MBB Notes: Wis.-Parkside & Eastern Michigan

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* The Games:
The Ferris State men's basketball team will break for the Christmas holiday before returning to action with a non-league contest at Wisconsin-Parkside on Wednesday, Dec. 29, in Kenosha, Wis.  FSU then travels to face NCAA Division I Eastern Michigan on Tuesday, Jan. 4, in Ypsilanti.

* Ticket Info: Tickets for both doubleheaders will be available at the door. Additional ticket information along with travel directions for this week's games can be obtained by directly contacting the respective office of each school's athletics department.  UWP's main athletics office can be reached by calling (262) 595-2485 or please call (734) 487-2282 to for info pertaining to the game at Eastern Michigan.

* Media Coverage: There will be no FSU radio or internet coverage for the game at Wisconsin-Parkside, however it will be carried live via a pay-per-view audio webcast from America One.  A live Ferris audio broadcast on Ustream will be provided for the game at Eastern Michigan along with a pay-per-view all-access webcast from the Eagles.  All links will be available at www.ferrisstatebulldogs.com (click on the "upcoming events" scoreboard tab or the team schedule page).

* Follow On Twitter/Facebook: In addition to radio and internet coverage, Bulldog fans can follow all FSU games this year via Twitter & Facebook. To access the feed, please visit www.twitter.com/ferrisathletics or www.facebook.com/ferrisathletics to follow the tweet-by-tweet social media coverage with periodic scoring updates.

* Last Week: Ferris split a pair of games on its trip to Michigan's Upper Peninsula this past weekend as the Bulldogs fell at Michigan Tech by a 74-71 count on Saturday (Dec. 18) before rebounding for a 73-63 triumph at Northern Michigan on Sunday (Dec. 19) in Marquette.  The Bulldogs led by 15 points in the first half of the loss to MTU while the win over NMU was Ferris' 16th victory in the last 19 series' meetings with the Wildcats.

* Series History: vs. Wisconsin-Parkside: Ferris State holds a 11-7 all-time series' edge versus Wisconsin-Parkside, but this will be the first meeting under head coach Bill Sall.  The most recent game was a 76-64 Bulldog win in 2000-01 at FSU's Jim Wink Arena.  The series' dates all the way back to 1972-73 ............. vs. Eastern Michigan: Ferris has not played Eastern Michigan since beating the Eagles 66-47 back in 1972-73.  Overall, the Eagles hold a 14-3 series' advantage all-time.  The first game between the two schools was played in the 1931-32 season with EMU winning by a 26-22 score.

* The Records: Ferris State (7-4, 4-2 GLIAC) won 10 of its last 16 games overall last season en route to a 16-13 overall mark and reached the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament semifinals.  Ferris placed second (13-9) in GLIAC North Division play.  FSU previously recorded a 14-14 overall record in 2008-09.
   
Wisconsin-Parkside (4-4, 1-1 GLVC) has split its opening eight games of the 2010-11 season heading into the matchup with the Bulldogs.  They were 10-19 overall and 4-14 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) a season ago.

Eastern Michigan (1-9, 0-0 MAC) has a lone win this season pending matchups away from home with Rochester (Dec. 21) and Samford (Dec. 31) prior to facing FSU.

* The Coaches: Ferris State  – Bill Sall (Calvin, 1994), 9th season, 129-125 (.508) – (0-0 vs. UWP, 0-0 vs. EMU).  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.
   
Wisconsin-Parkside – Luke Reigel, 8th season at UWP.  Reigel has led the Rangers to their three best seasons since moving up to the NCAA-II level in the 1990's.  He formerly played and was an assistant at Wisconsin-Platteville, winning national titles in both stints under Bo Ryan.
   
Eastern Michigan – Charles Ramsey, 6th season at EMU.  The Eagles have improved nearly every season under Ramsey and tied for second in the MAC West in 2007-08.  The Ypsilanti native was an assistant at both California and Michigan before taking over the program.

