The Records: The Bulldogs men's basketball squad currently owns a 9-15 overall mark and is 7-8 in GLIAC play. Wayne State enters Thursday's contest with an 11-11 overall ledger and is 7-7 in league action. Lake Superior State is presently 8-16 overall and 5-10 in league play this season going into Wednesday's (Feb. 14) conference home game against Saginaw Valley State.
Media Coverage: Both of this week’s games will be carried live locally by News Talk 1460 AM WBRN in Big Rapids. Rob Bentley will handle the play-by-play coverage. Internet audio-only broadcasts are tentatively slated to be available at www.ferris.edu/sports. In addition, Wayne State will offer both live audio and internet Gametracker statistics on Thursday evening. The audio will be available at www.wdtkam.com with live stats on WSU’s official athletics website at www.wsuathletics.com. Lake Superior State will have an audio webcast for Saturday’s game at www.lssulakers.com. A live video and audio webcast of Saturday’s game at LSSU will also be available through B2 Networks for a charge of $6 on FSU’s Athletics Website at www.ferris.edu/sports. Thursday’s game will be televised live by Comcast Detroit and also replayed by Comcast Local on a tape-delay basis Sunday at 5 p.m. (EST).
Ticket Info: Ticket information along with directions for this week’s games can be obtained by contacting the Wayne State and Lake Superior State Athletics Departments, respectively. WSU’s main office number is (313) 577-4280 while LSSU can be reached by dialing (906) 635-2877.
Still Too Close To Call: With only two weeks left in the regular-season, Ferris remains in contention for a GLIAC Tourney berth. FSU enters the week in fourth place in the North Division with a 7-8 mark. Grand Valley State holds the top spot in the division (11-3) followed by Northern Michigan (9-7) and Michigan Tech (8-8). Saginaw Valley State (6-8) and Lake Superior State (5-10) trail FSU entering Wednesday’s (Feb. 14) play. Findlay leads the South Division heading into this week’s play with a perfect 14-0 mark. The top three teams in each division plus the next two best finishers will qualify for the annual postseason tourney.
GLIAC Tourney: The annual GLIAC Postseason Tournament will begin with four quarterfinal-round games at campus sites Tuesday, Feb. 27. The top remaining seed will host the semifinals/finals Friday and Saturday, March 2-3, with the tournament winner receiving the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional March 10-13.
Home Sweep For FSU: Ferris State has presently won three of its last four games following Saturday’s (Feb. 10) 89-81 league home triumph over Northern Michigan in FSU’s Jim Wink Arena. FSU also defeated Michigan Tech 61-59 in GLIAC play at home last Thursday (Feb. 8). Freshman guard Anthony Sydnor (Muskegon Heights) averaged a team-high 16 points along with four assists in the two games last week.
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 81-72 (.529) 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 943-871 (.520) 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.
The Team Captains: The senior trio of forwards Terrance Shaw (Saginaw/Bridgeport) and Michael Daniels (Detroit/Murray-Wright) along with 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.
Bulldog 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.
Rankings Information: FSU was listed among other teams receiving votes with four points in the National Association of Basketball Coaches Division II Preseason Top 25 Poll. Defending NCAA-II National Champion Winona State (Minn.) is presently ranked first nationally in the latest poll (Feb. 6). GLIAC members Findlay and Grand Valley State are listed 3rd and 7th, respectively, in the current rankings. Southern Indiana was ranked 8th in the poll and Quincy 12th from the Great Lakes Region ........ Findlay is ranked first in the most recent (Feb. 7) NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional Rankings.
Turning It 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 76-64 (.543) 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.
Final Regular-Season Tilt: The Bulldogs return home to host nationally-ranked archrival Grand Valley State in their 2006-07 regular-season finale Saturday, Feb. 24, inside Jim Wink Arena at Big Rapids, Mich. The league game tips off at 7:30 p.m. (EST) and will be FSU’s annual Senior Day event.
