Big Rapids, Mich. - Several special events are planned as the Ferris State University men's and women's basketball teams square off against Saginaw Valley State in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play this Saturday (Feb. 5) at FSU's Jim Wink Arena.
Tipoff for the men's game is scheduled for 1 p.m. (ET) with the women's contest to follow at approximately 3 p.m. (ET).
As part of the Big Rapids area's month-long Festival of the Arts celebration, a special performance will take place at halftime of both games and feature Fiddlers ReStrung, a 21-piece string ensemble which plays a diverse arrangement of musical styles. Consisting of students from Saline (Mich.) High School, the group offers an authentic creative edge that is clearly visible from the striking energy they portray on stage. They also engage the audience with energy and witty charm, advocating a message of spontaneous enthusiasm born of genuine live performance.
In addition to the performance by Fiddlers ReStrung, Saturday's doubleheader will also mark a celebration of Healthy Hearts. Fans are encouraged to WEAR RED to commemorate National Wear Red for Hearts Day and Go Red for Women Day. Games and contests involving heart health will take place and prizes will be offered. Various heart health stations will also take place in the lobby where fans can obtain information about heart disease and get their blood pressure checked.
Tickets for Saturday's home doubleheader will be sold at the door. FSU students are admitted free with their student identification cards. For additional information on home ticket sales, please contact the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at (231) 591-2888.
Prior to Saturday's twinbill, the Bulldogs first visit Lake Superior State for a conference double dip on Thursday (Feb. 3) night with the men's game starting at 5:30 p.m. (ET) followed by the women's tilt at 7:30 p.m. (ET) in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.
The Bulldog men's basketball team, which pulled out a thrilling 79-72 overtime victory against nationally 15th-ranked archrival Grand Valley State in the "131 Showdown" on Saturday (Jan. 29) night at Van Andel Arena, presently is tied for first place in the divisional standings with a 14-5 overall and 10-2 league record. They've won six-straight games to date.
Meanwhile, the FSU women's team has emerged victorious in three of their last four tilts and are presently 9-9 overall along with 5-7 in league action heading into the week.
The Ferris State men's basketball team is currently unbeaten (9-0) at home this season. FSU is two wins away from notching the 1,000th victory in school history.
Visit these links for additional information:
Festival of the Arts - http://www.ferris.edu/festival/
Go Red For Women - http://www.goredforwomen.org/