JACKSON, Tenn. - 12/14/2006 - The Union University men's and women's basketball teams find themselves together again in the NAIA rankings as both teams are ranked in the Top 5 of their respective polls released on Wednesday. The Union Ladies remain ranked No. 3, while the men return to No. 5 in the polls.
The men returned to the same spot as their preseason ranking after a reporting error from the TranSouth Conference in last week's ranking kept all TranSouth teams out of the polls. Union has an overall record of 7-2 this season. In a very tough pre-conference schedule, Union has posted a record of 5-1 record versus teams currently ranked in the most recent men's basketball Top 25. The Bulldogs have wins over No. 7 Mountain State, No. 20 Houston Baptist, No. 21 McKendree, and twice over No. 17 Oklahoma Baptist. Union's only losses have come on the road by three points at No. 21 McKendree and by seven points at Oklahoma Christian, who was ranked in the first two polls and is receiving votes in the most recent poll.
Union's women stay at No. 3 for the second straight week. The Lady Bulldogs have also played a tough schedule to this point. Union is 9-2 overall with a 3-2 record versus teams ranked in the most recent women's Top 25 rankings. Union has wins at No. 10 Lee, versus No. 13 Houston Baptist, and No. 16 Georgetown. Union also has posted a win over Oklahoma Baptist, who is receiving votes this week after being ranked in the past two polls. Union's only losses on the season came to No. 1 Vanguard by six points and by one point on a last second shot at No. 9 St. Xavier.
The women are off for the Christmas break, however, the Union Bulldogs play one more game against national tournament regular Olivet Nazarene University in Chicago on Monday, December 18 at 7:00 pm. Union defeated Olivet Nazarene 83-65 in the first game of the year at Union.
Both the men and women's teams open conference play in their first games back after Christmas on January 4 as the teams travel to Cumberland University Tenn.
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