Both sides have been in close-knit matches this season.

Both sides have been in close-knit matches this season.

Sunderland’s basketball 1st team host Hull 1sts on Wednesday night, as the BUCS season reaches it’s halfway point.

Sunderland sit bottom of the BUCS Northern 3B division, so it’s perhaps a blessing in disguise the fact they were knocked out of the Northern Conference Cup last week. Brian Calder’s team gave a good account of themselves away to higher placed Liverpool John Moore 1sts, but ultimately succumbed to a 89-71 loss to exit the cup at the last 16 stage.

Therefore, Sunderland have just league games left up until the end of the season in the middle of March. They sit bottom of the division right now and if this were still the case in five games time, they’d be relegated for a second season straight.

Opponent profile

Visitors Hull 1sts sit in a slightly healthier position than their hosts in what is still an incredibly tight league at this stage of the season. Hull have been in slightly better form this season, with an even win loss record of 2-2, while Sunderland are just 1-3 in this department in the year.

Similar to Sunderland this season, Hull have been involved in lot of tight games having beaten Newcastle 2nds by two and York 1sts by seven point margins respectively. Meanwhile the games they’ve lost – to Leeds Beckett 2nds and Bradford 1sts – have only been two and eight point deficits. Also like Sunderland, Hull exited the cup after their second game played, with Chester 1sts knocking them out at the last 32 stage three weeks ago.

History between the teams

These two teams have been at opposite ends of the BUCS league structure in recent times, so have never met in a league fixture before, but they were drawn together in the first round of the first ever Northern Conference Cup in the 2011/12 season. The game was also played at Wednesday’s venue CitySpace, where Sunderland prevailed 75-63.

History is unlikely to play too much of a part if any in this game, but Sunderland could really do with the type of result they got in their only previous meeting with Hull if they are to lift themselves out of trouble for the 2016/17 season.

You can see Sunderland 1sts take on Hull 1sts tonight at 6.00pm on the CitySpace court.