20 October, 2020
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Week 4 Wednesday fixtures preview

MIES (Switzerland) - The six-game Wednesday slate is quite important because its completion will mean that, by the end of the day, every single team will have played at least one game in this very particular 2020-21 season.

Nizhny Novgorod, who are traveling to Zaragoza, and Happy Casa Brindisi, who are playing host to Darüssafaka, are the two teams that are making their season debut on Wednesday. Here's a closer look at all six games:

Galatasaray (0-1) vs. Bakken Bears (0-1) -- Group A, 18:00 CET

Galatasaray have parted ways with head coach Ertugrul Erdogan

  • Galatasaray announced on Tuesday that they reached an agreement with head coach Ertugrul Erdogan to terminate their collaboration, without mentioning anything about a possible successor. The Turkish club, who lost their BCL opener at Dinamo Sassari, were on a four-game losing streak in the domestic BSL league.

  • Galatasaray have signed Alex Tyus, the veteran center who first played for the Istanbul powerhouse in 2016-17 and will be making his BCL debut on Wednesday.

  • Bakken have also brought back a former player of theirs, in veteran guard Adama Darboe, while they have also penned 18-year-old Mads Bro Hansen.

  • Galatasaray's latest outing was on Sunday for the Turkish BSL and they fell 91-79 at home to fellow BCL club Tofas Bursa, despite the fact Brock Motum erupted for 30 points. On the same day, Bakken demolished Wolfpack 109-57 behind a 22-point, 11-rebound double-double by QJ Peterson.

  • Motum had a great showing also in Galatasary's BCL premiere, as he scored 24 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in the loss to Dinamo Sassari. The Australian forward aims to become only the third player in BCL history to collect at least 20 points and 5 rebounds in each of their first two games: Pinar Karsiyaka’s Jarrod Jones and Hapoel Holon’s Glen Rice Jr, both in 2017, are the only ones so far.

  • This will be Galatasaray's maiden home game in the BCL and tradition is favorable for Turkish teams playing their first game in the league as Muratbey Usak, in 2016, is the only one to lose in the home premiere.

  • Bakken have a 0-8 record on the road in the BCL, which means they have the most defeats among all teams that have never won on the road in the competition.

  • Galatasaray allowed Dinamo Sassari to collect 43 rebounds in their opener, but it remains to be seen whether Bakken Bears can capitalize on this weakness, as the Danish team had only 27 rebounds in their season opener against Iberostar Tenerife - the second fewest by any team in a single game so far this season.

  • Q. J. Peterson scored 24 points off the bench on Gameday 1 against Iberostar Tenerife. Strasbourg’s DeAndre Lansdowne, with 26 points, is the only player to score more points off the bench this season.

AEK (1-0) vs. Tsmoki Minsk (1-0) -- Group C, 18:30 CET

Veteran sharp-shooter Matt Lojeski came up big for AEK in the clutch at the weekend

  • AEK are coming off a 66-62 win at fellow BCL contenders Peristeri in Greek Basket League action, thanks in large part to Matt Lojeski drilling four triples in crunch time, en route to his game-high 17 points.

  • Minsk meanwhile fell 86-69 to Avtodor in VTB United league on Saturday, despite Robert Lowery and Kris Clyburn coming up with 16 points each.

  • AEK have a 12-2 record in their last 14 home games in the BCL Regular Season. The Greek side scored 90 or more points in four of their last five home games in the BCL, as many times as in their previous 23 games.

  • Minsk gave up 21 offensive boards to Cholet in the season opener and are so far this season the only team to have allowed their opponents to get 20 or more offensive boards.

  • AEK dished at least 20 assists in three of their last four BCL games, when they had reached that mark in three of their previous 19 games in the competition.

  • AEK's Keith Langford has scored 25 or more points in six BCL games since the beginning of last season, more than any other player in that span. The veteran guard is averaging 21.3 points in 11 home games.

  • Rob Lowery scored 18 points and added 10 assists in his first BCL game, Minsk's opener against Cholet, and will attempt to become the second player to post a double-double in points and assists in each of his first two BCL games, after Chris Wright last season.

Igokea (0-1) vs. Turk Telekom (1-0) -- Group G, 18:30 CET

Kyle Wiljter is looking to become the first player to score 30 or more points in back-to-back BCL games

  • Turk Telekom have won six of their eight road games in the BCL, including the most recent three. The Turkish team average 86.4 points per game on the road as one of only three teams to average more than 85 points on the road (Hapoel Jerusalem and Polski Cukier Torun are the other two).

  • It's still early days in the season but so far Turk Telekom is averaging 1.38 points per possession as the third-placed team in that aspect, behind only the Greek duo of AEK and Peristeri (both had 1.41 points per possession prior to Peristeri's Tuesday game).

  • Anthony Clemmons of Igokea scored 17 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 6 assists in his first game against Limoges and could become the second payer with at least 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in each of his first two BCL games, after Chris Kramer in October 2016.

