Over the years both sides have been involved in some intriguing games but for Killester coach Jonathan Grennell this clash is key to their league aspirations.
“I think the only way we are going to win the league is to win every game and they do not come any bigger than a game against DCU Saints,” Grennell said.
Saints have been a tough nut to crack over the years and the Killester boss is under no illusions of the task that lies ahead.
“We were lucky to defeat them in our first round game and this will be no different as Martin Provizors is playing the best basketball of his career,” added Grennell.
For the DCU coach David Donnelly it’s a game both sides look forward to every season.
“I suppose you can compare it to the Demons and Neptune game in Cork on a smaller scale but no doubt both sides will be up for battle,” Donnelly said.
UCC Demons, fresh from their National Cup success over Dublin Inter, renew their league bid with a game at the Mardyke Arena against the same opposition on Sunday.
Demons are presently 11/0 in their league campaign but player coach Colin O’Reilly insists his side have to give Dublin Inter respect.
“We didn’t overdo it following our cup win as we are firmly focused on our league challenge and the players know what I am expecting from this game,” Colin said.
Templeogue will welcome back American Wayne Houston for their home clash with Bord Gáis Neptune at Inchicore on Saturday. The Cork side will be missing Mattie Rudak due to school commitments but the experienced Michael McGinn and Ger Noonan should give them maximum points.
Basement side Moycullen face a difficult home game against Belfast Star and defending champions UL Eagles should have too much firepower for UCD Marian when they host them at the UL Arena.
In the women’s Premier League UL Huskies should get back to winning ways when they play Ulster Rockets who complete their southern double header on Sunday when clashing with National Cup champions Team Montenotte.
Leaders DCU Mercy will need to be fully focused when they clash with Killester at the DCU Sports complex on Sunday.
Singletons Supervalu Brunell will be missing star point guard Megan O’Leary for their home game against WIT Wildcats. Liffey Celtics should get rare league points when they play Meteors at Leixlip.