Everything you need to know ahead of Tuesday's Gameday 7 fixtures
MIES (Switzerland) - Basketball Champions League action resumes following a short break but whoever thought that teams would have the luxury of easing back into the competition, was hugely mistaken.
Gameday 7 hits the ground running with very challenging tests on the road for two contenders, as the second-placed team in Group C, Nymburk, travel to Athens to face Peristeri and Group D joint-leaders Dijon are off to Istanbul to face Besiktas.
And those two mouth-watering clashes are only the appetizer to an action-packed day, as later on Sassari play host to Manresa in Group A, Vechta welcome Burgos in Group B and the still undefeated Tenerife face off with Bamberg at home.
Peristeri winmasters (3-3) v ERA Nymburk (5-1) - Group C, 18:00 CET
Vojtech Hruban, who made the Team of the Week on Gameday 6, sees red when he plays against Greek teams
- Peristeri have parted ways with head coach Ilias Zouros and have handed the reins of the team to former assistant coach Nikos Papanikolopoulos. The Athens club have brought in Ioannis Kalampokis, a former Greek international, as an assistant to their new head coach.
- Nymburk have parted ways with Ivan Almeida by mutual consent and have stated that they are scanning the market for a new addition. The 30-year-old winger averaged 9.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists in the six games he played with the Czech champions.
- Peristeri have won only one of their last four games, after winning their first two. The Greel team have led at halftime only once in their first six games, it was at home against VEF Riga on Gameday 2, and they went on to win 91-83.
- Nymburk have a 4-4 win-loss record against Greek teams in the BCL. However, they have lost all three of their last games against teams from Greece.
- Peristeri's defense has given up 92 two-pointers so far this season and they are the only team to have conceded less than 100.
- Kingsley Moses of Peristeri is, alongside Antwerp’s Ibrahima Fall Faye, one of the two players this season to have 10 rebounds or more off the bench in multiple games. Moses has done this in two games so far.
- Vojtech Hruban of Nymburk has scored at least 10 points in six of his seven games against a Greek team. The Czech winger scored 28 points in the previous game against Mornar Bar, to tie his career-high in the competition.
Besiktas Sompo Sigorta (2-4) v JDA Dijon (4-2) - Group D, 18:00 CET
Jordan Theodore will be looking for payback against Dijon, who held him to just 5 points last time around
- Besiktas have a 2-4 win-loss record against French teams in the competition The Turkish side have scored fewer than 70 points in each of their last three games against teams from France.
- Dijon have won only one of their last four games on the road in the BCL and they scored more than 65 points only in one of those games.
- Dijon have 59 steals in the first six games and are second in the league right behind RASTA Vechta, who have 60. Dijon average a league second-best 20.2 points off turnovers per game, behind Happy Casa Brindisi who score 21.3 points off turnovers on average.
- Jordan Theodore of Besiktas played against Dijon last January, when he was on AEK, and scored 5 points in 24 minutes of play, which is his BCL career-low in games where he's stayed on the court for at least 20 minutes.
- Axel Julien of Dijon is committing a turnover every 6 minutes and 29 seconds, the highest frequency among players with at least 100 minutes played this season.
Filou Oostende (2-4) v Polski Cukier Torun (1-5) - Group A, 20:00 CET
Shevon Thompson's field goal percentage is off the charts
- Oostende have won four of their last five home games, with three of those wins on a winning margin of 14 points or higher.
- Torun have lost their last four games by a margin of at least 15 points. The Polish team are on a 2-game losing skid on the road.
- Torun have made 157 two-point shots, more than any other team so far this season, while Oostende are bottom of the league in made three-pointers, having converted only 34 of their shots from behind the arc in the first six games.
- Shevon Thompson of Oostende is averaging 71.4 percent shooting from the floor, as the only player this season with a field goal percentage above 70 percent. He posted a double-double in each of Oostende's last two home games, against UNET Holon and Lietkabelis.
- Chris Wright has scored 123 points and Keith Hornsby has 111 points after the first six games, making Torun the only team so far this season to have two players over the 100-point mark.
Lietkabelis (2-4) v UNET Holon (3-3) - Group A, 20:00 CET
Made in Croatia: Zeljiko Sakic is leading all non-US players in scoring in this season's BCL
- Holon have parted ways with big man Latavious Williams, who averaged 14 points and 10 rebounds per game for the Israeli team.
- Lietkabelis, having removed Ken Brown from rotation already in early November, have now officially parted ways with the 30-year-old guard. Brown averaged 10.7 points and 5.7 assists in the three games he played with the Lithuanian team in the BCL.
- Lietkabelis are looking for their first ever win against an Israeli team, after losing their two encounters with Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem last season, both by a double-digit margin. Lietkabelis won their last home game, 98-83 against Torun, but have not won consecutive games at home in the BCL since November 2018.
- Holon lost on their only previous trip to Lithuania, 71-69 to Juventus Utena in the 2017-18 season. The Israeli team have won their last two games on the road but have never won three consecutive road games in the competition.
- Holon are averaging 51.4 percent shooting from the floor in the first six games, and they are the only team with a field goal percentage above 50 percent so far this season. Lietkabelis on the other hand are leading the league in free-throw percentage, averaging 81.4 percent shooting from the line.
- Zeljko Sakic of Lietkabelis is shooting 87.9 percent from the foul line and is leading the league in free-throw percentage among players with at least 5 free-throw attempts per game. The Croatian forward is the only non-American player to have already reached the 100 point-mark this season.
