Men's Basketball - Sun, Feb. 22, 2009
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BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Union College enters this week's Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament with the No. 4 seed and the Bulldogs will play Bryan (Tenn.) College, the fifth seed, in a 1:45 p.m. contest Thursday.

Union ended the regular season with a 10-8 conference record after dropping a 76-73 contest against No. 24 King (Tenn.) College Saturday. The Bulldogs' overall record is currently 14-14.

Bryan tied for fifth with Milligan (Tenn.) College as the two own similar 9-9 AAC records, but the Lions have the tiebreaker. Bryan went 13-15 during the 2008-09 campaign. In Bryan's season-finale Saturday, the Lions won 62-52 at UVa-Wise.

This will be the first time Union and Bryan will meet in the postseason since 2005 when the Bulldogs advanced thanks to a 74-72 victory. The 2005 tournament contest was the third straight year the two were matched up. Union won the 2003 tournament game, 78-77, while Bryan took the 2004 meeting 87-70.

The series history is in Union's favor as the Bulldogs are 14-3 against Bryan since joining the AAC. The 14 wins are the most for Union against any opponent.

Union won the first meeting 55-53 at Bryan on Nov. 22 then the Bulldogs completed the season sweep on Jan. 28 thanks to a 69-59 home victory.

The No. 4 seed is the highest for Union since the 2006 tournament and a No. 2 seed. The Bulldogs made it to the championship game in that tournament.

The tournament gets underway Wednesday at 3 p.m. when eighth-seed UVa-Wise and ninth-seeded Virginia Intermont College meet. At 8 p.m. Montreat (N.C.) College, the seven seed, will meet tenth-seeded Covenant (Ga.) College.

The first game Thursday features top-seed and the country's No. 7 team, Bluefield (Va.) College playing the winner between UVa-Wise and Virginia Intermont at noon. Union and Bryan follow at 1:45 p.m.

In the evening session King, the tournament's No. 2 seed, plays the winner between Montreat and Covenant at 7 p.m. After that game, the 8:45 p.m. contest features third-seeded Tennessee Wesleyan College playing Milligan.

The four winners from Thursday advance to Friday's semifinals to be played at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Saturday's championship game will be played at 6 p.m.

The tournament champion earns a bid to the NAIA Division II National Tournament. Bluefield has earned a bid thanks to the regular-season championship. If Bluefield wins the tournament as well, the conference's second bid will go to the regular-season runner up, King.

To view the entire bracket, click here.

For tournament information, click here.