Week 10 Tuesday games preview
MIES (Switzerland) - Tuesday is the most hectic day so far in the 2020-21 Basketball Champions League Regular Season and its six-game slate really has something for everyone, as it features action in five different groups.
It can also prove a particularly important day for Hereda San Pablo Burgos and JDA Dijon, as they will secure a spot in the Play-Offs if they win the respective games in Group H and Group B.
Here's have a closer look at the six Tuesday games:
Peristeri (1-3) vs. Rytas Vilnius (1-3) -- Group E, 18:30 CET
- Peristeri are coming off an 84-71 win at Aris Thessaloniki in Greek Basket League action on Saturday, behind 19 points and 6 rebounds from Tre McLean.
- Rytas were also in action on Saturday and they also came out victorious, after picking up a 96-91 win over Nevezis at home as Maurice Ndour went off for 20 points and added 5 boards.
- Peristeri won 106-88 in the reverse fixture in Vilnius, in what is their largest-margin win in the competition.
- Peristeri are currently on a three-game losing skid in the BCL but have never lost four in a row in the competition. The Greek side have lost their last three home games in the BCL; after winning five of their previous seven games at home.
- The only Rytas win so far in the BCL came on the road (83-81 at Strasbourg). The Lithuanian side gave up more than 80 points in each of the four games they have played in the BCL.
- Rytas are leading the league in free-throw attempts, averaging 23.3 per game. The Lithuanian team took 24 or more free-throws in each of their first three games, but only 10 in their most recent game, at VEF Riga.
- Peristeri's Steven Gray leads the league in made three-pointers, with 4.8 per game. He made 10 triples in the reverse fixture, tying the BCL record for most made threes in a single BCL game, and established a new BCL efficiency rating record, with a rating of 47.
Igokea (2-2) vs. Limoges CSP (1-3) -- Group G, 18:30 CET
- Igokea rode out 86-84 winners from Mega Leks in ABA Adriatic League action on Sunday, as Edin Atic erupted for 28 points on 10 of 15 shooting from the floor.
- Limoges were in French national cup action on Friday, and they enjoyed a 99-69 rout of Le Havre as Hugo Invernizzi led six players in double digits with his 19 points.
- Limoges won 80-75 in the reverse fixture, their only win so far in the BCL and the only game in the competition in which the French team scored more than 75 points.
- Igokea are 2-0 at home and 0-2 on the road in the competition. The Bosnian team give up on average 70 points per game at home, compared with 82 points per game on the road.
- Igokea commit a league-high (worse) 16.8 turnovers per game on average, as they turn the ball over on 17 percent of their possessions, which is the highest turnover ratio in the league this season.
- Limoges average a league-low 25 points in the point per game and they are also bottom of the league in second-unit scoring, as their bench players contribute only 12.5 points per game on average.
- Jerry Boutsiele of Limoges scored a BCL career-high 25 points in the reverse fixture and went on to score 23 points in his next three BCL games combined. Boutsiele had 11 rebounds in the Week 9 loss to Turk Telekom, becoming the third player in league history to grab 10 or more rebounds without scoring a single point in a BCL game.
Hereda San Pablo Burgos (3-1) vs. Filou Oostende (1-3) -- Group H, 18:30 CET
- Burgos picked up an 85-76 win at Coosur Real Betis in Spanish Liga Endesa action on Saturday as Dejan Kravic scored 11 of his game-high 23 points in the fourth quarter and added 8 rebounds.
- Oostende meanwhile are coming off a 78-74 victory on the road in the big game against Telenet Giants Antwerp, behind a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds by Pierre-Antoine Gillet.
- Oostende won 99-98 in the reverse fixture back in November. The Belgian champions have played a total eight games against Spanish teams in the BCL, and the home team won every time.
- Burgos are riding a 7-game winning streak at home in the BCL and have won 9 of their 10 home games in the competition. What's more, the reigning BCL champions won their five most recent home games by an average margin of 20 points.
- Burgos lead the league in made three-pointers, averaging 13.5 made triples per game. By contrast, Oostende's perimeter defense allows opponents to hit 43.6 percent of their attempted three-pointers, the worse (highest) percentage in the league so far this season.
