JACKSON, Tenn. - 10/26/2005 - The 2005-06 NAIA (naia.org) Basketball Preseason Rankings were released today with both the Union Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs finding their names among the top-six in their respective polls. The defending NAIA National Champion Lady Bulldogs come in ranked No. 4 in the preseason, while the Bulldogs are ranked No. 6 by the NAIA.
Both of Union’s basketball teams are among the top in the nation with strength of schedule. Union’s men will also play 14 regular season games versus teams listed in preseason Top 25. If you include the teams receiving votes, the Bulldogs will play 20 of their 30 regular season games against teams listed in the polls. The Lady Bulldogs will play 14 games versus teams listed in the NAIA preseason Top 25, including six games versus Top-10 teams.
Union has earned recognition in other polls as well. In the NAIA Sports Talk Preseason polls, Union’s women were ranked No. 2 with four first place votes. The Bulldogs came in ranked No. 6 in the NAIA Sports Talk Poll. Union’s men also earned the No. 3 ranking in the Street & Smith NAIA Preseason poll.
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