Looking At The Division: Despite dropping three of its first four GLIAC tilts, the Bulldogs (2-3) still remain only two wins back of divisional leader Grand Valley State (4-2) in the North Division standings. Lake Superior State is second (3-3) followed by Michigan Tech (3-4) entering this week’s play. Both Ferris and Saginaw Valley State are 2-3 in league action with Northern Michigan (2-4) and Northwood (1-4) rounding out the standings. Findlay leads the South Division heading into Thursday’s play with a perfect 6-0 mark.
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: Ticket information along with travel directions for this week’s games can be obtained by directly contacting the MTU and NMU Athletics Departments, respectively. Michigan Tech’s main office number is (906) 487-3070 while NMU can be reached by dialing (906) 227-2105.
Ferris Snaps Skid: Ferris State snapped an eight-game losing streak with an impressive 65-51 GLIAC triumph over visiting Hillsdale Saturday (Jan. 6) afternoon inside FSU's Jim Wink Arena at Big Rapids, Mich. The Bulldogs took control early as Ferris scored the game's first six points and never trailed in the contest. FSU led 34-27 at halftime and outscored Hillsdale 31-24 in the final frame. Ferris held a 50-46 advantage with 11:06 remaining and then went on a 13-0 run as the Chargers didn't score another point until only 1:56 was left in the game. Senior forward Terrance Shaw (Saginaw/Bridgeport) registered a double-double effort with 17 points and 11 rebounds for FSU. Fellow senior forward Michael Daniels (Detroit/Murray-Wright) also had a solid afternoon with 15 points and eight boards. Senior guard Julius Vines (Muskegon Heights) chipped in 13 points and eight rebounds. Hillsdale had entered the game with an 11-2 overall record 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 76-67 (.531) 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 938-866 (.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.
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, Michael Daniels and Julius Vines 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. 2) 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 7th and 10th, respectively, in the current rankings. Southern Indiana was ranked fifth in the poll and Quincy 12th from the Great Lakes Region. Mercyhurst and Ashland from the GLIAC both received votes.
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 71-59 (.546) 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: Ferris continues its league road swing next week as the Bulldogs travel to Erie, Pa., for two conference outings. FSU visits Mercyhurst Thursday, Jan. 18, for a 6 p.m. (EST) contest before concluding the trip Saturday, Jan. 20, at Gannon with a 3 p.m. (EST) tipoff set.
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 needs 33 points to become only the 25th player in school history to eclipse the 1,000 career points mark ....... The win over Hillsdale was FSU's first victory since opening GLIAC play this year with a 69-63 road triumph at Northwood back in late November (Nov. 30) ...... The victory over the Chargers gave Bulldog head coach Bill Sall his fifth win in six tries against Hillsdale, where he served as an assistant coach from 1997-02 under Charger head coach Ed Douma. Sall also played and coached under Douma at Calvin College ........ Michael Daniels recorded his 800th career point against St. Joseph’s (Jan. 3) ........ Ferris has won 42 of its last 59 conference regular-season outings dating back to the 2003-04 campaign ........ The Bulldogs next home encounter at Jim Wink Arena will be against Ashland Thursday, Jan. 25, with tipoff set for 8 p.m. (EST) in Big Rapids.
Trend Reversal: Ferris State currently holds a 2-6 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. NMU/MTU Notebook:
Scouting Northern Michigan: NMU holds a 63-43 advantage heading into Thursday’s 107th encounter. FSU has won eight of the last 10 meetings, however, including a 73-68 triumph in last year’s GLIAC Tournament Quarterfinals (2/28/06) at Big Rapids, Mich. Ferris won two of three outings last year, but dropped a 92-82 decision (2/11/06) to the Wildcats at the Berry Events Center in Marquette. FSU head coach Bill Sall presently holds a 8-2 career coaching mark versus NMU. Ferris won three meetings versus the Wildcats during the 2004-05 campaign, including a 103-88 win in the GLIAC Tournament Quarterfinals (3/1/05) at Big Rapids, Mich. NMU’s currently 8-7 overall and 2-4 in the GLIAC this campaign after last Saturday’s (Jan. 6) 87-49 league road loss at Grand Valley State. Northern Michigan, which was picked to finish fourth in the 2006-07 GLIAC North Division Preseason Coaches Poll, is led in scoring by senior forward Ricky Volcy (22.7 ppg). The Wildcats have won seven of their last nine games to date this year under 21st-year head coach Dean Ellis. NMU was 17-11 overall in 2005-06 and placed tied for second (13-5) with FSU in the divisional standings.
Scouting Michigan Tech: The Huskies maintain a 49-47 series’ lead over Ferris State. MTU had won 11 consecutive series contests, but has since lost four of the last five meetings to Ferris State. However, the Huskies registered a 57-53 triumph in the most recent tilt last campaign (2/18/06) at Big Rapids, Mich. Ferris defeated MTU 66-63 in last year’s initial matchup (2/9/06) at Houghton, Mich. Michigan Tech is presently 8-8 overall and 3-4 in GLIAC action this season following Saturday’s (Jan. 6) 71-63 league home setback to Lake Superior State. The Huskies, under 13th-year head coach Kevin Luke, were 14-14 overall during the 2005-06 campaign and compiled a fourth-place 10-8 GLIAC North Division record. MTU, which is led in scoring by senior guard Radayl Richardson (14.9 ppg), was picked to finish third in the 2006-07 GLIAC North Division Preseason Coaches Poll. Michigan Tech has dropped four of its last five outings to date this campaign. FSU head coach Bill Sall has a current 4-4 mark against MTU. The Huskies do not play Thursday evening and will have had one week off to prepare for Saturday’s game versus Ferris.
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