- Marcus Foster of Holon is the league-leading scorer among players with less than 10 free-throws attempted. The Holon guard is averaging 18.3 points per game and has only attempted 8 free-throws.
RASTA Vechta (4-2) v San Pablo Burgos (3-3) - Group B, 20:00 CET
Trevis Simpson is still leading the league in made threes, hitting 4 triples per game on average
- Vechta have signed Jordan Davis, who had started the season at Group A contenders BAXI Manresa. The 22-year-old point guard averaged 8.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.2 in his five games in the BCL with the Spanish team.
- Burgos have brought in 35-year-old Oliver Stevic on a temporary contract. The Serbian forward/center, a former Morabanc Andorra and Montakit Fuenlabrada player, is filling in for Burgos captain Goran Huskic who is sidelined through injury until January.
- Both Vechta and Burgos are playing in a European competition for the first time in their history. Both teams have scored more than 80 points in four of their first six games and are in the top-8 of the highest-scoring offenses so far this season.
- Burgos are yet to win a game on the road in the BCL, losing both their road games so far by an average margin of 5.5 points. No Spanish team have ever lost their first three road games in the competition.
- Vechta are averaging 22 defensive rebounds per game, second-lowest in the league, while San Pablo Burgos are averaging a league-best 14.5 offensive rebounds per game after the first six weeks.
- Trevis Simpson of Vechta is leading the league in made threes, having converted 24 of his 3-point attempts.
- Jasiel Rivero of Burgos is averaging 8 rebounds per game, more than any player with fewer than 20 minutes of action per game.
Dinamo Sassari (5-1) v BAXI Manresa (4-2) - Group A, 20:30 CET
Dani Perez, who has the league's best assist-to-turnover ratio, has just set a new club record at Manresa
- Sassari are on a 5-game winning streak at home in the BCL and have scored at least 90 points in four of those five encounters. The Italian team have never won more than five consecutive home games in the competition.
- Manresa are yet to win a road game, giving up an average of 85.5 points per game when playing on the road. No Spanish team have ever lost their first three road games in the competition.
- Manresa have given up only 28 three-pointers so far this season, as the only team to have conceded less than 40 triples. In fact Manresa have seen the last 15 three-point attempts by their opponents end in a miss.
- Sassari are, alongside Teksut Bandirma, the only teams to have used the same starting five in all of their first six games (Spissu, Bilan, Evans, Pierre and Vitali).
- Dani Perez of Manresa has currently the best assist-to-turnover ratio in the competition, 8.6 assists per turnover, having dished out 43 assists for only five turnovers so far this season. The Spanish guard set a new club record for most assists in a single game at the weekend, dishing out 16 assists in Manresa's 93-92 comeback win over UCAM Murcia in the Spanish Liga Endesa.
EB Pau-Lacq-Orthez (2-4) v Teksut Bandirma (2-4) - Group B, 20:30 CET
The unfortunate Nicolas De Jong has suffered a season-ending injury just two weeks after earning MVP of the Week honors
- Pau have signed 34-year-old Nigerian center Ekene Ibekwe to replace Nicolas De Jong. The Gameday 4 MVP has torn his ACL and will be sidelined for the remainder of the season.
- Cheikh Mbodj fractured his jaw in Pau's Saturday win at Roanne in French Jeep League action and, although the duration of his absence has not yet been determined, it is safe to assume Pau will play without their 32-year-old center on Tuesday.
- Pau gave up fewer than 80 points in their last three games, winning two of them. The French team had given up more than 90 points in their first three games, losing all three. The French team won their last home game in the competition, 81-75 against Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem.
- Historically, Bandirma's success in BCL road games depends on defense. The Turkish team have won the five games on the road in which they gave up fewer than 75 points and have lost seven of the nine road games in which they gave up more than 75 points.
- Bandirma average 2.3 made three-pointers in the first half of their games, a joint-low in the BCL this season. The Turkish side's long-range shooting always picks up after the break though, and they average 5 made threes in the second half.
- Bandirma are, alongside Dinamo Sassari, one of the two teams to have used the same starting five in all first six games (Smith, Hazer, Kalinoski, Terry and Hummer).
Iberostar Tenerife (6-0) v Brose Bamberg (4-2) - Group C, 20:30 CET
The passing prowess of Marcelinho Huertas is a big contributing factor to Tenerife's unbeaten march
- Iberostar Tenerife have won their last six home games in the BCL, conceding 68 points or fewer in each of those games. The Spanish team's defense gives up a competition-best 63.9 points on average at home.
- Bamberg have won their last two road games in the BCL, scoring exactly 76 points in each of those encounters and giving up an average of 60.5 points. The German team won on their only previous trip to Spain, 75-65 at Montakit Fuenlabrada in December 2018.
- Brose Bamberg average 26.3 points in the paint per game, fewer than any other team so far this season, while Iberostar Tenerife are one of four teams to give up less than 30 points in the paint on average.
- Marcelinho Huertas of Tenerife is the only player with at least 6 assists in each of his first six games this season. The Brazilian point guard scored 20 points and dished out 10 assists off the bench in Tenerife's most recent home game, against Gaziantep.
- Paris Lee of Bamberg scored 4 points against Tenerife, which was his BCL career-low until that point, when he faced the Spanish team as a Telenet Giants Antwerp player in the 2019 Semi-Final.