NBL1 & National Cup preview: 11/12 November - live streams, stats and more

D1M is back to sharing the spotlight again this weekend, with a number of National Cup ties set to take place.

Six D1M games are lined up for tomorrow before the latest round of the Cup kicks into life, with D1M teams in the mix and aiming for a spot in the next round.

The NBL Live cameras are also on the road once more, taking in Derby vs Worthing on Saturday night for what should be an exciting contest.

To mark Remembrance Sunday this weekend, Basketball England will allow members the opportunity to pay respects to those who served and sacrificed to defend our nation.

To commemorate those people, teams can observe one minute’s silence across all NBL, WNBL, Jnr. NBL and National Cup games that take place on the weekend of 11/12 November 2023.


Nottingham Hoods (3-1) vs Reading Rockets (3-0)

Two sides with top four aspirations clash in the Midlands tomorrow as Reading Rockets head to Nottingham Hoods.

With just one loss between them across seven games this season, both sides have started the new campaign strongly, but only one can emerge from tomorrow's encounter with another W.

In Johde Campbell, Nottingham have a man in form, with the sharpshooter earning Rebound Player of the Week honours last time out against Thames Valley,

Team mate Greg Skoric averages 22.0PPG through the early going, the same as Campbell, and that duo alongside the talent of Josh Guddemi will make the Hoods a tough opponent on their own patch.

Reading are still unbeaten for a reason though, seeing off Bradford, Thames Valley and Loughborough so far.

The Rockets have had their fair share of love in the Rebound Team of the Week selections since the season began, with guard Zach Powell a regular pick. That's no surprise given the Rockets' standout is eighth in D1M for efficiency, also posting 17.7PPG, 7.0RPG and a league-best 3.3SPG.

Reading are also currently the top defence in the league, allowing an average of just 73.3PPG. That makes their road match up all the more intriguing as fans try to get a feel for how D1M's teams stack up this year.


Elsewhere this weekend

The NBL Live match-up between leaders Derby Trailblazers (4-1) and last season's playoff finalists Worthing Thunder (1-3) is another highlight.

Zaire Taylor's return from retirement couldn't help Thunder to a win last weekend, but you wouldn't bet against him putting on a show for the NBL Live cameras on Saturday night.

The action tips at 7:30pm for that one, with the ever-present John Hobbs on the mic.

That is preceded by leaves four other games, starting in London as Barking Abbey (0-5) will aim to try and get off the mark as they host Newcastle University (1-2).

There's another clash in the Capital as London Elite (1-3) will look tame Bradford Dragons (1-4) and the scoring threat of Justin Williams (26.8PPG).

Essex Rebels (3-1) have enjoyed a positive start to the season, with Kyron Martin making the most recent TOTW. The Rebels are at home tomorrow against Thames Valley Cavaliers (1-4), who are still struggling to get into their stride in 2023/24.

City of Birmingham Rockets (3-0) will put their unbeaten streak on the line as they host Loughborough Riders (3-1).


NBL National Cup

After Reading beat CoB last weekend to keep their hopes of Cup success alive, there are a number of other match ups this Sunday as the round continues.

Bradford Dragons have already booked their place in the KitKing Trophy final and will hope the National Cup provides another potential avenue for success. The Dragons host Bristol Academy Flyers on Sunday in what should be a good matchup.

D1M's Newcastle University are on the road to D2 St Helens Saints, whilst two former top flight sides lock horns in the North West as Leicester Warriors travel to Manchester Magic.

Reigning champs Hemel Storm host Teesside Lions, Loughborough Riders head to Milton Keynes Breakers and Essex Rebels will renew their acquaintances with former D1M winners Team Solent Kestrels, now in D2M.

There's guaranteed to be some representation in the next round of the competition from outside the top flight as Canterbury Academy Crusaders entertain Endeavour Ipswich Basketball, whilst there are all-London derby games to look forward to between CoLA Southwark Pride and Westminster, plus London Elite and Barking Abbey.

This weekend's fixtures:

Saturday 11 November - NBL Division One

5pm - Barking Abbey vs Newcastle University - LIVE STATS

6:30pm - London Elite vs Bradford Dragons - LIVE STATS

6:30pm - Nottingham Hoods vs Reading Rockets - LIVE STATS

6:30pm - Essex Rebels vs Thames Valley Cavaliers - LIVE STATS

7:30pm - City of Birmingham Rockets vs Loughborough Riders - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM

7:30pm - Derby Trailblazers vs Worthing Thunder - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM

Sunday 12 November - National Cup

2:30pm - Canterbury Academy Crusaders vs Endeavour Ipswich Basketball 

4pm - Milton Keynes vs Loughborough Riders

4pm - Essex Rebels vs Team Solent Kestrels

4:15pm - Bradford Dragons vs Bristol Academy Flyers

4:15pm - St Helens Saints vs Newcastle University

4:15pm - CoLA Southwark Pride vs Westminster Warriors

5:30pm - Manchester Magic vs Leicester Warriors

5:30pm - Hemel Storm vs Teesside Lions

5:30pm - London Elite vs Barking Abbey

*Live stream links will be added shortly


Main image credit - Max Lomas Photography