Everything you need to know ahead of Tuesday's Gameday 8 fixtures
MIES (Switzerland) - The moment the referee tosses the ball up for the opening tip of the Tuesday clash between Nizhny and Tenerife, we are officially entering the second half of the Regular Season.
You'd be better hold on to your hats from that point onward, as the early game in Russia signals the start of one of the most action-packed days in the 2019-20 Basketball Champions League.
Tuesday's nine-game slate sees not only Group C leaders Tenerife but also Group D leaders JDA Dijon and Group A joint-leaders Dinamo Sassari face tough tests on the road, while every single team in Group B takes to the floor.
Nizhny Novgorod (4-3) v Iberostar Tenerife (7-0) - Group C, 17:00 CET
Assist-leader Marcelinho Huertas and big man Giorgi Shermadini have established a devastating pick-and-roll duo
- Tenerife have brought back Georgios Bogris, who was a member of their 2016-17 BCL championship-winning team, but the Greek center is unlikely to join the team in time to debut on Tuesday.
- Nizhny have officially parted ways with Chavaughn Lewis, who had already been out of rotation in the last games and will continue on fellow Russian side Enisey.
- Nizhny are looking to claim their first ever victory against a Spanish team in the BCL, after three losses in as many encounters with teams from that country. Tenerife won the reverse fixture 81-67.
- Tenerife give up 67.4 points per game on average, which rates their defense as the best in the competition so far. In fact no other team's defense averages fewer than 70 allowed points per game.
- Nizhny beat VEF Riga 80-78 in their previous home game but have never won consecutive home games in the Regular Season. The Russian team have lost five of the six home games in which they gave up 75 points or more.
- Darrlyn Willis has posted two double-doubles this season and is looking to become the first Nizhny player to register three double-doubles in a single BCL season. Vladimir Dragicevic had two double-doubles in the 2018-19 season.
- Tenerife's Marcelinho Huertas, who is leading the league in assists with 8.3 per game, is averaging 3.4 assists per game to Giorgi Shermadini. These 24 assists (in seven games) are a league-high for most assists by a player to a specific teammate so far this season.
Lietkabelis (3-4) v Dinamo Sassari (5-2) - Group A, 18:00 CET
Dyshawn Pierre scored the game-winner for Sassari in the reverse fixture and earned weekly MVP honors
- Lietkabelis have parted ways with Serbian shooting guard Stefan Sinovec, who averaged 2 points and 2 assists per game in the BCL this season.
- Lietkabelis are riding a three-game winning streak, their longest in league history. The Lithuanian team have won six of the most recent seven home games in which they scored 75 or more points.
- Sassari have won their last two road games (at Polski Cukier Torun and UNET Holon) but have never won three consecutive games on the road in the competition. The Italian side scored more than 90 points in each of their last two road games.
- Lietkabelis average a league-best 83.6 free-throw shooting percentage. They convert 16.7 free- throws per game on average, second only to fellow Lithuanian side Neptunas Klapeida, who make 18.7 shots from the foul line per game.
- Lietkabelis won all three games in which Zeljko Sakic scored at least 20 points and lost the four games in which Sakic scored fewer than 20. Sakic is averaging 19 points and 6.6 rebounds per game in the BCL.
- Sassari's Dyshawn Pierre posted a double-double of 24 points and 12 rebounds in the reverse fixture and was named MVP of the Week. Pierre has already registered three double-doubles this season.
Falco Szombathely (3-4) v JDA Dijon (5-2) - Group D, 18:00 CET
Dijon won the reverse fixture in France by a 19-point margin, but Falco have turned their home court into a fortress
- Dijon have signed Lithuanian power forward Saulius Kulvietis, who had faced the French team as an opponent in last year's BCL, when he was a Lietkabelis player. Dijon have parted ways with Michael Young, who averaged 6 points and 4.8 rebounds in the BCL.
