20 October, 2020
09 May, 2021
3 Dominic Lockhart (BAMB), 21 Tony Taylor (KSK)
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Week 8 Wednesday games preview

MIES (Switzerland) - Wednesday marks the first crucial juncture in Group F, as Brose Bamberg get a chance to book one of the tickets to the Play-Offs from that group.

The five-game slate however also includes one important clash in each of Group D, Group E and Group G.

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

Nizhny Novgorod (2-1) vs. Pszczólka Start Lublin (0-3) -- Group D, 17:00 CET

Ivan Strebkov has been showcasing his passing skills recently, averaging 7.3 assists per game

  • Lublin will abolish all chances of qualifying to the Play-Offs if they lose this game.

  • Dutch international Yannick Franke can however help the Polish team avoid that fate, as he signed with them last week and is poised to play his first BCL game in a Lublin jersey on Wednesday.

  • Nizhny are coming off an 83-79 win over Enisey at home in VTB United league action on Sunday, behind Anton Astapkovich's 18 points.

  • Lublin meanwhile claimed a 94-78 win at Anwil in Polish league action on Saturday, as Franke went off for 25 points in his debut.

  • Nizhny are finally making their home debut in the 2020-21BCL after two consecutive road wins, the most recent one at Lublin (the Russian team won 85-66 in the reverse fixture in Poland). Nizhny are 6-0 in their six most recent home games in the BCL.

  • Lublin, who are still looking for their first ever win in the BCL, gave up 84 or more points in each of their first three games in the league, which ended in a loss.

  • Nizhny average 84.3 points per game and 46 percent of their scoring comes from behind the arc, as they are the team with the highest ratio of points from three-point range in the league.

  • Ivan Strebkov had at least 7 assists in each of his last two BCL games and Nizhny have won four of the six BCL games in which Strebkov had 7 or more assists.

  • Lublin's Sherron Dorsey-Walker finished with exactly 17 points and 4 assists in each of his last two BCL appearances, shooting 54.5 percent from three-point range in those two games.

VEF Riga (2-1) vs. Rytas Vilnius (1-2) -- Group E, 18:00 CET

Keith Benson, seen here in BCL action with his former club Aris, has signed with Rytas

  • New Rytas signings Keith Benson and Ryan Boatright are poised to play their first BCL game in the Vilnius team's jersey on Wednesday. Neither the veteran center nor the experienced point guard are BCL rookies though, as Benson played in the 2017-18 edition of the competition with Aris Thessaloniki and Boatright with Besiktas, the same season.

  • VEF are coming off their first loss of the season in the Latvian-Estonian league, as they fell 72-58 at Ogre, despite 12 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists from Kyle Allman.

  • Rytas were last in action in their domestic league as far back as December 12, when they fielded a shortened roster and lost 79-58 to Lietkabelis.

  • VEF, who won 85-81 in the reverse fixture in Lithuania and before that also won another road game at Peristeri, are looking to snap a seven-game losing streak at home in the BCL (last six games of the 2019-20 season and this season's opener).

  • Rytas have won the single road game they have played so far in their young BCL history, 83-81 at Strasbourg.

  • Rytas have never trailed at halftime in the BCL, including their two games which ended in a loss.

  • VEF average a league-worse 17 turnovers per game and committed 19 turnovers in the reverse fixture in Vilnius.

  • Rytas lead the league in made free-throws, as they convert 20.7 free-throws per game on average. The Lithuanian team score a league-high 25 percent of their total points from the stripe.

  • VEF won both BCL games in which Kyle Allman was in their starting lineup and lost the single game in which he came off the bench; Allman is averaging 16.5 points and 9 assists per game as a starter, compared with 7 points and 3 assists off the bench.

Pinar Karsiyaka (1-1) vs. Brose Bamberg (3-0) -- Group F, 18:00 CET

Chase Fieler is the league's second -leading blocker, averaging 2.3 per game

  • Bamberg will seal their passage to the Play-Offs if they win.

  • Karsiyaka are coming off an important 86-72 win at Galatasaray behind 18 points from Sek Henry and a near double-double of 17 points and 9 rebounds from Raymar Morgan. The Izmir side have improved to 10-3 and solidified third place in the Turkish BSL standings.

  • Bamberg meanwhile came back from a 14-point halftime deficit to overpower Telekom Baskets Bonn 80-66 in German league action on Saturday, thanks in great part to Chase Fieler's 18 points and Devon Hall's 13.

