Ferris State Men Ready to Make History
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota – History can be made Saturday as the Ferris State men’s basketball program goes for its first NCAA Division II national championship and looks to become one of the winningest teams in history.
The No. 2 Bulldogs (37-1) will face No. 6 Northern State (S.D.) at 3 p.m. from the Sanford Pentagon. This marks the first time that either program has advanced to the national title game.
Ferris State is making its 13 appearance in the NCAA Division II tournament and is in the Elite Eight for the first time since 1988. A win Saturday would tie Winona State (Minn.) with the most wins in a single season. Ferris State is the second Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference school to play in a national title game, joining Findlay in 2009.
The Bulldogs advanced to Saturday’s game via an 85-79 win over West Texas A&M on Thursday.
“We gathered our composure and closed that game out. I was proud of that,” Ferris State coach Andy Bronkema said. “Pretty much, that’s how these games are going to go down the stretch here. You’re not ever going to coast into one, and we didn’t expect to. It’s a great win for our program. Excited about one more step. One more practice. A couple more days with these guys. It’s a special group.”
The Wolves (36-3) set a program record for wins in a season with their 79-71 victory over East Stroudsburg in the quarterfinals. Northern State then outlasted Queens (N.C.) in double overtime Thursday, 105-99. Northern State claimed both the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference regular season and tournament championships.
The two teams last met during the 1975-76 season, with Ferris State coming away with an 86-55 win.
Saturday’s game tips off at 3 p.m. and can be view on 9&10 News.