Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Union College Picked to Repeat as AAC Champions in 2014-15

Union College has been picked by the league's coaches to repeat as champions of the Appalachian Athletic Conference in 2014-15.

The Bulldogs received 99 total points and 9-of-10 first-place votes in the league's coaches poll that was released today.

Here is a release from the ACC:

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Coming off the best season in program history, Union is projected to repeat as the Appalachian Athletic Conference men's basektball champion, according to the 2014-15 AAC Coaches' Poll released on Wednesday.

Union won both the AAC regular-season and tournament championships, going 16-2 in conference play and finishing with a 28-5 overall record. Union advanced to the NAIA National Championship Tournament and lost 75-72 on a last-second shot to Saint Thomas (Fla.) in the first round. The 28 wins are the most in program history.

Receiving nine of the possible 10 first-place votes, Union collected 99 total voting points. Tennessee Wesleyan received the remaining first-place vote and is second in the poll with 75 points.

Rounding out the top five are Bluefield (72 points), Reinhardt (69 points) and Bryan (65 points). Milligan (63 points) begins the second five with Montreat (33 points), St. Andrews (28 points), Point (26 points), and Truett-McConnell (20 points) making up the rest of the field.

As the regular-season runner-up, Reinhardt also advanced to the NAIA National Champion Tournament last season, finishing 18-14 overall and 13-5 in conference action. Reinhardt lost 87-72 to Indiana Wesleyan in the opening round.

The AAC Tournament is set for February 24-28, 2015, at the MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center in Kingsport, Tenn. This marks the third year in a row the tournament will be held at this venue.

2014-15 AAC Men's Basketball Coaches' Poll

Place Team (First-Place Votes) Total Points*
1 Union (9) 99
2 Tennessee Wesleyan (1) 75
3 Bluefield 72
4 Reinhardt 69
5 Bryan 65
6 Milligan 63
7 Montreat 33
8 St. Andrews 28
9 Point 26
10 Truett-McConnell 20

*-Coaches ranked the teams in predicted order of finish from first to 10th. Each team received 10 points for a first-place votes, nine points for second, etc.

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