THE champions from 2013 meet the pre-eminent favourites to lift this year's title tomorrow in the Basketball Ireland Men's Premier League as C&S UCC Demons host UL Eagles in Cork's Mardyke Arena.
With Demons riding high atop the league table, undefeated in their 10 league games, defending champions UL Eagles will know that anything other than a win will all but end their hopes of claiming the crown for a third successive season.
Eagles' record currently stands at six wins and four losses and leaves them 11 points adrift of Demons with only eight games remaining.
"We know that it is win or bust this weekend. A win brings us back within touching distance ,but anything less leaves us just way too far back," said Eagles veteran guard Matt Hall.
"We have a lot of talent in our squad, but have not quite clicked so far this season. Injuries played a big part of that, but we are in full health now and really need this win."
The sides' only other meeting this year was a thrilling encounter in Limerick where Demons survived after a last-minute Lehmon Colbert score handed his side a two-point victory.
This weekend's game could well be a banana skin for Demons, whose players could be forgiven for having an eye on next Friday night's National Cup final.
Demons' opponents next Friday, Dublin Inter, are in action tonight at 7pm, away to Templeogue, who they will expect to defeat.
Elsewhere in the Men's Premier League this weekend, old Dublin rivals UCD Marian and Killester lock horns in Clontarf's IWA Centre.
It remains to be seen how Killester bounce back after their crushing overtime loss in the National Cup semi-final last week to Demons after leading the entire game. They currently sit second in the table and will be eager not to lose any ground on top spot.
Elsewhere, DCU Saints and Belfast Star meet in Belfast and SSE Renewables Moycullen and Bord Gais Neptune clash in Galway.
Meanwhile, the Women's Premier League features a heavyweight battle as DCU Mercy and Team Montenotte meet tonight in Glanmire.
The sides met last weekend in the National Cup semi-final, with Montenotte winning 62-53 behind an inspired show from Emilee Harmon, who tallied 25 points.
The two other semi-finalists also meet when UL Huskies will look to repeat their win over Killester.