Everything you need to know ahead of Wednesday's Game 3 showdowns
MIES (Switzerland) - Basketball is back! Almost six months after two Round of 16 series were tied up, Wednesday will finally see them untangle and the winners will punch their ticket to the Basketball Champions League Final 8 in Athens.
Obviously the rosters of the four teams involved have changed but, interestingly, all four coaches remain in their position and will lead their respective teams into Game 3. Let's have a closer look at both clashes:
IBEROSTAR TENERIFE vs. FILOU OOSTENDE (series tied at 1-1) - Live on DAZN Spain, LiveBasketball.TV at 20:30 CET
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- Tenerife's Dejan Todorovic, who tore his ACL last week and Santi Yusta, who suffered the same injury last February, will still be sidelined for several months.
- Tenerife won 85-75 in Game 1 in Spain on March 3rd as Giorgi Shermadini scored a game-high 25 points and Marcelinho Huertas had a double-double of 19 points and 10 assists. A week later, Oostende won 75-69 in Game in Belgium behind 17 points on 4 of 8 three-point shooting from Jean-Marc Mwema.
- Tenerife have played host to Oostende twice before and won both games, the first was a 64-57 success in January 2017 and the second was the Game 2 win last March.
- Tenerife have won seven of the eight BCL Play-Offs games they have played at home. Their only defeat was at the hands of fellow Spanish side UCAM Murcia, 83-72 in 2018.
- Oostende have won six of their last eight games in the BCL, after losing seven of their previous 10; they have however lost all three BCL games they've played in Spain, the two against Tenerife, and one against Baxi Manresa.
- Tenerife gave up a league-best 70.2 points per game this season, albeit ERA Nymburk had a slightly better defensive rating. Tenerife also have the best defensive record (giving up just 65.1 points per game) among teams with more than six games in in BCL Play-Offs history.
- Oostende scored 75 or more points in each of their last four BCL games, their best scoring stretch in the league. The Belgian side won 13 of the most recent 15 games in which they scored at least 75 points.
- Huertas is leading the league with 129 assists and if he can get to 143 before Tenerife's 2019-20 campaign is over he will surpass Jordan Theodore for most assists in a single BCL season. Theodore had 142 assists in the 2016-17 season. Huertas has already become ithe first player in BCL history to dish out 10 or more assists in six different games during the same season.
JDA DIJON vs. NIZHNY NOVGOROD (series tied at 1-1) - Live on the BCL YouTube channel, LiveBasketball.TV at 20:30 CET
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- Nizhny's newly-arrived power forward Luke Petrasek will be sidelined through injury for at least another two months.
- On March 4th, Dijon won 88-72 in Game 1 in France as David Holston came up with 21 points and 6 assists to lead six Dijon players in double digits. A week later in Russia, Nizhny prevailed 88-79 as Evgenii Baburin went off for 22 points on 6 of 9 three-pointers and Terell Parks (no longer with Nizhny) posted a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds.
- Dijon have won six of their last eight home games in the BCL, after winning only two of their previous seven home games in the competition.
- Nizhny have lost all three road games they have played in the BCL Playoffs, by an average margin of 12.7 points.
- Nizhny have won 14 of the 16 games in which they scored 80 or more points, including the last nine such games. The Russian side have won only four of the 18 games in which they scored fewer than 80 points. Nizhny scored 80 or more points in only one of their last 10 games on the road.
- Dijon's average field goal percentage over the first two games of this series was 56 percent, higher than any other team's in the Round of 16. Nizhny's average two-point field goal percentage was 70 percent, up from 53 percent in the Regular Season.
- Dijon averaged 23 rebounds over the first two games of the series, fewer than any other team in this year's Round of 16, while Nizhny committed more turnovers than any other team, a total of 36 over the two games.
- Dijon have won 11 of the 18 BCL games in which Axel Julien was on the starting five, including the last five games the point guard was a starter. Julien scored 10 or more points in six of his last seven BCL games at home, including the last four, after scoring 10 or more points in only three of his first eight home games.