  • Bamberg have won their previous five BCL games against Turkish teams, albeit their winning margin in three of those games was three points or smaller, including their one-point win (83-82) over Karsiyaka in the reverse fixture.

  • Bamberg are averaging 87 points per game this season, a whole 10 points more than their scoring average in the 2019-20 BCL season (77 points per game).

  • Bamberg give up 72 points per game in this season's BCL and only 21 percent of those (just 15 points per game) are scored from behind the arc. This renders Bamberg's perimeter defense the best in the BCL so far this season.

  • This facet of Bamberg's defense might not be so important in Wednesday's game though, as Karsiyaka score a league-low 18 percent of their points from behind the arc.

  • Fieler is the league's second-leading blocker (not including Tuesday's games) with 7 blocked shots so far this season and the only player so far to have logged two different games of 3 blocks.

Limoges CSP (1-2) vs. Turk Telekom (2-1) -- Group G, 18:00 CET

Turk Telekom won 76-73 in the reverse fixture thanks to a Sam Dekker dagger triple 

  • Limoges have signed Kenneth Smith, who is poised to debut in the BCL with the French team on Wednesday, and have parted ways with Demarcus Nelson.

  • Limoges are coming off a hard-earned 74-72 win over Bourg at home in French Jeep Elite league action on Saturday as Phil Scrubb went off for 21 points on 6 of 8 three-point shooting.

  • Turk Telekom on the other hand suffered a 70-66 loss at Gaziantep on the same day, as Michael Eric who had a near double-double of 17 points and 9 rebounds and Kyle Wiltjer, who had 13 points, were the only players to score in double digits for the Ankara team.

  • Turk Telekom have a 2-2 record against French teams in the BCL, with three of those games being decided by a margin of 3 points or less.

  • Turk Telekom, who lost 77-66 at Igokea in their most recent road game in the BCL; have never lost back-to-back road games in the competition. The Ankara team have scored 80 or more points in seven of their nine road games in league history.

  • Limoges give up only 6 second-chance points per game on average and are the second-best team in the league in this aspect (behind Falco, who give up only 4.3 second chance points per game.

  • By stark contrast, Turk Telekom give up 17.7 second-chance points per game on average, more than any other team so far this season.

  • The Limoges bench contributes a league-low 10 points per game, and the French are the only team so far this season without a player to score in double digits off the bench in a BCL game.

  • Turk Telekom's Kamar Baldwin is currently the player with most minutes played (69) this BCL season without committing a single turnover.

RETAbet Bilbao (1-2) vs. Fortitudo Bologna (0-2) -- Group F, 20:00 CET

Nigerian international Alade Aminu returns to the BCL after signing a two-month contract with Bilbao

  • Bilbao new signings John Jenkins and Alade Aminu are set to make their debut with the Spanish team in the Wednesday game.

  • Likewise, 31-year-old power forward Dario Hunt is a new addition to the Fortitudo roster after making a single appearance in the BCL last season, with Mornar Bar.

  • Bilbao were last in action on Saturday, in the Spanish Liga Endesa, and clinched a 74-70 win over Fuenlabrada on the road behind Jaroslaw Zyskowski's 17 points.

  • Fortitudo were also victorious at the weekend as they defeated Cremona 85-71 in Italian Serie A action, as Pietro Aradori came up with 26 points and 9 rebounds.

  • Bilbao, who are 0-2 at home in the BCL, hope to avoid joining Proximus Spirou, Telekom Baskets Bonn and Capo d’Orlando as the only teams in competition history to have lost their first three home games in the competition.

  • Fortitudo on the other hand are looking to avoid becoming the second Italian team to lose their first three games of the season (after Capo d’Orlando in 2017-18).

  • Bilbao and Fortitudo are bottom of the league in scoring, as the Spanish team average 71 points per game and the Italian side average 64 points per game.

  • Fortitudo are also the only team yet to reach the 70-point mark in a game in this year's BCL, as they scored 63 points in the loss to Brose Bamberg and 64 points in the loss to Bilbao.

  • Fortitudo give up 43 points in the paint on average and Bilbao 42, as two of the only four teams to give up more than 40 points in the paint per game this season (Bakken Bears and Karsiyaka are the other two).

  • Bilbao's Arnoldas Kulboka has scored 212 points and is third in scoring in the BCL among players born from 1998 onwards. He has a chance to overcome the top two, as Sehmus Hazer, who has 259, and Gytis Masiulis, who has 253, are not playing in the competition this season.