* Exclusive Club: FSU senior guard Darien Gay (Detroit/Henry Ford) became the 27th player in school history to register 1,000 career points in FSU's win over Northern Michigan.  Gay averaged 23.5 points per game in the two-game trip to Michigan's Upper Peninsula.  The 5-10 guard's performance included a game-high 28 points on nine-of-12 (.750) shooting at NMU.  His 28 points marked a personal career-high as a Bulldog player. He added 19 points in the Bulldogs' trip-opening setback at Michigan Tech.  For the two games, the senior standout shot 66.7% (16-24) from the floor and was 10-of-15 (.667) beyond the three-point line.  He hit five three-pointers in both games.

* Next Home Action: The Bulldogs resume league play in their next home contest, which is against Lake Superior State on Thursday, Jan. 6, at FSU's Jim Wink Arena.

* Preseason National Player of The Year: A returning consensus NCAA-II All-American, Ferris senior center Justin Keenan (Grand Rapids/Ottawa Hills) was tabbed as the Division II Bulletin Preseason National Player of the Year for the 2010-11 campaign. The two-time All-GLIAC First Team honoree was the 2009-10 GLIAC Player of the Year after leading the league in scoring for the second consecutive campaign a year ago. A three-time team MVP, Keenan has reached double-figure scoring in 90 of 95 career outings. He's also tallied 10 points or more in 67 of his last 69 games.

* Possible Breakthrough: The Bulldogs were listed as one of the nation's possible breakthrough teams for the 2010-11 campaign in The Sporting News Division II Preseason Top 10 poll.

* Last Season: FSU concluded the 2009-10 men's basketball campaign with a 16-13 overall record and the Bulldogs placed tied for second (13-9) in GLIAC North Division play. Additionally, FSU made its 11th GLIAC Tournament appearance last campaign, which was the program's fifth berth in the last six years.

* GLIAC Player of the Week: FSU's Justin Keenan was named the GLIAC North Division Player of the Week on Nov. 23 after averaging 25 points and 12.5 rebounds in two key regional home victories over St. Joseph's (Nov. 15) and Lewis (Nov. 20).  Keenan made 16-of-27 (.593) field goal tries and was 18-of-23 (.783) in free throws in the stretch.

* Leading The Way: Ferris welcomes back seven letterwinners this season from a year ago. Included in the total are two returning all-conference picks in senior forward/center Justin Keenan and senior guard Darien Gay. They helped form one of the nation's youngest teams as part of a nine-member freshmen class three years ago.

* FSU Picked Second: Ferris was picked to finish second in the 2010-11 GLIAC North Division Preseason Media Poll in conjunction with the launch of the league's media day website.  The Bulldogs totaled 128 points in the balloting and picked up two first-place votes while finishing second in the North Division. FSU rival Grand Valley State earned 22 of a possible 25 first-place votes and led the division with 172 points. Findlay, which won the 2008-09 NCAA-II National Championship, claimed 23 first-place votes and 173 points as the South Division favorite.

* Preseason Honorees: Ferris had two players named to the 2010-11 GLIAC North Division Preseason All-Conference Teams as chosen by the league's head coaches.  Justin Keenan was chosen as a preseason first-team pick with Darien Gay on the five-member second team.  Keenan was also tabbed as the GLIAC's Preseason Player of the Year after winning the conference's top individual honor a year ago.

* Interesting Note: Last year represented the eighth consecutive year the Bulldogs had won 10 or more games under head coach Bill Sall after the program had not done so in the four years prior to his arrival.

* The Bulldog Roster: Ferris' current 2010-11 roster includes four seniors, four juniors, three sophomores and three freshmen. Six of the 14 players are primarily guards while the remaining eight are frontcourt players. All 14 players on the Bulldogs' roster hail from Michigan.

* Head Coach Bill Sall: A 1994 Calvin graduate, ninth-year FSU head coach Bill Sall previously held assistant coaching positions at Calvin (1992-95), Ferris State (1995-98) and Hillsdale (1998-02) prior to being named Ferris State's 11th head coach.  Before joining the coaching ranks, Sall was a standout player at Calvin from 1985-90. He twice (1989-90) received second-team National Association of Basketball Coaches Division III All-America honors and led Calvin to three Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAA) championships, four NCAA-III Tournament bids and the 1990 NCAA-III Final Four.

