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Union women earn top overall seed in nationals, men earn No. 10 seed

Kaitlin Dudley, Greg Truvillion

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - 3/10/2010 - The 2010 NAIA DI Men’s and Women’s Basketball National Tournament brackets were released on Wednesday afternoon. Both Union teams founds themselves with top-10 spots in the tournament seedings. Union’s women, who have been ranked No. 1 for 36 straight rankings, will attempt to defend their 2009 title from the No. 1 overall seed. Union’s men, who finished the season ranked No. 10, will keep that spot as the 10-seed in the national tournament.

Union’s women will play on Wednesday night, March 17 at 8:00 p.m. versus Southwest Assemblies of God (Texas). This will be the first ever meeting between these two schools.

Union’s men get the honor of closing down the first round with a 9:45 p.m. start time on Thursday, March 18 versus the University of Montana-Western. This will also be a first time meeting between the two schools.

The Union Lady Bulldogs hold NAIA records with their 21st overall appearance and 19th straight appearance. The Union Lady Bulldogs finished the year 31-2 and captured the TranSouth regular season title for the 12th time in the 14-year history of the league. In their last outing, Union had their 60-game home court winning streak snapped in the conference tournament title game. However, Union remained the top seed in the tournament. Union has a record of 20-2 this season versus teams ranked or receiving votes, while boasting a 14-2 record versus teams in the tournament field. Union has made five straight semifinal tournament appearances, and have won three of the last five national titles. Union leads the field with 54 national tournament wins and has a total of four NAIA national titles (1998, 2005, 2006, 2009), just one behind Oklahoma City’s five national titles.

The Union Bulldogs are making their second straight appearance and 13th overall. Union went eight times in the decade of the 2000’s, and now look to begin another successful decade under first-year head coach David Niven. Union is coming off their second straight TranSouth regular season and tournament title. It is the seventh title for Union in the 14-year history of the league. Union also is the only TranSouth team to accomplish the feat of posting back-to-back titles, something Union has done three times (1998 & 1999, 2005 & 2006, 2009 & 2010). Union’s best finish in the national tournament was elite eight (quarterfinal) appearances in 1999 and 2007. Union has advanced to the second round five times, including last season. This marks the 10th time that Union has been one of the top-16 seeded teams.


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