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Quarter-Finals Game 2 preview: Unicaja on brink of first Final Four

MURCIA (Spain) - When UCAM Murcia and Unicaja take the floor for Game 2 of their best-of-three Quarter-Finals series, Murcia will be focused on winning to remain in the competition. Unicaja, meanwhile, have their sights set on reaching the Final Four for the first time.

The game will tip off on Wednesday April 12 at 20:30 CET.

In Game 1, Unicaja took control of the game early, pulled out to a lead as big as 30 points and led wire-to-wire for a dominating 16-point victory. Unicaja's scoring was balanced, but Dario Brizuela recorded a game-high 19 points in only 24 minutes on the court. 

  • Murcia lost the reverse fixture against Unicaja (83-67) but have not lost consecutive BCL games since January-March 2018 (0-4); Murcia have won their last 16 home games and if they defeat Unicaja in Game 2, they would equal the longest winning streak for a team at home in the BCL history, 17 in a row, set by Monaco between October 2016 and March 2018.

  • Murcia have drawn the most fouls in the BCL this season, with an average of 24.6 per game, and as a result they've attempted (25.1) and made (20.3) the most free-throws per game of any team in the league this season, while also holding the highest free-throw percentage (80.9 percent).

  • Unicaja have won five of their six road games this season in the BCL after winning only two of their seven away games in 2021-22; the team leading at halftime managed to win the game in 12 of Unicaja's 13 away games in the competition.

  • Unicaja's bench unit have scored 51.7 percent of the team's 84.4 points per game, the highest percentage of any team in the BCL in 2022-23. In fact, they are the only team to have more bench points (43.6 per game) than from their starters (40.8 per game) in the BCL this season.

  • Nihad Dedovic has the highest positive +/- rating (11.9) per game in the BCL this season among players with more than two games played. Dedovic scored in double figures in each of his last two games, a feat he had not achieved in his previous six appearances.