Exhibition Contest Will Be Available Live Locally On Bulldog Radio

Media coverage plans have been announced for the Ferris State University men's basketball squad's first-ever game against the University of Michigan on Thursday (Nov. 1) evening inside Crisler Arena at Ann Arbor, Mich.

Bulldog Radio Game time for the exhibition contest is set for 7 p.m. (EDT) and it will be televised live on the new Big Ten Network, which is available to selected satellite and cable subscribers nationwide. The station can be found on DIRECTV channel 220 or DISH Network channel 439.

Additionally, the Ferris radio broadcast will be carried live by Bulldog Radio, which can be heard locally on television Channel 21 both via on-campus cable and Charter Communications in Mecosta County. A live audio-only webcast of the game will also be offered at Rob Bentley of the Ferris State Athletics Communications Office will provide the play-by-play coverage.

Thursday's contest will represent the first time a Ferris men's basketball game has aired live on Bulldog Radio. A registered student organization on the Ferris campus, Bulldog Radio will continue to serve as the home for Bulldog women's basketball coverage for the second consecutive season this year. All 18 of FSU's Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) women's basketball contests are slated to be aired live on the station.

Ferris State men's basketball regular-season coverage will continue to be provided this season by News Talk 1460 AM (WBRN). WBRN-AM will carry all 18 men's basketball league games as well as possible postseason action. Jason DaDay will serve as the on-air play-by-play announcer for home contests with Rob Bentley slated to handle the conference road contests.

Thursday's men's basketball exhibition game will represent the debut for first-year Michigan head coach John Beilein, who previously led the University of West Virginia to four consecutive postseason berths, including two trips to the NCAA Division I Sweet 16 and an Elite Eight appearance in 2005. He directed the Mountaineers to the NIT Championship last campaign before taking over at Michigan.

The Wolverines return 12 letterwinners from last season's team, which posted a 22-13 overall record and tied for seventh place in the Big Ten (8-8) under former head coach Tommy Amaker. The lone returning starter, however, from a year ago is junior guard Jerret Smith, who averaged 5.7 points per contest. Last season, the Wolverines defeated GLIAC members Wayne State 85-51 (11/2) and Michigan Tech 85-50 (11/5) in exhibition play at Crisler Arena.

The Bulldogs, meanwhile, welcome back two starters and four letterwinners from last season's squad that posted a 10-18 overall record and finished tied for third (8-10) in the GLIAC standings under head coach Bill Sall. Ferris won two consecutive GLIAC North Division titles in 2003-04 and 2004-05 in addition to making back-to-back NCAA Division II Tournament appearances in 2004-05 and 2005-06.

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