Bulldogs Will Battle Wolverines In Exhibition Play At Crisler Arena
The Ferris State University men's basketball squad will open the 2007-08 with the
opportunity of a lifetime as the Bulldogs will square off against the University of
Michigan for the first-time ever in an exhibition contest Thursday, Nov. 1, inside
Crisler Arena at Ann Arbor, Mich.
Game time for the contest is set for 7 p.m. (EDT) and it will also be televised live
on the new Big Ten Network, which is available to selected satellite and cable subscribers
|Bulldogs vs. Wolverines
|The Ferris State men's basketball team will face the University of Michigan in a historic
first-ever meeting on Nov. 1 at Crisler Arena (shown above)
The game will also represent the debut for first-year Michigan head coach John Beilein,
who previously led the University of West Virginia to four consecutive postseason
berths, including two trips to the NCAA Division I Sweet 16 and an Elite Eight appearance
in 2005. He directed the Mountaineers to the NIT Championship last campaign before
taking over at Michigan.
"This will be a tremendous opportunity and it will be exciting for our players, many
of whom are big fans of the University of Michigan and grew up watching them play,"
said sixth-year FSU head coach Bill Sall
. "The chance to step out onto the court and play at Crisler Arena will also be a
"I'm looking forward to it as well since it will be a lot of fun to go out and coach
against someone I have great respect and admiration for in Coach Beilein," Sall added.
The Wolverines return 12 letterwinners from last season's team, which posted a 22-13
overall record and tied for seventh place in the Big Ten (8-8) under former head coach
Tommy Amaker. The lone returning starter, however, from a year ago is junior guard
Jerret Smith, who averaged 5.7 points per contest. Last season, the Wolverines defeated
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) members Wayne State 85-51
(11/2) and Michigan Tech 85-50 (11/5) in exhibition play at Crisler Arena.
The Bulldogs, meanwhile, welcome back two starters and four letterwinners from last
season's squad that posted a 10-18 overall record and finished tied for third (8-10)
in the GLIAC standings under Sall. Ferris won two consecutive GLIAC North Division
titles in 2003-04 and 2004-05 in addition to making back-to-back NCAA Division II
Tournament appearances in 2004-05 and 2005-06.
The contest represents the only scheduled preseason exhibition game for both teams.
The Bulldogs are officially slated to open the 2007-08 campaign by hosting Hillsdale
in non-conference play Saturday, Nov. 17, starting at 7 p.m. (EST) inside FSU's Jim
Wink Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. Michigan begins the year versus Radford Friday, Nov.
9, with tipoff set for 7 p.m. (EST) at Crisler Arena.
Crisler Arena has been the home for Michigan men's basketball games since it opened
in 1967. The building stands at 107 feet with telescopic seating encircling the arena
floor and bringing the total seating capacity to 13,751. Over two million Michigan
basketball fans have been treated to Crisler Arena performances by some of the nation's
top men's and women's basketball talent such as the Wolverines' 1989 NCAA Division
I Men's Basketball National Championship Team.
Tickets for the exhibition contest are slated to go on sale Wednesday, Oct. 24, beginning
at 8:30 a.m. (EDT) and can be obtained by calling the Michigan Athletic Ticket Office
at (866) 296-MTIX or (734) 764-0247. Fans can also log on to www.mgoblue.com/tickets
to obtain additional information. The U-M Ticket Office is open Monday through Friday,
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Ferris State University Alumni Association will also be holding a reception in
conjunction with the contest. The reception and dinner will take place prior to tipoff
at the Pizza House in Ann Arbor starting at 5 p.m. (EDT). The $15 cost includes dinner
and a ticket to the game. For more information, please contact the FSU Alumni Office
at (888) 378-3647 by Oct. 26th.