PREVIEW: Ferris State Hosts Rival GVSU & SVSU Inside Wink Arena This Week

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This Week: The Ferris State University men's basketball team will playits final two Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) games of the year at home this week. FSU hosts archrival Grand Valley State on Thursday (Feb. 27) inside Jim Wink Arena at 8 p.m. (ET) before hosting Saginaw Valley State on Saturday (March 1) for a league matchup beginning at 3 p.m. (ET). The Bulldogs have currently won three of their last five games overall.

Media Coverage: Both games will be broadcast locally by Sunny 97.3 FM and the Bulldog Sports Network starting with the Meijer Pregame Show a half-hour prior to the women's tipoff. Rob Bentley and Sandy Gholston will call the action. In addition, a live audio broadcast will be accessible along with a pay-per-view video webcast and live internet statistics. For a full listing of links, please visit FerrisStateBulldogs.com.

Follow On Twitter/Facebook: In addition to internet coverage, Bulldog fans can also follow all games this season via Twitter and Facebook with updates. Please visit www.facebook.com/FerrisMBasketball or www.twitter.com/FerrisMBBALL to follow the periodic posts and tweet-by-tweet coverage with scoring updates.

Two Wins Last Week: The Bulldogs recorded back-to-back league victories in conference play last week as FSU topped Wayne State 75-72 on Thursday (Feb. 20) night in Big Rapids and then registered a decisive 90-68 win over Saginaw Valley State on the road Saturday (Feb. 22) in University Center, Mich. FSU led by as many as 29 points in the second half of Saturday's triumph over the Cardinals at O'Neill Arena.

Senior Day Saturday: On Saturday, Ferris State will honor a lone senior from each of the women's and men's teams as part of the school's annual "Senior Day" celebration. The seniors include two-time All-America guard Sarah DeShone (Elkhart, Ind./Jimtown) on the women's side in addition to a two-year letterwinner in Raymoan McAfee (Detroit/Pershing) on the men's side.

Rescheduled Date: Saturday's rematch with the Cardinals is a rescheduled date as the two teams were previoulsy slated to face each other on Feb. 1 before the contest was moved back a month due to an incident near the Ferris State campus. With the change, the second matchup between the two teams in a week will serve as FSU's season finale.

First-Year Coach: First-year FSU head coach Andy Bronkema was elevated to the head coaching position in July after six years as an assistant coach under former Bulldog head coach Bill Sall, who is now the head coach at fellow GLIAC member Northern Michigan.

The Records: Ferris State (9-15, 8-12 GLIAC) claimed back-to-back wins over Wayne State and Saginaw Valley State in league play last week. The week prior, FSU nearly upset 20th-ranked Lake Superior State on Feb. 15 in Sault Ste. Marie as the Bulldogs fought back from a 17-point second half deficit to cut the LSSU lead down to two points in the closing minute before an intentional foul call was made against the Bulldogs in a 89-86 road setback.
   
Grand Valley State (18-7, 14-7 GLIAC) has won each of its last three games overall to date this season and is coming off an 82-73 league road win over Wayne State last Saturday (Feb. 22) in Detroit. The Lakers also beat Saginaw Valley State 77-69 last Thursday (Feb. 20) at home and will close out the regular-season against the Bulldogs.

Saginaw Valley State (9-15, 5-15 GLIAC) has dropped each of its last three outings to date this year. The Cardinals suffered a 77-69 league road loss at Grand Valley State last Thursday (Feb. 20) in Allendale before falling to the Bulldogs 90-68 on Saturday (Feb. 22) at home.

Second Meetings: This week's matchups represent the Bulldogs' second meetings against both Grand Valley State and Saginaw Valley State. The Lakers were a 86-62 winner in Allendale against FSU in the first game on Feb. 3 while the Bulldogs topped SVSU 90-68 on the road last week.

Last year: Last season, with Bronkema as the Bulldogs' top assistant, Ferris State wrapped up the 2012-13 season with a 14-13 overall record and the Bulldogs reached the GLIAC Postseason Tournament for the eighth time in the last nine years, which ranks as one of the conference's top showings over the past decade.

Series History: Ferris holds a 52-49 advantage heading into Thursday's 102nd all-time meeting with rival Grand Valley State. Prior to this year's 86-62 loss in Allendale (Feb. 3), a year ago the two teams split a pair of matchups with FSU winning 59-58 in Big Rapids (2/2/13) before the Lakers claimed a 81-73 victory in the regular-season finale (3/2/13) in Allendale. Two years ago, the Bulldogs topped the Lakers twice with wins of 65-57 in Big Rapids (1/28/12) and 63-56 in the regular-season finale in Allendale (2/25/12), which clinched a share of the GLIAC North title.  Overall, the Bulldogs have won six of the last 12 matchups, including four of the past seven. Prior to winning the two most recent games, the Lakers had not beat FSU since posting an 82-80 triumph at Jim Wink Arena on Feb. 26, 2011 ...... Ferris maintains a 53-35 lead heading into Saturday's 89th series meeting with SVSU. The Bulldogs have won 17 of the last 26 series' encounters overall and topped the Cardinals three times in 2010-11 before splitting two games each of the last two years. In 2012-13, the Bulldogs prevailed 50-47 in University Center (1/26) before the Cardinals earned a 75-67 win in Big Rapids (2/23).  FSU was a 90-68 winner on the road last Saturday (Feb. 22) in this year's first matchup.

Looking At Grand Valley State: Grand Valley State holds a 18-7 overall record and holds a 14-7 league record to date.  The Lakers have won their last three games this campaign and are coming off a 82-73 road win at Wayne State on Saturday (Feb. 22) in Detroit.  Junior guard Ryan Sabin is averaging a team-best 14.8 points per game on the year for head coach Ric Wesley, who's now in his 9th season at the Laker helm.  Ten of the Lakers' 18 wins have came at home where they are 10-3 to date this season. GVSU is 7-4 in road outings, including a 6-4 league record.

Looking At SVSU: The Cardinals will host Northwood on Thursday prior to facing the Bulldogs. SVSU holds a 9-15 overall record and is 5-15 in league play to date. Six of SVSU's nine wins have come at home. The Cardinals have lost three-straight games to date, including last Saturday's setback to the Bulldogs at O'Neill Arena. Second-year head coach Randy Baruth's squad is led by freshman forward C.J. Turnage (16.2 ppg.), who's one of three players currently averaging in double-digits.

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