- Falco beat Neptunas 97-73 at home last week and have a perfect 3-0 home record in their debut campaign in the BCL, having won all three home games by a double-digit point differential.
- Falco are averaging a league-low 13.3 free-throw attempts per game.
- Dijon are forcing a league-best 19 turnovers per game on average. The French team score 21.1 points off turnovers on average, second only to Happy Casa Brindisi who are leading the league with 21.3 points off turnovers per game.
- Dijon's offensive rebound rate is only 21.1 percent, the lowest in the league, and they are consequently scoring fewer second-chance points than any other team, 7.4 per game.
- David Holston has so far dished out 57 assists and Axel Julien has 39 assists. The Dijon duo's combined 96 assists are the most by any pair of team-mates so far this season.
Besiktas Sompo Sigorta (2-5) v PAOK (3-2) - Group D, 18:00 CET
Shaquille McKissic is the undisputed king of the fourth quarter so far this season
- Besiktas have won six of the seven games they have played against Greek teams in the competition, including the reverse fixture on Gameday 1 in Salonica, 69-60.
- Besiktas and PAOK are the two teams that concede the fewest offensive rebounds to opponents, an average of 8.1 offensive boards (against) per game. In addition to that, PAOK give up only 6.7 second-chance points per game, which is also a league-best.
- Besiktas have made a total of 62 free-throws in the first seven games, fewer than any other team. However, the Turkish side's opponents have attempted only 88 free-throws so far this season, making Besiktas the team which concedes the fewest trips to the foul line in the BCL.
- Besiktas's James McAdoo, who missed the Gameday 7 clash with Dijon, also sat out the weekend loss to Darussafaka in Turkish Super League action.
- Shaquille McKissic of Besiktas has scored 53 fourth-quarter points, more than any other player in the BCL so far this season.
- Adam Smith of PAOK is averaging 26.7 points in the three most recent games, after averaging 12.5 points in the first four games.
Anwil Wloclawek (3-4) v RASTA Vechta (4-3) - Group B, 18:30 CET
Trevis Simpson had a season-high 28 points in the reverse fixture, leading Vechta to an 89-76 win
- Vechta have parted ways with young Spanish point guard Sergi Garcia, who was playing for the German side on loan from Valencia. Garcia had featured in only two BCL games, averaging 11.5 points and 8 rebounds.
- Anwil have lost two of the three games they have played against German teams in the BCL, including the previous matchup between the two teams on Gameday 1, which Vechta won 89-76. The Polish side have conceded at least 85 points in each of their three games against teams from Germany.
- Vechta have won three of their four road games and their only defeat came about in the only game in which they gave up more than 75 points, 98-87 at Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem.
- Anwil are averaging a league-best 44 points in the paint per game.
- Vechta are leading the league in made 3-pointers, averaging 12.3 made triples per game. The German side are also the only team in the league this season to be averaging over 50 percent in two-point field goal percentage, over 40 percent from three-point range and over 75 percent from the free-throw line.
- Anwil's Tony Wroten is leading the league in points in the paint, with 100 in the first seven games. Wroten is averaging 18.7 points per game on 58.9 percent shooting from the field.
Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem (5-2) v Teksut Bandirma (3-4) - Group B, 18:30 CET
James Feldeine had his worst scoring night against Bandirma, but he is coming off a 41-point display in the Israeli league
- Hapoel beat Bandirma 73-69 in the reverse fixture in Turkey as J’Covan Brown scored 19 points on 4 of 5 shooting from three-point range.
- Hapoel, who are riding a 9-game winning streak at home in the BCL, have won 12 of their 13 home games (92.3 percent), in the competition. AS Monaco, with a 94.4 percent win rate at home, are the only team ahead of Hapoel in competition history.
- Bandirma, who won their last two road games, have never won three consecutive BCL games on the road. The Turkish team scored 80 or more points in their last three road games and are looking to stretch that streak to four games for the first time in their history in the league.
