- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 23, 2014

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) - The University of Central Arkansas is picked fourth in both the preseason Southland Conference polls released Wednesday by the conference.

The Bears, under new head coach Steve Campbell, had 72 votes in the Sports Information Directors’ poll and 70 in the head coaches’ poll.

UCA, which finished in a fourth-place tie last season, has two SLC championships since joining the conference in 2007.

Defending champion Southeastern Louisiana is first in both polls, followed by McNeese State, Sam Houston State, UCA and Northwestern State.

The two polls are identical except for the sixth spot, which has Stephen F. Austin and Lamar tied in the coaches’ poll, while SFA is ahead of Lamar in the SID’s poll.

Abilene Christian is eighth in both polls, followed by Nicholls, Incarnate Word and Houston Baptist.

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