NBL1 preview: 2/3 March - live streams, stats and more

The calendar has flipped into March, meaning there are just six weekends left in the regular season.

Six games await across the coming two days, with five tomorrow and one on Sunday. Top plays bottom tomorrow night in Derby, as the Trailblazers host Barking in front of the NBL Live cameras, with the top four teams all at home this weekend.

We take a look at all action below, with links to live stats and live streams at the bottom of the page.

Newcastle University (12-6) vs Bradford Dragons (9-9)

Newcastle play host to Bradford Dragons tomorrow in what should be an exciting encounter.

The North East side are currently well-matched with Reading in the race for fourth, with that position guaranteeing a home draw for the first round of the playoffs.

Newcastle have won three of their last five and are in good form, though their two recent losses are contrasting. One was against defending champs Hemel, but the other was at home to tenth-place Worthing and could come back to haunt them come season's end.

At 9-9, Bradford are looking to retain their playoff spot, though how high they can push up the seedings will depend on how well they finish the regular season.

The Dragons only have Derby to play from inside the top three across their remaining six games, and match ups with Worthing (10th), Barking Abbey (13th) and Nottingham Hoods (8th) are all winnable.

Logan Rooney (24.1PPG) and Justin Hopkins (22.4PPG) are both playing at a high level this season and offer excitement whenever they're on the court for Newcastle, both will be key during the home stretch.

Their match up with Bradford's Ronald Blain (24.9PPG, 8.7RPG) is sure to be a good one, with Zion Tordoff (13.9PPG, 10.6RPG) offering pretty much weekly double-double potential.


Elsewhere this weekend

Newcastle v Bradford begins the weekend, closely followed by Essex Rebels (15-2) hosting City of Birmingham Rockets (6-12) and reigning Player of the Week Orlan Jackman.

Hemel Storm (12-4) have a home tie against Thames Valley Cavaliers (6-12) as the race for the playoffs heats up. Nottingham in eighth sit on 14 points, with TVC, Worthing and CoB all chasing on 12. Getting a win won't be easy, but it'd be a huge two points for the Cavs if they can find a way to get them.

Reading Rockets (11-6) are one of two teams in double-header action this weekend, starting things off with a home tilt against London Elite (3-15). The Rockets can climb into fourth if results go their way, providing plenty of incentive to pick up successful results against London and then Thames Valley on Sunday.

That just leaves leaders Derby Trailblazers (16-2) against Barking Abbey (3-16) in a top vs bottom clash for the NBL Live cameras.

Barking's results have had an uptick in the last few months in their quest for survival, but a win against the current top dogs, on their own court, would be some achievement.

All the action comes your way on the BE YouTube channel from 7:30pm.

This weekend's fixtures:

Saturday 2 March

2pm - Newcastle University vs Bradford Dragons - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM

6:30pm - Essex Rebels vs City of Birmingham Rockets - LIVE STATS

7pm - Hemel Storm vs Thames Valley Cavaliers - LIVE STATS

7pm - Reading Rockets vs London Elite - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM

7:30pm - Derby Trailblazers vs Barking Abbey - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM

Sunday 3 March

4pm - Reading Rockets vs Thames Valley Cavaliers - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM


Main image credit - Tara St Clair