February 28, 2011

Media Coverage Set For Men's BB Tourney Game

Wednesday, March 2
Men's Basketball vs. Saginaw Valley State, 7 p.m.

Live On Sunny 97.3 FM (Scott Roman & Sandy Gholston)
Live Bulldog Sports Network Audio Broadcast
Live America One Video Webcast
Live Internet Statistics
Live Facebook Scoring Updates
Live Twitter Scoring Updates

Big Rapids, Mich. - Ferris State University basketball media coverage plans have been announced for the opening round of the the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Men's Basketball Tournament on Wednesday, March 2.

The top-seeded Bulldog men's quarterfinal-round contest against eighth-seed Saginaw Valley State will be carried live from Jim Wink Arena on local radio station Sunny 97.3 FM.  Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. (ET) with Scott Roman calling the play-by-play action and Sandy Gholston providing color commentary.

The game will also be streamed online at www.ferrisstatebulldogs.com with live audio, live internet statistics and a live audio & video pay-per-view webcast via America One.  Live Twitter and Facebook scoring updates will also be available throughout the contest. 

All available links can be found online by visiting the official FSU Athletics Website at www.ferrisstatebulldogs.com and clicking on the "Upcoming Events" scoreboard tab. Complete links to available coverage are also listed above.

The top four teams earned first round home games with the quarterfinal-round winners advancing to the GLIAC Tournament semifinals and finals on Saturday and Sunday, March 5-6, at the site of the highest remaining seed. Ferris State earned the top seed and would host the semifinals/finals with a win on Wednesday night.

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.

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

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 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.

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).

Ferris State, which captured the 2010-11 GLIAC North Division Championship, enters Wednesday's contest with a 20-6 overall record and wrapped up league play with a 16-3 mark this season.  Meanwhile, SVSU owns a 13-13 overall record to date and posted a fourth-place tying 9-10 divisional regular-season performance.

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

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.

For complete tournament matchups, please visit the GLIAC Tournament website at this link:
www.gliac.org

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