KitKing Trophy 2023/24: Group stage draws to a close - preview, live stats, live streams

The second of two KitKing Trophy group stage weekends is upon us.

The competition will again be organised by NBL1 Men's clubs in partnership with naming rights holder and BE.  

It will see all 13 NBL1 clubs, plus a trio of invited Division Two sides, competing in four regional groups of four.

With ten games taking place last weekend, plus one midweek game where Thames Valley Cavaliers beat London Elite 96-88 last night, that leaves 13 fixtures to get through over the next two days.

That will then leave each group completed, and the top two teams in each pool will progress to the quarter-finals on 30 September/1 October

Group 1

There's another trio of games in Group 1 after the same number filled last weekend.

At 1-0, Reading remain unbeaten and travel to Brighton on Saturday before hosting Barking on Sunday.

A win from either game would probably be good enough to secure a top two spot for the Rockets, especially with both Worthing and BA currently sat at 1-1.

Brighton have lost their only game to date, going down 89-68 against Barking. They close their Group 1 campaign on Sunday at home to Worthing.

Group 2

With just a single game in Group 2 last weekend, it's still all to play for as four games fill the the coming days.

Hemel have a home tie with London Elite before completing a double-header on Sunday with a trip to Thames Valley. The defending champs beat Essex 102-91 last weekend and will be hoping to keep that momentum going.

Understandably, it's double-headers all round to get the schedule finished off this weekend, with Essex at home to Thames Valley and London Elite hosting the Rebels being the other two games still to complete.

Group 3

City of Birmingham have already booked their place in the next round after wins against Nottingham and Loughborough a week ago.

Their home tie with Milton Keynes is sure to be one to watch this weekend, especially with the Breakers also winning last time out.

The former D3 winners also head to Loughborough on Sunday, and a win in either game could well be enough to stamp a quarter-final spot.

Saturday also contains a Midlands' derby as Nottingham (0-2) and Loughborough (0-1) face off for a potential shot at joining the Rockets in the next round.

Group 4

Group 4 is evenly poised after Bradford, Derby and Newcastle all won last weekend.

That means Manchester are out of the running to progress, they host the Dragons in the North East tomorrow night.

Former winners Derby head to the North East to play Newcastle before returning home on Sunday to host Bradford. Depending on how results pan out elsewhere, that could be a clash that decides first and second in the final standings.

This weekend's fixtures - live stats and live streams

Saturday 23 September

2:30pm - Brighton Bears vs Reading Rockets - LIVE STATS

 2pm - Newcastle University vs Derby Trailblazers - LIVE STATS

4pm - Essex Rebels vs Thames Valley Cavaliers - LIVE STATS / LIVE STREAM

6:30pm - Nottingham Hoods vs Loughborough Riders - LIVE STATS

7pm - Hemel Storm vs London Elite - LIVE STATS

7.30pm - City of Birmingham Rockets vs Milton Keynes Breakers - LIVE STATS / LIVE STREAM

7pm - Manchester Magic vs Bradford Dragons - LIVE STATS

Sunday 24 September

3.30pm - London Elite vs Essex Rebels - LIVE STATS

3pm - Thames Valley Cavaliers vs Hemel Storm - LIVE STATS

4pm - Reading Rockets vs Barking Abbey - LIVE STATS / LIVE STREAM

6pm - Loughborough Riders vs Milton Keynes Breakers - LIVE STATS / LIVE STREAM

5pm - Worthing Thunder vs Brighton Bears - LIVE STATS

5:30pm - Derby Trailblazers vs Bradford Dragons - LIVE STATS