Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University men's and women's basketball squads both officially open preparations for the 2017-18 campaign by holding their first practices this weekend in FSU's Jim Wink Arena.
The Bulldog men's squad returns 10 of its 11 squad members from a year ago while the women's squad also boasts the return of 10 squad members from last season as part of its oepning roster.
The Ferris State men's basketball program will open its fifth season under head coach Andy Bronkema with lofty preseason expectations after being picked ninth nationally in the Street & Smith's Division II Preseason poll. FSU captured the GLIAC Tournament Championship for the third consecutive year last season and reached the NCAA-II Midwest Regional Semifinals for the second-straight year under Bronkema's direction.
Last year, Ferris State set a school record by winning 28 games, which represented the most wins in nearly 90 seasons of Bulldog Basketball. FSU also won the GLIAC Regular-Season and Tournament Championships in the same year for the first time in school history while also winning a school-record 18 conference games.
FSU has made three-straight NCAA Tournament appearances, claimed three consecutive GLIAC Tournament Championships, twice reached the NCAA Midwest Region semifinals, claimed a league regular-season title and also reached the NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteen once in the past four years. The Bulldogs have also been ranked in the top 25 nationally each of the last three years and led the nation in blocked shots each of the past two campaigns.
Over the last three seasons, the Bulldogs own a 75-24 overall record, which represents the greatest three-run year in school history.
Meanwhile, the Ferris State women's basketball squad will begin its third campaign under head coach Kendra Faustin with a strong nucleus from last year's team returning. FSU also added five incoming freshmen to the lineup this year.
The Bulldog men's squad will open its exhibition slate by squaring off against Aquinas in its first preseason tilt next Saturday, Oct. 21, at Jim Wink Arena beginning at 6 p.m. (ET).
Both squads will also be in action the following day on Sunday, Oct. 22, as they host Alumni games inside Wink Arena. The women's game will get underway at 12 p.m. (ET) with the men to follow at approximately 3 p.m. (ET).
Following the alumni day, the Bulldog men return to the floor by taking on one of the top Division I programs in the country on Thursday, Oct. 26, when FSU visits Michigan State for a 7 p.m. (ET) exhibition tip at the Breslin Center in East Lansing. That will be followed by a Oct. 28 home preseason tilt versus Grand Rapids Community College inside Wink Arena.
The 2017-18 men's basketball regular season will tipoff on Nov. 3-4 when FSU gets an early start by taking part in the Small College Basketball Hall of Fame Classic in Evansville, Ind. The Bulldogs face St. Thomas Aquinas on Nov. 3 and Indiana (Pa.) on Nov. 4. That will be followed by the first home action on Nov. 10-11 when Ferris State hosts the GLIAC/GLVC Challenge in Big Rapids.
Meanwhile, the Bulldog women will play an exhibition road game against Bethel (Ind.) on Nov. 1 before opening the year on Nov. 10 at Ursuline. FSU will then face Davis & Elkins the following day (Nov. 11) in Pepper Pike, Ohio, before the Bulldogs play their first home game on Nov. 14 against Olivet.
For complete 2017-18 Bulldog schedules, please visit FerrisStateBulldogs.com.
Together, the Ferris State men's and women's basketball programs have a long track record of success that includes more than 1,500 all-time victories, 16 GLIAC Championships and 17 NCAA Tournament appearances combined. In the past decade, the two squads have also combined to claim six league regular-season championships and have made four NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteen appearances.