February 12, 2014

PREVIEW: Ferris State Men's Basketball Faces Northwood & LSSU This Week

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This Week: The Ferris State University men's basketball team hits the road for a pair of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) games this week. FSU visits Northwood on Thursday (Feb. 13) for a 8 p.m. (ET) league tilt in Midland and then will travel to face Lake Superior State on Saturday (Feb. 15) for a 3 p.m. (ET) conference game in Sault Ste. Marie.

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 will be accessible along with a pay-per-view video webcast along with live internet statistics. For a full listing of links, please visit FerrisStateBulldogs.com.

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.

The Last Week: Ferris State split a pair of GLIAC matchups at home inside Jim Wink Arena last weekend. FSU battled Michigan Tech to the wire in a close game on Thursday (Feb. 6) before falling short 78-72. The Bulldogs then picked up their first victory since early January with a 74-65 triumph over Northern Michigan in Saturday's (Feb. 8) contest inside Wink Arena.

Lots Of Minutes: The Bulldogs shortened their rotation last week in the two games against MTU and NMU. In fact, three players all played 40 minutes against the Wildcats as junior guards Dietrich Lever and Drew Lehman along with sophomore guard Jibreel Jackson all never came out of the contest. Lever played the entire 40 minutes in both weekend games.

Big Win At Home: Last Saturday's victory over Northern Michigan came at the expense of former Bulldog head coach Bill Sall, who is now the head coach for the Wildcats. He previously directed the Bulldog program for 11 years from 2002-13 and current Ferris State head coach Andy Bronkema served on his FSU staff for six years before taking the helm. Sall led the Wildcats to a 61-59 win over FSU in the first meeting between the two teams in Marquette (Jan. 18) before the setback on Saturday.

Rescheduled Date: A rescheduled date has been officially announced for the Bulldogs' GLIAC home doubleheader against Saginaw Valley State. The two teams will now meet in the regular-season finale on Saturday, March 1, with the men's game set for a 3 p.m. (ET) start. The two teams were slated to face each other on Feb. 1, but the contest was postponed due to an incident near the Ferris State campus.

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 (7-13, 6-10 GLIAC) is coming off a 74-65 league win over Northern Michigan in GLIAC play last Saturday (Feb. 8) at FSU's Jim Wink Arena, which marked the squad's first victory since Jan. 2. Prior to the tough stretch, the Bulldogs had won six games in a row around the holiday break.
   
Northwood (15-10, 11-6 GLIAC) is currently tied for third overall in the GLIAC North Division standings, but has dropped each of its last two outings to date this season. The Timberwolves fell to Wayne State on the road 89-72 in Detroit last Thursday (Feb. 6) and then suffered an 82-70 home loss to Lake Superior State on Saturday (Feb. 8).

Lake Superior State (22-3, 14-3 GLIAC) leads the conference race and has won each of its last six games to date this year. The Lakers beat Saginaw Valley State 63-52 (Feb. 6) and Northwood 82-70 (Feb. 8) in back-to-back league road games last week.

The Head Coach: Ferris State – Andy Bronkema (Cornerstone), 1st season, 7-13 (.350) - (0-1 vs. NU, 0-1 vs. LSSU).  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: Ferris holds a 55-26 advantage entering Thursday's 80th meeting with Northwood. The Bulldogs have claimed 13 of the last 19 matchups to date, including a pair of wins in 2010-11 and 2011-12 before the two teams split last year with NU posting a 75-66 win in Midland (1/17) while FSU rebounded for a 83-71 triumph in Big Rapids (2/14). NU beat the Bulldogs 66-65 in Big Rapids a few weeks ago (Jan. 23) in the most recent matchup ..... The Bulldogs hold a 78-50 lead heading into Saturday's 129th meeting versus LSSU. The Bulldogs also beat the Lakers twice in 2010-11 and 2011-12 before the two teams split a year ago. Lake Superior State captured a 69-58 win in Sault Ste. Marie (1/19), but the Bulldogs came back to record a 63-54 win in Big Rapids (2/16). LSSU topped FSU 75-70 at Wink Arena this season on Jan. 25. The Bulldogs have won 14 of the last 23 series' matchups overall.

Looking At Northwood: Northwood enters Thursday's game against the Bulldogs at 15-10 overall and 11-6 in the GLIAC. They rank third in the GLIAC North Division, but have lost each of their last two contests to date. NU is 7-3 overall at home this campaign under fourth-year head coach Jeff Rekeweg. Senior forward Wes Wilcox leads four players in double-digits at 19.1 points per game to date this season..

Looking At LSSU: The Lakers are off to one of their best starts in school history as they head into Thursday's league home game against Grand Valley State with a 22-3 overall and 14-3 league mark. Head coach Steve Hettinga's squad has won six games in a row and beat Northwood 82-70 last Saturday (Feb. 8) in Midland. They are currently 10-2 in home contests this year and own a 12-1 road record with losses this year to NU and Findlay at home along with their most recent loss at Grand Valley State (Jan. 23). Senior guard Derek Billing leads three players in double-figure scoring at 20.6 points per game.

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