´╗┐University Basketball Enters Play-Off Stage

ZUBL action between Nkumba and Ndejje universities

It is that stage of the tournament when all that matters is winning regardless of how it is achieved. So, the 2015 Zuku University Basketball League (ZUBL) quarterfinal gets underway this afternoon at various venues but the frontrunners are already known.

Men’s defending champions Ndejje University takes on minnows International University of East Africa (IUEA) at KIU basketball court in a tie that has the hallmarks of a mismatch.

Ndejje are just one of the three unbeaten teams from the conference phase along with Makerere University and Uganda Christian University (UCU). Incidentally, Makerere’s play-off against Busoga University at Lugogo arena also seems a walk in the park but UCU could have a tough time overcoming Nkumba University, who lost just a single game in the conference stage.

Uganda Martyrs University (UMU) have been the tournament’s surprise package and their excellent display helped them avoid the big boys and earn them a tie against St Lawrence University (Slau). However, this is an evenly-balanced tie and could go either way.

In the ladies category, all eyes are on UCU ladies as they bid to win a second straight crown. Ndejje stands in their way but it is hard to see them exit at this stage. The play-off quarters are played in a best-of-three series and eight fixtures will be played today in both the men and ladies category. The semifinals and finals will be held at Lugogo on May 1-2.

Meanwhile, Uganda and Kenya have already named their All-Star teams for men and women and will face off on May 8 at Lugogo. By press time, Makerere University was hosting the final round of the conference games to decide who plays Kampala University in the women’s category.

quarterfinals

Men:

UCU v Nkumba@Lugogo, (2pm)

MUK v Busoga University, (6pm)

UMU v Slau@KIU, (2pm)

Ndejje v IUEA@KIU, (6pm)

Ladies:

MUK v UMU@Lugogo, (12pm)

UCU v Ndejje@Lugogo, (4pm)

Nkumba v KIU@KIU, (4pm)

Source : The Observer

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