Week 10 Wednesday games preview
MIES (Switzerland) - The Wednesday slate includes only three games but they are so important that they can potentially shape the standings in three different groups.
Here's a closer look at the Wednesday games in Week 10 of the 2020-21 Regular Season:
Darüssafaka Tekfen (1-3) vs. Happy Casa Brindisi (3-1) -- Group H, 18:00 CET
- Darüssafaka are coming off an 84-72 win over Turk Telekom at home in Turkish BSL league action on Sunday, behind a 26-point showing from Dogus Ozdemiroglu and an 11-point, 11-rebound double-double by Grant Jerrett. Brindisi were not in Italian Serie A league action at the weekend.
- Brindisi won 92-81 in the reverse fixture in Italy, back in November, behind a BCL career-high 20 points from youngster Riccardo Visconti. Likewise, Darüssafaka's Andrew Andrews had a BCL career-high 26 points and 8 assists in that game.
- Darüssafaka, who are on a three-game losing skid in the BCL, give up on average 74 points per game at home, and 96 points per game on the road.
- Brindisi scored more than 90 points in three of their four BCL games this season, winning all three. They lost the only game in which they scored fewer than 90 points, 93-71 at Burgos.
- Darüssafaka allow opponents to score only 17.5 two-point shots per game on average and have the best defense in the league in that respect. However, the Turkish side are one of only five teams this season to allow opponents to hit 11 or more three-pointers per game.
- Brindisi are leading the league in made free-throws, averaging 19 per game. The Italian team's free-throw shooting percentage of 83.5 percent is the second-highest in the league (behind Iberostar Tenerife, who are shooting 86.8 percent from the stripe).
- The main culprit for Brindisi's prowess from the free-throw line this season is D'Angelo Harrison, who is averaging a league-high 7.3 free-throws per game and is yet to miss a single shot from the stripe, after 29 attempts over the first four games.
Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem (2-2) vs. Turk Telekom (3-1) -- Group G, 20:00 CET
- Hapoel Jerusalem were last in action on January 4th in the Israeli national cup and defeated Gilboa Galil 80-65 behind a 24-point performance by Tyshawn Thomas.
- Turk Telekom on the other hand are coming off an 84-72 loss at Darüssafaka in Turkish BSL league action on Sunday, despite 14-point contributions from each of Kyle Wiltjer, Sam Dekker and Michael Eric.
- Turk Telekom beat Hapoel 98-84 in the reverse fixture in Turkey, in what was the Turkish team's highest-scoring BCL game since February 2020.
- Since joining the competition in 2019-20, Turk Telekom have suffered five defeats in the BCL, four of which were on the road.
- Turk Telekom have been shooting 32 percent from three-point range since September 2020, after shooting 40 percent from downtown from October 2019 through March 2020.
- Hapoel Jerusalem are currently riding a 15-game win streak at home in the BCL and boast a 95 percent winning percentage at home (18-1 win-loss record), the highest in competition history.
- Hapoel Jerusalem commit 9.3 turnovers per game on average, fewer than any other team, and they also have a league-best turnover rate of 8.6 percent.
- Turk Telekom's Kyle Wiltjer tied his BCL career-high of 33 points in the reverse fixture (he had also scored 33 points against Filou Oostende).
SIG Strasbourg (3-1) vs. VEF Riga (3-1) -- Group E, 20:30 CET
- Strasbourg were 82-78 winners over Cholet in the French Cup quarter-finals on Saturday, behind DeAndre Lansdowne's 22 points and 21 points from Brandon Jefferson.
- VEF meanwhile were last in action on January 6th and enjoyed a 77-60 win over Latvian University as Michael Kyser posted a double-double of 18 points and 11 boards.
- Strasbourg defeated VEF 77-75 in the reverse fixture back in October. The French team, who are 3-1 in the BCL so far this season, won only 29 percent of their games in the 2019-20 campaign.
- Similarly, VEF are currently riding a three-game winning streak in the BCL, after losing 14 of their previous 15 games in the competition.
- VEF won both games they have played on the road so far this season.
- Strasbourg have a league-best offensive rebounding rate of 41.6 percent.
- Strasbourg's DeAndre Lansdowne scored 26 points off the bench in the reverse fixture, which remains the highest-scoring tally in the 2020-21 BCL by a player not in his team's starting five.
- VEF’s Michale Kyser is leading the league in blocks, with 2.5 per game, and has blocked at least 2 shots in each of his four games in the BCL.