site features information on all FSU varsity programs including rosters, stats, yearbooks and more.
Impressive History: Ferris State’s impressive basketball tradition includes 11 GLIAC titles, eight NCAA Division II Tournament appearances and a berth in the 1988 NCAA-II Elite Eight. Ferris, which last won the GLIAC Tournament championship during the 1997-98 campaign, captured a league record four consecutive conference titles from 1986-90. FSU has won more GLIAC Championships (11) than any other league member.
National Rankings: FSU is not ranked in the current (Jan. 23) National Association of Basketball Coaches Division II Top 25 Poll after being listed among other teams receiving votes with four points in the preseason national rankings. Defending NCAA-II National Champion Winona State (Minn.) is presently ranked first nationally this week. GLIAC members Findlay and Grand Valley State are listed 6th and 8th, respectively, in the current rankings. Southern Indiana was ranked ninth in the poll and Quincy 18th from the Great Lakes Region. Ashland was listed among other teams receiving consideration with one vote.
Tough Slate: In addition to a narrow 70-63 loss at ninth-ranked Grand Valley State (Dec. 7), the Bulldogs have also faced three other teams currently ranked nationally this season. They include Southern Indiana (9th), 14th-ranked Christian Brothers (Tenn.) and Armstrong Atlantic State (25th) of Ga. FSU also faced two NCAA Division I programs, Toledo (Ohio) and Detroit Mercy, on the road in exhibition play to start the year.
Turning It All Around: The Bulldogs had posted only a 21-82 (.204) mark in the four seasons prior to head coach Bill Sall's arrival, but have since went 72-62 (.537) and claimed two divisional titles while making two NCAA-II Tournament appearances in his four previous seasons at the helm. FSU won only four games (4-22) the year before Sall arrived in 2001-02.
Coming Up Next: Following Saturday’s (Jan. 27) home outing against Findlay, the Bulldogs visit Saginaw Valley State Wednesday, Jan. 31, for an 8 p.m. (EST) GLIAC tilt in University Center, Mich. FSU then hosts Northwood Saturday, Feb. 3, at 3 p.m. (EST) in Jim Wink Arena.
Top Of The Pack: Last season represented the third-straight year the Bulldogs finished either first or second in the GLIAC North Division. Ferris claimed back-to-back divisional titles in 2003-04 and 2004-05 with 14-4 and 13-5 conference marks, respectively. FSU’s 13-5 league ledger last season trailed only rival Grand Valley State’s first place 16-2 division record. Ferris had not won a GLIAC Championship since 1994-95 prior to its first title run in 2003-04 under head coach Bill Sall.
Bulldog Bites: Terrance Shaw became only the 25th player in school history to notch his 1,000th career point at Mercyhurst ....... Ferris has won 43 of its last 63 conference regular-season outings dating back to the 2003-04 campaign ...... Michael Daniels is only six rebounds away from notching his 500th career board. Daniels tallied his 850th career point at Gannon ..... Jessie York shot 72.7% (8-11) from the floor and nailed a personal career-high five three-pointers while scoring a season best 21 points versus Gannon ...... Six of FSU’s remaining nine regular-season tilts this campaign are at home, including five of the squad’s next six encounters ....... Sophomore forward Mark Gildersleeve (Byron Center) netted a personal career-high four points and three rebounds at Gannon.
Trend Reversal: Ferris State currently holds a 3-8 overall mark this season in games decided by 10 points or less. The Bulldogs posted a 23-12 overall record in such games over the two previous seasons while making back-to-back national tournament appearances.
Ferris Picked Second: Ferris State was picked to finish second in the 2006-07 GLIAC Men's Basketball Coaches Preseason North Division Poll. The Bulldogs totaled 27 points but had no first-place votes in the balloting, which was conducted by the conference's head coaches. Defending GLIAC North Division Champion Grand Valley State was selected as this year's divisional favorite as the Lakers recorded 36 points along with six of a possible seven first-place votes. Findlay took the top spot in the South Division with 25 points and five first-place votes. The league's 13 head coaches voted for the division in which they play.
Ferris State vs. Ashland/Findlay Notebook:
Scouting Ashland: AU heads into the contest with a 14-6 record and owns a current 6-4 conference ledger. Ferris holds a 8-5 series’ edge over Ashland and defeated the Eagles 87-59 in last year’s meeting (1/26/06) at Ashland, Ohio. The Bulldogs have won three-straight meetings versus AU and Ferris head coach Bill Sall owns a current 4-1 career coaching mark against Ashland. The Eagles have currently won four consecutive outings this season following last Saturday’s (Jan. 20) 79-68 conference home win over Saginaw Valley State. Senior forward Greg Emmons is currently averaging a team-best 19.0 points per game this campaign. The Eagles posted a 19-10 overall record in 2005-06 and placed second (10-7) in the GLIAC South Division. AU was picked second in this year’s league preseason divisional poll. Roger Lyons is presently in his 14th year at the Ashland helm.
Scouting Findlay: Findlay, which is ranked sixth nationally, holds a 17-1 overall record after Tuesday’s (Jan. 23) 86-58 non-league home win over Marygrove (Mich.) and is currently perfect (10-0) in GLIAC action. Findlay is presently 10-3 all-time against the Bulldogs, but suffered a 64-62 setback to FSU in the most recent meeting (3/3/06) during the 2005-06 GLIAC Tournament Semifinals at Allendale, Mich. FSU’s Bill Sall is 1-5 overall versus the Oilers in his career. Findlay has won nine of the last 10 series’ meetings. The nationally sixth-ranked Oilers have won 16 consecutive games this year heading into Saturday’s contest. UF, which holds a nation-leading 51-game home court winning streak, suffered its lone loss of the year at Tarleton State (Texas) 85-82 in overtime (Nov. 18). The Oilers recorded a 74-59 conference home win over Northwood last Saturday (Jan. 20) and are presently led in scoring by senior forward Frank Phillips (13.1 ppg). UF has claimed five consecutive league South Division crowns and tallied a 25-5 overall record along with a 15-2 league slate last year. Ron Niekamp is midst his 22nd season on the Oiler bench.
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