Michigan Tech will start GLIAC North Division play this week with a pair of pivitol match-ups at Ferris State Thursday (Jan. 10) and Grand Valley State Saturday (Jan. 12).
Michigan Tech is 57-53 all-time against Ferris State after defeating the Bulldogs three times last season. Thursday's game will be the seventh between the two schools since 2010.
Tech is 29-39 all-time against Grand Valley State.
Head coach Kevin Luke enters his 19th season leading the Huskies. The four-time GLIAC Coach of Year has posted a 326-203 record as head coach.
In the Polls
Michigan Tech received votes in the latest National Association of Basketball Coaches Top-25 Poll. Complete poll located on page two.
Ferris State and Michigan Tech rank one-two in the GLIAC in fewest turnovers. The Bulldogs are averaging 11.2 and the Huskies 11.8.
Offense and Defense
Michigan Tech and Grand Valley share many similarities both offensively and defensively. Tech leads the conference in shooting percentage (50.5-percent) and Grand Valley ranks second (50.0-percent). The Lakers have held their opponents to a league-low 37.2-percent from the field. Tech ranks second at 38.3.
Senior Ali Haidar moved into eighth in career scoring at Michigan Tech after scoring a combined 48 points last week. The Windsor, Ont., native ranks fifth in the nation in scoring with 23.6 points per game. He ranks 15th nationally in rebounds with 10.5 per game.
Junior Austin Armga scored a season-high 26 points against Ashland on Jan. 5th. The Waupun, Wis., native is averaging 14.0 points per game, second most on the team. He ranks in the top-10 in the league in three different categories: fourth in free throw percentage (89.7), fifth in field goal percentage (58.7) and sixth in field goals (5.3 pg).
Last Time Out
Tech jumped out to a 46-29 halftime lead in an 81-59 home win over Ashland. Junior Austin Armga scored a season-high 26 points and senior Ali Haidar added a double-double (24 points, 10 rebounds) to lead the Huskies.
Tech returns home for a pair of games against Wayne State and Saginaw Valley State.