17 October, 2023
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14 things to look out for in Wednesday's games

MIES (Switzerland) - The Play-Ins stage comes to a close on Wednesday so the curtain will fall on the two teams that lose in the last do-or-die games, but the two teams that emerge victorious from Game 3 in their respective series will return for an encore, as they will snatch the final remaining tickets to the Round of 16.

Here are 14 things you need to know ahead of the two Wednesday games:

Pinar Karsiyaka v Rio Breogan

Game 3 (series tied at 1-1) - 18:30 CET - Izmir, Turkiye

Ben McLemore, who joined Breogan before the Play-Ins,  is averaging 20.5 points in the series

● Karsiyaka are 2-5 in their previous seven games in the BCL Play-Ins and both those wins came at home. All seven games were decided by a single-digit margin. Karsiyaka are however 4-0 at home in this season's BCL, and scored 85 or more points in each of those four games.

● Karsiyaka have been in a Game 3 once before, and it was again against a Spanish team, but they didn't have homecourt advantage on that occasion. They faced Lenovo Tenerife in the 2021-22 Play-Ins and lost that game 74-71, in Spain.

● Breogan, who are of course coming off the 80-73 win over Karsiyaka in Game 2 last week, have not yet won back-to-back games in the BCL

● The Spanish team lost all four games they have played on the road so far in the BCL, trailing their opponents in both the first and second quarters in each of those four games.

● Breogan made 10 or more three-pointers in only one of their eight BCL games, but that was precisely at Karsiyaka’s court, in Game 1 of this series, when they converted 11 triples. That was also the only game so far this BCL season that Karsiyaka gave up 10 or more three-pointers.

● Karsiyaka's Vernon Carey Jr. had a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds in Game 2, becoming the first and so fat only player to put up 20+ points and 10+ rebounds in two different BCL games this season. Karsiyaka though ended up losing both those games.

● Ben McLemore has averaged 20.5 points per game over his two BCL appearances with Breogan (which happen to be the first two games of this series) after averaging 9.2 points per game with AEK Betsson. However, he had 9 turnovers across those two games, as many as he committed in five appearances with AEK.

Cholet Basket v Banco di Sardegna Sassari

Game 3 (series tied at 1-1) - 20:00 CET - Cholet, France

Craig Randall II broke new ground for Cholet with his 30 points in Game 2

● Cholet have lost their last two home games in the BCL, after going 4-1 in their first five. Cholet's 93-72 defeat at the hands of Sassari in Game 1 is the French team's heaviest loss ever in the BCL.

● Cholet gave up 90+ points in each of their last three BCL games, when they had allowed 90+ points in only one of their previous 11 games in the competition.

● Sassari are 3-2 in their last five road games in the BCL, when they had gone 0-8 in their previous eight road games. Eight of Sassari's last 10 road games in the BCL were decided by double-digit margins.

● Cholet have the most permissive defense behind the three-point arc in the BCL this season, not only allowing opponents to convert 43.6 percent of their three-point attempts, but also allowing a league-high (worse) 13.1 three-pointers per game.

● This weakness of the Cholet defense is certainly very interesting to Sassari, as the Italian team hit 10.8 three-pointers per game, as one of four teams this season to average more than 10 made threes per contest. Sassari made 14 three-pointers (on 25 attempts) in Game 1 and 13 of 29 in Game 2.

● With his 30 points in Game 2, Craig Randall II became the first ever Cholet player to score more than 25 points in a BCL game. He had scored a combined 25 points in his first two BCL games with the French side.

● Sassari's Vasilis Charalampopoulos scored 15+ points in each of the two games in this series, after scoring 15 or more points in only one of his first 17 BCL appearances. The Greek forward's 6 assists in Game 2 was his new BCL career high. His previous career high, in 18 BCL games, was 4 assists.