Men's BB Notes: SVSU (GLIAC Tourney)

The Bulldog men's basketball team visits Saginaw Valley State for the GLIAC Quarterfinals (Photo by Ed Hyde)

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Tuesday, March 2
Men's Basketball at Saginaw Valley State, 7:30 p.m.

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* The Game: The Ferris State men’s basketball team will visit Saginaw Valley State for a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament quarterfinal game on Tuesday, March 2, with tipoff set for 7:30 p.m. (EST) inside O’Neill Arena at the Ryder Center in University Center, Mich.

* Ticket Info: Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students. They will be available at the door or for more information please contact the Saginaw Valley State Box Office by calling (989) 964-4261.

* Media Coverage: Tuesday’s game will be carried live locally on WBRN 1460 AM and 107.7 FM with Rob Bentley providing the broadcast coverage. It will also be streamed online at www.ferrisstatebulldogs.com. SVSU is also slated to offer a live video webcast along with live internet statistics. Complete links will be available via FSU’s Athletics Website at www.ferrisstatebulldogs.com - click on the “upcoming events” tab for links.

* Follow On Twitter: Bulldog fans can also follow all FSU postseason games via Twitter. To access the service, visit www.twitter.com/ferrisathletics to follow the tweet-by-tweet coverage with periodic scoring updates.

* The Teams: The Bulldogs, who presently have dropped three of their last four outings, own a current 15-12 overall record and posted a fourth-place tying 13-9 mark in the GLIAC’s overall standings. SVSU holds a 16-11 overall mark and tied with FSU at 13-9 in the conference. FSU is the fifth overall seed in the tournament with the Cardinals seeded fourth by virtue of a sweep over the Bulldogs during the regular-season.

* FSU Tourney Notes: The Bulldog men, who will be making their 11th all-time tournament appearance, own a 7-12 mark in 10 previous trips to the annual event ..... FSU advanced to the GLIAC Tournament title game in 2005-06 before dropping an 80-58 decision in the final contest (3/3/06) at Grand Valley State ......... Ferris captured the 1997-98 league tourney title and will be making its fifth appearance in the last six years, including a second-straight berth ...... FSU has never faced SVSU in GLIAC Tourney play ....... Ferris dropped a 67-49 quarterfinal-round decision in last year’s tourney opener at Grand Valley State (3/3/09).

* Tourney Notebook: The tournament remains on campus sites this season for the eighth year in a row. Prior to the 2002-03 season, the four previous tournaments were held at a neutral site location, with the final three taking place at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids, Mich ....... The winner of this season’s GLIAC Tournament will receive the league’s automatic berth into the NCAA-II Midwest Regional Tournament slated for March 13-16 at a site to be determined.

* The Records: Ferris State (15-12, 13-9 GLIAC) has won nine of its last 14 games to date this season, but presently lost five of its last six to date. FSU 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.

Saginaw Valley State holds a 16-11 overall mark and was also 13-9 in GLIAC play this season. The Cardinals and FSU tied for second place in the North Division standings. SVSU has won three of its last five overall to date this year.

* The Coaches: Ferris State – Bill Sall (Calvin, 1994), 8th season, 121-119 (.504) – (9-7 vs. SVSU). Sall was a two-time NCAA Division III All-American at Calvin College from 1985-90 and previously held assistant coaching positions at Calvin (1992-95), Ferris State (1995-98) and Hillsdale (1998-02). He served as FSU’s interim coach for a brief portion of the 1995-96 season.

Saginaw Valley State – Frankie Smith, 3rd season at SVSU. Smith took over prior to the 2007-08 after helping NCAA Division I Miami (Ohio) to three-straight postseason appearances as an assistant.

* Third Meeting This Year: Tuesday’s contest will mark the third meeting this year between FSU and SVSU. The Cardinals swept both regular-seson meetings by winning 86-72 in Big Rapids (Jan. 9) and 68-66 in University Center (Feb. 18).

* The Tourney Field: The other quarterfinal round games include Lake Superior State (#6 seed) at Hillsdale (#3 seed), Wayne State (#7 seed) at Grand Valley State (#2 seed) along with Ashland (#8 seed) at Findlay (#1 seed). The HC-LSSU game will also take place Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. (EST) with the other two matchups beginning at 8 p.m. (EST). The remaining teams will be reseeded after the quarterfinals and the semifinals and finals will be held Friday and Saturday, March 5-6, at the site of the highest remaining seed. Findlay is the top overall seed.

