22 things to look out for in Tuesday's games
MIES (Switzerland) - Week three of the Basketball Champions League tips off on Tuesday with a four-game slate, which features all Group B teams, and one game from each of Group E and Group H.
Here are 22 things you need to know ahead of the four Tuesday games:
Group H - 18:00 CET - Bursa, Turkiye
Retin Obasohan has evolved into a scorer in the most recent stage of his BCL career
● If Tofas win on Tuesday it will be the first time in their four BCL campaigns that they start the season on a 2-0 record. Last season, Tofas won only one of their four home games in the BCL, and that win came at their first home game of the season.
● Tortona hope to become only the fourth Italian team in BCL history to win their first two ever games in the competition; Only three of the previous 10 Italian teams that have played in the BCL went 2-0 at the start of their debut season.
● The last five BCL games between a Turkish and an Italian team in Turkiye ended in victory for the Turkish team.
● Tofas's 54 points in the paint in their Gameday 1 victory against Igokea m:tel was a historical high for the Turkish team in the BCL.
● Caleb Homesley, with his 29 points against Igokea m:tel in the premiere, registered the highest scoring tally ever for a Tofas player in a BCL game. If he scores 25 or more points on Tuesday, he will join Malcolm Hill, Keith Langford and TJ Shorts II as only the fourth player in history to have scored 25+ points in each of his first two BCL games.
● Retin Obasohan scored 15+ points in six of his last seven BCL games, including his first BCL game with Tortona (15 points in the premiere against UCAM Murcia). The Belgian international had scored 15+ points in six of his first 39 games in the competition.
Group B - 18:30 CET - Opava, Czechia
David Holston could become on Tuesday the second player to reach 400 assists in the BCL
● Opava have won just two of their 15 games in the BCL but both those wins came at home. What's more, their first ever win in the competition was against a French team (74-67 v Nanterre in October 2018).
● Opava gave up 93.6 points per game in their previous 15 BCL games, which means they rank historically as the second-worse defense in league history behind Torun, who gave up 96.1 points per game).
● Dijon will play on Tuesday their third BCL game in Czechia, having won one and lost one so far in that country. The French team scored only 54 points in their most recent BCL trip to Czechia (against Nymburk in January 2021), which was their joint lowest-scoring game in the history of the competition.
● If Dijon make 10 or more three-pointers on Tuesday, they will have strung together three consecutive BCL games hitting 10+ three-pointers for the first time in their BCL history (this streak of course takes into consideration the last game of the previous season). Interestingly, Dijon have won just two of the last seven BCL games in which they made more than 10 three-pointers.
● Adam Pechacek, who led all Opava scorers in the premiere against Promitheas Patras with 16 points, also became the first Opava player to score more than 15 points off the bench in a BCL game. If he repeats the feat on Tuesday, he will become the first Opava player to score more than 15 points in consecutive BCL games.
● With his 13 points against Rytas Vilnius on Gameday 1, Dijon's David Holston reached 810 career points in the BCL and became the fourth player to surpass the 800-point mark after Vojtech Hruban, Giorgi Shermadini and Levi Randolph. Holston has currently 393 career assists, so he is 7 away from becoming the second player in BCL history to reach 400 assists (Marcelinho Huertas currently has 491).
Group B - 18:30 CET - Patras, Greece
Gytis Masiulis is, historically, a bigger scoring threat when he comes off the bench
● Promitheas have won four of their last five games at home in the BCL, including this season’s opener against BK Opava (115-66); Promitheas give up 76 points per game at home, and 84 per game when on the road.
● This will be Rytas's fourth BCL trip to Greece. The Lithuanians have lost two of their previous three games in that country, and in each of those three games the team leading at half-time ended up winning.
● Rytas dished out 21 assists in their season opener, against JDA Bourgogne Dijon, and if they repeat the feat on Tuesday they will have strung two consecutive BCL games or 20+ assists for the first time in history. Rytas have won three of the last four BCL games in which they dished 20 or more assists.
● Anthony Cowan became on Gameday 1, with his 15 points and 6 assists against BK Opava, the first Promitheas player to collect 15+ points and 5+ assists off the bench in a BCL game.
● Gytis Masiulis of Rytas has scored 10+ points in three of his last four BCL games, while he had scored in double digits in only two of his first 12 BCL games. Masiulis averaged 13 points in the last three BCL games he came off the bench, compared to 4 points per game in his last three appearances as a starter.
Group E - 20:00 CET - Strasbourg, France
Phil Booth is going to see familiar faces all around on Tuesday
● This will be the 9th encounter between SIG Strasbourg and Filou Oostende in the BCL, which makes it the most frequent matchup in the history of the competition. Strasbourg won six of the previous eight games, but their only two defeats occurred at home.
● Strasbourg won their home opener in six of their previous seven BCL campaigns. They only lost their home opener in November 2020, an 83-81 loss to Rytas Vilnius. If the French side win on Tuesday, it will be the third consecutive season they start their BCL campaign on a 2-0 record.
● Oostende, who are coming off a 94-77 loss at Pinar Karsiyaka in the opener, have lost their first two games in four of their previous seven BCL campaigns, including the last two seasons.
● Phil Booth of SIG Strasbourg played for Filou Oostende in the 2021-22 BCL season, and registered his season-high in points and assists that season precisely against Strasbourg, as he posted 30 points and 8 assists in Oostende's 92-91 over his current team on December 21, 2021.
● Pierre-Antoine Gillet, the only player to have taken part in each of the eight BCL seasons, is set to play on Tuesday his 70th game in the competition. The Belgian international made at least one three-pointer in 24 of his last 25 BCL games, and two or more triples in each of his previous four games against Strasbourg.