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Everything you need to know ahead of the Zaragoza v Karsiyaka Semi-Final

NIZHNY NOVGOROD (Russia) - Spain's Casademont Zaragoza take on Turkey's Pinar Karsiyaka in the first Semi-Final clash at the 2021 Final 8.

Here are a few interesting facts and figures to take on board before you sit down to watch the game that will decide the first finalist of the season.

Casademont Zaragoza vs. Pinar Karsiyaka -- Friday, 18:00 CEST (19:00 local time)

  • Zaragoza have become the second team to reach the BCL Semi-Finals in back-to-back seasons after Monaco, that pulled off this feat in 2017 and 2018.

  • Karsiyaka are the second Turkish team to reach the BCL Semi-Finals. The first one were Bandirma (Banvit) who made it to the 2016-17 Final Four.

  • Zaragoza have won 16 of the 17 games in which they scored 80 or more points, (that is a 94.1 percent win-loss record). On the other hand, they have lost eight of the 15  games in which they scored  fewer than 80 points.

  • Karsiyaka have a 4-2 record against Spanish teams in the BCL. They were 2-2 against UCAM Murcia and won both their games against RETAbet Bilbao this season.

  • Zaragoza average a league-high 86.7 points per game in the Play-Offs and lead the league in pace, with 78.1 possessions per game.

  • Karsiyaka made at least 10 three-pointers in each of their last two BCL games, as many times as in their previous 19 games in the competition. The Turkish team have won all four games this season in which they made 10 or more triples.

  • Zaragoza's Rodrigo San Miguel is set to play his 77th game in the BCL, becoming the player with the most appearances in the competition. He is currently tied with Linos Chrysikopoulos, with 76 games each. This will be the Spanish point guard's fourth BCL Semi-Final (2017, 2019, 2020 & 2021) which is a league record.

  • Amath M’Baye and Tony Taylor of Karsiyaka meanwhile are set to play in their second BCL Semi-Final. They were both members of the  Virtus Bologna side that won the title in 2019. 
  • Zaragoza's Dylan Ennis scored a BCL career-high 26 points in the Quarter-Final. The club record in a BCL game still belongs to Robin Benzing, who scored 32 points against JDA Dijon in January 2020.

  • Karsiyaka's Raymar Morgan came up with a BCL career-high 16 rebounds in the Quarter-Final against Nymburk, setting also a new BCL record for most rebounds by a single player in a game from the Quarter-Finals stage onwards. Morgan added 18 points to register his second double-double in the BCL.

  • Fellow Karsiyaka forward Metecan Birsen had 12 points and a BCL career-high 13 rebounds in the Quarter-Final, posting his first ever double-double in the competition.

  • Zaragoza’s bench players scored only 10 points in the Quarter-Final against Nizhny, which is the lowest bench contribution the Spanish team's bench has ever made in a BCL game. The previous was 15 points.

  • Sek Henry made a BCL career-high five triples in the Quarter-Final and scored 19 points, which is his personal best with Karsiyaka in the BCL.