Everything you need to know ahead of Tuesday's Gameday 10 fixtures
MIES (Switzerland) - Basketball Champions League action resumes following the break over the holidays, with the first two games of 2020 taking place in Istanbul and Lithuania. Tuesday features a total of eight encounters, including a big Group B clash between RASTA Vechta and Hapoel Jerusalem.
Let's have a closer look at Tuesday's eight-game slate:
Besiktas Sompo Sigorta (3-6) vs. Telekom Baskets Bonn (6-3) - Group D, 18:00 CET
Burak Biyiktay, a former Besiktas player and head coach, has replaced Dusko Ivanovic at the helm
- Besiktas have appointed Burak Biyiktay as their new head coach, following the departure of Dusko Ivanovic in late December. Biyiktay is more than a familiar face at the Istanbul black-and-whites. He was at the helm of Besiktas from 2009 to 2011, after spending a big part of his playing career with the club.
- Besiktas have parted ways with point guard Jordan Theodore. The American playmaker averaged 17.3 points, 6.3 assists and 3.3 steals in his last four BCL games with the Turkish team.
- Besiktas have also parted ways with power forward James McAdoo, who averaged 10.9 points and 9.3 rebounds in the seven BCL games he played with the Istanbul club.
- Bonn have signed former Nizhny Novgorod center Alec Brown, who averaged 8.6 points and 4.6 rebounds in the five games he played with the Russian side in Group C.
- This will the fourth encounter between Besiktas and Bonn in the BCL, with the Turkish side winning the first two games but losing the reverse fixture on Gameday 3 of the current season, 86-82.
- Besiktas have given up 80 or more points in six of their last seven games, after not allowing their opponents to score more than 75 points in any of their previous 10 games in the competition. Besiktas have won only five of the 21 games in which they have conceded 80 or more points.
- Bonn, who won their two most recent games in the BCL, have never won three consecutive games in the competition.
- Bonn is the league's joint-leader in field goal percentage, on 49.1 percent shooting from the floor. The other team to be shooting with the exact same accuracy from the field is Polski Cukier Torun. Bonn shot 51 percent or better from the floor in four of their last five games in the competition.
Neptunas Klaipeda (4-5) vs. PAOK (3-6) - Group D, 18:00 CET
Deividas Gailius is averaging 16.8 points per game in Klaipeda
- PAOK have penned veteran guards Bobby Brown and Shannon Shorter.
- Neptunas and PAOK are to meet for the sixth time in the competition, with the Lithuanian side winning three of the previous five clashes. Neptunas has won both previous encounters between the two teams in Klaipeda.
- Neptunas have the highest defensive rebounding ratio in the league, bringing down 73.6 percent of available rebounds on their defensive glass.
- PAOK scored at least 80 points in each of their last five games, a feat they have achieved for the first time in their history in the competition. The Greek side have won 18 of the 23 BCL games in which they scored 80 or more points.
- Deividas Gailius of Neptunas is averaging 16.8 points and 5.3 assists per game at home, compared with 12.0 points and 1.8 assists per game on the road. Neptunas went 3-0 in the three games in which Gailius dished 6 assists or more. They have won only one of the six games in which he had fewer than 6 assists.
- PAOK's Adam Smith is one of two players, together with Zeljko Sakic of Lietkabelis, to have scored more than 30 points in multiple games this season.
ERA Nymburk (7-2) vs. VEF Riga (1-8) - Group C, 18:30 CET
Vojtech Hruban is going through a purple patch
- Nymburk have signed 29-year-old point guard Michael Dixon, who had a breakout season with the Czech champions in 2015-16 and then played with AEK in the inaugural BCL season.
- Nymburk are 3-1 at home so far this season and have not given up 80 or more points in any of those four home games. The Czech champions have won 17 of the 19 BCL games at home in which they gave up fewer than 80 points.
- VEF will be eliminated from play-off contention if they lose on Tuesday. The Latvian side's eight-game skid is the longest losing streak seen in the league so far this season, and they are yet to win a game on the road.
- Nymburk are holding opponents to just 39.2 percent shooting from the floor, leading the league in opponents' field goal percentage this season. The Czech side give up a league-low (best) 0.96 points per possession.
- Despite their struggles, VEF can boast of having the best defensive transition in the competition, as they give up a league-low (best) 5.9 fast break points per game on average.
- Vojtech Hruban of Nymburk has scored at least 20 points in three of his last four BCL games. Hruban is seeking to score 20 or more points in three consecutive games for the first time in his career in the competition.
Filou Oostende (4-5) vs. Dinamo Sassari (7-2) - Group A, 20:00 CET
Oostende's Shevon Thompson is leading the league in double-doubles
- Oostende have signed 30-year-old winger Olivier Troisfontaines, who last played for Cholet in the French Jeep Elite league.
- Oostende have won only two of the seven games they have played against Italian teams in the BCL. Sassari won 90-71 in the reverse fixture on Gameday 3.
- Oostende are scoring a league-low 0.96 points per possession on average. The Belgian team are also averaging a league-low 5.1 made three-pointers per game (46 triples in total), on a league-worst three-point field goal percentage of 25 percent.
- Sassari have won their last three road games, their longest winning streak on the road in the competition. The Italian team averaged 97.7 points per game in that three-game span.
- Oostende’s Shevon Thompson is leading the league in double-doubles, having posted five so far this season. The Oostende big man registered a double-double of at least 11 points and 11 rebounds in each of his last three games.
