Everything you need to know ahead of Wednesday's Gameday 5 fixtures
MIES (Switzerland) - Wednesday action kicks off with a big clash between two Group C contenders and features four more games between teams standing at 50 percent or higher in Group A and Group B.
Let’s have a closer look at some interesting facts and figures about the eight games that take place on Wednesday.
Nizhny Novgorod (3-1) v ERA Nymburk (3-1) -- Group C, 17:00 CET
Zach Hankins has emerged as the league's leading shot-blocker after the first four weeks
- Nizhny are on a three-game winning streak but have never won four in a row in the competition. Nymburk have lost six of their last eight road games in the competition.
- The Czech champions scored 68 points in the loss to Iberostar Tenerife on Gameday 4 but have not had consecutive games scoring less than 70 points since Gameday 5 of the 2017-18 season.
- The Nizhny defense is leading the league in opponents' field goal percentage, with 37.8 percent. Nymburk's defense is right behind Nizhny's in that aspect, allowing opponents to convert 38.8 percent of their field goal attempts.
- Nymburk are leading the league in defensive rebounds with 31.3 per game. The Czech champions are also joint league leaders in blocked shots, together with Peristeri winmasters, averaging 4 blocks per contest.
- Zach Hankins is leading the league in blocks, with 9, and has blocked at least 2 shots in each of his four games.
Turk Telekom (3-1) v Filou Oostende (2-2) -- Group A, 18:00 CET
Can Muhammed Baygul become the first player this season to score at least 20 points in three games in a row?
- Turk Telekom won their only home game so far his season, 64-56 against Dinamo Sassari on Gameday 2.
- Oostende count four defeats in the four games they have played against Turkish opposition in the competition. Moreover, the Belgian side scored fewer than 80 points in each of those four games.
- Oostende have lost their most recent three road games after winning their previous four road games in the competition. Oostende lost each of their two road games his season by a margin of 13 points or more.
- Turk Telekom's Muhammed Baygul has scored at least 20 points in his two most recent games and is looking to become the first player this season to score at least 20 points in three consecutive games.
- Baygul is the league's joint leader in made free-throws going into Gameday 5. He has made 21 free-throws, as many as Shaquille McKissic of Besiktas Sompo Sigorta, in the first four weeks.
- Shevon Thompson of Oostende is one of only two players averaging at least 10 points and 10 rebounds per game after the first four games of the season. Thompson is shooting an amazing 81.1 percent from the field, but just 45 percent from the free-throw line.
AEK (3-1) v San Pablo Burgos (2-2) -- Group B, 18:00 CET
Keith Langford continues to peel back the years, averaging 21 points after the first four games
- AEK have signed former Greek international Vlado Jankovic. The 29-year-old forward spent last season at fellow Greek side Holargos. Mario Chalmers, who was on the squad last week but didn't play against Bandirma, is also expected to make his debut with the Athens side.
- AEK have won their last four games against Spanish teams, albeit never by a double-digit winning margin. AEK are also on an eight-game winning streak at home in the BCL, taking into account only Regular Season games.
- Burgos lost both games in which they gave up 80 or more points and won both games in which they gave up fewer than 80 points. Both Burgos wins were by a double-digit margin, while their two defeats were by a three-point and a four-point margin, respectively.
- AEK currently have the best defense in the league, giving up just 67 points per game. The Greek team also gives up the fewest second-chance points, 6.5 per game, as well as the fewest fast-break points, 6.8 per game.
- Keith Langford is the league's second-leading scorer after the first four weeks of action, averaging 21 points per contest. The veteran guard is shooting 61.1 percent from three-point range, the highest three-point shooting percentage among all players with at least 10 made triples this season.
- Earl Clark of Burgos scored his BCL career-high 24 points against AEK, in November 2016, when he was playing for Besiktas Sompo Sigorta.
VEF Riga (1-3) v Brose Bamberg (2-2) -- Group C, 18:00 CET
Lester Medford is the only player averaging at least 15 points, 6 assists and 2 steals going into Gameday 5
- Riga are on a three-game losing streak, giving up at least 85 points in each of those games. The Latvian team gave up 74 points in the only game they won.
- Bamberg have won only two of their last seven road games in the competition, but this includes their most recent one, at Gaziantep.
- Bamberg are leading the league in offensive rebounds with 16.8 per game. The German team however average the fewest points in the paint this season, just 25.5 per game.
- Riga’s Lester Medford is the only player averaging at least 15 points, 6 assists and 2 steals per game after the first four weeks of the season.
