Media Coverage: No Ferris State internet or radio broadcast coverage will be available for either non-conference game in the GLIAC/GLVC Challenge. However, live internet statistics via Gametracker coverage will be offered on WSU’s Athletics Website at www.wsuathletics.com.
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. Directions and additional information can be obtained by contacting the WSU Athletics Office at (313) 577-4280.
Challenge History: This year marks the third consecutive season Ferris, Wayne State, Southern Indiana and Indianapolis have teamed up for the GLIAC/GLVC Challenge ....... Ferris hosted the first event in 2004-05 while Indianapolis served as the site last year (2005-06). Southern Indiana is slated to be the event host in 2007-08 ........ FSU and USI have both posted 3-1 marks in the event over the previous two years while Wayne State holds a 2-2 mark and Indianapolis has lost all four of its outings ...... Last season, Ferris defeated UI 84-82 but suffered a 88-81 loss to Southern Indiana. The Bulldogs beat UI and USI by scores of 110-104 and 93-82, respectively, at home in the inaugural event (2004-05).
More GLIAC/GLVC Challenge Notes: The first event hosted by FSU in 2004-05 was officially called the Lions Club Holiday Classic. All four teams advanced to the NCAA-II Tournament that season ..... The two GLIAC schools, FSU and WSU, won three of the four games in the 2004-05 event. Last season, both leagues won two games each.
FSU Falls At Home: Ferris State suffered a 84-77 GLIAC home loss to visiting Lake Superior State Monday (Dec. 18) evening inside FSU's Jim Wink Arena at Big Rapids, Mich. The Lakers took a 43-32 halftime advantage and led by as many as 15 points in the contest before holding on for the victory. The Bulldogs had the lead down to a single point twice in the final five minutes but could not get over the hump. A hot shooting night from the Lakers helped offset 20 LSSU turnovers. The Lakers were 13-of-23 (56.5%) behind the three-point arc and converted 19-of-20 (95.0%) free throw tries. Senior guard Julius Vines (Muskegon Heights) tallied a team-high 24 points and 10 rebounds in a double-double effort for Ferris State. FSU also received 19 points from senior forward Michael Daniels (Detroit/Murray-Wright) and 12 points by sophomore guard Jessie York (Muskegon Heights). Senior forward Terrance Shaw (Saginaw/Brideport) contributed 10 points and eight boards while freshman guard Clyde McKinney (Lansing/Everett) netted a personal career-high 10 assists.
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 75-62 (.547) 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 937-861 (.521) 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 for Ferris this season 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 per outing in 2005-06. Shaw along with Michael Daniels and Julius Vine 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). 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 of FSU’s varsity athletics programs including rosters, statistics, 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 (Dec. 12) 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 9th and 18th, respectively, in the current rankings. Southern Indiana was ranked sixth in the poll.
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 70-54 (.565) 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.
Over The Break: Following the GLIAC/GLVC Challenge, Ferris breaks for the holidays before returning to action in the Armstrong Atlantic State (Ga.) New Year’s Tourney (Dec. 29-30) held at Savannah, Ga. FSU battles Georgia College & State Friday, Dec. 29, and then faces host AASU Saturday, Dec. 30. Both games begin at 4 p.m. (EST).
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 currently ranks third in school history with 83 blocked shots and needs only five more to tie Marcus Kennedy’s (1986-89) second-place total of 88 blocks ......... The Bulldogs are averaging 69 points per game in their three victories this campaign, but only 64.6 points per contest in their four losses to date ......... Terrance Shaw is only three rebounds away from earning his 500th career board and 32 points shy of compiling his 900th career point ...... FSU’s current three-game losing streak is the program’s longest since dropping five consecutive games during the 2003-04 campaign (Dec. 19-Jan. 3) ....... Ferris currently holds a 2-4 mark this year in games decided by 10 points or less. The Bulldogs posted a 23-12 mark in such games over the two previous seasons ..... Julius Vines’ 24 points and 10 rebounds versus LSSU both represented personal career-highs ...... Thursday’s game against USI will be FSU’s 1,800th all-time contest ....... Michael Daniels matched a career-best with 19 points in Monday’s outing.
Strong Connection: Three members of FSU’s regular playing rotation played prep basketball at Muskegon Heights (Mich.) High School including Julius Vines, Jessie York and redshirt freshman guard Anthony Sydnor. Former Bulldog player Keith Guy (1995-97) serves at the Tigers’ head coach. Ferris freshman guard/forward Lou Williams, who’s redshirting this season, also is a former Muskegon Heights player currently on the Bulldogs’ roster.
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 GLIAC/GLVC Challenge Notebook:
Scouting Indianapolis: Ferris’ holds a 3-2 all-time series’ edge over Indianapolis heading into Wednesday’s meeting. Ferris recorded a 84-82 overtime triumph over the host Greyhounds in last year’s GLIAC/GLVC Challenge (12/21/05) at Indianapolis, Ind. FSU has won the last three meetings, including a 99-79 win in the 2004-05 NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional Quarterfinals (3/12/05) in Findlay, Ohio. The Greyhounds won the initial two series’ meetings. Indianapolis, under 10th-year head coach Todd Sturgeon, compiled a 4-23 overall record last season and placed seventh in the GLVC East Division with a 3-16 league mark. UI is currently 4-2 overall and 2-1 in the GLVC this season following Sunday’s (Dec. 17) 73-62 non-conference home win over Saginaw Valley State. Indianapolis was chosen to finish sixth in the 2006-07 GLVC East Division Preseason Coaches Poll. The Greyhounds are led in scoring by junior guard DeAndre Brock (16.0 ppg). UI has won three consecutive games to date this season and had made three-straight trips to the NCAA-II Tournament prior to last campaign.
Scouting Southern Indiana: The Screaming Eagles hold a 6-2 series’ edge and recorded a 88-81 win over FSU last year (12/20/05) in the GLIAC/GLVC Challenge at Indianapolis, Ind. FSU has won two of the last three meetings, including a 93-87 triumph in the 2004-05 NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional Semifinals (3/13/05) in Findlay, Ohio. USI, which was ranked sixth in last week’s (Dec. 12) NABC Division II National Poll, presently is 10-1 overall and 2-1 in the GLVC following Sunday’s (Dec. 17) 108-80 non-league home win over Glenville State (W.Va.). Southern Indiana posted a 27-7 overall mark a season ago, including a first-place tying 14-5 GLVC finish. The Screaming Eagles, who are directed by sixth-year head coach Rick Herdes, were picked to finish first in the 2006-07 GLVC West Division Preseason Coaches Poll. Southern Indiana, which was the national runner-up in 2003-04, presently is led in scoring by senior guard Melvin Hall (17.5 ppg). The Screaming Eagles’ lone loss was a 56-55 GLVC setback at Indianapolis (Dec. 9). The Bulldogs own a 2-2 overall record versus USI in the Bill Sall head coaching era.
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