Ferris Draws Wayne State In NCAA First Round

Ferris Draws Wayne State In NCAA First Round

Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University men's basketball team received its first NCAA Division II  Tournament bid since the 2005-06 campaign Sunday (March 6) in an announcement made during the NCAA-II Selection Show live from Indianapolis.

FSU, which is presently 22-7 overall this season, is the Midwest region's sixth seed and will face third-seeded Wayne State (22-7) this Saturday (March 12) in regional quarterfinal round play at 12 p.m. (ET) in Louisville, Ky. Bellarmine University earned the right to host and will host the regional tournament. Ticket information and more game details will be announced in the next few days.

The Bulldogs and Wayne State were the only GLIAC member schools to earn berths in the regional field.  Host Bellarmine (Ky.) is the top seed and will face eigth-seeded Indianapolis with second-seeded Southern Indiana taking on number seven seed Drury (Mo.).  Finally, fourth-seeded Northern Kentucky will square off against fifth-seeded Kentucky Wesleyan.

The single-elimination national tournament field includes eight regions of eight teams apiece. The Midwest Regional champion will advance to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight set for March 23-26 in Springfield, Mass.

Ferris State dropped a 73-71 decision to Wayne State in the GLIAC Tournament Championship Game on Sunday (March 6) at FSU's Jim Wink Arena.  Stay tuned for additional information.

The complete first round matchups and regional seedings are listed below.  Please note that all times are Eastern time:

12 p.m. - #3 Wayne State vs. #6 Ferris State
2:30 p.m. - #2 Southern Indiana vs. #7 Drury
6 p.m. - #1 Bellarmine vs. #8 Indianapolis
8:30 p.m. - #4 Northern Kentucky vs. #5 Kentucky Wesleyan

Sunday's regional semifinal games will be played in the evening with the championship game on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. (ET).