20 things to look out for in Tuesday's games
MIES (Switzerland) - The Tuesday slate in Week 9 of the BCL Regular Season includes four games across three different groups which, regardless of the final results, they will decide to a large extent the Play-Ins race in each of those groups.
Here are 20 things you need to know ahead of the four Tuesday games:
Group H - 18:00 CET - Bursa, Turkey
Caleb Homesley had 29 points in the reverse fixture as the first Tofas player to reach that mark in BCL history
● Tofas are 1-6 in their last seven games in the BCL, but that sole win came in the reverse fixture against Igokea (104-102 after overtime). Tofas have lost their last four home games, after winning seven of the
● Igokea are on a 7-game losing streak in the BCL and have lost those seven games by an average margin of 12.9 points. They gave up 90 or more points in two of their last three road games in the BCL, something that had only happened once in their previous 13 road games.
● Igokea score 52 percent of their total points in the paint, more than than any other team this season. They scored an all-time BCL record 58 points in the paint their most recent road game, the 91-85 loss at Bertram Derthona Tortona on November 29.
● Caleb Homesley scored 29 points in the reverse fixture against Igokea, which is an all-time record for a Tofas player in a single BCL game. Homesley has scored more than 15 points in three of his four BCL games, with the only exception being the home game against Tortona, when he had 8 points.
● Igokea's Nikola Tanasković has scored in double digits in eight of his last nine BCL games (including each of the last three), but the only exception in that run was the reverse fixture against Tofas, when he had 9 points. That encounter was also the only one, of his 19 BCL games so far, when he fouled out.
Group B - 18:30 CET - Patras, Greece
Anthony Cowan, the most consistent scoring threat for Promitheas, had a season-high 22 points in the France game
● Promitheas, who have lost their last two games in the BCL including the 88-80 loss to Dijon in the reverse fixture, have never lost three games in a row in the competition. The Greek team are 3-0 in their last three BCL home games, first time they achieve this feat.
● Dijon's current 4-game winning streak is their longest ever in the BCL. They have also won three of their last four road games in the Regular Season (includes their last games in last year's Regular Season).
● Dijon are leading the BCL this season in first-half point differential, with18 points on average. That is because, on average, they score 49.3 points while giving up only 31.3 points in the first 20 minutes of their games.
● Anthony Cowan, who had 22 points in the reverse fixture, remains the only Promitheas player to have scored 20+ points in a BCL game this season. The American guard is also the only Promitheas player to have reached double digits in scoring each of their four games so far (11th leading scorer in the league with 16.5 points per game).
● David Holston had the highest-scoring game by any Dijon player so far this season in the reverse fixture, when he had 25 points. The Dijon point guard has made 3 or more three-pointers in four of his last five BCL games.
Group B - 18:30 CET - Opava, Czechia
Margiris Normantas is the league's joint-leader in steals so far this season
● Opava have a 2-16 record in their history in the competition but both those wins came at home games. They have lost each of their four BCL games this season by 35 or more points, no team had previously lost more than two consecutive games by such wide margins.
● Rytas have a 2-8 record in their last 10 road games in the Regular Season of the BCL (this stat incudes also the previous three seasons). Four of Rytas's last five BCL games were decided by margins smaller than five points, the only exception being the reverse fixture, in which Rytas prevailed 99-63 over Opava.
● Opava are leading the league in pace with 79.3 possessions per game, but also allow opponents 79.2 possessions per game, more than any other team. Opava also lead the league in three-point shooting ratio, as they score 41.5 percent of their points from behind the arc.
● Opava have three of the four players who average 4+ turnovers, in Radovan Kouril (7 per game), Jakub Sirina (5.3) and Radek Farsky (4.3). Kouril is the only player to have committed 7+ turnovers in two games so far this BCL season.
● Margiris Normantas of Rytas is the BCL's joint-leader in steals this season (alongside Justin Anderson of Rio Breogan), as he averages 3 steals per game. Normantas, who scored 16 points in his last outing against Promitheas, is looking to score more than 15 points in back-to-back games for the first time in his BCL career.
Group E - 20:30 CET - Oostende, Belgium
Phil Booth hurt his former team when the two sides met in France in October
● This will be the 10th encounter between Oostende and Strasbourg in the BCL, which makes this the most frequent matchup in the history of the competition. Four of those games have taken place in Oostende and Strasbourg were leading at half-time and won the game on all four occasions.
● Oostende have a 1-5 record in their last six BCL games but that win came in their most recent home game (88-83 v Oldenburg). The Belgian champions gave up 80+ points in each of their last five games, something that never happened before in their 8-year history in the competition.
● Strasbourg, who are coming off an 87-72 defeat at Pinar Karsiyaka, have not lost consecutive Regular Season games in the BCL since October-November 2021 (when they lost two in a row). All three of Strasbourg’s last three BCL games were decided by double-digit margins, something that had happened in only three of their previous 10 games in the competition.
● Oostende's Pierre-Antoine Gillet registered his BCL career-high of 21 points in a previous home game against Strasbourg, in October 2021. The Belgian international has made at least one three-pointer in each of the last 27 BCL games in which he played for at least 25 minutes.
● Phil Booth, a former Oostende player, has either led or jointly-led Strasbourg in scoring in each of their first four games. He registered his BCL season-high 22 points in the reverse fixture against his former team, on October 31.