Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University men's and women's basketball teams embark on their final three regular-season contests with a pair of important Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) games this week.
The Bulldogs visit league-leading Wayne State on Thursday (Feb. 21) night for an evening doubleheader inside the Matthaei Comlex in Detroit before returning home to host Saginaw Valley State in their regular-season home finales on Saturday (Feb. 23) at Jim Wink Arena.
Thursday's games against Wayne State in the Motor City will begin with the men's tipoff at 6:07 p.m. (ET) and the women's contest to follow. Both games will be televised live throughout parts of Michigan via Comcast Xfinity Channel 900 on selected cable systems, including the Metro areas of Detroit and Grand Rapids.
In addition to being televised, Bulldog fans can tune into the live broadcast of Thursday's doubleheader on local flagship station Sunny 97.3 FM or the Bulldog Sports Network online at FerrisStateBulldogs.com as Rob Bentley calls the action. Live internet statistics and a live pay-per-view video webcast will also be offered by Wayne State.
On Saturday, Ferris State hosts SVSU for "Senior Day" as the Bulldogs honor their departing seniors in a special ceremony to take place following the men's game. The men's contest tips off at 1 p.m. (ET) with the women's game to follow at approximately 3 p.m. (ET).
The Bulldog men's basketball team has climbed into a tie for second-place in the GLIAC North with a 14-9 overall and 13-6 league record heading into the week. Wayne State leads the division at 14-4 in conference play (15-6 overall), but one of the Warriors' setbacks was an exciting 72-68 double-overtime affair in Big Rapids on Jan. 24.
Meanwhile, Saginaw Valley State heads into the week at 11-11 overall and 9-10 in league action. The Bulldogs also beat the Cardinals 50-47 on a buzzer-beater in University Center this season (Jan. 26). FSU has officially clinched a GLIAC Tournament berth and is potentially eyeing a third-straight GLIAC North Division Championship. The Bulldogs will be seeking their 11th-straight league home win at Wink Arena on Saturday.
The Ferris State women's squad has won its last three games overall and is 13-9 overall along with 12-7 in the GLIAC. FSU trails third-place Grand Valley State by a single game in the North Division and will be facing the divisional leader in Wayne State on Thursday as the Warriors own a 15-3 conference mark to go with a 17-5 cumulative record. SVSU is right behind the Bulldogs in the division with an 11-12 overall and 9-10 league mark entering the week.
This season, one lucky Bulldog fan will have a chance to win $10,000 at every conference home game as part of the Lake Osceola State Bank $10,000 Shootout. One contestant will be picked at random for a chance to make a layup, free throw, three-pointer and half-court shot in 25 seconds.
Ferris State home basketball tickets can be purchased in advance thru the FSU Athletics Ticket Office by calling (231) 591-2888 or visit FerrisStateBulldogs.com for more information. They can also be bought online via StarTickets.com.
Adult general admission tickets are $7 or the cost is $5 for FSU faculty/staff, seniors ages 65 and up or students age 3 thru 12th grade. FSU students are admitted free with a valid student ID card.
Both of Saturday's games will also be broadcast locally by Sunny 97.3 FM and the Bulldog Sports Network starting with the Meijer Pregame Show a half-hour prior to tipoff. Rob Bentley and Sandy Gholston will team up to call the action. In addition to the radio coverage, a live audio broadcast and pay-per-view video webcast will be accessible online at FerrisStateBulldogs.com in addition to live internet statistics and facebook/twitter scoring updates.
After this week's two games, the Bulldogs close the regular-season on Saturday, March 2, in an evening doubleheader versus West Michigan rival Grand Valley State in Allendale.