- Hapoel are shooting a league-best 60.9 percent from two-point range. The Israeli side are also averaging 11 made threes per game, as second in the league behind Vechta (with 12.3) for most triples per game so far this season.
- Hapoel's James Feldeine is averaging 21 points per game at home compared with 8.3 points per game on the road. In the reverse fixture he scored a BCL career-low 3 points. The veteran shooting guard poured in 41 points in Israeli league action at the weekend.
- Bandirma’s Tyler Kalinoski is averaging 18 points, 6.3 assists and 2.3 steals in the last three games. He averaged 8 points, 2.8 assists and 0.8 steals in the first four games of the season.
Telenet Giants Antwerp (2-5) v San Pablo Burgos (4-3) - Group B, 20:00 CET
The reverse fixture on Gameday 1 was the first-ever European regular season game for Burgos
- Vitor Benite of Burgos, who scored at least 20 points in each of his last two BCL games, has been ruled out of Tuesday's game due to a muscle strain.
- Burgos won 90-76 in the reverse fixture on Gameday 1, and Antwerp dropped to a 2-4 record against Spanish teams in the BCL. However, both of Antwerp's victories against Spanish opposition were at home.
- Antwerp have won five of their six home games in which they scored 75 or more points. However, the Belgian side has scored 75 or more points in only one of their last six home games in the competition.
- Burgos's second unit is averaging a league-best 42.6 points per game. No other team's bench players are averaging 40 or more points this season.
- Burgos are leading the league in second-chance points with 16.9 per game, as a direct consequence of their league-high offensive rebound rate of 38.2 percent.
Brose Bamberg (4-3) v ERA Nymburk (5-2) - Group C, 20:00 CET
Zach Hankins has more blocks after seven games than 15 of the 32 teams in the competition
- Bamberg have officially parted ways with shooting guard Maurice Stuckey, who had played in only three BCL games, averaging 2.7 points and 0.3 rebounds.
- Nymburk won 91-71 in the reverse fixture on Gameday 1, inflicting on Bamberg their heaviest ever defeat in the competition. Bamberg had won both games between the two sides last season.
- Bamberg are averaging a league-low 71.1 points per game. The German side scored more than 75 points in only three of their first seven games.
- Nymburk are leading the league in opponents' field goal percentage, as they are holding opponents to just 38.9 percent shooting from the floor on average. Interestingly, Bamberg are the worst-shooting team so far this season, on a league-low 39 percent field goal percentage.
- Nymburk are averaging a league-high 14.9 offensive rebounds per game and are second (behind Burgos) in second-chance points, with 15.7 per game.
- Nymburk's Zach Hankins is leading the league in blocks with 2.1 per game. Hankins has blocked 15 shots in total so far, so there are only 17 teams in the league with more blocks than he has in the first six games.
Pau-Lacq-Orthez (2-5) v AEK (5-2) - Group B, 20:30 CET
Keith Langford hardly put a foot wrong in the Gameday 1 clash between the two teams, going 11 of 13 from the field
- AEK won 102-82 in the reverse fixture, behind Keith Langford's 27 points on an amazing 11 of 13 from the floor.
- Pau-Lacq-Orthez, who lost 96-76 to Bandirma in their previous home game, have never lost consecutive home games in the competition.
- AEK have won only once in four trips to France, against JDA Dijon in the 2018-19 season. AEK gave up at least 80 points in each of their four games in France.
- AEK give up 9.1 fast-break points per game on average and they have the third-best transition defense in the league, behind VEF Riga and Peristeri winmasters. VEF only give up an impressive 6 fast-break points on average.
- Justin Dentmon of Pau scored at least 20 points in each of his three appearances with the French team. The only player to have scored at least 20 points in four consecutive games in this season's BCL is Shaquille McKissic of Besiktas.
- Howard Sant-Roos of AEK has scored at least 12 points in five games this season, when he had only three such games in the entire 2018-19 campaign, including Regular Season and Play-Offs.