November 2, 2009

Men's BB Game At Dayton Live On WBRN

Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University men's basketball team travels to NCAA Division I Dayton for an exhibition contest on Tuesday (Nov. 3) evening and the game will be broadcast live on WBRN 1460 AM and 107.7 FM in the Big Rapids area.

Tipoff for Tuesday's contest against the nationally-ranked Flyers is set for 7 p.m. (ET) at the University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio.  Pregame coverage will begin at 6:45 p.m. (ET) and Rob Bentley of the FSU Athletics Communications Office will call the play-by-play action.

In addition to WBRN's local radio coverage, live internet statistics via Gametracker will also be available as well as live online audio courtesy of Dayton's official radio partner.  A free live video webcast is also slated for the game.  Links for all available coverage can be found by clicking on the "upcoming events" scoreboard tab at www.ferrisstatebulldogs.com.

Along with the radio and internet coverage, Bulldog fans can also follow Tuesday’s contest and all other FSU games this year via Twitter. Please visit www.twitter.com/ferrisathletics to follow the tweet-by-tweet coverage with periodic scoring updates.

The Bulldogs and Flyers have never faced either other before heading into Tuesday’s contest and this will be the first-ever meeting in either regular-season or exhibition play.

Dayton finished the 2008-09 season with an impressive 27-8 overall record and was 11-5 in Atlantic 10 Conference play. The Flyers advanced to the NCAA Division I Tournament and posted a 68-60 win over West Virginia in round one before falling to Kansas 60-43 in the second round.

Dayton is ranked in both of the major college preseason polls, coming in 21st by the Associated Press and 22nd in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. It is the first time since the 1967-68 season Dayton has been ranked in a major preseason poll.  The preseason favorite in the Atlantic 10 Conference, Dayton returns four starters and 10 of its top 11 scorers from a year ago.  The Flyers are guided by former Michigan State Associate Head Coach Brian Gregory.

Ferris State opened its 2009-10 exhibition slate by beating Aquinas 66-56 in a preseason tilt last Thursday (Oct. 29) evening at Greenville (Mich.) High School’s North Gym. recorded a 14-14 overall record during the 2008-09 season and placed third in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) North Division with a 12-10 league mark.

Tuesday's game will be played in the historic University of Dayton Arena. Built in 1969, the facility has hosted NCAA tournament events in 23 of its 40 years since opening its doors for the 1969-70 season. The NCAA games awarded through 2013 will make the University of Dayton Arena the most-used tournament venue in NCAA history. To date, UD Arena has hosted 82 NCAA men's tournament games.

Besides Tuesday's exhibition game, WBRN will carry live all 22 scheduled men's basketball league games this season.  The station is also scheduled to broadcast FSU's regular-season visit to NCAA Division I Central Michigan on Nov. 16 in Mount Pleasant, Mich.

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