#23 Oilers Host Defending D2 National Champs on Tuesday

#23 Oilers Host Defending D2 National Champs on Tuesday

The No. 23 Oilers will be back at home on Nov. 20 to host No. 14 Ferris State University, the defending NCAA Division II national champions. The contest is scheduled to begin at 7pm in the Croy Physical Education Center.

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Series Information

The Oilers hold a 21-11 advantage over Ferris State in their all-time series. The two programs first met during the 1962-63 campaign when the Bulldogs were victorious by a score of 79-66.

The Oilers dropped two games against the Bulldogs last season, losing 69-68 on a buzzer beater during the regular season and 80-65 during the NCAA Division II Sweet 16.

In the regular season loss in Big Rapids, Mich., the Oilers only shot 36.4 percent (24-of-66) from the floor while the Bulldogs converted 50 percent (29-of-58) of their field goal attempts in the game.

Martyce Kimbrough led the Oilers with 21 points, six rebounds and four assists while Taren Sullivan had 15 points and six boards.

In their loss during the tournament, Sullivan scored 16 points to pace the team while Alex White had 12.

The Bulldogs out-rebounded the Oilers 49-35 and held the Oilers to a mere 38.9 percent (28-of-72) shooting clip. Ferris State meanwhile hit 42.4 percent (28-of-66) of their shot attempts.

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The Oilers are coming off of a 79-66 win over Saginaw Valley State on Saturday in Croy. The Oilers shot 46.9 percent (30-of-64) from the floor and held the visiting Cardinals to a 42.1 percent (24-of-57) shooting clip in the game.

Junior Aaron Overhiser paced the Oilers with 18 points, three rebounds and three assists while senior Alex White had 15 points and tied his career-high with 13 rebounds. White also blocked four shots in the victory.

Sophomore Anthony Masterlasco also reached double figures with 12 points to go along with three assists.

Sophomore guard Tommy Schmock provided nine points and four assists while freshman Ethan Linder came off the bench to score a career-high nine points on 4-of-6 shooting.

Senior Trey Smith nearly reached double figures with eight points to go along with a team-high five assists in the victory.

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#14 Ferris State

The Bulldogs are 5-1 on the year and the defending national champions are ranked 14th in the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) poll.

Ferris State is averaging 85.3 points per game and have a balanced attack on offense as eight players are averaging 8.0 points per game or better.

D'Angelo Hughes leads the team with a scoring average of 13.0 points per game while Taylor Adway is averaging 10.0 points per outing.

Markese Mayfield (9.8), Greg Williams (9.8), Armani Tinsley (9.2), Jaylin McFadden (8.7), Cole Walker (8.2) and Mason Pline (8.0) are also hovering around the double digit scoring mark on the year for the Bulldogs.

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An Elite Program

The Oilers have one of the best winning percentages in NCAA Division II competition since the year 2000, having won 446 games and lost only 110 for an overall winning percentage of .802.  During that timeframe, the Oilers reached the Elite 8 in 2005, appeared in the Sweet 16 in 2008, 2017 and again in 2018, and won the NCAA Division II National Championship in 2009 with a perfect 36-0 record.

The Oilers have also appeared in the national tournament 14 times since becoming eligible during the 2000-01 campaign.

A Tough Place to Play

The Oilers are 611-119 (.837) in Croy Gymnasium since they starting playing home games there during the 1969-70 season.  They have gone undefeated at home eight times in a season since they began play in Croy Gymnasium as well. 

In the past 15 years the Oilers have posted a staggering 220-10 record at home for an incredible winning percentage of .957.

From 2008-11, the Oilers won 71-straight home games, which at the time was the longest streak in the nation regardless of NCAA division.

History in the Polls

The Oilers have long been a team that frequently shows up in the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) NCAA Division II top-25 poll. The Oilers have appeared in the top-25 at least once in 18 out of the past 19 seasons. 

The Oilers first appeared in the poll on Jan. 8, 2001 during their first season of full competition at the NCAA Division II level. They were ranked 25th in the poll. Findlay got as high as 17th in the nation that season before ending the year unranked.

Findlay earned their first No. 1 ranking on March 8, 2005. They ended the year as the top-ranked team in all of NCAA Division II. They also spent the whole season as the top-ranked team in the nation during their national championship run during the 2008-09 campaign. Their 17 total weeks spent at the top of the NCAA Division II national poll ranks tenth all-time.

Overall, the Oilers have ended the year ranked in the top-10 on six different occasions. They were ranked No. 1 in 2004-05, No. 8 in 2005-06, No. 3 in 2006-07, No. 7 in 2007-08, No. 1 in 2008-09 and No. 9 in 2010-11.