PREVIEW: Bulldog Men Visit League Leader Wayne State & Host SVSU In Home Finale

PREVIEW: Bulldog Men Visit League Leader Wayne State & Host SVSU In Home Finale

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* The Week Ahead: The Ferris State men's basketball team plays two important Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) games this week. FSU visits league leader Wayne State on Thursday, Feb. 21, for a 6:07 p.m. (ET) tilt at the Matthaei Complex in Detroit.  The Bulldogs then return home to play their regular-season home finale versus Saginaw Valley State on Saturday, Feb. 23, beginning at 1 p.m. (ET) inside FSU's Jim Wink Arena.

* Media Coverage: Both games will 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. A live audio broadcast will be accessible online in addition to live internet statistics and a live pay-per-view video webcast.  For a full listing of links, please visit

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* Last Week: Ferris State increased its league-leading homecourt win streak to 10-straight games as the Bulldogs beat both Northwood and Lake Superior State at Wink Arena.  FSU used a late first-half run to take control en route to a 83-71 league win over the Timberwolves on Thursday (Feb. 14) night in Big Rapids.  Then, on Saturday, Ferris State battled back from a nine-point deficit with 18 minutes left to top Lake Superior State 63-54 at Wink Arena.  The Bulldogs had lost to both teams on the road in January before coming back to win both games at home, where FSU owns a 11-2 overall mark to date and is 10-0 in the GLIAC.

* Live TV Game: Thursday's games against Wayne State in the Motor City will begin with the men's tipoff at 6:07 p.m. (ET). It 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.

* Leading The Charge: Senior guard Kenny Brown paced the Bulldogs with 20 points in the win over Northwood last week.  On Saturday, FSU was led by freshman forward Josh Fleming, who tallied a career-high 20 points versus LSSU.  Sophomore guard Diretrich Lever totaled 19 points, seven assists and six boards against the Timberwolves and also reached double-digits with 10 points, five assists and four rebounds on Saturday.  Redshirt freshman center Jared Stolicker totaled 18 points in Thursday's win over Northwood after replacing injured senior starter Daniel Sutherlin in the Bulldog lineup.

* The Records: Ferris State (14-9, 13-6 GLIAC) has won 10 of its last 13 games overall this season to date.  FSU posted a 16-11 overall mark a season ago while claiming a share of a second-straight GLIAC North Division Championship.  FSU won 16 of its final 24 outings of the campaign.  The Bulldogs won the GLIAC North Division Championship with a 16-3 record and recorded a 24-8 overall mark two years ago while reaching the NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteen in 2010-11.
Wayne State (15-6, 14-4 GLIAC) currently leads the GLIAC North Division standings and is coming off a 66-46 win over Northern Michigan at home last Saturday (Feb. 16).  The Warriors had lost three games in a row prior to the victory.
Saginaw Valley State (11-11, 9-10 GLIAC) heads into Thursday's home game against Grand Valley State with an 11-11 overall record along with a 9-10 league mark.  The Cardinals have won their last three outings to date and beat Michigan Tech 53-50 at home last Saturday.

* The Coaches: Ferris State – Bill Sall (Calvin, 1994), 11th season, 176-149 (.542) - (7-11 vs. WSU; 15-8 vs. SVSU).  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.
Wayne State – David Greer, (12th season at WSU). Greer led the Warriors to four-straight GLIAC Tourney berths and back-to-back NCAA-II Tourney bids, including a Sweet Sixteen appearance in 2004.  WSU's NCAA trip in 2010-11 was the program's third under Greer's direction.
Saginaw Valley State – Randy Baruth, 1st season at SVSU.  Baruth spent last season as the director of player development at Utah. Before his stint with the Utes, he was the Director of Basketball Operations at Colorado State. Baruth is very familiar with NCAA Division II basketball, spending 7 years as an assistant at Northern State University and North Dakota State University.

* Senior Day Saturday: Ferris State will hold its annual "Senior Day" this Saturday for the regular-season home finale against Saginaw Valley State.  The Bulldogs will honor the senior duo of Daniel Sutherlin and Kenny Brown following the contest along with the senior members of the women's basketball squad.  Together, the two have helped lead FSU to back-to-back divisional championships in addition to the Sweet Sixteen two years ago.

* Second Meetings: This week's matchups mark the second matchups this season against both WSU and SVSU.  The Bulldogs won a thriller over Wayne State 72-68 in double OT on Jan. 24 at Wink Arena before pulling out a 50-47 win at the buzzer on the road at SVSU two days later (Jan. 26).  Kenny Brown hit a game-tying jumper at the buzzer in the first OT versus Wayne State and then drilled a game-winning three as time expired to lift the Bulldogs to the win at SVSU.

* GLIAC Tourney Berth: The Bulldogs have clinched a berth in the 2013 GLIAC Tournament.  The quarterfinals will be played on Wednesday, March 6, at four campus locations.  The top four seeds regardless of division will host opening-round games with the official pairings released by the league office at the conclusion of regular-season play.  The top remaining seed will host the semifinals/finals on March 9-10.

* Home Court Advantage: Ferris State has presently won each of its last 10 home contests this season after its two wins last week and owns a current 10-0 mark inside Jim Wink Arena in league home games this year.  Overall, Ferris State holds a 11-2 mark to date in Big Rapids this season with one of the losses at home coming to national power Winona State (Minn.).  The Bulldogs have picked up 11 of their 14 victories this season inside Wink Arena to date.