* FSU History: Ferris State's impressive basketball tradition includes 11 GLIAC titles, eight NCAA Division II Tournament appearances and a berth in the 1988 NCAA-II Elite Eight. Ferris, which last won the GLIAC Tournament championship during the 1997-98 campaign, captured a league record four consecutive conference titles from 1986-90.

* Great Run: Ferris won back-to-back GLIAC North Division crowns under Bill Sall in 2003-04 and 2004-05 while reaching the NCAA-II Tournament in both 2004-05 and 2005-06.  FSU advanced to the NCAA-II "Sweet Sixteen" during the 2004-05 season, which was Sall's third season at the helm.

* Turnaround Time: The Bulldogs had posted only a 21-82 (.204) mark in the four seasons prior to head coach Bill Sall's arrival, but have since went 124-116 (.517) and claimed two divisional titles while making two NCAA-II Tourney appearances in his eight previous seasons. FSU won only four games (4-22) the year before Sall arrived in 2001-02.

* FSU Notebook: Senior forward Lou Williams (Muskegon Heights) has moved into sole possession of second place on the school's all-time blocked shots list with 122 total.  He now trails only Adam Anderson's (1998-03) school-record of 142 swats ...... Sunday's victory over Northern Michigan was the 16th Bulldog win in the last 19 series' matchups, all of which have came under head coach Bill Sall ..... Junior guard Dontae Molden (Detroit/Pershing) moved past Lewis Garner (1972-75) into 10th place on the school's all-time assists chart this past weekend with 255 total to date.

* Bulldog Bites: FSU senior forward/center Justin Keenan currently ranks sixth on the school's career scoring chart with 1,796 career points to date.  He needs 43 more to tie Bernie Kilpatrick (1961-65) for fifth place ........ Senior guard Darien Gay ranks fifth on the school's career list with 356 assists. He also ranks ninth all-time with 122 steals at FSU ....... Darien Gay is currently third in career three-point field percentage at FSU as he's made 164 of 375 treys (.437) ..... Senior guard Matt DeHart (Greenville) tallied his 400th career point in the win over Northwood (Dec. 11) .......The Bulldogs were listed 24th nationally in the NABC Division II Poll on Nov. 23 before dropping out after two losses at the Owensboro Classic (Nov. 26-27).

* Looking At Wisconsin-Parkside: The Rangers have split their opening eight games of the 2010-11 season heading into the matchup with the Bulldogs.  They were 10-19 overall and 4-14 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) a season ago.  UWP has picked to finish fourth in the GLVC North Division this year after finishing fifth a season ago under head coach Luke Reigel. They will have had 15 days off prior to facing FSU as their most recent game was a 87-74 home win over Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) on Dec. 14.  Junior guard Leneal Harris is averaging a team-high 16.3 points per game to date.  UWP is 2-2 at home this year.

* Looking At Eastern Michigan: The NCAA Division I Eagles hold a 1-9 overall mark to date this year heading into matchups away from home with Rochester (Dec. 21) and Samford (Dec. 31) prior to facing FSU.  Head coach Charles E. Ramsey's squad fell to Valparaiso 74-67 on Monday (Dec. 20) in the Lou Henson Tournament at Rochester, Mich. Their lone win was 79-70 at home over Madonna (Nov. 17).  The Eagles were 17-15 overall in 2009-10 and recorded a 8-8 mark in the Mid-American Conference (MAC). Senior forward Brandon Bowdry is averaging a team-high 21.9 points per game to date this year.

* Series History: vs. Wisconsin-Parkside: Ferris State holds a 11-7 all-time series' edge versus Wisconsin-Parkside, but this will be the first meeting under head coach Bill Sall.  The most recent game was a 76-64 Bulldog win in 2000-01 at FSU's Jim Wink Arena.  The series' dates all the way back to 1972-73 ............. vs. Eastern Michigan: Ferris has not played Eastern Michigan since beating the Eagles 66-47 back in 1972-73.  Overall, the Eagles hold a 14-3 series' advantage all-time.  The first game between the two schools was played in the 1931-32 season with EMU winning by a 26-22 score.

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