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Union Men and Women Ranked in NAIA PreSeason Basketball Polls

JACKSON, Tenn. - 10/26/2004 - The Union University Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs earned spots in the 2004-05 NAIA PreSeason Basketball polls. The Lady Bulldogs enter the season as the No. 4 ranked team, while the Bulldogs come in as the No. 16 team.

During the season, both the Union Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs will be battling tough teams in and out of conference play. This year, Union's men and women could easily boast their schedules as two of the toughest in the NAIA.

The Lady Bulldogs will face No. 2 Vanguard, No. 3 Oklahoma City, No. 5 Houston Baptist, No. 7 North Georgia twice, No. 9 Campbellsville, No. 25 Brescia, and No. 27 Berry in their non-conference schedule. In the TranSouth, the Lady Bulldogs will face No. 6 Freed-Hardeman and No. 20 Trevecca Nazarene at least twice during the year. That is a total of nine ranked teams for a total of 12 games versus ranked opponents.

The Bulldogs will battle the NAIA defending National Champion and preseason No. 1 Mountain State twice, No. 8 Georgetown twice, No. 18 McKendree twice, and No. 19 Oklahoma Christian. In the TranSouth, Union will play No. 7 Cumberland (Tenn.), No. 30 Freed-Hardeman, and No. 33 Martin Methodist each at least twice during this season. That is a total of seven ranked team for a total of 13 games versus ranked opponents.

Both teams will start their respective seasons over the next few days. The Ladies will open on the road versus Central Baptist in Henderson, Tenn. on Saturday, Oct. 30 at 2:00 pm. The men open at home on Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 8:00 pm versus Williams Baptist College.


Related Item(s):
NAIA Women's Rankings
NAIA Men's Rankings
Union Women's Media Guide (PDF)
Union Men's Media Guide (PDF)

Steven Aldridge
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