* Key Bulldog Notes: The Bulldog men's basketball team welcomes back eight letterwinners from last year's squad that won a share of a second consecutive GLIAC North Division Championship. FSU ended the 2011-12 men's hoops campaign with a 16-11 overall record. The Bulldogs also made their 13th all-time GLIAC Tournament berth last year, including the program's fourth-straight conference tournament appearance. Overall, Ferris State has won four league titles and made three trips to the NCAA Tournament in head coach Bill Sall's tenure. The Bulldogs were chosen third in this season's GLIAC North Preseason Poll.

* Looking At The Opposition: Wayne State is 15-6 overall and 14-4 in the GLIAC to date.  WSU currently leads the GLIAC North Division standings and is coming off a 66-46 win over Northern Michigan at home last Saturday (Feb. 16).  The Warriors had lost three games in a row prior to the victory.  Veteran head coach David Greer's squad is led in scoring by senior forward Ian Larkin (13.9 ppg.) and owns a 10-2 home record this year ...... Saginaw Valley State  heads into Thursday's home game against Grand Valley State with an 11-11 overall record along with a 9-10 league mark.  The Cardinals have won their last three outings to date and beat Michigan Tech 53-50 at home last Saturday.  First-year head coach Randy Baruth's team is paced by senior guard Chris Webb (16.2 ppg.).

* All-GLIAC Honors Last Year: FSU's Kenny Brown scored in double-digits in 22 of 26 games a year ago en route to claiming All-GLIAC First Team accolades. FSU forward Daniel Sutherlin was chosen as an All-GLIAC Second Team pick for the first time in his career while guard Dontae Molden wrapped up his standout career by being named to the GLIAC All-Defensive Team for the second consecutive campaign.  Sutherlin was also among the 10 named to the All-Defensive Team in addition to earning second-team accolades.

* GLIAC Preseason Poll: Ferris State was picked to finish third in the 2012-13 GLIAC North Division Preseason Coaches Poll announced by the league office.  Michigan Tech claimed top honors in the North Division with Wayne State listed second. Findlay was tabbed as the South Division favorite.

* First Official Games: The Bulldogs had five players make their first official collegiate debuts in regular-season play in the season opener against Lewis (Nov. 15).  The figure included a pair of redshirt freshmen players in center Jared Stolicker (Middleville/Thornapple-Kellogg) along with guard Milton Cribbs (Detroit/Inkster).

* The Bulldog Roster: Ferris' 2012-13 roster includes two seniors, three juniors, four sophomores and five freshmen. Seven of the 14 players are primarily guards while the remaining seven are frontcourt players. Ten of the 14 players on the Bulldogs' roster hail from Michigan with three from Illinois and one from Ohio.

* Bulldog Notes: Ferris State has posted 40 winning campaigns and 46 non-losing seasons in its more than 80 seasons of competition.

* Successful Season: Last year's divisional title was FSU's fourth under head coach Bill Sall and second in a row. FSU also won back-to-back GLIAC North crowns in 2003-04 and 2004-05.  The Bulldogs' 24 victories in 2010-11 were the program's most since reaching the NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteen with a 24-7 mark in 2004-05 and the Bulldogs' 16 league regular-season wins tied for the most in school history along with the perfect 16-0 GLIAC record recorded in 1988-89.

* 1,000 Career Points: Ferris State senior guard Kenny Brown scored his 1,000th career point in the Bulldogs' game at Lake Superior State (Jan. 19).  Brown has scored 1,107 career points to date and is the 26th player in school history to notch 1,000 career points.  He's currently ninth in the GLIAC in scoring to date at 16.2 points per game.

* Last Year's Matchups: Ferris State fell 72-69 in an overtime thriller in the lone meeting last year (2/16/12) at the Matthaei Complex in Detroit ..... FSU split two games against Saginaw Valley State. The Cardinals won the first matchup 79-59 at home in University Center (1/7/12), but FSU came back to record a 64-59 home win in the second game at Ferris State's Jim Wink Arena (2/4/12).

* Series vs. WSU: The Bulldogs hold a 40-37 series' edge over Wayne State, but have dropped 14 of the last 21 series' games to date.  FSU won two of three meetings against the Warriors in 2010-11, which included a 90-88 win in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament (3/12/11) at Louisville, Ky.  Ferris had notched its first win over Wayne State in the Motor City since 1994-95 with a 54-52 victory in its trip to Detroit three years ago (1/21/10).  The Bulldogs snapped a nine-game series' losing streak with a 70-65 home triumph in 2006 (2/16), which was the squad's first win over WSU since 1996-97.

* Series vs. SVSU: Ferris maintains a 52-34 lead heading into Saturday's 87th series meeting with SVSU. The Bulldogs have won 16 of the last 24 series' encounters overall and topped the Cardinals three times in 2010-11 before splitting two games last season. Ferris head coach Bill Sall owns a current 15-8 career coaching mark against SVSU.

* Coming Up Next: Ferris State closes out the regular-season on Saturday, March 2, at Grand Valley State in Allendale beginning at 6 p.m. (ET).  It will mark the second meeting between the two longtime West Michigan rivals this year after a close 59-58 Bulldog victory in the first matchup at Wink Arena (Feb. 2).

* National Stats: This week, Ferris State ranks third nationally in fewest turnovers per game at 10.1 a contest.  The Bulldogs had only two turnovers at Northern Michigan (Feb. 9), which is believed to be a school record .... Senior guard Kenny Brown ranks seventh in the nation in free throw percentage at 89.8% this season.  Meanwhile, redshirt freshman center Jared Stolicker is 52nd in the country in blocked shots (1.57 pg.) with the Bulldogs listed 41st nationally as a team in swats per contest this year with 4.2 per game.

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