28 things to look out for in Wednesday's games
MIES (Switzerland) - Week three action in the Regular Season wraps up on Wednesday with five games, and the three teams that were yet to debut this season (Hapoel Holon, Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem and SL Benfica) get to finally play their opening game.
Here are 28 things you need to know ahead of the five Wednesday games:
Group G - 18:00 CET - Belgrade, Serbia
Levi Randolph will enter the season as the third-leading scorer in BCL history
● Veteran guard Dee Bost, who played for Galatasaray until last January, has just rejoined the Turkish club and is eligible to play in Wednesday's game.
● Jerusalem will take part in the BCL for the sixth consecutive season. They have won three of their five season-openers, including the most recent one, in 2022-23, 69-67 over Darüssafaka at home. Each one of Jerusalem's season-opening games was decided by winning margins up to five points.
● Galatasaray, who are coming off an 88-77 loss to PAOK mateco at home in their BCL season opener, have never lost their first two games in a BCL campaign.
● Galatasaray have scored fewer than 80 points in each of their last six BCL games (includes the last five games of the previous season).
● Jerusalem averaged a league-low 68.8 offensive possessions per game in last season's BCL. The Finalists also had however the best defense in the competition, giving up only 71.3 points per game.
● Jerusalem's Levi Randolph is currently the third-leading scorer in BCL history with 836 career points, while Zach Hankins is the third-leading shot-blocker, with 64 career blocked shots.
● Four Galatasaray players scored in double digits in the season premiere against PAOK and, interestingly, all four came off the bench: Jarell Martin (18pts), Corey Walden (11pts), Bugrahan Tuncer (10pts) and Goksenin Koksal (10pts). Walden averaged three made 3-pointers over the last five BCL games in which he played at least 25 minutes.
Group E - 18:30 CET - Izmir, Turkey
Charles Manning Jr joined some very select company with his BCL debut statline
● These two teams have met twice in the BCL, in the 2016-17 Regular Season, and Oldenburg won both games. Both were high-scoring affairs, as both teams scored over 80 points in each encounter.
● Karsiyaka, who are coming off a 94-77 win over Filou Oostende in the premiere, are looking to win consecutive BCL games for the first time since the first two games of the 2021-22 season. It's been way longer since the last time they scored 90+ in two consecutive games, it dates back to October-November 2017.
● Oldenburg have lost their six most recent games in the BCL (this number includes the last five games of the previous season), including each of their last three games on the road. The German team however won their first road game in two of their previous three BCL campaigns.
● Karsiyaka’s second unit scored 57 points against Oostende on Gameday 1, making this their first BCL game ever with 50+ bench points. Both of Karsiyaka's leading scorers in that game (Errick
McCollum with 22pts and Vernon Carey Jr. with 18pts) came off the bench. McCollum though is nursing an injury and is doubtful for Wednesday's game.
● Charles Manning Jr, who had 16 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists in Oldenburg's 85-83 loss to SIG Strasbourg in the premiere, became only the second Oldenburg player to register more than 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in a single BCL game. The first one was Chris Kramer in January 2017, against Muratbey Usak. Manning Jr also became the 5th player in BCL history to post that stat line in his BCL debut, while he is the only one of those five to do so off the bench.
Group H - 18:30 CET - Murcia, Spain
When Troy Caupain plays 30 or more minutes, it's usually good news for his team
● Murcia lost their most recent home game in the BCL (96-74 to Unicaja in the 2022-23 Quarter-Finals), but before that they had built a 16-game win streak at home, stretching over multiple seasons.
● Murcia are still riding a 10-game win streak at home when it comes to BCL Regular Season games though, and they gave up fewer than 80 points in eight of those 10 games.
● Igokea, who are coming off a 104-102 overtime loss to Tofas in the premiere, have never lost their first two games in a BCL campaign.
● Igokea gave up more than 90 points in each of their last three BCL games (it includes the tail end of last season), while they had only given up 90+ points in one of their previous 27 games in the competition.
● Murcia failed to shoot over 40 percent from the floor in any of their previous four BCL games, but had a field goal percentage of 50 percent or better in five of the seven games that preceded that stretch.
● Murcia's Troy Caupain (who's also played in the BCL with Hapoel Holon, Filou Oostende and Darussafaka), scored more than 10 points in each of the last seven BCL games in which he played 30+ minutes. Caupain's team won six of those seven games while, by comparison, his team lost six of the last seven BCL games in which Caupain played fewer than 30 minutes.
● Igokea's Stefan Moody, who had a team-high 23 points on Gameday 1 against Tofas Bursa, set a new record for most made free-throws by an Igokea player in a single BCL game, with 10 (on 13 attempts).
Group F - 20:00 CET - Bonn, Germany
Shawn Dawson set his BCL career high in a game in Germany
● Bonn and Holon have met twice previously in the BCL, it was in the 2018-19 season and each team won its respective home game.
● Reigning champions Bonn have won 16 of their last 17 games in the BCL, however their last three defeats in the competition came at home. Bonn gave up fewer than 80 points in each of their last 13 games in the competition.
● Holon are embarking on a seventh consecutive BCL campaign. The Israeli team lost their three most recent road games in the competition, their longest slide on the road since losing on their first nine trips in the BCL, back in 2017 and 2018.
● Bonn's Ike Udanoh has scored in double digits in one of his last 15 BCL games but that game was against Holon, when he had 11 points as a SIG Strasbourg player in January 2023.
● Holon's Shawn Dawson recorded his BCL career high in scoring in Germany, when he poured in 21 points against MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg as a Maccabi Rand Media player, in February 2017.
Group G - 20:30 CET - Lisbon, Portugal
Fridriksson entered the BCL history books in PAOK's season opener
● Benfica will compete in their second consecutive BCL season, after debuting in 2022-23. The Portuguese champions won four of their six BCL Regular Season games last year, but only one game at home. Seven of Benfica’s eight BCL games so far were determined by a winning margin of 10 or more points.
● PAOK, who are coming off an 88-77 road win at Galatasaray in the premiere, have not won back-to-back road games in the BCL since the start of 2019.
● PAOK's 61 percent three-point shooting display against Galatasaray was the Greek team's highest three-point field goal percentage in a BCL game since January 8, 2019, when they had converted 67 percent of their triples in a 92-77 win over Hapoel Holon. PAOK made more than 10 three-pointers in six of their last seven BCL games (stretching back to last season).
● Benfica's Aaron Broussard scored in double digits in each of his team's BCL Regular Season games last season, and averaged 13.5 points and 2 steals per game as the team's second-leading scorer and second-leading player in terms of efficiency.
● PAOK's Elvar Fridriksson posted 19 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists against Galatasaray in the premiere, becoming only the third player in BCL history to post a triple-double. If Fridriksson scores more than 15 points on Wednesday it will be the second time he does so on back-to-back BCL games, the only other time being in December 2022 when he was playing for Rytas.