05 October, 2021
15 May, 2022
50 Micheal Eric (UNIC)
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Group K preview: Time to settle the Offense v Defense debate

MIES (Switzerland) - The Round of 16 starts on Tuesday, and Group K still has one spot open for the Play-In series winners. Unicaja, U-BT Cluj Napoca and Filou Oostende are waiting for either Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem or Prometey to join them.

Jerusalem are up 1-0 in that Play-In battle, with Game 2 scheduled this Tuesday in Ukraine. Potential Game 3 would be played on Thursday in Israel.

Group K

0/12 games played

# Team P W L % Last 5 For Agt +/- FA AA  
1 UNIC Unicaja UNIC 0 0 0 0   0 0 0 0 0 0
2 CLUJ U-BT Cluj Napoca CLUJ 0 0 0 0   0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Winner Play-ins 2: JERU v PROM W Play-ins 2 0 0 0 0   0 0 0 0 0 0
4 OOST Filou Oostende OOST 0 0 0 0   0 0 0 0 0 0

Points per game: Dario Brizuela 12.7
Rebounds per game: Tim Abromaitis 6.0
Assists per game: Norris Cole 4.6
Steals per game: Jaime Fernandez 1.3
Blocks per game: Micheal Eric 1.0

The best defense in the entire Basketball Champions League belongs to Unicaja. The team from Malaga allows only 96.5 points per 100 possessions, storming through their Regular Season group to win it on first try and book Round of 16 straight away.

This time around, they will have three completely different teams compared to Nizhny Novgorod, Lavrio Megabolt and JDA Dijon. The champions of Belgium and Romania are all about offense, looking to score a point more than the opponent, while Fotios Katsikaris insists on allowing a point less than the rival.

Unicaja are enjoying a solid debut season in this competition, doing their damage as a team - seven players average between seven and 13 points for them, meaning anybody can heat up in any given moment. The fact that they start their Round of 16 campaign with two home games is huge for them, because they won the first three games in Malaga by 16, 29 and 24 points.


U-BT Cluj Napoca

Points per game: Patrick Richard 17.2
Rebounds per game: Dustin Hogue 6.3
Assists per game: Brandon Brown 7.0
Steals per game: Brandon Brown 2.3
Blocks per game: Elijah Stewart 1.3

While Unicaja have their balanced scoring, U-BT Cluj Napoca are on another level when it comes to a wider arsenal of men who know how to put the ball through the hoop. Patrick Richard is the top scorer, but Brandon Brown also gets 16.3 points per game, Andrija Stipanovic 15.8, Elijah Stewart 13.3 and Dustin Hogue 12.8!

In fact, coach Mihai Silvasan has created one of the best offenses in all of Europe. Cluj became the first team to score 100 or more points in three straight BCL games, doing so against Hapoel U-NET Holon, Happy Casa Brindisi and Darussafaka to win the group. The streak is still active, being put to test in Malaga already this week.

Cluj are on a 15-game winning streak in all competitions, and overall this season, they lost only one game, to Hapoel U-NET Holon on the road. In all other games, in the BCL Qualifying Rounds, BCL Regular Season, Romanian League and Romanian Cup, Cluj are 25-1 since the start of the 2021-22 campaign.


Filou Oostende

Points per game: Levi Randolph 17.9
Rebounds per game: Amida Brimah 5.5
Assists per game: Dusan Djordjevic 4.4
Steals per game: Phil Booth 1.0
Blocks per game: Amida Brimah 2.8

Filou Oostende have been around since Season One of the Basketball Champions League, but they were never this powerful, especially offensively. Coach Dario Gjergja led the team to ten straight Belgian championships, and he's still looking for ways to improve the club.

Oostende are currently the third best offensive team of the entire BCL, trailing only Galatasaray Nef and SIG Strasbourg when it comes to points per 100 possessions, getting 117.5 of them. They are the best shooting team, the best three-point shooting team and they assist on almost 70 percent of their field goals, making them hard to read for defenses.

Levi Randolph and Phil Booth are the one-two punch on both ends of the floor. Oostende are deep, with 12 players averaging at least 4.3 points. Even the new arrivals Demetrius Conger and Amida Brimah found a way to fit right in, combining for 20 points per game.