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Week 8 Tuesday games preview

MIES (Switzerland) - The last week of action for this calendar year tips off Tuesday with a five-game slate and, while 2020 will go down as one of the most complicated years in history, there is nothing complicated about ending the year with a win.

For one of the teams that take to the court, Casademont Zaragoza, their Tuesday game is also a first chance to secure a spot in the Play-Offs.

Here's a closer look at all five Tuesday games:

Falco Szombathely (1-2) vs. Casademont Zaragoza (3-0) -- Group D, 18:00 CET

Evan Bruinsma, who leads Falco in scoring with 20.3 points per game, has scored at least points in each of his BCL games with the Hungarian team

  • Zaragoza will punch their ticket to the Play-Offs if they win.

  • Falco enjoyed an 108-81 routing of JP-Auto JKSE in Hungarian league action at the weekend, as DeQuon Lake had 23 points and 7 rebounds.

  • Zaragoza on the other hand are coming off a 102-91 loss at Fuenlabrada in Spanish Liga Endesa action on Sunday, despite a 29-point showing from Dylan Ennis.

  • This will be the fourth encounter between the two teams, with Zaragoza winning all three previous matchups: 70-69 in Spain in October 2019, 77-70 in Hungary in January 2020 and 85-76 in Spain on December 16.

  • Falco have a league-high defensive rebounding ratio of 76.9 percent after the first three games of the season and are consequently the team that gives up the fewest second chance points, 4.3 per game.

  • Zaragoza score a league-high 21 points off turnovers per game on average.

  • Evan Bruisma has scored 19 or more points in each of his three BCL appearances with Falco and is shooting 61.8 percent from the field, including 54.5 percent from beyond the arc.

  • Zaragoza's Robin Benzing is averaging 14 points per game so far this BCL season, after averaging 7.9 points per game through his previous seven appearances in the competition.

Igokea (1-1) vs. Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem (1-1) -- Group G, 18:00 CET

Tashawn Thomas is just 9 rebounds shy of becoming the first player in BCL history to reach 300 boards

  • Igokea are coming off an 88-80 win at Cibona Zagreb in ABA Adriatic league action on Friday, behind Stefan Pot's 16 points.

  • Hapoel Jerusalem were also victorious at the weekend as they prevailed 90-81 at home over Hapoel Eliat for the Israeli State Cup as Chris Kramer had 19 points.

  • New Jerusalem signing Jamil Wilson is poised to make his BCL debut in Tuesday's game. The great news for the Israeli side is that captain J'Covan Brown's condition was reassessed on Sunday and he was cleared to play without any time restrictions following his rehabilitation from injury.

  • Igokea were leading at halftime in both of the BCL games they have played so far, albeit they ended up winning only the home game against Turk Telekom and lost on the road against Limoges.

  • Igokea are leading the league in free-throw percentage, having converted 26 of their 29 shots from the stripe (89.7 percent) through the first two games.

  • Jerusalem have a league-high assist to turnover ratio of 2.94 and a turnover ratio of 7.5 percent, the lowest (best in this case) so far this season.

  • Jerusalem are leading the league in points in the paint, as they score 48 points in the paint per game on average. Moreover, the Israeli team score 59.4 percent of their points from two-point range.

  • Jerusalem's Tashawn Thomas has currently 291 career rebounds in the BCL and is therefore just 9 boards shy of becoming the first player in competition history to reach 300 career rebounds. Thomas is also 22 points shy of becoming the third player to reach 700 career points in the BCL (Vojtech Hruban and Kevin Punter are the other two).

Darüssafaka Tekfen (1-2) vs. Hereda San Pablo Burgos (1-2) -- Group H, 18:00 CET

USA international Josh Magette is set to make his BCL debut on Tuesday after joining Darussafaka

  • New Darüssafaka signing Josh Magette is poised to make his BCL debut in Tuesday's game.

  • Maksim Salash, who was leading Tsmoki-Minsk in scoring and rebounding in the BCL, is poised to make his European debut with Burgos in this game after joining the Spanish side last week.

