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Monday 21 January 2019

Students back in for the Kill'

The domestic league returns tonight after the heart stopping drama of last weekend's National Cup finals at the National Arena in Tallaght.

The live TV cameras were present as UCD Marian created one of the greatest shocks in Irish basketball history by seeing off 11890 Killester to claim the Men's National Cup, while DCU Mercy made it back-to-back cup titles at the expense of Team Montenotte Hotel Cork.

For UCD, it is back to reality this weekend with a tough double header against DCU Saints and Killester respectively, while DCU Mercy also face their second clash in a week against Team Montenotte Hotel Cork.

TONIGHT

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UCD Marian (Dublin) v DCU Saints (Dublin), UCD Sports Centre, 7.0pm

UCD Marian return to the reality of league affairs tonight after they enjoyed their first National Cup success on Sunday.

The Students are sure to be on a high after their three-point win over Killester but in terms of reaching the play-offs, this game could see them move into second position in the Northern Conference.

UCD's American James Crowder enjoyed his finest hour in the win over Killester and will be hoping to build on his 22.79 points per game average this season.

The Saints' excellent start to 2011 continued in their last outing with a hugely emphatic 94-73 win at home to high flying UCC Demons.

UL Eagles (Limerick) v Bord Gáis Neptune (Cork), UL Arena, 7.30pm

UL Eagles are likely to enter the play-offs as Southern Conference winners but their opponents tonight are still very much in a hunt for second place in the Southern Conference with fierce rivals UCC Demons. Their last meeting saw a Carlton Mitchell-inspired UL have 18 points to spare over Neptune after a 76-58 win.

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Waterford Wildcats (Waterford) v Black Forge Oblate Dynamos (Dublin), Mercy Secondary School, 6.0pm

The meeting of Waterford Wildcats and Black Forge Oblate Dynamos should give a better idea on who is best equipped to secure that final play-offs spot. Wildcats are on the back of a drubbing away to UL but a win over Dynamos would see the Munster side close the gap on fourth place and with two games in hand.

TOMORROW

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Ulster Elks (Belfast) v Moycullen (Galway), University of Ulster HPC, 2.30pm

Conor O'Dornan and Barry Drumm are both doubtful as Elks entertain a Moycullen side desperate to record their second league win of the season. Moycullen will be heartened by the fact that their solitary victory this campaign came at home to Elks earlier in the season.

Despite a stunning 101-87 win over DCU Saints in December, the Elks are now on the back of four successive league defeats.

UCC Demons (Cork) v Belfast Star (Belfast), Mardyke Arena, 3.15pm

UCC Demons' winning streak came to a shuddering halt away to DCU Saints in their last encounter and they will be looking for a quick response at home to an unpredictable Belfast Star, who will have to claim wins in their two games in hand if they are to have any chance of reaching the play-offs.

11890 Killester (Dublin) v UCD Marian (Dublin), IWA Clontarf, 7.0pm

The game of the weekend sees 11890 Killester host UCD Marian, just a week after their unforgettable National Cup Final.

Killester held a 10-point advantage over Marian heading into the final quarter on Sunday last but Marian defied the odds to produce a sensational comeback.

Mark Keenan's Killester will be looking for a quick response and the sort of performance that saw them overcome UCD 77-54 when the sides met in December.

IrishSport.TV Women's SuperLeague

Meteors (Dublin) v UL (Limerick), Colaiste Eoin/Iosagain, 3.0pm

UL are on the back of five consecutive league wins and will be favourites to increase that run against Meteors tomorrow. Meteors can potentially trouble James Weldon's side as was evident in their recent hammering of Black Forge Oblate Dyanmos.

DCU Mercy (Dublin) v Team Montenotte Hotel Cork (Cork), DCU, 3.30pm

DCU Mercy meet Team Montenotte Hotel Cork just a week after inflicting National Cup final heartache on Mark Scannell's side.

Mercy ensured their second successive National Cup title with a hard fought win over Montenotte in front of a full house at the National Basketball Arena.

Marie Breen is a huge doubt for Montenotte, while Mercy are expected to be at full strength.

Montenotte may have lost the cup final to Mark Ingle's side but they did come out on top when the sides met in the league in November.

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