Everything you need to know ahead of Wednesday's Gameday 11 fixtures
MIES (Switzerland) - Wednesday's eight-game slate resembles a good film, in that you really shouldn’t miss the start: Action tips off by pitting against each other the teams that are tied in third place in Group C, and continues with a big clash between two of the three top teams in Group A.
Let's have a closer look at all eight Wednesday encounters:
Nizhny Novgorod (6-4) vs. Peristeri winmasters (6-4) - Group C, 17:00 CET
Darrlyn Willis has four games so far of at least 16 points and 8 rebounds
- Nihzny have added 28-year-old power forward Terell Allen Parks who started the season at Greek side Larisa.
- Nizhny won 74-71 in the reverse fixture in Athens, behind 21 points from Brandon Brown.
- Nizhny have won their last three home games, their longest winning streak at home in the competition. The Russian team have already won as many home games this season, four, as in the entire 2018-19 season, Regular Season and Play-Offs combined.
- Peristeri lost both road games in which they gave up more than 70 points and have won all three road games in which they gave up fewer than 70 points.
- Peristeri give up a league-low (best) 24.4 field goals per game on average. The Greek team also give up fewer points in the paint, 26.8 per game, than any other team this season.
- Nizhny's Darrlyn Willis had at least 16 points and 8 rebounds in four different games this season, second only to Shevon Thompson who had five games of at least 16 points and 8 rebounds.
Turk Telekom (7-3) vs. BAXI Manresa (7-3) - Group A, 18:00 CET
Kyle Wiltjer has almost forgotten what it feels like to miss from two-point range
- Manresa are dealing with injuries to point guards Frankie Ferrari and Daniel Pérez, as well as a recent injury to shar-shooter Ryan Toolson. Manresa have loaned out Yankuba Sima to Ourense. The big man averaged 4.6 points and 3 rebounds in five BCL games.
- Manresa won 80-75 in the reverse fixture, behind a 19-point, 7-assist display by Ferrari.
- Turk Telekom, that averaged 88.5 points in their last two home games, had not scored more than 75 points in any of their first three games at home.
- Manresa give up a league-low (best) 5.8 triples per game and also hold opponents to a league-low (best) 28 percent three-point shooting on average.
- Manresa dish out 2 assists for each turnover they commit, as the team with the best assist-to-turnover ratio this season. They also have the highest assist ratio in the league as 21.5 percent of their possessions end in an assisted basket.
- Turk Telekom's Kyle Wiltjer has made his last 15 two-point shots and needs to make his first shot from two-point range on Wednesday to claim the longest streak this season. Suleiman Braimoh had also made 15 two-point shots in a row, between Gameday 3 and Gameday 5.
- Manresa won all three games in which Toolson was in the starting five, while they won four of the seven games in which he came off the bench.
Gaziantep (2-8) vs. VEF Riga (1-9) - Group C, 18:00 CET
Jason Rich led Gaziantep to victory in the reverse fixture
- Gaziantep won 85-81 in the reverse fixture in Latvia, behind 25 points from Jason Rich who was playing only his second game with the Turkish team. Gaziantep have never won two games against the same team in the BCL.
- Rich, who scored at least 17 points in four of his seven BCL appearances with Gaziantep, is nine points shy from becoming the 15th player with at least 500 points in competition history.
- VEF, who are currently on a nine-game losing streak, are yet to win a game on the road in the competition.
- Gaziantep average 7.7 second-chance points, second from bottom in the league, above only Dijon. The Turkish side averaged 4.8 second-chance points in their last six games.
- VEF give up a league-low (best) 6.1 fast-break points per game. However, the Latvian side also score a league-low 7.6 fast-break points per game on average.
PAOK (4-6) vs. JDA Dijon (7-3) - Group D, 19:00 CET
David Holston had 17 points and 7 assists to help Dijon deny PAOK in France
- Dijon won the reverse fixture 81-76 behind a 17-point, 7-assist performance by David Holston. The Dijon point guard is the only player in the league to average at least 12 points, 6 assists and 2 steals, as he is averaging 13.8 points, 7.3 assists and 2.1 steals per game.
- PAOK have won only two of their last seven home games, after winning nine of their first 10 games at home in the competition.
- Dijon scored more than 90 points in three of their last four games, when they had more than 90 points in three of their first 20 games in the competition.
- Dijon force a league-high 18.6 turnovers per game on average. Consequently, they are also leading the league in points off turnovers, with 21.1 per game.
- Dijon however are bottom of the league in second-chance points, averaging 7.4 per game.
- PAOK's Adam Smith has scored exactly 31 points in each of his last two games at home and is averaging 27 points in his last four home games in the league.
