Ferris State Basketball Squads Visit Northwood & Saginaw Valley State This Week

Noah King & Shaniya Huggins

Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University men's and women's basketball squads hit the road this week for their first Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) games away from home as FSU visits Northwood and Saginaw Valley State for a pair of league doubleheaders.

On Thursday (Dec. 7), the Bulldogs will first visit Northwood for a GLIAC twinbill inside Riepema Arena with the women's game being played first at 6 p.m. (ET) followed by the men's contest at 8 p.m. (ET).

Then, on Saturday (Dec. 9), FSU takes on Saginaw Valley State at O'Neill Arena in University Center starting with the women's tipoff at 4 p.m. (ET) and the men's game at 6 p.m. (ET).

All of this week's action can be heard live on the Bulldog Sports Network and local flagship station Sunny 97.3 FM with pregame coverage starting both days a half-hour prior to tipoff of the women's contest.

The Ferris State men's squad is off to one of the best starts in school history at 10-0 overall under fifth-year head coach Andy Bronkema and the Bulldogs have the nation's best mark to date this season. FSU is ranked third in the Division II Sports Information Directors of America (D2SIDA) poll along with fifth by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) this week. FSU is 2-0 in the GLIAC.

Meanwhile, the Bulldog women's team is also off to one of its best starts in recent memory at 6-2 overall and 1-1 in the GLIAC to date this season under third-year head coach Kendra Faustin.

Both FSU squads wrapped up lengthy homestands last weekend. Overall, the men's team played eight games in a row at home while the women had six consecutive home contests.

On the men's side, the Bulldogs will face a pair of GLIAC South Division foes this week as both Northwood and Saginaw Valley State moved to the opposite division with the new conference look this year. NU is presently 2-5 overall and 0-2 in the GLIAc while SVSU owns a 2-6 overall mark and is 0-2 in league play entering this week's action.

In women's action, Northwood currently holds a 4-3 overall ledger and is 1-1 in conference play with Saginaw Valley State at 0-8 overall and 0-2 in the GLIAC to date. Both SVSU teams will host Lake Superior State on Thursday prior to facing the Bulldogs on Saturday.

Thursday's action begins a four-game road stretch for the Bulldog women, who will not play at home again inside Jim Wink Arena until facing Maryville (Mo.) in non-league action on Dec. 30. The next home game for the men's squad won't be until Jan. 4 when FSU resumes GLIAC play in the New Year as part of a doubleheader against Wayne State.