Men’s Basketball releases schedule; Picked 3rd in GSC East

(Courtesy Gulf South Conference)

The University of North Alabama will play 13 home games during the 2010-11 season, including an exhibition game against Berry on November 4, as announced by head coach Bobby Champagne.

One of the highlights of this season’s schedule is a contest versus Missouri. This game will take place January 5 in Columbia, MO. The Tigers have won and incredible 54 games the last two years; second most in the Big 12 Conference and 11th most wins nationally. The Tigers have used up-tempo play to surge back onto the national scene.

Familiar opponents, Delta State, Christian Brothers, Ouachita Baptist, Harding, Arkansas Monticello and Southern Arkansas highlight the non-conference home schedule. UNA will also face Gulf South Conference East opponents Lambuth, West Georgia, UA-Huntsville, Valdosta State, West Florida and West Alabama. The Lions will face seven teams this season that competed in postseason play last season.

“Obviously we are very excited about our home schedule which includes our usual GSC rivals,” Champagne said. “When you have a Big 12 team on your schedule in Missouri, play in two very competitive crossover classics to go along with a very demanding Gulf South Conference slate, it will challenge our team at a very high level.”

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BIRMINGHAM – The University of North Alabama men’s basketball team was selected to finish third in the Gulf South Conference East Division according to the league’s pre-season release. In a poll by head coaches from around the GSC, the Lions received two second-place votes, two third-place votes and one vote for fourth place. The tally gave UNA 16 total points, just ahead of fourth-place West Florida (13 points) and second-place Valdosta State (20 points).

For the first time in school history, Alabama-Huntsville was selected as the pre-season favorite to win the division. The Chargers received all five first-place nods to finish with 25 points. West Georgia collected 10 total points to finish fifth while sixth-place West Alabama finished with six points.

UAH also collected the top spot in the poll to win the overall GSC championship. The Chargers led the way with six votes, followed by defending GSC champion Arkansas Tech’s four votes. Christian Brothers  and Valdosta State rounded out the poll with two votes each.



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