ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Union is projected to finish fifth in the chase for the Appalachian Athletic Conference men's basketball championship, according to the AAC Coaches' Preseason Poll announced Wednesday.
Bryan (Tenn.) is the favorite to capture the 2010-11 AAC crown, having received six of the eight first-place votes and had 62 total points to land the top spot. Tennessee Wesleyan collected one first-place nod and is second at 55 points. Bluefield (Va.) garnered the remaining first-place vote and landed third with 47 points. Milligan (Tenn.) is fourth with 35 points.
Union received 29 points, which is good enough for fifth. Reinhardt (Ga.) is sixth with 24 points, while Virginia Intermont and Montreat (N.C.) are seventh and eighth with 18 and 17 points, respectively.
Bryan, Union, UVa-Wise and Bluefield all won a share of the 2009-10 AAC regular-season championship as the four squads each posted an 11-5 league record.
Union advanced to the AAC Tournament championship game before losing to UVa-Wise 86-85 on a last-second tip-in. UVa-Wise is now a member of the Mid-South Conference.
The Bulldogs posted a 20-13 overall record last season and will open the 2010-11 campaign on Nov. 2 against Shawnee State (Ohio) at 7 p.m. in Robsion Arena.