20 October, 2020
09 May, 2021
2 Raymar Morgan (KARS), 12 Ondrej Balvín (BILB)
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Week 12 Wednesday games preview

MIES (Switzerland) - The curtain falls on the 2020-21 Regular Season on Wednesday and for two of the eight teams that take to the court this day is also the most important of their BCL campaign, as Pinar Karsiyaka and RETAbet Bilbao are set to battle it out for the last remaining ticket to the Play-Offs.

Here's a look at what to expect from the game between the Turkish and the Spanish team as well as from the other three Wednesday encounters:

Pinar Karsiyaka (3-2) vs. RETAbet Bilbao (2-3) -- Group F, 18:30 CET


  • This game will determine the holder of the second ticket to the Play-Offs from Group F. Karsiyaka will clinch a spot in the Play-Offs if they win, or if they lose by up to 9 points. Bilbao will qualify if they win by 10 points or more.

  • Karsiyaka are coming off an 85-75 win at Petkim on Sunday, behind 17 points from Amath M'Baye and 16 points, 9 rebounds from Raymar Morgan, and remain in second place in the Turkish BSL standings.

  • By contrast, Bilbao suffered a 96-73 loss to Casademont Zaragoza in Spanish Liga Endesa action on Saturday, despite 12 points from big man Regimantas Miniotas.

  • Karsiyaka have won all three games they have played against Spanish teams in the Regular Season, including their 81-72 win over Bilbao in the reverse fixture.

  • Bilbao scored more than 75 points in their last two BCL games, after failing to reach the 75- point mark in their first three games in the competition.

  • Bilbao lead the league in opponents' three-point field goal percentage and in opponents' made threes. The Spanish team hold opponents to just 26.4 percent three-point shooting, and 5.8 made triples per game on average.

  • Karsiyaka's D.J. Kennedy posted his sole double-double so far in this BCL season in the reverse fixture, as he finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

  • Bilbao's Jaylon Brown is leading the league in steals with 2.4 per game and his team won both games with him in the starting lineup, while thy lost the three games in which he came off the bench.

Brose Bamberg (5-0) vs. Fortitudo Bologna (0-5) -- Group F, 18:30 CET


  • Bamberg have already secured first place in Group F and, of course, a trip to the Play-Offs. Fortitudo will finish bottom of the group regardless of the outcome of this game.

  • Bamberg are coming off a 98-84 home win over Braunschweig in German BBL league action on Sunday, behind 22 points from Devon Hall.

  • Fortitudo were last in Italian Serie A action on January 10th, when they fell 82-69 to Trieste at home despite 17 points and 5 assists from Adrian Banks.

  • Bamberg defeated Fortitudo by 37 points in the reverse fixture, their largest ever road win in the BCL. Bamberg's five-game winning streak represents the best season start ever by a German club in the BCL.

  • Fortitudo have a cumulative point differential of -94 points after the first five games of the season, which is the second worse in BCL history behind Szolnoki Olaj's -120 points in the first five games of the 2016-17 season.

  • Bamberg are leading the league in field goal percentage, shooting 54.5 percent from the floor, while Fortitudo are bottom of the league with a field goal percentage of 40.4 percent.

  • Fortitudo average a league-low 63 points per game, while Bamberg give have the best defense in the league and give up only 72.2 points per game on average.

  • Fortitudo are the only team this season to average fewer than 10 points off turnovers (9.8 per game).

  • Bamberg's Chase Fieler is the only player to have blocked 3 or more shots in multiple games this season, including three blocks in the reverse fixture, and despite having started all games on the bench.

Happy Casa Brindisi (4-1) vs. Hereda San Pablo Burgos (4-1) -- Group H, 20:30 CET


  • The winner of this game will take first place in Group H. Both teams have secured their passage to the Play-Offs.

  • Burgos will have to make do on Wednesday without Ken Horton and Alex Renfroe, both sidelined through injury.

  • Brindisi were last in action on January 17th and they suffered an 89-77 home defeat to Venezia for the Italian Serie A, despite 23 points and 7 assists from D'Angelo Harrison.

  • Burgos meanwhile are coming off an 81-75 road win at Murcia in Spanish Liga Endesa action, behind 19 points from Vitor Benite.

  • Brindisi are riding a three-game winning streak in the BCL, their longest in the competition. The Italian team have a 7-2 record at home in the BCL.

  • Burgos were leading at halftime in their most recent 11 BCL games and ended up winning 10 of them. Their only loss at Filou Oostende at the start of this season, when they fell by a single point, 99-98, to the Belgian team.

  • The Burgos bench is averaging a league-best 46.4 points per game, while Brindisi give up the most points in the league to players coming off the bench, 40 per game on average.

  • D'Angelo Harrison is the league's leading scorer, averaging 22.2 points per game. The American shooting guard is a perfect 35 of 35 from the foul line for the season. Harrison made all 15 of his free-throw attempts in the reverse fixture, setting a new record for most free-throws made without a single miss in a BCL game.

  • Omar Cook of Burgos is leading the league in assists with 7.8 per game, despite averaging only 24 minutes per game. The veteran point guard is the oldest player to see action in this season's BCL, as he will celebrate his 39th birthday on Thursday January 28th.

Filou Oostende (1-4) vs. Darüssafaka Tekfen (1-4) -- Group H, 20:30 CET


  • Neither of these two teams can make the Play-Offs. The winner of this game will take third place in Group H and the losing team will finish in fourth spot.

  • Oostende are coming off a 63-58 road win at Telenet Giants Antwerp in the Belgian Cup quarter-finals on Sunday, behind 15 points from Thomas Welsh.

  • Darüssafaka are coming off an 85-82 home win over Buyukcekmece in Turkish BSL league action on Saturday, behind 25 points from Andrew Andrews.

  • Oostende, who are currently on a three-game losing skid, had their worse streak in the competition back in December 2016-January 2017, when they lost four in a row.

  • Oostende have a 0-7 record against Turkish teams in the BCL, having lost those seven games by an average margin of 12 points.

  • Darüssafaka, who are debuting in the BCL this season, celebrated their only win in the competition so far in the reverse fixture in October, when they defeated Oostende 79-74.

  • Darüssafaka lost both of their two prior road games in the BCL by more than 10 points.

  • Oostende are the only team in this season's BCL to have been on the receiving end of fewer than one block per game (0.8 per game). They are also the only team with three different games without suffering at least one blocked shot, including the reverse fixture.

  • Oostende's Jean-Marc Mwema, who tied his BCL career-high of 20 points in the reverse fixture, has never scored in double digits in two different games against the same opponent in the competition.

  • Darüssafaka's Andrew Andrews is leading the league in three-point field goal percentage (among players with at least 15 attempts), as he is shooting 63 percent (15 of 24) from beyond the arc. Andrews is looking on Wednesday to become the third player (after Daryl Macon and D’Angelo Harrison) to score 20 points in four different games in the 2020-21 Regular Season.