The National Basketball League is pleased to announce the full schedule for the 2013/14 season which will commence on 10 October 2013 with the final games of the regular season being played on 23 March 2014.
There will once again be eight teams competing, which includes the new community-owned Townsville Crocodiles. Each team will play a total of 28 games over 23 weeks with the top four teams to contest the NBL Finals in March and April. Dates and venues for the finals will be confirmed following the final round of the regular season.
The 2013/14 NBL Season tips-off with three-time defending champions, New Zealand Breakers raising their championship banner and also retiring Dillon Boucher’s singlet on opening night when they take on the Wollongong Hawks at Vector Area.
On Friday night of opening weekend, two new coaches go head-to-head when Trevor Gleeson’s Perth Wildcats take on Joey Wright’s Adelaide 36ers at Perth Arena. This will be the first of 10 Friday night games in The Jungle for the ‘Cats who last season averaged crowds of more than 11,000.
Round one continues on Saturday night with the first Reptile Rumble of the season as the Cairns Taipans take on the Crocodiles, under the guidance of new coach Shawn Dennis in Townsville.
The first round of the season closes out on Sunday afternoon with a huge match-up between the Sydney Kings and their capital city rivals the Melbourne Tigers. This game will celebrate the Kings' 25th season in the league, with past legends tipped to make an appearance at the game that will also signal the return of Mark Worthington to Melbourne and the debut of AJ Ogilvy in the gold and purple.
Round three will see the 2013 Grand Final re-match at what will be a packed North Shore Events Centre when New Zealand play host to Perth on Thursday 24 October. In a tough road double, the Wildcats will then have to fly to Sydney to play the Kings on Sunday, which will also mark their 1000th game in the NBL since being established in 1982.
Following a successful return in 2012/13, All-Star weekend festivities will take place over December 20-22. The location of the game is still yet to be determined.
The 2014 NBL Finals Series will once again see the top four teams face off in a best-of-three series commencing on Friday 28 March, with the best-of-three Grand Final Series expected to conclude in mid-April.
Games will once again be broadcast on both free-to-air television as well as live and on demand on PC, iPhone or iPad via NBL.TV (TV games and tip-off times will be announced shortly).
CLICK HERE to see the full list of fixtures for the 2013/14 season.
Summary Highlights/Milestones during the season
• Round 1 - Sunday 13 October 2013
Sydney celebrate their 25th year in the NBL with past players and special events planned (at home v Melbourne)
• Round 2 - Saturday 19 October 2013
Adelaide 36ers first of six double-headers with WNBL counterparts Adelaide Lightning
• Round 2 - Sunday 20 October 2013
Melbourne will be holding a special 20th Anniversary celebration of their first Championship (at home v Perth)
• Round 3 - Saturday 26 October 2013
Wollongong celebrate their 1000th game in the NBL (at home v Townsville)
• Round 4 - Friday 1 November 2013
Perth Wildcats celebrate their 500th home game (at home v Wollongong)
• Round 11 - Tuesday 31 December 2013
New Year’s Eve Basketball Party with the three community clubs
Cairns Taipans v Perth Wildcats
Townsville Crocodiles v Adelaide 36ers
Wollongong Hawks v Melbourne Tigers
• Round 15- Sunday 26 January 2014
Australia Day Celebrations in NSW
Wollongong Hawks v Melbourne Tigers
Sydney Kings v Adelaide 36ers
• Round 16 – Sunday 2 February 2014
Melbourne v Perth – first of four games for Melbourne at Hisense Arena