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UCD Marian v Hoops, UCD Sports Centre, 8.0

UCD Marian ended a run of seven consecutive defeats last weekend with a slender two-point win over Moycullen and hope to continue the rise up the table against Hoops on Thursday night.

Hoops' recent losses to Ulster Elks and Belfast Star has seen them rooted to the bottom of the Southern Conference, but they will be looking to Carlton Aaron, averaging 30 points per game, to provide the ammunition against Fran Ryan's side.


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UL Eagles v Belfast Star, UL Arena, 7.30

UL Eagles wrapped up the Southern Conference last weekend away to DCU Saints but will be keen to continue their excellent run against Belfast Star this weekend.

The Eagles will now hold home advantage in the semi-finals but they face a Star side who know a win on Saturday would put them within touching distance of securing second spot in the Northern Conference.

Moycullen v Ulster Elks, Kingfisher, NUIG Galway, 8.0

Moycullen will be desperate to end a run of six defeats in a row with their last win coming in early December against Hoops.

Their form is in complete contrast to Ulster Elks, who are enjoying their best run of the season with three consecutive victories recorded in the past week.

DCU Saints v UCC Demons, Greendale, 8.0

DCU Saints' bid to reach the play-offs was hampered with two defeats (Belfast Star and UL Eagles) last weekend, and they look set to be without Michael Chubb, who suffered an ankle injury in Friday's loss to Star.

UCC Demons are currently fighting it out with Neptune for second spot in the Southern Conference and their bid took a blow after suffering a narrow loss to Northern Conference champions Killester.

Neptune v Hoops, Neptune Stadium, 8.0

Neptune's recent run was halted by Ulster Elks at the weekend, but the race for second place can be resumed against Hoops this weekend.

Fatigue may prove a factor for Hoops, who will have been involved in their second game in as many days.


UL Basketball Club v DCU Mercy, UL Arena, 5.0

Second-place UL have bounced back from their National Cup loss to DCU with four wins on the trot.

This weekend represents an opportunity for UL to atone for defeats to DCU in the cup, while their league meeting saw Mark Ingle's side secure a 74-59 win in December.

Tolka Rovers v Bausch & Lomb Waterford Wildcats, Tolka Rovers Sports Complex, 6.0

Tolka will welcome back former Wildcat Jenny Coady, who missed the last four weeks due to an ankle injury.

Bausch & Lomb Waterford Wildcats boast a full quota and will be looking to build on their second win of the season against Sligo All-Stars.

Killester v Team Montenotte Hotel Cork, Oblate Hall, Inchicore, 6.0

Killester will take heart from their display against UL in their last encounter, with UL Head Coach James Weldon admitting the 21-point margin did not tell the whole story.

Team Montenotte Hotel Cork boast a record of 11 consecutive wins in the league but will be wary after two unconvincing performances during the past two weeks.


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UCC Demons v UCD Marian, Mardyke Arena/Parochial Hall, 3.15

Demons will be looking to complete the double over UCD Marian after the Cork side recorded a 67-57 win away to UCD in October.

Joshua Johnson proved inspirational on that occasion with 20 points and he will be hoping to build on his game average of 22 points this season.

Killester v DCU Saints, IWA Clontarf, 7.0

DCU Saints will be hoping to catch the National Cup champions off guard after Mark Keenan's side claimed the Northern Conference last weekend.

The game will also give the Saints the opportunity to make up for the disappointing 94-66 loss to Killester earlier in the season.


Meteors v Sligo All-Stars, Shoreline Leisure Centre, Greystones, 2.45

Meteors will host Sligo All-Stars brimming with confidence after almost catching league leaders Team Montenotte Hotel Cork cold in a dramatic clash last weekend.

Sligo continue to chase that first win of the season but will be encouraged by recent performances and the return of Louise Harte.