  • Igokea youngster Edin Atic registered BCL career highs in points (with 9), rebounds (8) and assists (3) in the opener against Limoges.

  • Turk Telekom's Kyle Wiltjer scored 33 points in the season opener against Hapoel Jerusalem and has now scored 30 or more points in three BCL games, the joint-most in competition history, alongside Rion Brown. No player has ever scored 30 or more points in consecutive BCL games.

Casademont Zaragoza (1-0) vs. Nizhny Novgorod (0-0) -- Group D, 20:00 CET

  • New Zaragoza head coach Sergio Hernández is making his BCL debut on Wednesday. The Argentinian first sat on the bench of his new team on Saturday, but Zaragoza succumbed to a 103-102 loss to BAXI Manresa in a tight game.

  • Nizhny meanwhile were last in action on October 18th, when they lost 73-64 to Lokomotiv Kuban in the VTB United league. The entire team were in quarantine from October 21st to November 4th in line with the coronavirus protocols.

  • Zaragoza are on a seven-game win streak in the BCL Regular Season (including the 2019-20 season), after starting off the competition on a 4-4 record. The Spanish team won their last two Regular Season games by a margin of two or fewer points.

  • Nizhny have won only one of their four games against Spanish teams, but it was the most recent one, a 75-72 win at home against Iberostar Tenerife in the tail end of the 2019-20 Regular Season. The Russian side are yet to win in Spain.

  • Nizhny lead the league in wins after trailing at the start of the 4th quarter, having won four such games (considering all games since the start of the 2019-20 season). Interestingly, Zaragoza have pulled off that feat on three occasions, and are tied for second alongside Falco Szombathely and AEK.

  • Zaragoza's Nicolas Brussino has scored in double digits in his last five BCL games and has scored 20 or more points in two of his last five BCL games, as many times as in his previous 35 games in the competition.

  • Nizhny's Ivan Strebkov scored 10 or more points in 10 consecutive games between October 2018 and January 2019, but since February 2019 he has scored in double digits in only one of his 18 appearances in the BCL. However, both his games scoring 20 or more points were on the road.

Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem (0-1) vs. Limoges CSP (1-0) -- Group D, 20:00 CET

  • Limoges will be without Ludovic Beyhurst in this game and during the next four weeks, approximately, due to injury.

  • Jerusalem are coming off a 91-82 win at home over Ironi Nahariya, with Tashawn Thomas leading the way with a near double-double of 19 points and 9 rebounds. Limoges have not seen action on the domestic front since their last outing in the BCL, when they defeated Igokea in the season opener.

  • Jerusalem are playing host to a third different French opponent in the BCL, having won both previous games at home against teams from that country: The Israeli team defeated JDA Dijon 86-72 in November 2018 and Pau Lacq-Orthez 98-76 in January 2020.

  • After winning at home in their BCL debut, Limoges will play their first road game in the competition. The only French teams to have won their first road game in the BCL were Monaco and Nanterre.

  • Jerusalem made 10 or more three-pointers in each of their last five Regular Season games and if they reach that mark also against Limoges they will tie their longest stretch in the competition (they had six such games in a row between December 2018 and February 2019).

  • Limoges converted 94.1 percent of their attempted free-throws in the opener, which is the highest free-throw percentage we have seen by any team so far this season.

  • Jerusalem's Tamir Blatt is currently the all-time assists leader in the BCL, with 278 assists. Blatt had 10 assists in the season opener and against Limoges he will look to reach that mark in consecutive Regular Season games for the first time in his BCL career.

Happy Casa Brindisi (0-0) vs. Darüssafaka Tekfen (1-0) -- Group H, 20:30 CET

  • Brindisi celebrated on Saturday a 98-88 victory at Virtus Bologna, their sixth in seven Italian Serie A games this season, behind a 25-point showing by Darius Thompson.

  • Darüssafaka meanwhile fell to a 90-79 loss at Fenerbahce in Turkish BSL action, despite 24 points and 7 boards from Grant Jerrett.

  • Brindisi debuted in the BCL in 2019-20 and their last two home games in the Regular Season were each decided by a margin of just two points.

  • The Italian team gave up 90 or more points in 10 of their 14 games in their maiden BCL campaign, the joint- highest ratio for a team with more than one game in the competition (Opava also gave up 90 or more points in 71 percent of their games).

  • Darüssafaka, who are playing a road game in the BCL for the first time, have a favorable tradition on their side as six of the eight other Turkish teams to have taken part in the competition won their first road game. Muratbey Usak in 2016 and Galatasaray this year were the only exceptions.

  • Brindisi's Thompson had at least 10 points and 3 steals in five different BCL games last season, a joint-high alongside Torun's Chris Wright.

  • Darüssafaka's Grant Jerrett, who scored 27 points and added eight rebounds against Filou Oostende in the opener, could become the first player with at least 25 points and 5 rebounds in each of his first two BCL games.