GLIAC Tourney: FSU Men Visit Michigan Tech

Wednesday, Feb. 29
Men's Basketball at Michigan Tech, 7:30 p.m.
Live On Sunny 97.3 FM & Bulldog Sports Network (Pregame @ 7 p.m.)
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* The Game:
The Ferris State University men's basketball team visits Michigan Tech for a 2012 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament Quarterfinal game on Wednesday, Feb. 29, inside the Student Development Complex Gymnasium in Houghton, Mich.  Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. (ET).  FSU is the #5 seed with MTU seeded fourth.

* Ticket Info: The Michigan Tech women's team will host Lake Erie at 5:30 p.m. prior to the men's contest. General admission tickets will go on sale Tuesday at 9 a.m. The ticket prices include both games and are $14 for reserved, $10 for general admission, $5 for youth age three to grade 12 and $2 for college students. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket office (906) 487-2073 or www.buyHuskiestickets.com.

* Media Coverage: The game will be carried live by the Bulldog Sports Network and Sunny 97.3 FM with Rob Bentley calling the play-by-play action from Houghton.  The Meijer Pregame show starts at 7 p.m. (ET).  The broadcast will also be accessible at www.FerrisStateBulldogs.com.  MTU will provide a live subscription video webcast and live internet stats.  Visit the FSU Athletics website at www.FerrisStateBulldogs.com for a complete listing of links.

* Follow On Twitter/Facebook: In addition to internet coverage, Bulldog fans can also follow Wednesday's league tourney quarterfinal via Twitter and Facebook with updates. Please visit www.facebook.com/ferrisathletics or www.twitter.com/ferrisathletics to follow the periodic posts and tweet-by-tweet coverage with scoring updates.

* GLIAC North Champs: FSU claimed a share of the GLIAC North Division Championship with an exciting 63-56 win over rival Grand Valley State on Saturday (Feb. 25) night in the regular-season finale at the GVSU Fieldhouse Arena. With the win, the Bulldogs finished tied atop the GLIAC North with both Michigan Tech and Northwood as all three teams finished with 13-6 league records.  The title is the second-straight for the Bulldogs, who won the GLIAC North outright a year ago en route to the NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteen. In the league's tiebreaker formula, Michigan Tech earned the fourth seed for the league tourney with FSU fifth and Northwood sixth in the field.

* Saturday Leaders: FSU Senior forward Jerrell Sanders led the Bulldogs with 16 points and 11 rebounds at GVSU on Saturday while junior forward Daniel Sutherlin chipped in with 13 points.  Both players had big nights inside against a bigger Laker lineup. FSU played only seven players in the game, but all seven played at least 15 minutes and scored at least five points.  The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Bulldogs and allowed FSU to sweep the Lakers this campaign.

* The Records: Ferris State (16-10, 13-6 GLIAC) has won 16 of its last 23 outings this year to date.  FSU won 16 of its final 19 games a year ago, including 18 of its last 22 overall en route to a 24-8 overall mark.  The Bulldogs won the GLIAC North Division Championship with a 16-3 record and served as the host for the GLIAC Tournament Semifinals & Finals.  FSU was 1-2 in exhibition play this season.
   
Michigan Tech (15-11, 13-6 GLIAC) also finished in a three-way tie atop the division with FSU and Northwood.  The Huskies own a 15-11 record to date and have won four of their last five games to date. The Huskies were 17-11 overall last season and tabbed as the divisional favorite heading into this campaign.

* The Coaches: Ferris State – Bill Sall (Calvin, 1994), 10th season, 162-139 (.538) – (10-11 vs. MTU).  Sall was a two-time NCAA Division III All-American at Calvin College from 1985-90 and previously held assistant coaching positions at Calvin (1992-95), Ferris State (1995-98) and Hillsdale (1998-02).  He served as FSU's interim coach for a brief portion of the 1995-96 season.
   
Michigan Tech – Kevin Luke, 18th season at MTU. Luke has led the Huskies to four GLIAC titles, five NCAA Division II Tournament berths and his teams have won an average of nearly 19 games per season. He was the Basketball Times National Coach of the Year in 2002-03.

* FSU Tourney Notes: The Bulldog men, who will be making their 13th all-time tournament appearance, own a 10-14 mark in 12 previous trips to the annual event ....... FSU advanced to the league tournament final last season before dropping a 73-71 buzzer beat to Wayne State at Jim Wink Arena in Big Rapids (3/6/11) ...... FSU also advanced to the GLIAC Tournament title game in 2005-06 before dropping an 80-58 decision in the final contest (3/3/06) at Grand Valley State ......... Ferris captured the 1997-98 league tourney title and will be making its seventh appearance in the last eight years, including a fourth-straight berth.

* The Tourney Field: The other quarterfinal round games include Grand Valley State (#7 seed) at Findlay (#2 seed), Northwood (#6 seed) at Wayne State (#3 seed) along with Ashland (#8 seed) at Hillsdale (#1 seed). The other three games will all start at 7 p.m. (ET). The remaining teams will be reseeded after the quarterfinals and the semifinals and finals will be held Saturday and Sunday, March 3-4, at the site of the highest remaining seed. Hillsdale is the top overall seed and would host the final four with a win over Ashland.

