Jeju United (14-13-7) at Pohang Steelers (16-7-11)
2 p.m., Saturday, Steel Yard, Pohang, North Gyeongsang
Jeju may have grabbed the last ticket to the upper group under the league’s split system, but that doesn’t mean the team is the weakest of the bunch . The team has won its last three matches and has beaten No. 1 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors and No. 2 Suwon Samsung Bluewings in the last two weeks.
This weekend, Jeju will try to hunt down No. 3 Pohang, which is currently the hottest team in the league with five straight wins. Jeju leads in head-to-heads with two wins and a loss this season.
Jeju is the third highest scoring team in the league, powered by Brazilian forward Ricardo Lopes, who has 11 goals and 10 assists in 31 matches. However, the team will have tough time finding the net against Pohang, which allowed only 28 goals in 34 matches, making it the best in the league. In addition, Pohang hasn’t conceded a goal in its last four matches.
V-League men’s division
Ansan OK Savings Bank Rush & Cash (3-0) at Seoul Woori Card Hansae (1-3)
2 p.m., Saturday, Jangchung Gymnasium, Seoul
Defending champion OK Savings Bank will try to stay undefeated against Woori Card, which collected its first win this season by stunning league No.1 Korean Air Jumbos on Wednesday.
OK Savings Bank heavily relies on Robertlandy Simon who has scored 75 points in the last three games. The Cuban leads the league in blocks at 0.9 per set.
Seoul Samsung Thunders (7-6) at Anyang KGC (7-7)
6 p.m., Saturday, Anyang Gymnasium, Anyang, Gyeonggi
The Thunders will have plenty of energy to take on the KGC as they had five day rest. The KGC is coming off an 83-80 win against Busan KT SonicBoom on Wednesday at home.
The Thunders are powered by the reigning KBL Foreign Player of the Year Ricardo Ratliffe who is third best scorer in the league at 20.38 points per game, and second best in rebounds at 12.46.
But the Thunders need to reduce their turnovers in offense as they commit 11.5 turnovers, the worst in the league.