Week 11 Tuesday games preview
MIES (Switzerland) - Tuesday is the first day of judgement on the final stretch of the Play-Offs race, and its four-game slate comprises the final games in Group B and Group D of the 2020-21 Regular Season.
For a full breakdown of all Week 11 permutations, please click here. For more details on the four Tuesday games, please read below:
Nizhny Novgorod (3-2) vs. Falco Szombathely (3-2) -- Group D, 17:00 CET
- The winner of this game will advance to the Play-Offs, accompanying group winners Casademont Zaragoza to the next stage. The losing team will finish third in the group.
- Nizhny are coming off a 94-73 loss to Lokomotiv Kuban in VTB United league action on Saturday, despite a 17-point, 6-assist showing by Kasey Shepherd.
- Falco were last in Hungarian league action on January 13th and they clinched an 82-70 win over ZTE at home, as Zoltan Perl and Evan Bruinsma had 15 points apiece.
- In the reverse fixture in Hungary on December 9th, Nizhny defeated Falco 93-88.
- Nizhny Novgorod's home loss to Zaragoza on January 5th snapped the Russian team's seven-game winning streak at home. Nizhny however have not lost back-to-back home games in the BCL since October 2018, when they first joined the competition.
- Falco, who won at Pszczólka Start Lublin in their most recent BCL game, have not yet won back-to-back road games in the competition.
- Nizhny Novgorod are scoring a league-high 45 percent of their points from behind the three-point line.
- The Russian team however don't take frequent trips to the stripe, as they are bottom of the league in both made and attempted free-throws, with 7 made and 10.8 attempted free-throws per game.
- Falco are leading the league in defensive rebounding rate, as they bring down 78.3 percent of rebounds available on the defensive glass. Consequently, Falco allow opponents only 7.8 offensive rebounds per game on average, fewer than any other team.
- Falco's Kyan Anderson has 30 assists and 7 turnovers over the first five games of the season as one of only two players in the league (the other is Omar Cook of Burgos) to tally more than 30 assists and fewer than 10 turnovers this season. What's more, Anderson dished 9 or more assists in each of his last three BCL appearances.
ERA Nymburk (4-1) vs. Tofas Bursa (3-2) -- Group B, 18:30 CET
- Nymburk will qualify if they beat Tofas, or if they lose to Tofas by no more than 58 points.
- Tofas will qualify if they beat Nymburk, or if Dijon lose at Keravnos.
- Nymburk are coming off a 99-68 rout of Decin in Czech league action, behind 24 points from Jerrick Harding.
- Tofas are also coming off a win, 88-75 at Buyukcekmece in Turkish BSL league action on Saturday, behind a 22-point, 12-rebound double-double by Berkan Durmaz.
- In the reverse fixture in Turkey on November 10th, Nymburk defeated Tofas 96-93.
- Nymburk are currently riding a seven-game winning streak at home and a win on Tuesday would mean they have equalized their longest winning streak at home in the competition, when they won eight in a row back in the 2016-17 BCL season.
- Tofas, who joined the BCL this season, have won both road games they have played so far in the competition. Tofas lost the two games in which they gave up more than 75 points and won the three contests in which they gave up fewer than 75.
- Nymburk have the best defensive rating in the league, as they give up only 0.96 points per possession. Nymburk hold opponents to a league-best (lowest) field goal percentage of 39.9 percent.
- Tofas are leading the league in both made and attempted two-point shots, with 24.4 and 44.6 per game on average, respectively. Nonetheless in the reverse fixture they made a club BCL record 12 three-pointers.
- Nymburk's Vojtech Hruban had 8 points in his most recent BCL game, against Dijon, snapping a 16-game streak of scoring in double digits. Hruban hasn't scored in single digits in consecutive BCL games since October 2019.
Keravnos (0-5) vs. JDA Dijon (3-2) -- Group B, 18:30 CET
- Dijon will qualify to the Play-Offs if they beat Keravnos and Nymburk beat Tofas, or if they beat Keravnos and Tofas defeat Nymburk by 59 or more points.
- Keravnos are coming off an 83-74 win over AEK Larnaca in Cypriot league action on Saturday, behind 22 points from Brandon Rozzell.
- Dijon were 86-76 winners at Boulazac in French Jeep Elite action on Saturday, behind 18 points from Chase Simon.
- In the reverse fixture in France, on October 20th, Dijon defeated Keravnos 91-79.
- BCL debutants Keravnos, who've lost their five games so far by an average margin of 19 points, are the first team in competition history to lose each of their first five games by a double-digit margin.
- Dijon are currently in a two-game losing skid in the BCL and lost each of those games by at least 20 points. The French team had previously lost by 20 only twice in their 17 BCL losses that preceded this skid.
- Keravnos give up 20.8 points off turnovers per game, more than any other team this season. The Cypriot team also allow a league-worse 14.6 offensive rebounds per game.
- Ahmaad Rorie of Keravnos had 23 points in the reverse fixture, and this remains the highest-scoring display by a Keravnos player in the BCL. Rorie averaged 7.8 points per game in the next four games after that.
- Dijon's Axel Julien had 26 points in the reverse fixture, setting a new scoring record for a French guard in a single BCL game. Julien is leading Dijon in both scoring, with 14.4 points per game, and in assists, with 5.2 per game.
Casademont Zaragoza (4-1) vs. Pszczolka Start Lublin (0-5) -- Group D, 20:00 CET
- Zaragoza, who have already secured a Play-Offs berth and first place in the group, won 86-85 in the reverse fixture in Poland, on October 21.
- Zaragoza are coming off an 105-85 win over Fuenabrada in Spanish Liga Endesa action on Saturday, behind a career-high 25 points from Icelandic center Tryggvi Hlinason, who also had 9 rebounds.
- Lublin were not in Polish league action this last weekend but they clinched an 86-78 win over Radom in their most recent outing, on January 10th, behind 24 points from Yannick Franke.
- Zaragoza's Jason Thompson is sidelined through injury and won't play in Tuesdays game. The Zaragoza big man scored 20 or more points in each of his last two BCL games and is leading the league in field goal percentage, shooting 81.3 percent from the floor.
- Zaragoza and Limoges CSP are the only teams to have seen single- digit final margins in each of their five games this BCL season. In fact, 10 of Zaragoza's last 11 games in the competition have been decided by less than 10 points.
- Lublin are the first Polish team to lose their first five games of a BCL season.
- Zaragoza are leading the league in possession rate, averaging 77.2 possessions per game. They gave up 90 or more points in each of their last two BCL games but have never done so in three consecutive games in the competition.
- Martins Laksa scored 17 points in the reverse fixture, a joint- high by a Lublin player in a single BCL game. Laksa is leading his team in scoring and is yet to miss a free-throw in the competition, as he's 11 of 11 from the stripe so far.