* Tourney Notes: The tournament remains on campus sites this season for the 10th year in a row. Prior to the 2002-03 season, the four previous tournaments were held at a neutral site location, with the final three taking place at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids, Mich ....... The winner of this season's GLIAC Tournament will receive the league's automatic berth into the NCAA-II Midwest Regional Tournament slated for March 10-13 at a campus site to be determined.

* A Rematch Of Last Year: This year will mark the second-straight year the Bulldogs have met Michigan Tech in the GLIAC Tournament.  Last season (3/4/11), FSU pulled out a 73-64 win over the Huskies in the semifinals hosted by Ferris State at Jim Wink Arena in Big Rapids.

* Series History vs. MTU: The Bulldogs trail MTU 56-53 all-time although FSU has won 10 of the last 18 games heading into Wednesday's 110th series' meeting. FSU holds a 10-11 all-time mark versus MTU under Bill Sall. Ferris won two of three matchups last year, but dropped both games this season.  MTU recorded a 77-64 win over FSU at Jim Wink Arena in this year's first meeting (Dec. 18) before pulling out a 67-54 victory in Houghton the second time around (Jan. 19).

* Key Tourney Notes: The Bulldogs have won two consecutive GLIAC Tourney Quarterfinal games with both coming over Saginaw Valley State the last two seasons ...... FSU holds a 6-7 overall mark to date in GLIAC Tourney play under head coach Bill Sall ....... Ferris beat Northern Michigan in the quarterfinals at home in back-to-back seasons in 2005 and 2006 before falling two-straight years on the road at Grand Valley State in 2007 and 2008 ...... Overall, the Bulldogs are 5-2 in GLIAC Tourney quarterfinal-round play since the league implemented the current eight-team format.

* Against MTU In The Tourney: Ferris is 2-1 all-time versus Michigan Tech in GLIAC Tournament action as the Bulldogs dropped a 88-84 game in consolation play during the 1994-95 season before upsetting the top-seeded Huskies 71-62 in the GLIAC Championship game at Houghton in 1997-98 followed by last year's 73-64 semifinal win in Big Rapids. MTU was the tournament's number one overall seed when it was upset by sixth-seeded Ferris State in the 1997-98 GLIAC Tournament Championship game at home as the victory lifted Ferris State to its only league tournament crown.  FSU head coach Bill Sall was an assistant coach for the Bulldogs during that title run.

* Downtown Kenny Brown: FSU's Kenny Brown has been tabbed twice this season as the GLIAC North Division Player of the Week.  He also claimed the Bankhoops.com Michigan Small College Player of the Week honor once this year.  Brown has scored in double-digits in 22 of 26 games to date this season.

* Scouting MTU: Michigan Tech is currently 15-11 overall and beat Northwood 77-67 last Saturday (Feb. 25) to tie the Timberwolves and Bulldogs atop the divisional standings.  MTU has won four of its last five games overall to date. The Huskies were 17-11 overall last season and were picked to finish first in the GLIAC North this season under 18th-year head coach Kevin Luke.  Junior forward Ali Haidar is scoring a team-high 19.0 points per game to date.

* Senior Night Game: The Bulldogs honored four seniors prior to their final regular-season home contests against Hillsdale last Wednesday (Feb. 22).  They included Dontae Molden, Jerrell Sanders, Jim Boylan and Spencer Sellner.  All four were also members of last year's GLIAC Championship squad.  The Bulldogs dropped a heart-breaking 84-83 overtime decision against the South Division Champion Chargers after an apparent game-winning three-pointer at the regulation buzzer by junior guard Kenny Brown was changed to a two-point shot after fans had stormed the floor.

* Good Week For Sanders: Bulldog senior forward Jerrell Sanders helped the Bulldogs to a share of the GLIAC North Division Championship as he recorded two double-double efforts last week.  Sanders tallied 13 points, 14 rebounds and five assists in a 84-83 overtime home loss versus South Division champion Hillsdale on Wednesday (Feb. 22) night in his final home game at Big Rapids. He then added a team-high 16 points and 11 boards as FSU topped archrival Grand Valley State 63-56 for a share of the divisional crown in Allendale on Saturday (Feb. 25) night.  Sanders averaged 14.5 points and 12.5 rebounds while adding 11-of-12 (.917) free throws.  He also compiled five assists, three steals and two blocked shots on the week.

* GLIAC Leaderboard: Ferris ranks first in the conference in turnover margin (+3.54) along with second in steals (8.3 pg.), third in offensive rebounds (12.8 pg.) and fourth in scoring defense (64.5 ppg.) along with rebounding offense (35.5 pg.).  Individually, junior Kenny Brown ranks second in made three's (2.8 pg.) along with fifth in scoring (17.1 ppg.) and free throw percentage (.849).  Junior Daniel Sutherlin ranks fourth in offensive boards (3.1 pg.), fourth in steals (1.6 pg.) and fifth in total rebounds (8.2 pg.) while senior Jerrell Sanders is sixth overall in rebounding (7.4 pg.).  Dontae Molden is third in the league in steals (1.8 pg.) while freshman Dietrich Lever is fourth in assist/to ratio (2.2).

* Season Of Firsts: The FSU men's basketball team is one of three Bulldog teams to win a league championship this winter along with the women's hoops team that won the GLIAC North Championship and the Bulldog Hockey team, which claimed the CCHA Regular-Season crown.

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