* Key Tourney Notes: The Bulldogs have dropped each of their last two GLIAC Tourney quarterfinal games as FSU fell on the road at rival Grand Valley State in the first round of both the 2007 and 2009 tournaments ...... FSU holds a 3-5 overall mark to date in GLIAC Tourney play under head coach Bill Sall ...... Ferris beat Northern Michigan in the quarterfinals at home in back-to-back seasons in 2005 and 2006 ...... Overall, the Bulldogs are 3-2 in GLIAC Tourney quarterfinal-round play since the league implemented the current eight-team format.

* Looking At SVSU: Saginaw Valley State presently holds a 16-11 overall record and was 12-9 in the conference. A year ago, SVSU posted a 9-17 overall record and finished fifth in the GLIAC North Division standings with a 9-13 league record. The Cardinals have dropped four of their last seven outings to date this year, but are coming off a 70-64 road win at Michigan Tech in the regular-season finale this past Saturday (Feb. 28). Senior guard Avery Stephenson leads four players in double-figure scoring at a team-best 16.3 points per game this campaign. SVSU is presently 10-5 at home this season.

* Series Info vs SVSU: Ferris maintains a 46-33 lead heading into Tuesday’s 80th series meeting with Saginaw Valley State. Last year, the two teams split a pair of meetings with the Cardinals winning by a 93-84 score in University Center (1/10/09) and Ferris capturing a 80-69 win in Big Rapids (2/19/09). Earlier this year (Jan. 9), SVSU pulled out an 86-72
triumph at Wink Arena before beating the Bulldogs 68-66 only a week and a half ago (Feb. 18) in University Center. Ferris head coach Bill Sall owns a current 9-7 career coaching mark against SVSU. The Bulldogs have won 10 of the last 18 series’ encounters overall, but Saginaw Valley State has captured four of the last five to date.

* Looking For The First: Ferris has lost four-straight games at the Ryder Center with the Bulldogs’ most recent win in the facility coming more than three years ago (1/31/07) by a 84-73 count. No current Bulldog player has ever beat SVSU in University Center, Mich.

* Career Leaders vs SVSU: FSU junior forward/center Justin Keenan has averaged 16 points and 7.3 rebounds against the Cardinals in six previous career meetings, including a 28-point and 12-rebound effort versus SVSU in the most recent matchup (Feb. 28) .... Senior guard Josh Young has averaged 13.8 points and 4.8 rebounds in four meetings against the Cardinals with junior guard Darien Gay netting 10.6 points in six outings ..... The Cardinals held Young and Gay to a combined total of only two points in the last meeting ...... Senior guard Austin Randel tallied two double-figure scoring efforts versus SVSU this year with 14 points and 10 points.

* FSU Notebook: Junior forward Lou Williams ranks third all-time on FSU’s career blocked shots leaders list with 104 and needs 12 more to move into second place ..... Justin Keenan passed former Bulldog standout Dennis Johnson (528, 1969-73) to become the school's all-time leader in made free throws during this year’s game at Saginaw Valley State (Feb. 18). He currently has made a school-best 547 of 741 (.738) career attempts.

* Bulldog Bites: FSU’s Justin Keenan scored his 1,500th career point last week versus Northwood (Feb. 25) and now has 1,534 points to date. He moved past former standout Dennis Springs into ninth place on the school scoring chart and is now only 10 shy of tying former guard Carlton Epps (1,544) for eighth place ....... Darien Gay is currently sixth on the school’s career list with 315 assists and is only five steals shy of 10th place all-time in that category at FSU ....... Senior guard Josh Young recorded his 600th career point against Northwood ...... Senior guard Austin Randel has reached double-figure scoring 10 consecutive games and 12 times overall in his last 14 outings this season. Randel has compiled 10 points or more in 17 outings this year ...... Darien Gay is 22 points away from recording his 800th career point while Austin Randel needs 17 points for his 500th career point. Randel had a FSU career-high with 24 points in last week’s win over Northwood.

* Conference Record Book: The 465 points scored by FSU’s Justin Keenan in conference regular-season games this season was only six away from matching the league’s all-time seasonal record of 471 points recorded by Saginaw Valley State’s Michael Williams in 1993-94. Additionally, Keenan’s 176 free throws made and 253 attempts in league games topped the previous conference single-season records of 132 makes and 196 attempts owned by former Bulldog center Adam Anderson in 2000-01.

* Seniors Honored At “Operation Giveaway”: The Bulldogs’ honored the senior trio of Austin Randel, Jon Yeazel and Josh Young prior to their final home contests last Saturday at Wink Arena. The annual “Senior Day” celebration came before a season-high crowd of more than 1,800 fans who turned out for the “Operation Giveaway” promotion in which the FSU Athletics Department handed out more than $16,000 worth of prizes and giveaways. All three seniors reached double-figure scoring in the setback to Wayne State.

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