- Sassari’s Dwayne Evans is leading the league in two-point field goal percentage, with 72.3 percent. Evans is averaging 12.6 points per game at home and 19.8 points per game on the road.
RASTA Vechta (5-4) vs. Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem (6-3) - Group B, 20:00 CET
James Feldeine's display in the reverse fixture earned him Gameday 3 MVP honors
- Hapoel have penned a deal with Puerto Rico international John Holland after parting ways with Isaiah Cousins, who will continue on Group C side Peristeri winmasters.
- Vechta have added power forward Justin Raffington, who is joining from fellow German side Medi Bayreuth. Raffington is averaging 3.1 points and 2.6 boards in the BBL this season.
- Hapoel won the reverse fixture in Israel 98-87, behind 25 points from James Feldeine, who earned Gameday 3 MVP honors for his performance.
- Vechta, who won their home game against EB Pau-Lacq-Orthez on Gameday 9, are seeking to win consecutive games at home for the first time in their brief BCL history. Vechta have won all four games in which they were leading at halftime.
- Hapoel have lost four of their last five games on the road, after winning seven of their first eight road games in the competition.
- Vechta are leading the league in made three-pointers with 12.7 per game (114 in total), on a joint league-high three-point field goal percentage of 40.9 percent.
- Hapoel are scoring a league-high 1.19 points per possession and are also leading the league in free-throw shooting percentage, converting 83.6 percent of of their attempts from the foul line.
- Hapoel's TaShawn Thomas scored a BCL career-low 4 points in the reverse fixture on Gameday 3, but he is coming off a four-game stretch in which he averaged 17.3 points and 8 rebounds per contest.
Mornar Bar (2-7) vs. Nizhny Novgorod (6-3) - Group C, 20:00 CET
Derek Needham scored a season-high 20 points in the reverse fixture
- Mornar Bar have signed 35-year-old forward Lance Harris, who had averaged 10.6 points per game for Elan Chalon in the 2017-18 Regular Season.
- Nizhny won 89-69 in the reverse fixture in Russia, behind a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds from Darrlyn Willis.
- Nizhny's Brandon Brown had 15 points, 12 assists and three steals in that Gameday 3 clash, becoming only the third player in competition history with at least 12 points, 12 assists and 3 steals in a single game.
- Mornar Bar's Derek Needham, who scored a season-high 20 points in the reverse fixture, is coming off his first three-game stretch in the BCL scoring in double-digits.
- Mornar Bar have won their last two home games, after losing their previous seven games at home. The Montenegro side are seeking to win three consecutive home games for the first time in competition history.
- Nizhny, who are riding a three-game win streak, are looking to win four games in a row for the first time in competition history. The Russian side have lost 10 of the 12 games in which they scored fewer than 75 points.
- Nizhny Novgorod have made (79) and attempted (118) the fewest free-throws among all teams in the BCL this season.
San Pablo Burgos (5-4) vs. Teksut Bandirma (4-5) - Group B, 20:30 CET
Goran Huskic is unlikely to play again in this season's BCL, due to injury
- Burgos big man Goran Huskic, who made a brief reappearance from injury in December, will now be sidelined for the next four months. The Spanish club have also announced that they wont renew Oliver Stevic, whom they had brought in on a temporary contract that expires on January 11.
- Bandirma won 84-81 in the reverse fixture in Turkey, behind a 29-point display from Jaime Smith.
- Burgos have won three of their four home games, scoring 90 or more points in those victories. Bandirma lost both road games in which they gave up 80 points or more.
- Burgos are leading the league in second-chance points, with 16.2 per game on average. That is related to the Spanish team having the highest offensive rebounding ratio in the league, as they grab 37.3 percent of the rebounds available on the offensive glass.
- The Burgos bench is averaging a league-high 42.8 points per game. No other team's second unit is averaging more than 40 points in the league this season.
- Bandirma's Emanuel Terry had a BCL season-high 13 rebounds in the reverse fixture on Gameday 3 and has grabbed at least 10 rebounds in five of his last seven games. He also coming off a season-high 25 points in the win over Telenet Giants Antwerp on Gameday 9.
EB Pau-Lacq-Orthez (2-7) vs. Anwil Wloclawek (5-4) - Group B, 20:30 CET
Can league-leading scorer Justin Dentmon propel Pau to a much-needed win on Tuesday?
- Anwil won 95-87 in the reverse fixture in Wloclawek, as Tony Wroten had 23 points to lead seven Anwil players in double digits.
- Pau's current four-game skid is their longest losing streak in the competition. The French team have conceded more than 90 points in five different games this season. The only team to have given up more than 90 points in more games is Polski Cukier Torun, six times.
- Anwil, who are riding a two-game win streak, seek to win three consecutive games for the first time in competition history. The Polish side scored more than 100 points in each of their last two games, after hitting the 100-point mark only once in their first 21 games in the league.
- Neither of these two teams places a huge emphasis on defending the three-point line: Anwil have given up 109 three-pointers so far, the most in the league, and Pau are right behind them with 107.
- Justin Dentmon is leading the league in scoring with 22.6 points per game. The Pau guard has scored at least 20 points in four of his five appearances, including a 35-point performance (on 9 threes) against RASTA Vechta on Gameday 9.
- Anwil lost all three games in which Tony Wroten was in the starting lineup and have won five of the six games in which he came off the bench. Wroten, who scored more than 20 points in his last three games off the bench, is leading the league in points in the paint with 14.2 per game (128 in total).