January 29, 2014

PREVIEW: Bulldog Men's Basketball To Face Wayne State & Saginaw Valley State This Week

Live Bulldog Sports Network Audio Broadcast      
Live PPV Video Webcast   (Thursday)
Live PPV Video Webcast   (Saturday)

Live Statistics
           
Live Facebook Scoring Updates   
Live Twitter Scoring Updates 

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This Week: The Ferris State University men's basketball team plays a pair of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) contests this week to start a busy stretch of league action. FSU visits Wayne State on Thursday (Jan. 30) night for a 7:30 p.m. (ET) tilt at the Matthaei Complex in Detroit before returning back home to host Saginaw Valley State on Saturday (Feb. 1) starting at 3 p.m. (ET) inside FSU's Jim Wink Arena in Big Rapids.

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 the women's tipoff. Rob Bentley and Sandy Gholston will call the action. In addition, a live audio broadcast and pay-per-view video webcast will also be accessible along with live internet statistics. For a full listing of links, please visit FerrisStateBulldogs.com

TV Broadcast: Thursday's game at Wayne State will be televised live across Michigan on Comcast Xfinity Channel 900. In addition, this coming Monday's game at Grand Valley State will also be broadcast live on the same channel for those Comcast subscribers in Michigan.

Follow On Twitter/Facebook: In addition to internet coverage, Bulldog fans can also follow all games this season via Twitter and Facebook with updates. Please visit www.facebook.com/FerrisMBasketball or www.twitter.com/FerrisMBBALL to follow the periodic posts and tweet-by-tweet coverage with scoring updates.

Close Setbacks: The Bulldogs suffered a pair of close setbacks at home last weekend in league play in games that went to the wire. A controversial foul call with 1.8 seconds left enabled Northwood to make two free throws and beat the Bulldogs 66-65 in Big Rapids on Thursday (Jan. 23). FSU then took GLIAC leader Lake Superior State to the final minute before falling 75-70 on Saturday (Jan. 25) at Wink Arena.

Special Promotions: Saturday will be Kids Day with a variety of activities available for young fans including an arts & craft table, bounce house, open gym in the multipurpose room, halftime games, autographs with the team after the game and more. Game tickets for all youth in grades K-12 are $2 per child, which represents a $3 discount on each ticket. The games, prizes and fun are free! A special promotion for all Ferris State students will also take place as part of "RSO Appreciation Day". Each registered student organization on campus with a minimum of 15 people present will be eligible to win up to $300 for their group. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Chelsea Konarzewski at konarzc@ferris.edu or call (989) 397-8735 by Friday.

Ticket Information: 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.

First-Year Coach: First-year FSU head coach Andy Bronkema was elevated to the head coaching position in July after six years as an assistant coach under former Bulldog head coach Bill Sall, who is now the head coach at fellow GLIAC member Northern Michigan.

The Records: Ferris State (6-10, 5-7 GLIAC) enters Thursday's contest with an opportunity to climb up a notch in the GLIAC standings as the Bulldogs trail Wayne State by a single game in the GLIAC North Division. FSU dropped two close home contests to Northwood and Lake Superior State last week.
   
Wayne State (8-7, 6-6 GLIAC) has won two of its last three outings to date and topped Northern Michigan 61-51 in its most recent contest last Saturday (Jan. 25) in the Motor City. Overall, the Warriors are 6-2 at home thus far this campaign.

Saginaw Valley State (7-9, 3-9 GLIAC) heads into Thursday's league home game against Grand Valley State two games behind the Bulldogs in the division. SVSU, which is only 1-4 on the road this season, has won each of its last two contests and beat Michigan Tech 71-69 the last time out on Saturday (Jan. 25) in University Center, Mich.

The Head Coach: Ferris State – Andy Bronkema (Cornerstone), 1st season, 6-10 (.375) - (0-0 vs. WSU & SVSU).  Bronkema takes over the Bulldog program this season following six years as an assistant coach, including the last three as the program's top assistant. A collegiate standout at NAIA Division II Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Mich., Bronkema was voted All-Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) three times and twice garnered NAIA Honorable Mention All-America laurels. He was a multi-sport prep standout at McBain (Mich.) High School.

Last year: Last season, with Bronkema as the Bulldogs' top assistant, Ferris State wrapped up the 2012-13 season with a 14-13 overall record and the Bulldogs reached the GLIAC Postseason Tournament for the eighth time in the last nine years, which ranks as one of the conference's top showings over the past decade.

Series History: The Bulldogs hold a 40-38 series' edge over Wayne State, but have dropped 15 of the last 22 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 four 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. A year ago, the two teams split two classics with FSU winning 72-68 in overtime at home (1/24) and the Warriors pulling out a 56-53 victory in Detroit (2/21) ...... Ferris maintains a 52-35 lead heading into Saturday's 88th series meeting with SVSU. The Bulldogs have won 16 of the last 25 series' encounters overall and topped the Cardinals three times in 2010-11 before splitting two games each of the last two years. In 2012-13, the Bulldogs prevailed 50-47 in University Center (1/26) before the Cardinals earned a 75-67 win in Big Rapids (2/23).

Looking At Wayne State: Wayne State heads into Thursday's meeting in the Motor City with a 8-7 overall record and is 6-6 in league play after beating Northern Michigan 61-51 in Detroit last Saturday (Jan. 25). The Warriors have developed into one of the league's top annual contenders under the guidance of 13th-year head coach David Greer, who has led WSU to the NCAA Tournament four times. A veteran Wayne State lineup is paced by senior guard Bryan Coleman (17.3 ppg.), who is one of three players currently in double-digits. The Warriors are 6-2 at home to date this year.

Looking At Saginaw Valley State: The Cardinals will host Grand Valley State on Thursday prior to facing the Bulldogs. SVSU holds a 7-9 overall record and is 3-9 in league play to date, but only 1-4 in road contests this year. The Cardinals are coming off perhaps their most impressive weekend of the season as they beat Northern Michigan and Michigan Tech at home last week. Second-year head coach Randy Baruth's squad is led by sophomore guard Damon Bozeman (16.4 ppg.) with two freshmen also scoring in double-digits.

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