- Elias Harris of Bamberg is one of three players to average double-digits in scoring while coming off the bench in all four first games of the season. Harris has scored at least 11 points in each of his four games.
Anwil Wloclawek (1-3) v Telenet Giants Antwerp (1-3) -- Group B, 18:30 CET
Ibrahima Fall Faye is doing a great job on the glass for Antwerp
- Anwil have signed power forward Shawn Jones, who is expected to make his debut with the Polish team on Wednesday. The 27-year-old Jones competed in the BCL with UNET Holon last season, averaging 7.8 points and 5.1 rebounds per game, while he had also played in the competition in the 2017-18 season, with Sassari.
- Anwil won the only home game they have played this season, 95-87 against Pau-Lacq-Orthez, but have lost their previous three home games in the competition.
- Antwerp have lost six of their last seven road games in the BCL, while the 51 points they scored in their most recent road game, a 62-51 loss to AEK, made for their worst ever offensive performance in the competition.
- Anwil give up 14.3 three-pointers per game, more than any other team so far this season and also concede the most second-chance points, 17.5 per game.
- Anwil's Tony Wroten leads all guards in points scored in the paint and is second in the competition only to Shevon Thompson of Oostende. Wroten has so far scored 56 points in the paint, while Thompson has 60.
- Ibrahima Fall Faye of Antwerp is the second-leading defensive rebounder among players coming off the bench. He has 19 defensive boards, while AEK's Marcus Slaughter has 20. Faye has also blocked 6 shots, more than any other second-unit player.
UNET Holon (2-2) v BAXI Manresa (3-1) -- Group A, 20:00 CET
Guy Pnini is 11 points shy of becoming Holon's all-time top scorer in the BCL
- Manresa have added Serbian forward Luka Mitrovic, who played in four BCL games with fellow Spanish side UCAM Murcia last season and averaged 5.7 points and 6.7 rebounds. Manresa have removed from their roster 17-year-old Marc Penarroya Castilla, who had featured for just four minutes in the competition.
- Holon have lost all four games they have played against Spanish teams in the BCL, giving up an average of 82.8 points per game in those four contests.
- Manresa lost the only game they have played on the road in the competition, 81-63 at SIG Strasbourg.
- Holon are leading the league in three-point shooting percentage, having made 45.4 percent of their attempted three-pointers. They also average 16.3 second-chance points, more than any other team so far this season.
- Manresa allow only 5.3 made three-pointers per game, fewer than any other team so far this season.
- Guy Pnini is 11 points shy of becoming UNET Holon’s top scorer in the BCL. He currently has 255 points while Corey Walden has scored 265 for the club in the competition.
Dinamo Sassari (3-1) v SIG Strasbourg (2-2) -- Group A, 20:30 CET
A home game for Sassari usually signals a double-double display by Dyshawn Pierre
- Sassari have lost their last four games against a French opponent, by an average differential of 16 points.
- Strasbourg have lost all three games they have played in Italy in their BCL history.
- Sassari are leading the league in free-throw shooting percentage, having converted 83.3 percent of their free-throw attempts. Sassari and Torun were the only teams after the first four weeks to shoot at least 45 percent from the field and 80 percent from the foul line.
- Dyshawn Pierre of Sassari posted a double-double in three of his last four home games in the BCL. Sassari have won all four games in which Pierre registered a double-double.
- Gabe York of Strasbourg has scored 40 of his 70 points this season during the fourth quarter, more than any other player. Moreover, York made 10 of his 14 three-pointers in the last 10 minutes of games, including five in the fourth quarter of his most recent game against UNET Holon.
Iberostar Tenerife (4-0) v Gaziantep (1-3) -- Group C, 20:30 CET
Jason Rich is looking to become the first Gaziantep player to score at least 20 point in back-to-back BCL games
- This will be the third encounter between Iberostar Tenerife and Gaziantep, with the Spanish side winning both previous games, in the 2017-18 season, by a margin of at least than 13 points.
- Gaziantep won their last road game, 85-81 at VEF Riga, but have never won consecutive games away from home.
- Gaziantep give up only 28.5 points in the paint per game, the fewest among all teams this season.
- Tenerife have one of the best defenses in the league and give up only 69.3 points per game, but, despite their 1-3 record, Gazientep's defense is not that far. The Turkish team has given up 75.3 points on average in the first four games.
- Jason Rich scored 25 points against VEF Riga on Gameday 4 and earned a spot on Team of the Week. He is looking to become the first ever Gaziantep player to score 20 or more in consecutive BCL games.