Ferris State Tabbed #1 In First MLive Michigan Small College Men's Basketball Power Rankings


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Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University men's basketball squad has added another lofty ranking to its resume as the Bulldogs are #1 today in the first-ever MLive.com Michigan Small College Basketball Power Rankings announced by the media source.

The Bulldogs, under fifth-year head coach Andy Bronkema, were tabbed first inaugural state power rankings compiled by veteran sports reporter Pete Wallner of MLive. Presently, FSU is 17-1 overall to date this year and tied for the lead in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) at 7-1 in GLIAC play.

Ferris State, which is seventh in the nation in the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division II poll this week, is ranked right in front of NAIA Division II's top-ranked team in Cornerstone University. Meanwhile, NCAA Division III member Adrian College is listed third with fellow GLIAC counterpart Lake Superior State tabbed fourth and former league foe Hillsdale fifth.

The first statewide power rankings include small college basketball programs outside of the NCAA Division I level. For years, West Michigan in particular has featured some of the top competitive small college programs in the country.

Behind the top five sits Wayne State (#6), Madonna (#7), Hope (#8), Northern Michigan (#9) and Michigan-Dearborn (#10). The final five includes Davenport (#11), Grand Valley State (#12), Aquinas (#13), Olivet (#14) and Rochester (#15).

Presently, the Bulldogs are a consensus top seven team in every national poll as FSU is also fifth in the Massey Online Computer Ratings along with sixth in the Hero Sports Division II listing this week. This week, FSU also jumped to #6 in the nation in the Division II Sports Information Directors (D2SIDA) National Rankings. Ferris State has made three consecutive NCAA Tournament berths to date and is also the three-time defending GLIAC Tournament Champion.

The 17-1 Bulldogs, who are off to their best start in school history, will square off against the Northern Michigan Wildcats on Saturday (Jan. 13) inside FSU's Jim Wink Arena with tipoff set for 1 p.m. (ET). FSU is coming off an impressive 85-66 home victory over Michigan Tech on Thursday (Jan. 11) night in Big Rapids.

On Saturday, Ferris State will honor former head coach Tom Ludwig and players from the "Ludwig era" as part of a special Bulldog reunion in conjunction with the clash against the Wildcats, who are guided by another former Bulldog head coach in Bill Sall.