Men’s Basketball – Varsity 2014 Preview

23rd February 2014

Nottingham Uni 1st vs Nottingham Trent 1st
Location: Capital FM Arena.
Tip off: 24th February 2014 8.15pm

This Monday sees the next instalment of the 2014 Charity Varsity series. It’s the fourth round of the competition in the series, with the series poised at 2 -1 to Nottingham Trent. It’s the turn of both the women’s and men’s basketball teams to take centre stage. Nottingham Uni will be keen for a quick comeback after losing the American Football 26-13 this afternoon.

The men’s basketball team will come into the match as firm favourites, as they sit the BUCS league above Trent. Trent lie 5th in BUCS Midlands Division 2A struggling to find any form with only 1 win from their 7 matches they’ve played. In stark contrast, Nottingham Uni sit 2nd in BUCS Midlands Division 1A, just behind Derby with 6 wins out of their 8 played.

The 2014 Varsity game, the first ever to take place at the Capital FM Arena, saw Nottingham Uni run out 83-70 winners in front a strong 2000 crowd. The score line didn’t reflect the general play of the match and Trent felt rightly aggrieved to lose the match after leading the score after each of the first three quarters and it was only a last quarter comeback which saw Nottingham Uni take the win. Prior to the match last year, the University of Nottingham’s sport director Dan Tilley has told the head coach to rest some players ahead of their big BUCS championship game two days later. This year however, Nottingham Uni don’t have a BUCS match midweek and will be full strength with star players Aaron Brown and Jeff Smith. In comparison Trent have a BUCS cup match midweek and will have tough decision whether or not to rest players.

On paper this suggest a routine win for Nottingham Uni but this is Varsity and the form book goes out of the window and combined with the unique atmosphere of a 4000 capacity Varsity crowd, a Trent loss is far from guaranteed.

Both teams are fully aware that the crowd will be a huge factor in encouraging their University so it’s important that as many people get down to the Capital FM Arena as possible. Tickets are still amiable from the SU website or the Box Office in the Portland building. If you can’t get down to the Capital FM arena on Monday however, tune into www.urn1350.net from 7pm for the pre match build-up, live commentary and post-match analysis of the game.