March 1, 2011

Ferris Men's Basketball Still Ranked 23rd

Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University men's basketball squad remains listed in the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division II Top 25 Poll this week as the Bulldogs came in at 23rd overall today (March 1) as announced by the NABC.

FSU dropped two spots from last week's 21st-place ranking after a narrow 82-80 overtime setback to archrival Grand Valley State this past Saturday (Feb. 26) in the regular-season finale at Jim Wink Arena.

The Bulldogs will host Saginaw Valley State in the quarterfinal round of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament on Wednesday (March 2) night at 7 p.m. (ET) inside Wink Arena.  FSU is the tourney's top seed and would host the league semifinals and finals this Saturday and Sunday (March 5-6) with a win over SVSU.

FSU originally cracked the national rankings for the first time in more than four years at the 24th spot in late November, but had not been ranked since that time until the last two weeks.

Unbeaten West Liberty (W.Va.), which holds a 26-0 mark, retained the top spot in this week's national listing and garnered all eight first-place votes. 

The Bulldogs are one of only two GLIAC schools ranked in the top 25 nationally this week as Findlay is ninth in addition to FSU's 23rd-place listing  In total, four teams from the Midwest Region are ranked among the nation's top 25 this week, including Bellarmine (#2), Findlay (#9), Southern Indiana (#11) and FSU (#23).

Three other regional schools are all listed among others receiving votes in Hillsdale, Northern Kentucky and Drury (Mo.).

This week's ranking marks the third 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 24th time the Bulldogs have been ranked in the top 25 going back to 1972.  It also marks the seventh 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' 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 tied for the most in school history along with the perfect 16-0 GLIAC record recorded in 1988-89.

Ferris State was ranked third in the NCAA-II Midwest Regional Rankings last week and the new regional poll will be released late Wednesday (March 2).  It will be the final regional listing until the field of eight teams are announced for the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Tournament on Sunday (March 6) night.

NABC/Division II Men's Basketball Poll
(Tuesday, March 1, 2011 -- Regular Season Poll #14)

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. 27, 2011. The final poll will be conducted on March 8, 2011.


Team
Record
Points

1.
West Liberty
26-0
200
(8 first place votes)
2.
Bellarmine
25-2
191
 
3.
Humboldt State
24-2
180
 
4.
Alabama-Huntsville
25-3
177
 
5.
Augusta State
25-3
169
 
6.
Minnesota State
23-3
157
 
7.
Central Oklahoma
25-3
149
 
8.
Missouri Southern
23-3
141
 
9.
Findlay
23-3
137
 
10.
Central Washington
23-3
133
 
11.
Southern Indiana
23-4
121
 
12.
Lincoln Memorial
24-2
106
 
1 3.
Arkansas Tech
22-4
104
 
14.
Mary
22-4
88
 
15.
Tarleton State
22-4
76
 
16.
Bowie State
22-4
72
 
17.
Harding
22-4
68
 
18.
Colorado School of Mines
22-4
61
 
19.
Fort Hays State
22-6
51
 
20.
Cal State-Dominguez Hills
20-6
46
 
21.
Rollins
22-6
29
 
22.
Bentley
20-6
25
 
23.
Ferris State
20-6
23
 
T24
Benedict
20-6
21
 
T24
West Texas A&M
22-5
21
 

 

 

Others receiving votes: Hillsdale 20, Indiana (Pa.) 8, American International 6, Northern Kentucky 6, Drury 5, Metropolitan State 3, Georgia Southwestern 1, Stonehill 1.

Dropped out: Hillsdale (16), Mercyhurst (25).

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