The Records: The Bulldogs enter Thursday's game against MTU with a 7-15 overall mark and are 5-8 in league play. Michigan Tech heads into the contest with a 12-11 record and owns a current 7-7 conference ledger. Northern Michigan held a 14-9 overall record along with an 8-6 GLIAC mark entering Thursday's (Feb. 8) league road game at Lake Superior State.
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 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. Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan also will have audio webcasts of their broadcasts at the following sites, respectively: www.michigantechhuskies.com and www.nmu.edu/sports.
Ticket Info: Tickets for both games will be available at the door. For more information, please contact the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at (231) 591-2888 or go online at www.starticketsplus.net. Tickets for home games 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.
Tight Race: With only three weeks left in the regular-season, Ferris remains in contention for a GLIAC Tourney berth. FSU enters the week tied for fourth place in the North Division with a 5-8 mark along with Saginaw Valley State and Lake Superior State. Grand Valley State holds the top spot in the division (10-2) followed by Northern Michigan (8-6) and Michigan Tech (7-7). Northwood rounds out the division with a 4-8 GLIAC ledger prior to Wednesday’s (Feb. 7) play. Findlay leads the South Division heading into this week’s play with a perfect 13-0 mark. The top three teams in each division plus the next two best finishers will qualify for the annual postseason tourney. Hillsdale presently holds the fifth spot in the south with a 4-8 GLIAC record to date.
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 9-12.
Ferris Splits Two: Ferris State recorded a 84-73 GLIAC road triumph over Saginaw Valley State last Wednesday (Jan. 31) before suffering a 79-71 league home loss to Northwood Saturday (Feb. 3). Four Bulldogs scored in double-figures at SVSU, led by senior guard Julius Vines’ (Muskegon Heights) team-best 19 points. Sophomore guard Jessie York (Muskegon Heights) paced Ferris with 23 points in the loss versus Northwood. NU shot 65.1% from the floor in Saturday’s game.
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 79-72 (.523) 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 941-871 (.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.
The Team Captains: The senior trio of forwards Terrance Shaw (Saginaw/Bridgeport) and Michael Daniels (Detroit/Murray-Wright) along with guard Julius Vines are serving as team captains this year. The 6-5 Shaw received All-GLIAC Second Team accolades a year ago after averaging 13 points and a team-best 6.8 rebounds in 2005-06.
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 is not ranked in the current (Jan. 30) 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 5th and 7th, respectively, in the current rankings. Southern Indiana was ranked 12th in the poll and Quincy 13th from the Great Lakes Region ........ Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan are ranked 8th and 10th, respectively, in the most recent (Jan. 31) NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional Rankings. Findlay tops the current regional poll.
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 74-64 (.536) 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.
Road Trip Next Week: The Bulldogs hit the road next week for their final GLIAC regular-season road trip of the year. FSU visits Wayne State Thursday, Feb. 15, for a 7:30 p.m. (EST) league game in Detroit before traveling to Lake Superior State for Saturday’s (Feb. 17) 3 p.m. (EST) GLIAC encounter at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.
GLIAC Player Of Week: Freshman guard Anthony Sydnor (Muskegon Heights) was honored as last week's (Jan. 29) GLIAC North Division Player of the Week. The 6-0 Sydnor tallied a team-high 20 points and dished out eight assists versus Ashland (Jan. 25). He then added a personal career-high and team-best 25 points along with four rebounds, two assists and two steals against Findlay (Jan. 27). Sydnor shot 61.5% (16-26) from the floor in the two games and compiled 45 points, 10 assists, five rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots. Sydnor's recognition last week marked the first time a FSU player had received the conference weekly honor this campaign.
Bulldog Bites: Terrance Shaw became only the 25th player in school history to notch his 1,000th career point at Mercyhurst (Jan. 18). He grabbed his 600th career rebound and dished out his 100th career assist at SVSU ....... Ferris needs nine wins to record the school’s 950th all-time win ...... FSU’s game at Saginaw Valley State marked Bill Sall’s 150th game as the Bulldogs’ head coach, including his stint as interim head coach in 1995-96 ..... Junior guard/forward C.J. Van Wieren (Holland/West Ottawa) tallied a personal career-high 13 points at Saginaw Valley State ..... Junior forward Jason Holder (Saginaw/Arthur Hill) had a career-best 10 points versus Northwood ........ Michael Daniels is six points shy of recording his 900th career point ......... Julius Vines tallied a career-best four steals at SVSU.
From Long Distance: FSU’s Jessie York presently has 99 career three-pointers and is one away from recording his 100th trey entering Thursday’s game. York needs six more treys to move into 11th place on the school’s all-time list. In addition, he presently ranks 10th in career three-point shooting percentage (.385) on the school’s all-time list. York’s 23 points versus Northwood marked a personal career-scoring high.
Number 500: Thursday’s game versus MTU will represent the 500th game Ferris’ Bill Sall has been involved with 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 312-187 (.625) record. He began his involvement in college basketball as a player at Calvin College in 1985-86.
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. MTU/NMU Notebook:
Scouting Michigan Tech: MTU enters the contest with a 12-11 record and owns a current 7-7 conference ledger. Michigan Tech maintains a 50-47 all-time series’ edge over Ferris and won the most recent meeting earlier this year (1/13) by a score of 61-49 at Houghton, Mich. FSU head coach Bill Sall has a current 4-5 mark versus the Huskies, but has directed FSU to wins in four of the last six games. The Huskies, under 13th-year head coach Kevin Luke, have won three of their last four games, but dropped a 66-59 conference home decision to Mercyhurst last Saturday (Feb. 3). The Huskies 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 (15.9 ppg), was picked to finish third in the 2006-07 GLIAC North Division Preseason Coaches Poll.
Scouting Northern Michigan: Northern Michigan holds a 14-9 overall record along with an 8-6 GLIAC mark entering Thursday’s (Feb. 8) league road game at Lake Superior State. NMU is presently 63-44 all-time against the Bulldogs. However, Ferris has captured nine of the last 11 meetings, including a thrilling 65-64 triumph earlier this year (1/11) at Marquette, Mich. FSU’s Bill Sall is 9-2 in his head coaching career against the Wildcats, who are guided by 21st-year head coach Dean Ellis. 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 (21.7 ppg). The Wildcats have won six consecutive games to date this year heading into Thursday’s road contest at Lake Superior State. NMU was 17-11 overall in 2005-06 and placed tied for second (13-5) with FSU in the divisional standings.
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