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29 things to look out for in Wednesday's games

MIES (Switzerland) - Half the teams got over the Round of 16 midway point on Tuesday, and the other half will do so on Wednesday.

Week 4 in the Round of 16 concludes with a four-game slate that includes two Group K contests and one from each of Group I and Group J.

Here are 29 things you need to know ahead of the four Wednesday games:

Peristeri bwin (0-3) vs. Pinar Karsiyaka (1-2)

Group K - 18:30 CET - Peristeri, Greece

BCL legend Joe Ragland is leading the league in double-doubles this season, with five

● Peristeri will drop out of the race for qualification if they lose this game.

● Peristeri's current three-game losing slide is their joint-longest ever in the BCL. They lost the reverse fixture in Turkey 93-88, whilst their three last home games were decided by single-possession margins.

● Karsiyaka have lost their last 11 road games in the BCL. Their most recent victory on the road dates back to December 2021, when they defeated Ostrow Wielkopolski 86-69 in Poland.

● Karsiyaka scored more than 90 points in two of their last three BCL games. By comparison, they had two +90-point games in their previous 16 BCL encounters.

● Karsiyaka score 23 points in the 2nd quarter on average, more than any other team this season. They score 43.7 points first-half points on average and are second behind UCAM Murcia, who average 44.6 points in the first half.

● Peristeri's Joe Ragland leads the BCL in double-doubles this season, having posted five so far, including in three of his last four home games. Ragland's teams (before Peristeri he played in the BCL with Avellino and Hapoel Holon) have won each of the last 12 home games in which he posted more than 10 points and 3 assists.

● Karsiyaka's Vernon Carey Jr. is leading the BCL in scoring this season with 219 points and is boasting the second-best field goal percentage (65.3 percent) behind Justin Smith, who is shooting 74 percent from the floor. Carey is averaging 19.8 points and 8.2 rebounds in his five BCL games on the road.

Cholet Basket (1-2) vs. Tofas Bursa (2-1)

Group I - 20:00 CET - Cholet, France

Cholet's Neal Sako is the first player to 100 rebounds this season

● Cholet have parted ways with Craig Randall, who was their leading scorer in the BCL with 18.9 points per contest. They have signed Nick Johnson, who played briefly for Hapoel Holon earlier this season and of course had two BCL campaigns with Turk Telekom, from 2019 through 2021.

● Cholet are on a two-game losing slide in the BCL, including of course the 84-71 defeat to Tofas in the reverse fixture, but have not lost three BCL games in a row since their first ever three in the competition, at the start of the 2020-21 season.

● If Tofas win on Wednesday they will extend their winning streak in the BCL to three games, tying their longest-ever win streak in the competition. They have put together three-game winning streaks during four different stretches in their BCL history.

●Tofas lost six of the seven games this BCL season in which they allowed more than 75 points, and won all five games in which they allowed fewer than 75 points.

● Cholet have the worse perimeter defense in this season's BCL, as they allow opponents to make a league-high 12.5 three-pointers per game at a 44 percent conversion rate, which is also the highest (worse) in the league this season.

● Expect Tofas to take advantage of this weakness in Cholet's defense, as the Turkish team made12 or more three-pointers in four of their last six BCL games.

● Cholet's Neal Sako registered a double-double of 13 points and 17 rebounds (including 10 offensive boards) in the reverse fixture in Turkey, becoming the first player to reach 100 rebounds in the BCL this season. He currently has 102. boards.

● J.J O'Brien of Tofas scored 10+ points in each of his six road games in the BCL, averaging 15 points per game. In fact, he is averaging almost twice as many points on the road than at home (8.3 per game).

MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg (2-1) vs. JDA Bourgogne Dijon (1-2)

Group J - 20:00 CET - Ludwigsburg, Germany

Can Jayvon Graves score 20 or more points in a seventh home game in a row?

● Ludwigsburg are 3-0 in their three games against Dijon in the BCL, scoring 84 or more points in each of those encounters. If Ludwigsburg win on Wednesday, it will be the first time they reach four victories against the same BCL opponent.

● Dijon are 1-3 in their last four BCL games, after winning each of their first five this season. Six of Dijon's nine games this season were decided by margins of 8 points or fewer.

● Dijon lead the league this season in points off turnovers, with 24 per game. However, Ludwigsburg are the team that best takes care of the ball, averaging a league-best (lowest) 11.1 turnovers per game and a league-best turnover ratio of 10.4 turnovers per 100 possessions.

● Ludwigsburg's Jayvon Graves scored 20 or more points in each of his six home games in the BCL this season, the longest such stretch by any player in competition history. He is also averaging 4.7 rebounds and 5.7 assists in that span, and made exactly three 3-pointers in each of his most recent three home games.

● Dijon's Allan Dokossi, who registered his first ever double-double in the BCL in the most recent game, with 17 points and 13 rebounds against Galatasaray EKMAS, is shooting 80 percent from the field (12 of 15) over his last four BCL games.

Lenovo Tenerife (2-1) vs. Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem (3-0)

Group K - 21:00 CET - Tenerife, Spain

Levi Randolph is set to become on Wednesday only the third player to reach 1,000 BCL career points

● Jerusalem will secure qualification for the Quarter-Finals if they win this game.

● Israeli center Nimrod Levi has returned to Jerusalem after four years. He started the season at Turkish club Samsunspor, averaging 12.2 points and 5.6 rebounds per game in the BSL.

● Jerusalem have a 3-1 record in their four games against Tenerife, making them the only BCL club in history to have defeated the two-time champions on 75 percent of their encounters.

● Tenerife lost 85-61 in the reverse fixture just before the break, but have not lost back-to-back BCL games since November 2016, one month in the first ever BCL season.

● If Jerusalem win on Wednesday, they will extend their BCL winning streak to seven games, tying their longest ever streak (between January and March 2020). The Israeli juggernauts have allowed 75 points or
fewer in each of the six games in this streak.

● Tenerife boast the highest offensive ratio in this year's BCL, scoring 118.3 points per 100 possessions.

● However, Jerusalem have the second-highest defensive ratio this season, allowing 100.0 points per 100 possessions (UCAM Murcia's defense leads the way with 99.3).

● Tenerife's Kyle Guy scored 25 or more points in each of his first three BCL games and is in pursue of TJ Shorts II, who scored 25+ in each of his first five games in the 2022-23 season. Guy's 29 points in the reverse fixture are the joint-second highest any player has ever scored against the Israeli side in the competition. A former Tenerife player, Kyle Wiltjer, has the record with 33 points against Jerusalem in October 2020, when he was playing for Turk Telekom.

● Jerusalem's Levi Randolph is 7 points shy from becoming the third player in BCL history (following Vojtech Hruban and Giorgi Shermadini) to reach 1,000 career points. Randolph is averaging 15.8 points per game in his four encounters with Tenerife.