FSU Earns Top Seed In GLIAC Tournament

FSU Earns Top Seed In GLIAC Tournament

Click Here For Quarterfinal Ticket Information

Click Here For GLIAC Tournament Website

Big Rapids, Mich. - Despite a narrow 82-80 overtime home loss to rival Grand Valley State in the regular-season finale on Saturday (Feb. 26) at Wink Arena, the Ferris State University men's basketball team has earned the top overall seed for the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament.

The top-seeded Bulldogs will host their first postseason game in five years with a GLIAC Tournament Quarterfinal contest on Wednesday, March 2, against eighth-seeded Saginaw Valley State at 7 p.m. (ET).  With a win over SVSU, the Bulldogs would host the GLIAC Semfinals/Finals next Saturday and Sunday, March 5-6.

Ferris State, which won the GLIAC North Division Championship, wrapped up the regular-season with a 20-6 overall mark and posted a 16-3 league record.  FSU and South Division Champion Findlay both had identical conference marks, but Ferris received the top seed thru the league's tiebreaker system. 

The other tournament quarterfinal games include: fourth-seeded Wayne State hosting fifth-seeded Hillsdale, number three seed Grand Valley State entertaining sixth-seeded Michigan Tech along with second-seeded Findlay hosting number seven seed Lake Superior State.

Advance ticket sales for Wednesday's quarterfinal can be obtained by visiting the FSU Athletics Ticket Office located in the Ewigleben Sports Complex. Ticket prices for the league quarterfinal are $8 for adults or $2 for all students older than age five, including college students with identification. 

All seats are general admission and no regular-season passes of any type such as FSU Rebounders Club or all-sports passes will be accepted per league tournament regulations.

The ticket office will not be open on Sunday, but will offer expanded operating hours from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on both Monday and Tuesday.  They will open on Wednesday to sell tickets starting at 9 a.m. leading up to the quarterfinal game that evening with the doors to Wink Arena opening at 6 p.m. For additional information, please contact the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at (231) 591-2888.

Four quarterfinal-round games will be played on March 2 with the winners advancing to the GLIAC Tournament Semifinals and Finals on Saturday and Sunday, March 5-6, at the site of the highest remaining seed. 

The winner of the GLIAC Tournament receives an automatic bid into the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Tournament slated to be held March 12-15 at a campus site yet to be determined.

The Bulldog men are 8-13 all-time in 11 previous tournament appearances and reached the GLIAC Semifinals a season ago. Ferris captured the 1997-98 league tourney title and will be making its sixth appearance in the last seven years, including a third consecutive showing.  However, the Bulldogs have not played at home since recording a 73-68 quarterfinal-round win over Northern Michigan five years ago (2/28/06).

FSU was ranked 21st in this week's National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division II Top 25 National Poll along with third in the NCAA-II Midwest Regional Rankings prior to its setback versus GVSU.

Ferris State and Saginaw Valley State played twice this season during regular-season action with the Bulldogs pulling out close wins both times.  FSU beat SVSU 82-74 on the road (Jan. 8) before topping the Cardinals 70-68 at Wink Arena (Feb. 5).

This year will also mark the second-straight year the Bulldogs and Cardinals have met in the league tournament quarterfinals as FSU pulled out a 65-59 win a year ago (3/2/10) in the first round contest at University Center, Mich.

Below are the official GLIAC Tournament pairings:

2011 GLIAC Men's Basketball Tournament Quarterfinal Pairings

G1 7:00 PM #1 Ferris State vs. #8 Saginaw Valley State
(held at #1 FSU)

G2 7:00 PM #4 Wayne State vs. #5 Hillsdale
(held at #4 WSU)

G3 6:00 PM # 3 Grand Valley State vs. #6 Michigan Tech
(held at #3 GVSU)

G4 6:00 PM #2 Findlay vs. #7 Lake Superior State
(held at #2 UF)