Play-Offs Week 3 Tuesday games preview
MIES (Switzerland) - The third week of action in the 2020-21 Play-Offs tips off on Tuesday with a two-game slate after two clashes that were initially scheduled for the same day were rescheduled, in accordance with the Return to Play Protocol established by the Basketball Champions League.
The game between Casademont Zaragoza and ERA Nymburk and the encounter between Igokea and Hereda San Pablo Burgos will take place at a later date.
AEK (1-0) vs. SIG Strasbourg (0-2) -- Group K, 18:30 CET
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- AEK are coming off a 77-75 overtime win at PAOK in Greek Basket League action on Saturday, thanks to a trademark Keith Langford buzzer-beater. Daryl Macon led AEK with 18 points while Langford finished with 16 points and 5 assists.
- Strasbourg were also victorious in domestic league action on Saturday, as they outgunned Chalon 96-92 at home for the French Jeep Elite league, behind 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists from Bonzie Colson.
- This will be the fifth encounter between AEK and Strasbourg in the BCL. The Greek side has won one of the previous four, Strasbourg has won two and one game ended in a tie. Strasbourg scored 80 or more points in three of those four games.
- AEK are 8-1 in their last nine home games in the BCL, and their only defeat in that stretch was the 85-74 loss to Hereda San Pablo Burgos in the 2019-20 Final.
- AEK are leading the league in field goal percentage, shooting 50.9 percent from the floor at this point in the season.
- Strasbourg have lost their last three BCL games, after winning four of their previous five.
- Strasbourg are leading the league in offensive rebounding, averaging 14.9 offensive board per game so far this season.
- AEK's Daryl Macon is the only player so far this BCL season to have scored 20 or more points in five different games (four with Galatasaray, and in his AEK debut). The American guard is shooting 58.5 percent from the floor, including 45.5 percent from three-point range and he's shot 100 percent from the free-throw line (23 of 23) over his last four games.
- Strasbourg's Bonzie Colson averaged 21 points and 6.8 rebounds over his last five BCL games and is leading the league in total points scored, having tallied 152 points so far. He is the league's fifth-leading scorer, averaging 19 points per game.
Happy Casa Brindisi (1-1) vs. Tofas Bursa (0-2) -- Group I, 20:30 CET
- Brindisi are coming off a big win in the Italian Serie A, as they defeated Virtus Bologna 91-85 at home, taking sole possession of second place in the standings. Josh Bostic led Brindisi with a season-high 27 points on 5 of 8 three-point shooting and Nick Perkins added 19 points and 8 rebounds.
- Tofas were also victorious at the weekend, after edging out Besiktas 89-86 in Turkish BSL league action behind 26 points from Tomislav Zubcic.
- This will be the sixth time that Brindisi face a Turkish team in the BCL, having won four of the previous five games, including all three at home.
- Tofas lost their most recent road game in the BCL, 78-70 at Pinar Karsiyaka in the Play-Offs opener, after going 3-0 in their first three road games in the competition.
- Brindisi are leading the league in made free-throws, with 18.8 per game, and in drawn fouls, with 22.9 per game.
- Tofas have the highest defensive rebounding rate in the league, as they collect 75.7 percent of available boards on the defensive end. The Turkish team allow opponents a league-best (lowest) 8 offensive rebounds per game.
- Tarik Phillip of Tofas scored 15 points or more and dished five assists in three of his last four BCL games. He is now averaging 14.6 points and 4.6 assists for the season as the team's third-leading scorer and second-leading player in assists.