February 14, 2011

Exciting Week Of Hoops Action In The Wink!

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Big Rapids, Mich. - An exciting week of basketball action in the Wink is planned as the Ferris State University men's and women's basketball squads play two key Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) home doubleheaders.

The Bulldogs open the homestand by hosting Wayne State on Thursday (Feb. 17) night before facing Findlay on Saturday (Feb. 19) afternoon inside FSU's Jim Wink Arena.  Several special promotional activities are planned in conjunction with both twinbills, which will also have significant postseason implications.

Thursday's men's contest against WSU tips off at 6 p.m. (ET) with the women's game to follow starting at approximately 8 p.m. (ET).  Meanwhile, Saturday's action versus Findlay begins at 1 p.m. (ET) for the men and 3 p.m. (ET) for the women.

Tickets for both doubleheaders will be sold at the door.  FSU students are admitted free with their student identification cards. Adult general admission tickets are $7 while FSU faculty/staff, seniors and students grades K-12 are $5.  Ferris students are admitted free with student identification cards. For additional information on home ticket sales, please contact the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at (231) 591-2888.

Thursday's basketball doubleheader against the Warriors represents the school's annual "Pink Wave Night" contest in support of breast cancer awareness. As part of this year's "Pink Wave" night, the FSU Athletics Department has teamed up again locally with "Colleges Against Cancer" and the organization will be on hand fundraising for the cause throughout the night. Fans are encouraged to wear pink as well to help support the effort.

Additionally, the FSU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will also hold a Faculty Appreciation Night event to honor campus faculty members who have a significant impact on student-athletes Thursday evening with a special recognition ceremony planned.

Finally, the FSU Student Government and Entertainment Unlimited organizations have also teamed up for a "Caribbean of the North Snowcoming" event that will take place throughout the weekend. The group will hold games, a raffle and contests during Thursday's doubleheader and also announce this year's "Ferris Fest" headlining act at halftime of the men's contest.

On Saturday, the "Snowcoming" event will continue with a special "Snow Fest" taking place in Lot 48 next to the Ice Arena following the basketball games versus Findlay and leading up to the evening's Bulldog Hockey home contest against Notre Dame at 7:05 p.m. (ET).  It will include hot chocolate, apple cider, coffee, chili, music, sledding and a snowman building contest for all students.

Saturday's doubleheader will also represent the fourth of FSU's Saturday "Kidz Dayz" events sponsored by Green's Sporting Goods at Wink Arena.  The fun, exciting and free activities for kids will include an arts and crafts table, bounce house, halftime events, face painting, photos with Brutus the Bulldog and more.  It is free to children in grades K-12 with a paid adult.

Both doubleheaders will also have a significant impact on the court. 

The Bulldog men's team has currently won 10 consecutive games and holds a two-game lead over rival Grand Valley State in the GLIAC North Division standings with three games left in the regular-season. Meanwhile, Findlay and Wayne State are ranked first and second, repsectively, in the league's South Division for the men and both have been ranked nationally this campaign with the Oilers currently listed third in the country.

All three teams are also ranked among the region's top 10 men's teams this year with Findlay third, WSU fifth and FSU ninth heading into the week.  The top eight regional teams at the end of the season earn bids into the NCAA Division II Tournament.

On the women's side, the Bulldogs are currently tied for the eighth and final spot in the GLIAC Tournament race.  WSU is only a half-game behind FSU entering the week while Findlay is currently tied for the South Division lead.

Ferris State currently holds an 18-5 overall men's record and the Bulldogs are 14-2 in the GLIAC while the FSU women own an 11-11 mark with a 7-9 conference ledger.

Come out and support the Bulldogs in this key homestand at Wink Arena!

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