25 things to look out for in Tuesday's games
MIES (Switzerland) - Week 2 in the Round of 16 gets underway on Tuesday, with all teams in Group J and Group L seeing action.
Interestingly, even before the first game tips off, the schedule leads to one certain conclusion: by the end of the day, there will be one unbeaten team and one winless team in each of those two groups.
Here are 25 things you need to know ahead of the four Tuesday games:
Group J - 18:00 CET - Istanbul, Turkiye
David Holston, now in his 6th BCL season, is about to pass the 900-point mark
● Galatasaray and Dijon have met twice previously in the BCL, with both games taking place in the Round of 16 in the 2021-22 season. The French team won both games, despite trailing at half-time on each occasion.
● If Galatasaray win on Tuesday they will extend their BCL winning streak in Istanbul* to three games, tying their longest such streak in the competition - they had won three in a row at home between October and December 2021. Galatasaray scored 95 or more points in their last two games in Istanbul (against Tortona and against Benfica). By comparison, they had scored 95+ points in two of their previous 16 home games.
*Galatasaray's one lost home game in that span, against Hapoel Jerusalem, took place in Laktasi, not Istanbul.
● Dijon are currently on a 2-game losing streak in the BCL after starting the season on a 5-game winning streak. However, they are a perfect 3-0 on their previous three trips to Turkiye, scoring 75+ points in each of those games.
● This will be Galatasaray head coach Zvezdan Mitrovic's 50th game in the BCL (40 at the helm of AS Monaco and nine with Galatasaray). He boasts a winning percentage of 77.6 (W38-L11), which is the highest among all coaches with 20 or more games in the competition.
● Dijon's David Holston is just 5 points away from becoming the fourth player to reach 900+ career points in BCL history. Holston is averaging 14 points per game in the BCL this season, his highest ever scoring average in these six seasons he has been playing in the BCL.
(All-time BCL scoring leaders going into Tuesday's games: Vojtech Hruban 1,063 career points; Giorgi Shermadini 1,020 points; Levi Randolph 953 points; Holston 895 points).
Group L - 18:00 CET - Szombathely, Hungary
Ilias Zouros has replaced Joan Plaza at the helm of AEK following a long stint in charge of Georgia
● AEK parted ways with coach Joan Plaza and have handed the reins to Ilias Zouros. The Greek tactician was until recently the head coach of the Georgian national team, which he led to their first ever FIBA EuroBasket and FIBA Basketball World Cup appearances.
● Holon and AEK will face each other for the third time in the BCL. Each team won one of the two between them games in the 2020-21 Regular Season. Both of their two previous meetings were tight affairs and were decided by margins of 6 or fewer points.
● Holon are 1-6 in the Round of 16 since the start of last season, and scored 65 or fewer points in three of their most recent games in this stage. On a positive note, the Israeli team
gave up fewer than 80 points in each of their last seven BCL games, their longest such run in the competition.
● AEK are 0-2 in their last two BCL games, despite leading at half time on both occasions. This is the Greek side's longest losing streak in a single BCL season since losing their first three games of the 2021-22 campaign.
● Holon's C.J. Harris has faced AEK once before, in Athens in November 2020, and he probably remembers that encounter very well, as he posted his BCL career-high 27 points in that game. Harris has scored more than 15 points in each of his last two BCL games. His longest span of +15-point games dates back to the 2020-21 season, when he had four such games in a row.
● AEK's Justin Tillman scored 15 or more points in five of his last six BCL games. He is averaging 15.8 points and 8 rebounds per game during that span, on 60.3 percent shooting from the floor (35 of 58).
Group J - 20:00 CET - Bonn, Germany
Sam Griesel had something of a breakout game in Bonn's win over Galatasaray last week
● Ludwigsburg have signed Michael Hughes II, who started the season at Lithuanian side CBet Jonava, averaging 11.3 points and 5.7 rebounds per game in the LKL.
● Bonn, who are coming off an 89-76 win over Galatasaray EKMAS last week, are yet to win
consecutive games in the BCL this season. Thanks however to their perfect 6-0 record in last season's Round of 16, they have now won their last seven games in this stage, scoring 85 or more points in each of the most recent six.
● Ludwigsburg's current 2-game winning streak in the BCL is their longest in the competition since May-November 2022, when they won four in a row (albeit across two different seasons, the tail end of 2021-22 and the start of 2022-23).
● Ludwigsburg have played twice on the road against German opposition in the BCL, at Oldenburg and medi Bayreuth, both during the 2017-18 season, and won both games.
● Ludwigsburg and Bonn are among the four teams that best defend the three-point line in this season's BCL. Ludwigsburg are leading the league in opponents' made three-pointers, allowing only 5.7 on average, while Bonn are the fourth-leading team in that respect, allowing 6.9 three-pointers on average. The two German sides, alongside Unicaja, are the only teams to have not allowed more than 10 three-pointers in any game this season.
● Bonn's Sam Griesel scored a BCL career-high 20 points in last week's win over Galatasaray, after scoring in single digits in each of his first five appearances in the competition. Griesel is leading his team in plus/minus rating in this season's BCL, with +9.5 per game.
● Ludwigsburg's Silas Melson has made 9 three-pointers on 64.3 percent shooting from behind the arc (9 of 14) over his last two BCL games. By comparison, he had 9 triples over his previous 11 BCL games. Melson scored in double digits in each of his last three BCL games, tying his longest span of +10-point games in the competition which dated back to 2011-22, when he had posted three in a row as a Kalev/Cramo player.
Group L - 20:30 CET - Murcia, Spain
Troy Caupain is lethal from three-point range when Murcia play at home
● Murcia are not only riding a 6-game winning streak in the BCL but have won all six by double-digit margins. If they win on Tuesday by 10+ points they will become the first team in BCL history to have won seven consecutive games by +10-points margins.
● Murcia are 5-0 in the last five games they played in the Round of 16. This span includes their three home games in this stage last season and their last home game in the 2021-22 Round of 16.
● Promitheas's current 4-game winning streak in the BCL is their joint-longest in the competition. What's more, in their most recent BCL road game, on January 3, they registered their largest ever road win in the competition,78-68 at Le Mans.
● Murcia's offense relies on scoring from within the arc more than any other team in this season's BCL, as they score a league-high 54.1 percent of their points from two-point shots.
● By contrast, Promitheas are, alongside Lenovo Tenerife, one of the two teams that most rely on three-point shooting, as they score a joint league-high 40 percent of their points from behind the arc.
● Murcia's Troy Caupain shot 61.5 percent (16 of 26) from three-point range in the four games his team played at home in this season's BCL. He is shooting 54.5 from three overall, as the sixth-leading player in three-point field goal percentage in this season's BCL. Caupain made 3 or more three-pointers in six of his seven games in the competition this season, and has scored more than 10 points in 11 of his last 12 BCL games (this includes last season).
● Anthony Cowan of Promitheas is leading the league this season in total made free-throws, with 54 (on 76.1 percent shooting), which is 10 more made free-throws than the second-leading player in this category, Errick McCollum. Cowan scored 20 or more points in three of his last four BCL games, averaging 20.3 points and 8.4 rebounds per game in that span.