  • Darüssafaka were last in action as far back as December 13, when they defeated Gaziantep 82-75 in Turkish BSL league action.

  • Burgos are coming off a 91-80 win at home over BAXI Manresa behind Dejan Kravic's 16 points.

  • Darussafaka won 79-74 against Filou Oostende in their BCL debut, which is also the only game they have played at home so far in the competition, but lost their two next games including a 30-point defeat at Burgos in the reverse fixture.

  • Darussafaka is committing a league-high 23.7 fouls per game on average, and the Turkish side is consequently conceding to opponents a league-high 18.7 free-throws per game.

  • Burgos scored more than 80 points in each of their last 11 BCL games (including the last 8 games of the 2019-20 season), which is the longest such streak in league history. The reigning BCL champions are leading the league in scoring this season, as they average 97 points per game.

  • Burgos also lead the league in assists as they dish out 26.3 assists per game on average.The Spanish team have a league-high assist ratio of 23.8 percent through their first three games of the season.
  • Burgos center Jasiel Rivero scored a BCL career-high 26 points in the reverse fixture on December 9, and is looking to score in double digits in consecutive games in the BCL for the first time since debuting in the league.

Peristeri (1-2) vs. SIG Strasbourg (2-1) -- Group E, 18:30 CET

Greek international Vangelis Mantzaris has signed with Peristeri and is expected to make his BCL debut in Tuesday's game.

  • Greek international Vangelis Mantzaris, who recently signed with Peristeri, is poised to make his BCL debut in Tuesday's game.

  • Peristeri were last in action on Saturday and claimed an 82-78 win over Larisa in Greek Basket League action behind 17 points from Steven Gray.

  • Also on Saturday, Strasbourg enjoyed a 94-71 rout of Pau-Lacq-Orthez at home in French Jeep Elite league action, behind Bonzie Colson's 22 points and 5 rebounds.

  • Peristeri, who are on a 2-game losing streak in the BCL and lost 77-57 at Strasbourg in the reverse fixture, have never lost three games in a row in the Regular Season.

  • Peristeri are leading the league in three-point field goal percentage as they are shooting 50 percent from beyond the arc on average (11.7 of 28.3 per game).
  • Peristeri have the lowest defensive rebounding ratio in the league, 68.7 percent, while on the other hand Strasbourg have the highest offensive rebounding ratio, 41.9 percent.

  • Strasbourg have the best defense so far this season (in absolute numbers) as they give up 71.7 points per game. The French team's opponents score only 24.3 field goals per game on average.

  • Peristeri's Steven Gray leads the league in made three-pointers with 5.3 per game and is shooting 67 percent from beyond the arc.

Happy Casa Brindisi (2-1) vs. Filou Oostende (1-2) -- Group H, 20:30 CET

D'Angelo Harrison has been on a tear recently and is looking to become the first Brindisi player to score 20 or more points in three different BCL games

  • Brindisi suffered a 92-81 home defeat to Pesaro in Italian Serie A action on Saturday, despite 23 points and 7 rebounds from Derek Willis.

  • Oostende on the other hand were in Belgian league action on Friday night and they cruised to a 94-73 win over Spirou Charleroi on the road, as Thomas Welsh went off for 20 points.

  • Brindisi won 92-80 in the reverse fixture in Belgium on December 9 in what was their first road win in the BCL and on Tuesday they are looking to win back-to-back games also for the first time in their history in the competition.

  • Oostende have a 3-8 record in their 11 most recent road games in the BCL and haven't scored more than 76 points in any of those games.

  • Oostende are the only team so far this season that has yet to get one of their shots blocked.

  • D’Angelo Harrison is looking to become the first Brindisi player to score more than 20 points in three different games in the competition.

  • The reverse fixture was Dusan Djordjevic's first ever BCL game without a single assist. The Oostende point guard is the all-time second player in assists in the competition, with 279.