February 22, 2011

FSU Men's Basketball Ranked 21st Nationally

Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University men's basketball squad vaulted back into the national rankings this week after a pair of impressive victories last week that helped clinch the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) North Division Championship at Jim Wink Arena.

The Bulldogs are listed 21st in the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division II Top 25 Poll released Tuesday (Feb. 22).  FSU previously cracked the national rankings for the first time in more than four years at the 24th spot in late November, but has not been ranked since that time.

Unbeaten West Liberty (W.Va.), which holds a 25-0 mark, retained the top spot in this week's national listing and garnered all eight first-place votes. 

The Bulldogs are one of three GLIAC schools ranked in the top 25 nationally this week as Findlay is ninth and Hillsdale 16th overall.  In total, five teams from the Midwest Region are ranked among the nation's top 25 this week, including Bellarmine (#2), Findlay (#10), Southern Indiana (#12), Hillsdale (#16) and FSU (#21).

Four other regional schools are all listed among others receiving votes in Indianapolis, Northern Kentucky, Drury (Mo.) and Wayne State.

This week's ranking marks the second time the Bulldog men's basketball team has been listed among the nation's top 25 teams in the NABC poll this year.  However, the apperance at number 24 in the Nov. 23 poll earlier this year had been FSU's first since Feb. 28, 2006, when they also came in at number 24 nationally.

Overall, this week's showing represents the 23rd time the Bulldogs have been ranked in the top 25 going back to 1972.  It also marks the sixth time FSU has been ranked under current head coach Bill Sall.  He led FSU to as high as number 19 in 2004-05 en route to the NCAA-II Sweet Sixteen.  Prior to three national ranking appearances that season, Ferris had not been ranked nationally in nearly 16 years going back to 1989.

The Bulldogs will play their final regular-season contest at home this Saturday (Feb. 26) against archrival Grand Valley State.  Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. (ET) and the program will celebrate its "1,000th Win" recorded earlier this month with a special halftime ceremony involving former players and staff. 

Last Saturday's (Feb. 19) exciting 84-66 win over previously third-ranked Findlay lifted FSU to the outright GLIAC North Division Championship and the inside track to potentially hosting the semifinals and finals of the GLIAC Tournament on March 5-6.  Ferris also secured a tournament quarterfinal-round home contest, which will be played against an opponent yet to be named on Wednesday, March 2.

The divisional title is FSU's third under Sall and the program's first since winning back-to-back GLIAC North crowns in 2003-04 and 2004-05.  With the victory, which was FSU's 12th-straight win and 14th in the last 15 games, the Bulldogs improved to 20-5 overall and hold the league's top overall record at 16-2 this campaign.

The Bulldogs' 20 victories to date this year are the program's most since reaching the NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteen with a 24-7 mark in 2004-05 and the Bulldogs' 16 league wins are now tied for the most in school history along with the perfect 16-0 GLIAC record recorded in 1988-89.  FSU is also unbeaten (12-0) at home this year heading into Saturday's game against GVSU.

Ferris State was ranked ninth in the NCAA-II Midwest Regional Rankings last week and the new regional poll will be released late Wednesday (Feb. 23).  The top eight teams in the regional listing at the end of the year will earn berths into the NCAA-II Tournament.

NABC/Division II Men's Basketball Poll
(Tuesday, February 22, 2011 -- Regular Season Poll #13)

The weekly poll is being conducted by eight members of the NABC Division II Congress, one representing each of the eight NCAA Division II regions.

All records are through games of Feb. 20, 2011. The next poll will be conducted on March 1, 2011.

 
Team
Record
Points
 
1.
West Liberty
25-0
200
(8 first place votes)
2.
Bellarmine
24-2
186
 
3.
Humboldt State
22-2
177
 
4.
Alabama-Huntsville
23-3
172
 
5.
Augusta State
24-3
168
 
6.
Minnesota State
22-3
146
 
7.
Central Oklahoma
22-3
143
 
8.
Missouri Southern
21-3
140
 
9.
Arkansas Tech
21-3
135
 
10.
Findlay
21-3
132
 
11.
Central Washington
21-3
126
 
12.
Southern Indiana
22-4
115
 
1 3.
Lincoln Memorial
22-2
106
 
14.
Harding
21-3
102
 
15.
Cal State-Dominguez Hills
20-4
88
 
16.
Hillsdale
20-3
80
 
17.
Fort Hays State
21-5
72
 
18.
Rollins
21-5
50
 
19.
Mary
21-4
48
 
20.
Tarleton State
19-4
46
 
21.
Ferris State
20-5
29
 
22.
Bowie State
21-4
28
 
23.
Colorado School of Mines
20-4
26
 
24.
Bentley
19-6
17
 
25.
Mercyhurst
19-5
13
 
         

Others receiving votes: Indianapolis (Ind.) 11, Georgia Southwestern 10, Benedict (S.C.) 8, West Texas A&M 8, Stonehill (Mass.) 7, Northern Kentucky 4, Drury (Mo.) 2, Florida Southern 2, Indiana (Pa.) 2, Wayne State (Mich.) 2,

Dropped out: Northern Kentucky (21), Georgia Southwestern (22), West Texas A&M (23).

 

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