- Omar Cook of Burgos is leading the league in assists with 8.3 per game and also has a league-high assist-to-turnover ratio of 16.5 assists per turnover.
- Oostende’s Keye van der Vuurst de Vries became in the reverse fixture the youngest player in competition history to register a double-double in points and assists, at 18 years and 317 days old. The Dutch point guard had 13 points and 11 assists in the November encounter.
Brose Bamberg (4-0) vs. RETAbet Bilbao (2-2) -- Group F, 20:00 CET
- Bamberg succumbed to a 90-82 defeat at RASTA Vechta in German BBL action on Saturday, despite an 18-point display by Devon Hall.
- Bilbao are also coming off a loss, as they fell 106-73 to Valencia in Spanish Liga Endesa action on Saturday. Bibao were playing without Jonathan Rousselle and Ludde Hakanson, as both point guards are sidelined through injury.
- Bamberg, who won 77-71 in the reverse fixture in Bilbao, are looking on Tuesday to string together a five-game win streak for the first time in their BCL history.
- Bilbao are riding a two-game winning streak in the BCL, albeit both of their victories came against Fortitudo Bologna.
- Bamberg are leading the league in blocks as they average 6 per game, and had at least 5 blocked shots in each of their games this season. The German team also hold opponents to just 14.5 assists per game, making their defense the best in the league in that specific aspect.
- Bilbao hold opponents to just 0.94 points per possession and have the best defense in the league so far this season. The Spanish team give up only 69 points per game on average, as the only team to hold opponents to fewer than 70 points per game.
- Bamberg’s Chase Fieler and David Kravish have 8 blocks each this season, and are tied for second place behind VEF's Michale Kyser who has 10 blocks after the first four games.
JDA Dijon (3-1) vs. Tofas Bursa (2-2) -- Group B, 20:30 CET
- Dijon are coming off a 79-65 win over Nanterre in French national cup action on Saturday, as Abdoulaye Loum led the way with a double-double of 15 points and 10 boards.
- Tofas were also victorious on Saturday, 87-80 over Bahcesehir in Turkish BSL league action, with Tarik Phillip and Berk Ugurlu scoring 14 points apiece.
- Dijon have won each of their previous four BCL games against Turkish teams, including an 87-81 win over Tofas Bursa in the reverse fixture. Dijon scored more than 80 points in each of those four games.
- Dijon have won eight of their last 11 home games in the BCL, including the last five in a row, in which the average win margin was 20 points.
- Tofas won the only road game they have played so far in the competition, 84-74 at Keravnos. The Turkish team won both games in which they gave up fewer than 75 points and lost the two games in which they gave up more than 75 points.
- Tofas average a league-high 77.6 possessions per game and are also leading the league in steals, with 10 per game.
- Dijon’s David Holston posted a double-double of 17 points and 10 assists in the reverse fixture, his second double-double game in 34 appearances in the BCL.
- Holston is leading the league in steals, with 2.7 per game.
Fortitudo Bologna (0-4) vs. Pinar Karsiyaka (2-2) -- Group F, 20:30 CET
- Fortitudo are coming off a home loss in Italian Serie A action, 82-69 to Trieste, despite a 17-point showing from Adrian Banks.
- By contrast, Karsiyaka were 86-78 winners at Fethiye in Turkish BSL league action on Saturday, behind a near double-double of 22 points and 8 rebounds by Raymar Morgan.
- Fortitudo, who are yet to win in the competition, have lost their four first games by an average point differential of 20.3 points. The Italian team are yet to score more than 70 points in a BCL game.
- Karsiyaka have a 1-2 record on their trips to Italy in the BCL and their sole victory on Italian soil was back in October 2017, when they defeated Dinamo Sassari 88-87.
- Fortitudo score a league-low 0.84 points per possession and have the worse offense in the league, averaging 62.5 points per game.
- Karsiyaka are the best defense in the league against transition offense, as they give up a league-low (best) 5.5 fast-break points per game. The Turkish team give up only 11.3 points off turnovers, third-best in the league.
- Karsiyaka's Tony Taylor had at least 12 points and 5 assists in three of his four appearances in the BCL this season, and is shooting 90 percent from the free-throw line.