Faced with a daunting double date with destiny in the shape of St Mirren, whom they play twice, Edinburgh University can put themselves firmly back in the title race behind Scottish Basketball League leaders Boroughmuir Blaze and Glasgow University this weekend.
After a disappointing defeat to Glasgow five days ago, the EU men travel to Paisley tonight to play Saints at the Lagoon Centre (8.15pm) and host the return at the Pleasance CSE on Sunday at the early hour of 11.20am.
Danny Costello’s students have been boosted by a 79-75 away win over Sheffield Hallam in the British Universities Trophy KO competition this week in which American guard Ron Adrian returned to form with 24 points, well supported by Davy Rowan with 20 and Brendan Mullan with 13.
“It was pleasing that the guards were shooting well. Let’s hope we can sustain it till the weekend,” said Costello, who has described the fixture log-jam as “crazy scheduling”.
Of course, Saints, who like EU are on two league defeats and are through to the Cup semi-finals where they have avoided each other, are equally aware of the weekend’s potential to open up the league.
“It could sort out either team’s aspirations,” said coach Stuart Glass, who will have a full squad available and added: “I’m looking for our experienced players to lead the way tonight and get some momentum for Sunday.”
EU women also had a pleasing win away in midweek, beating Newcastle 78-72 in the BUCS Northern Premier Division to go third in the table. They are at home Blaze women in the Scottish League on Sunday (1.20pm) while Blaze men go to Portobello High tomorrow (5pm) to play an Edinburgh Kings team out of the title race and with a disciplinary cloud hanging over them. This might be the ideal time for Kings to start some of the promising youngsters who are currently mopping up their junior opponents.