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Everything you need to know ahead of Wednesday's Gameday 4 fixtures

MIES (Switzerland) - Wednesday action features seven contests that will quite possibly shape the top-half of the standings in three different groups.

There is no team among the 14 that will take to the floor which doesn't have at least one win to its name already and doesn't look to finish Gameday 4 within the top four on  the Group A, Group B, or Group D table.

Let's have a closer look at some very interesting facts and figures on each of the seven Wednesday games:

Teksüt Bandirma (1-2) v AEK (2-1) -- Group B, 18:00 CET


When it comes to points per minute, nobody gives you more bang for your buck than Jaime Smith

  • AEK have signed two-time NBA champion and 2019 BCL champion Mario Chalmers, and he is expected to make his debut in the yellow-black jersey in this game. The Greek team however will be without Kendrick Ray who is sidelined through injury until at least next week. AEK have also parted ways with center Georgios Tsalmpouris.

  • Bandirma and AEK have already faced each other twice, during the 2017-18 Regular Season, with the Turkish side winning both games.

  • Bandirma have only lost three of their 23 home games in the Regular Season. However, they have conceded more than 80 points in two of their last three home games, as many times as in their previous 17 home games.

  • AEK lost their last two road games but have never lost three games in a row away from home. Only one of AEK's 11 defeats on the road was by a double-digit margin and it was in Turkey: An 82-68 loss at Besiktas Sompo Sigorta in December 2016.

  • Jaime Smith of Bandirma is averaging 21.3 points, more than any other player who's played less than 30 minutes per game. His average paying time has been 29 minutes and 34 seconds.

  • Keith Langford of AEK is shooting 64.3 percent from three-point range (9 of 14), which is the highest percentage among all players with more than 10 attempts from behind the arc so far this season.


Neptunas Klaipeda (2-1) v Casademont Zaragoza (2-1) -- Group D, 18:00 CET


If you see Nemanja Radovic going to the offensive glass, you'd better try to box him out

  • Neptunas lost their last home game to JDA Dijon, 89-75 on Gameday 2, but have never lost two home games in a row in the competition.

  • Neptunas lost their previous home game against a Spanish team in the BCL, a 83-67 loss to Iberostar Tenerife in February 2018, which was also their joint-heaviest defeat at home.

  • Zaragoza have won their last two games and both wins were by a margin of only one point.

  • The Spanish side has only made 23.3 percent of its 3-point attempts, less than any other team so far this season.

  • Simas Galdikas of Neptunas had exactly 10 rebounds in each of his last two BCL games. He had never collected more than six rebounds in any of his first 33 games in the competition.

  • Nemanja Radovic of Zaragoza has 17 offensive rebounds, more than any other player so far this season.


Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem (3-0) v Anwil Wloclawek (1-2) -- Group B, 18:30 CET


Tony Wroten has so far been the perfect low-volume, high-accuracy shooter

  • Hapoel are off to the best ever start to a BCL season for a team from Israel. They have won their last seven home games in the competition, with an average margin of 12.6 points.

  • Anwil have lost their last six road games, by an average margin of -15.5 points. The Polish side has not scored more than 80 points in their last six road games, after scoring at least 90 points in their first three away games.

  • Hapoel average a league-high 62.5 percent shooting from two-point range.

  • J’Covan Brown leads Hapoel in scoring with 16.7 points per game despite starting all the first three games on the bench.

  • Tony Wroten of Anwil has made 69.4 percent of his field goal attempts (25 of 36), the highest percentage so far this season among all players with at least 30 shots from the floor.


Telenet Giants Antwerp (1-2) v RASTA Vechta (2-1) -- Group B, 20:00 CET


Trevis Simpson has put in an early candidature for Top Scorer of the season

  • Antwerp, who lost their last game 62-51 to AEK, have not lost consecutive games in the competition since gamedays 4 and 5 last season. The Belgian team has won its last five home games in the Regular Season.

  • Antwerp have only converted 55.7 percent (44 of 79) of their free-throw attempts in the BCL season. It's the lowest free-throw shooting percentage so far this season.

  • Vechta have made 48 three-pointers, more than any other team this season, while only four teams have made less shots from behind the arc than Antwerp, who have 18 triples.

  • Trevis Simpson of Vechta leads the competition in scoring with 73 points in the first three games. He has made 17 three-pointers, five more than any other player up until Gameday 3.


BAXI Manresa (2-1) v Turk Telekom (3-0) -- Group B, 20:30 CET


Turk Telekom are playing on the road again, so you just know Muhammed Baygül is in for a big scoring night

  • Manresa have brought in veteran Sergi Vidal to fill in for their captain Pere Tomas, who will be sidelined for a yet unspecified time period due to injury.

  • Manresa lost their last game 81-63 at SIG Strasbourg but are still undefeated at home in the competition.

  • Turk Telekom are looking to become the second Turkish team to win the first four games of a BCL season, after Besiktas Sompo Sigorta in 2016-17.

  • Manresa are leading the league in free-throw percentage, having converted 85 percent of their shots from the line.

  • Ryan Toolson is the only Manresa player to have scored at least 10 points in each of their two home games, despite coming off the bench on both occasions.

  • Turk Telekom's Muhammed Baygül averages 16.5 points and 7 rebounds in his two away games.


SIG Strasbourg (2-1) v UNET Holon (1-2) -- Group A, 20:30 CET


Marcus Foster, probably pointing at his metronome which shows 22/22

  • Strasbourg have won their last three home games in the competition.

  • Holon have won four of their last seven away games in the BCL, after losing all their first nine. They scored a record 122 points in their last road game against Polski Cukier Torun, but no team has ever scored at least 100 in consecutive away games.

  • Holon lead the league in three-point shooting percentage, with 45.9 percent shooting from beyond the arc. They have the best offense, with 287 points, but also the worse defense, having given up 288 points.

  • Damien Inglis of Strasbourg has never lost in any of the six BCL games he has played at home, and he had at least 10 points and 5 rebounds in four of those games.

  • Marcus Foster of Holon scored exactly 22 points in each of Holon’s two away games, leading his team in scoring in both contests.


Happy Casa Brindisi (1-2) v Besiktas Sompo Sigorta (1-2) -- Group D, 20:30 CET


Another home game, another 30-plus point display by Adrian Banks?

  • Brindisi won their only home game so far, 76-75 over Telekom Baskets Bonn on Gameday 2.

  • Besiktas have won five and lost three of their last eight BCL games on the road, and none of those games ended on a double- digit winning margin.

  • Brindisi give up an average of 46.7 points in the paint per game, more than any other team so far this season.

  • Adrian Banks scored 31 points in Brindisi's only home game this season, which remains a league-high this season. Banks scored a combined 25 points in his two road games.

  • James McAdoo of Besiktas is the only player this season to have taken down at least 10 rebounds in each of his first three games.