25 things to look out for in Tuesday's games
MIES (Switzerland) - Eight teams will be playing their third game of the season on Tuesday, with three of them hoping to finally tick the win column and two others looking to make it three-of-three wins and prolong their perfect start to the season.
Here are 25 things you need to know ahead of the four Tuesday games:
Group G - 18:00 CET - Istanbul, Turkiye
Galatasaray's Akwasi Yeboah is coming off a BCL career-high 27 points
● Galatasaray, who have lost their last four games in the BCL (two this season and their final two games last season), have never lost five games in the row in the competition.
● The Turkish team have lost five of their seven BCL home games in which they gave up 80 or more points.
● Benfica have played four road games in the BCL and won three of them, however that lone defeat came on their trip to Turkiye. It was an 83-72 loss to Darussafaka Lassa after overtime, last January.
● Galatasaray head coach Zvezdan Mitrovic had never experienced a two-game slide in the BCL Regular Season before this season. Mitrovic was at the helm of AS Monaco in 2016-17 and 2017-18, when they lost only three of their 28 in total Regular Season games in the BCL.
● Akwasi Yeboah, who is coming off a BCL career-high 27 points in Galatasaray's 99-96 loss to Hapoel Jerusalem, has never scored in double digits in consecutive BCL games.
● Benfica's Toney Douglas dished more than five assists in each of his two BCL games this season, while he had five or more assists in two of his eight games in the 2022-23 season. The American guard, who scored 4 points against Hapoel Jerusalem, has never scored fewer than 10 points in consecutive BCL games.
Group B - 18:30 CET - Vilnius, Lithuania
Keith Hornsby of Rytas has scored in double digits in 15 of his 16 BCL games
● Rytas, who have lost their first two BCL games this season, are looking to halt the slide and avoid matching their longest losing streak in the competition, which came in 2020-21 when they lost three in a row.
● The last three BCL games involving Rytas were decided by winning margins of four or fewer points.
● Opava are still looking for their first road win in the BCL, having lost their previous eight road games by an average differential of 37 points.
● The Czech champions have given up 100 or more points in each of their last two games and hope to avoid becoming the first team BCL history to give up 100 in three consecutive games.
● Rytas have made 10 or more three-pointers in each of their last four games at home in the BCL (this stretch includes the last two games of the previous season). By comparison, they had made 10+ three-pointers in four of their previous 13 BCL home games. Rytas have won six of their eight home games in which they made 10+ triples.
● Keith Hornsby has scored more than 10 points in 15 of his 16 appearances in the BCL, including his two games as a Rytas player. The American guard has scored 20+ points in five games in the competition, all of them when he was playing for Polski Torun.
● Adam Pechacek is the only Opava player to have scored more than 10 points in each of their two BCL games this season. The Czech player had 14 points against JDA Bourgogne Dijon and 16 against Promitheas Patras, while also pulling down exactly seven rebounds in each of those encounters.
Group B - 20:30 CET - Dijon, France
Dijon's David Holston is six assists shy of the 400-mark in his BCL career
● If Dijon win on Tuesday and improve to 3-0 they will have put together their longest winning streak in the BCL since October-November 2020, when they'd won four consecutive games in the competition.
● Similarly, if Promitheas win on Tuesday and improve to 3-0 they will have put together their longest winning streak in the BCL since they won all four of their first four games in the competition, back in October 2018.
● Dijon have scored 50+ points in the first half of each of their last three BCL games (includes the last game of the previous season). By comparison, they had scored 50+ first-half points in three of their previous 68 BCL games!
● This will be Promitheas's first road game in this season's BCL but they have an excellent tradition, as they'd won four of their first five road games in their previous BCL campaign, in 2018-19.
● Dijon's second unit scored more than 40 points in each of their two BCL games this season. By comparison, the French team scored 40+ bench points in only two of their previous 53 games in the competition.
● Dijon's David Holston currently has 394 BCL career assists so he is six assists away from becoming only the second player in BCL history to reach 400 assists (Marcelinho Huertas has 495). Holston has dished 6+ assists in four of his last five BCL home games.
● Anthony Cowan is the only Promitheas player to have scored 15+ points in each of their two BCL games this season. Cowan had 15 points against Opava and 19 against Rytas despite coming off the bench in both games.
Group H - 20:30 CET - Murcia, Spain
Consistency personified: Zeljko Sakic has had 18 consecutive BCL games scoring in double digits
● The two teams have met twice before in the BCL, in the 2022-23 Regular Season, and Murcia won both those games. In the game in Spain, Tofas were leading 40-32 at half-time but Murcia prevailed 75-72.
● Murcia have won 17 of their last 18 home games in the BCL. They gave up 47 points in their most recent game (against Igokea m:tel) but have never had two consecutive home games giving up fewer than 70 points.
● Tofas won their first road game in the BCL this season (104-102 at Igokea m:tel) and will be looking on Tuesday to win back-to-back road games, a feat they accomplished in the 2020-21season (in January, when they won at Dijon and at Nymburk) and in the 2021-22 season (when they won at Strasbourg and Oostende).
● Murcia's Rodions Kurucs grabbed a BCL career-high 11 rebounds in the game against Igokea. Kurucs has averaged 4.8 points per game in his last six BCL games, after averaging 14.7 points per game in his first six games in the competition (all with SIG Strasbourg).
● Zeljko Sakic has scored 10+ points in each of his last 18 games in the BCL, including his two games with Tofas. He is actually pursuing the record of a former Tofas player, DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell, who is the only player to have scored in double digits in 20 consecutive BCL games. Sakic is averaging 14.6 points per game in his five BCL games against Spanish teams.