Anwil Wloclawek (5-5) vs. Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem (7-3) - Group B, 20:00 CET
Suleiman Braimoh poured in 33 points off the bench in the reverse fixture
- Hapoel won the reverse fixture in Jerusalem 112-94, behind Suleiman Braimoh's 33 points off the bench. Braimoh's output is a joint second-best off the bench in competition history. The record belongs to Jimmy Baron, who scored 42 points off the bench for Neptunas in a win over Muratbey Usak in December 2016.
- Anwil won their last two home games, scoring 100 or more points in each one, and are looking to register their first ever three-game winning streak in the competition.
- Hapoel have only won two of their last six road games in the BCL but are coming off a big 93-74 victory at RASTA Vechta last week.
- Anwil are averaging a league-high 43.4 points in the paint per game. The Polish team score exactly 50 percent of their total points in the paint, second in that respect only to Filou Oostende, that get 52 percent of their points in the key.
- Hapoel are scoring a league-high 1.2 points per possession on average. The Israeli team also have the highest Effective Field Goal Percentage in the league, 56.8 percent. (The eFG% formula accounts for the value of three-point shooting and is therefore considered a more accurate metric of shooting accuracy than plain field goal percentage).
Telekom Baskets Bonn (6-4) vs. Falco Szombathely (5-5) - Group D, 20:00 CET
Eugene Lawrece is back to Bonn and in the BCL, where he is in the all-time Top-10 in assists and steals
- Bonn have signed Eugene Lawrence, who had started the season at Greek side Ionikos. The veteran point guard is a familiar face in Bonn as he played for the German club between 2014 and 2016. Lawrence, who played in the BCL with Nymburk, is the third-leading player in assists and seventh-leading player in steals in BCL history, with 239 and 59, respectively.
- Falco won 91-59 in the reverse fixture, behind a 16-point, 7-rebound display by Juvonte Reddic. He is averaging 18.2 points per game on the road, compared with 10-8 points per game at home.
- Bonn have won five of their last six home games, and they are averaging 90.4 points per game at home this season. This is a record for the German team in the competition, as they averaged 73.6 points at home in the 2017-18 season and 85 points per home game in 2018-19.
- Bonn are averaging a league-high field goal percentage of 49.1 percent. Bonn shot 50 percent or better from the floor in six of their 10 games this season.
- Falco averaged 90.5 points in their last two games on the road after scoring an average of 62 points in their first three road games in the league.
Dinamo Sassari (7-3) vs. Polski Cukier Torun (2-8) - Group D, 20:30 CET
Marco Spissu posted an efficiency rating of 34 when the two teams met in Poland on Gameday 4
- Sassari won the reverse fixture 113-95 led by Marco Spissu who registered a BCL career-high efficiency rating of 34, on 22 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds.
- Dwayne Evans scored 29 points, his second-highest tally in a BCL game, in that Gameday 4 clash in Poland. Evans is averaging 21.8 points on the road, compared with 12.6 points per game at home.
- Torun's Chris Wright recorded a BCL career-high efficiency rating of 30 in the reverse fixture. He had 30 points, 6 assists and 3 steals in that game.
- Sassari have won six of their last seven home games in the BCL, with the only defeat in that span coming against BAXI Manresa by a single point. The Italian side have scored 90 or more points in 10 games at home, the most among all teams in the history of the BCL.
- Torun have the most permissive defense in the league, giving up 99.4 points per game. They are also bottom of the league in opponents' field goal percentage (53.5 percent) and three-point shooting percentage (43.5 percent). The Polish team gave up 95 or more points in seven of their last eight games.
- On the other hand, Torun are leading the league in scoring, with 92.2 points per game. They are the only team this season to average more than 90 points per game.
Casademont Zaragoza (6-4) vs. Neptunas Klaipeda (4-6) - Group D, 20:30 CET
Dylan Ennis had a big impact in every home game since joining Zaragoza in November
- Neptunas won 91-73 in the reverse fixture on Gameday 4, as Osvaldas Olisevicius scored 18 points to lead six Klaipeda players in double digits.
- Zaragoza are riding a two-game winning streak and looking to win three games in a row for the first in the competition. The Spanish team gave up fewer than 80 points in each of their last three games after conceding 90 or more points in three of their previous four games in the league.
- Neptunas have lost their last four road games but have never lost five consecutive road games in the BCL Regular Season. The Lithuanian side gave up an average of 95.5 points in those last four road games, losing by an average differential of 17.8 points per game in that span.
- Zaragoza are leading the league in defensive rebounds, averaging 30.6 defensive boards per game. They are also joint league leaders in blocks, alongside Hapoel Jerusalem, averaging 4.4 blocked shots per game.
- Neptunas are leading the league in both made (183) and attempted (231) free-throws. Neptunas are scoring a league-high 22.4 percent of their total points from the foul line.
- Zaragoza's Dylan Ennis is averaging 16.3 points per game at home, compared with 5.5 points per game on the road.