Bulldog Bites: Freshman guard Anthony Sydnor (Muskegon Heights) was honored as the GLIAC North Division Player of the Week once this year (Jan. 29) ......... Terrance Shaw became only the 25th player in school history to notch his 1,000th career point at Mercyhurst (Jan. 18) ....... Ferris needs seven wins to record the school’s 950th all-time win ...... Junior guard Courtney Blackmore (Benton Harbor/Coloma) tallied a personal career-high tying 16 points in the win over Northern Michigan .......... Michael Daniels recorded his 900th career point against NMU and needs 20 rebounds to garner his 550th career board. He’s 94 points away from becoming the 26th player in Bulldog history to eclipse the 1,000 career point mark .......... The Bulldogs have currently won 10 of their last 12 games against Northern Michigan following last Saturday’s victory.
Dialing From A Distance: FSU’s Jessie York notched his 100th career three-point field goal versus Michigan Tech and currently has 103 career treys. York needs two more triples to move into 11th place on the school’s all-time list. In addition, he presently ranks 10th in career three-point shooting percentage (.381) on the school’s all-time list.
Lucky Number 500: Last Thursday’s GLIAC home win over Michigan Tech came in the 500th game for Ferris’ Bill Sall at the collegiate level. As either a player, assistant coach, interim head coach or head coach in college basketball, Sall’s teams have posted an impressive 314-187 (.627) record to date. He began his involvement in college basketball as a player at Calvin College in 1985-86.
Great From The Stripe: FSU’s Julius Vines currently ranks first on the school’s all-time list in free throw percentage (.840) based on a minimum of 100 attempts. In addition, his current .867 (52-60) effort from the line this year is listed second on the program’s seasonal list.
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 the divisional favorite as the Lakers recorded 36 points along with six first-place votes. Findlay took the top spot in the South Division. The league's 13 head coaches voted for the division in which they play.
FSU vs. WSU/LSSU Notebook:
Scouting Wayne State: The Bulldogs hold a 34-32 series’ edge over Wayne State and snapped a nine-game series’ losing streak with a 70-65 triumph in last year’s only meeting (2/16/06) at Big Rapids, Mich. Prior to that win, FSU had not defeated WSU since 1996-97. The Warriors, who are guided by sixth-year head coach David Greer, are led in scoring by senior guard Kris Krzyminski (24.1 ppg). They are presently 11-11 overall and 7-7 in GLIAC action this season following last Saturday’s (Feb. 10) 71-66 conference road win at Gannon. WSU recorded a 11-14 overall record last year and placed tied for fifth in the GLIAC’s South Division with a 6-11 ledger. The Warriors, who have split their last six contests this season, were picked to finish fourth in the 2006-07 GLIAC South Division Preseason Coaches Poll. FSU head coach Bill Sall currently holds a 1-6 career coaching mark versus Wayne State.
Scouting Lake Superior State: Ferris holds a 71-43 lead heading into Saturday’s 115th series meeting, but dropped a 84-77 decision to the Lakers in the last contest (12/18/06) earlier this year at Big Rapids. Ferris head coach Bill Sall owns a current 7-2 career coaching mark against Lake Superior State. The Bulldogs had won seven-straight series’ encounters prior to the December loss. The Lakers are 8-16 overall and 5-10 in league play this season following Saturday’s (Feb. 10) 63-53 conference home setback to Michigan Tech. LSSU, which hosts Saginaw Valley State Wednesday (Feb. 14) prior to hosting FSU, presently has lost five-straight games this campaign. Sophomore forward/center Ryan Kuhl holds a team-best 15.7 points per game scoring average. The Lakers totaled a 6-21 overall mark in 2005-06 and were sixth (3-15) in the division. Mike Fitzner is in his fourth season as the head coach at LSSU, which placed sixth in the 2006-07 GLIAC North Division Preseason Coaches Poll.
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