JACKSON, Tenn. - 2/8/2006 - The Union University men's and women's basketball teams found themselves ranked at the No. 5 position in their respective polls released on Wednesday afternoon. The men climbed four spots, while the women stayed at No. 5. This marks the ninth straight ranking, every poll this season (inlcuding the preseason polls) that both the Union men and women have been ranked in the NAIA Top-10.
For Union's men, the Bulldogs are fresh off their 20th win of the season (20-3). This marked their fastest track to 20 wins since the 2001 season when Union went 31-5. The Bulldogs have won six games in a row. On the season, Union is 9-0 at home, 11-3 on the road, and 11-3 versus ranked teams. According to the Massey Ratings (www.masseyratings.com), Union's men are listed as the No. 2 team in the NAIA with the sixth toughest schedule in the NAIA. Massey also ranks Union 247 out of 1,491 total men's basketball teams in all divisions.
Union's men are in the middle of a stretch of eight games in 17 days. So far, Union is 3-0 in that stretch, with the toughest games yet to come. Union has five games left over the next 10 days (at Crichton, vs. No. 12 Trevecca Nazarene, vs. Cumberland, at Lyon, and vs. No. 1 Mountain State).
Union's women have won five of six games with their only loss coming by just three points on the road at No. 2 Freed-Hardeman University, 53-50. Union has a game at Blue Mountain on Thursday night. Then Union will play two teams ranking in the NAIA Top-8 (vs. No. 4 Trevecca Nazarene on Saturday and No. 8 Cumberland on Monday).
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