20 things to look out for in Tuesday's games
MIES (Switzerland) - The stakes are extremely high in Group E on Tuesday, as SIG Strasbourg are looking to become the first team to clinch a direct ticket to the Round of 16, while EWE Baskets Oldenburg are fighting to stay in the race.
Here are 20 things you need to know ahead of the three Regular Season games on Tuesday:
Group E - 18:30 CET - Izmir, Turkiye
Veron Carey needs to come up with 2 blocks on Tuesday to join some select company
● If Strasbourg win this game and Oldenburg defeat Oostende in the other game in the group, the French team will secure first place in the group and a berth in Round of 16.
● If Karsiyaka win this game and Oostende defeat Oldenburg in the other game in the group, Strasbourg, Karsiyaka and Oostende will have secured, at the very least, a spot in the Play-Ins as Oldenburg will not be able to avoid finishing last in the group.
● Karsiyaka are 2-0 at home so far this BCL season. Six of Karsiyaka's last seven games at home were decided by single-digit margins.
● If Strasbourg win on Tuesday, they will have started this BCL campaign on a 4-0 record, a feat they never accomplished in the previous seven seasons in the competition.
● Strasbourg gave up fewer than 70 points in each of their last two BCL games. Their record was set in November-December 2016, when they kept opponents below 70 in four consecutive games.
● Strasbourg have attempted 20 or more free-throws in each of their three games in the BCL so far this season. They had earned 20+ free-throws in only four of their 15 games last season. The French team are currently shooting 79.7 percent from the stripe, but have never finished a BCL campaign on a free-throw percentage higher than 75 percent.
● Karsiyaka's Vernon Carey Jr. has had at least 2 blocks in each of his first three BCL games (while also scoring 15+ points in each of them). If he blocks at least 2 shots in Tuesday's game he will become only the sixth player in history with multiple blocks in each of their first four games in the competition. The five so far are Amida Brimah, Henry Sims, Michale Kyser, Zach Hankins and Selom Mawugbe.
● Phil Booth has scored 15+ points in each of his three BCL games with SIG Strasbourg, tying his longest such streak in the competition (he had three consecutive games scoring 15+ points when he played for Filou Oostende in 2021-22). Booth was on the winning side in six of his eight games scoring 15 or more.
Group H - 18:30 CET - Laktasi, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Howard Sant-Roos is 3 steals away from becoming the second-best...thief in BCL history
● Igokea are going through their longest losing slide in the BCL, having lost their last six games in the competition (stretching back to the tail end of last season), including their 72-47 defeat at the hands of UCAM Murcia in the reverse fixture, in Spain.
● Murcia won both of their two most recent BCL games by margins of 25 or more points, however, they were both home games. The Spanish side lost the only game they played on the road so far this BCL season, 78-74 at Bertram Derthona Tortona.
● Murcia's historical average in the BCL is 16.8 made free-throws per game, higher than any other club's historical tally. However, Murcia are averaging only 10 made free-throws per game this season (on 13.3 attempts per game) and the only time they scored more than 10 points from the stripe this season was against Tofas Bursa, when they made 17 free-throws.
● Igokea's Nikola Tanasković, who had exactly 15 points in each of the last two BCL games, is looking to extend that streak to three games in a row for the first time his BCL career. He is the only Igokea player with a positive plus-minus in the BCL this season (+11).
● Murcia's Howard Sant-Roos currently has 89 BCL career steals and is set to become only the third player in league history to reach 90, after David Holston (108) and Jérémy Leloup (91). The Cuban came up with one steal in each of his three BCL games with Murcia.
Group E - 20:00 CET - Oldenburg, Germany
DeWayne Russell has been scoring and dishing assists like clockwork this BCL season
● This is a do-or-die game for Oldenburg, as if they lose this and Karsiyaka win in the other game in the group, against Strasbourg, the German team will have no chances of avoiding 4th spot in the group and hence will drop out of the race to qualify.
● Oldenburg are riding an 8-game losing slide (this number includes their five last games in the 2021-22 season), their longest ever in the BCL. However, their three defeats this season came by margins of five or fewer points, with the German side scoring exactly 83 points in each of those encounters.
● Oostende won 88-83 in the reverse fixture in Belgium but have lost their three most recent road games in the BCL. The Belgian side have a 4-1 record against German teams in the BCL.
● Oldenburg scored 40+ points in the paint in each of their last two BCL games, tying their best such tally in BCL history. Oostende, on the other hand, gave up 40+ points in the paint in two of their three BCL games this season.
● Oldenburg's DeWayne Russell has scored 17+ points in each of his three BCL games this season, tying his longest such run in the league (he had three games in a row scoring 17+ points when he played for Treviso in 2021-22). Russell is the only player to have put up more than 15 points and 5 assists in each of the first three BCL games this season.
● Oostende's Pierre-Antoine Gillet scored in double digits in each of his three BCL games this season, his longest such run in league history. The Belgian international has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last 14 BCL games.