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31 things to look out for in Wednesday's games

MIES (Switzerland) - Wednesday features a five-game slate that wraps up Week 5 action in the Round of 16 and, more importantly, could determine where some tickets to the Quarter-Finals end up.

To see what each team needs to do in order to qualify for the Quarter-Finals, check out the detailed analysis.

Here are 31 things you need to know ahead of the five Wednesday games:

Tofas Bursa (2-2) vs. Unicaja (4-0)

Group I - 18:00 CET - Bursa, Turkiye

Austin Wiley has averaged 16.6 points and 11.2 rebounds over his last five BCL games

● Tofas are 2-0 in their last two home games in the BCL and chasing their longest home winning streak which was four games, between November 2021 and March 2022. Four of Tofas's last five games at home in the BCL were decided by margins higher than 12 points.

● If Unicaja win on Wednesday they will tie their longest winning streak in the BCL, five wins in row, which dates back to October-December 2022.

● Unicaja are 9-1 in their last 10 games in the Round of 16 (includes last year's results) but that sole defeat was in Turkiye, a 72-67 loss at Galatasaray in March 2023.

● Unicaja lead the BCL in defensive rating this season, allowing 99.7 points per 100 possessions. They also boast the highest Net Rating, +16.4. The Malaga side allow opponents to shoot only 41.2 percent from the floor, which is also a league-best (lowest) this season.

● Austin Wiley of Tofas has averaged 16.6 points and 11.2 rebounds over his last five BCL games. He is leading the league in rebounding this season with 9.5 boards per game (only considering players who have played at least five games).

● Unicaja's Tyson Carter scored more than 15 points in two of his last four BCL games, as often as in his previous 24 BCL games. His 21 points in the reverse fixture against Tofas are his highest single-game tally in his 25 BCL games with Unicaja.

Promitheas Patras (3-1) vs. Hapoel Holon (2-2)

Group L - 18:00 CET - Patras, Greece

Need points in a hurry? Can't do much better than turning to Jaime Echenique

● Promitheas are 6-1 in their last seven BCL games and 3-0 in their last three home games. Interestingly though, if they win on Wedneeday it will be the first time ever that they put together a four-game winning streak in the competition.

● Holon have alternated between wins and defeats in their last eight BCL games, winning the last one against AEK 112-108 after triple overtime. They gave up at least 92 points on each of their three trips to Greece in the competition.

● Promitheas are leading the BCL this season in 3-pointers made, with 10.7 per game. However, they made fewer than 10 triples in each of their last three BCL games.

● Promitheas's Jaime Echenique is leading all BCL players with fewer than 20 minutes per game in scoring this season, with 11.6 points per game. He scored 14 or more points in each of his last three home games in the BCL.

● Holon's Kevin Hervey registered a double-double in his first game in the BCL (11points, 11 rebounds against AEK) and if he repeats that feat on Wednesday, he will become the first Holon player ever to register double-doubles in each of his first two BCL games.

SIG Strasbourg (0-4) vs. Cholet Basket (2-2)

Group I - 20:00 CET - Strasbourg, France

Like a metronome: Phil Booth scored at least 12 points in each of his 10 BCL games with Strasbourg, including the previous game against Cholet

●Cholet will have to do without guard Gerald Ayayi, who was their leading scorer following the departure of Craig Randall. Ayayi suffered a hand fracture and will be sidelined for between six and eight weeks, Cholet announced.

● Strasbourg's current four-game losing skid in the BCL is their second longest ever in the competition, following a six-game losing slide they suffered back in the 2019-20 season. Last week's 91-62 loss at Unicaja though is Strasbourg's heaviest ever in the competition.

● Strasbourg gave up 90 or more points in three of their last four games, as often as in their previous 47 games in the competition.

● Cholet, who are coming off an 84-71 loss at Tofas Bursa in their most recent road game in the BCL, have been alternating between wins and losses in their five games on the road this season (W2 L3).

● Cholet are bottom of the league in opponents' three-point shooting percentage, as they allow opponents to make 42.5 percent of their attempted three-pointers.

● Will Strasbourg take advantage of that weakness in Cholet's defense? The last time they made 10 or more triples in a BCL game was precisely the reverse fixture against Cholet, when they shot 10 of 23 from behind the arc. Strasbourg however shot 33.3 percent from three-point range in the three BCL games which followed that clash.

● Phil Booth was Strasbourg's leading scorer in four of their last five BCL games, including the reverse fixture against Cholet, when he had 17 points. Booth has scored at least 12 points in each of his 10 BCL games with Strasbourg in the competition.

● Cholet's Tidjane Salaun scored in double digits in each of his last two BCL games and if he repeats that feat on Wednesday it will be the first time in his career he strings together three straight +10-point BCL games. He also had 5 or more rebounds in each of the last two games, as often as in his previous 11 BCL appearances.

Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem (3-1) vs. Peristeri bwin (1-3)

Group K - 20:00 CET - Szombathely, Hungary

What are the chances Levi Randolph has another low-scoring game like the previous time he met Peristeri? (hint: very few)

● This will be the fourth encounter between Hapoel Jerusalem and Peristeri, and the Israeli side won each of the three previous games.

● Hapoel Jerusalem, who are coming off a 95-92 loss at Lenovo Tenerife last week, haven't lost consecutive BCL games since January 2022, when they lost two in a row.

● Peristeri's 76-73 win over Pinar Karsiyaka last week ended their three-game losing skid in the BCL. The Greek team have won this season two games in which they were trailing at the end of the third quarter, as many as in their three previous BCL campaigns combined.

● Hapoel Jerusalem have the best second-half defense in this season's BCL, allowing on average only 35.1 points after the interval. Not surprisingly, they also lead the league in second-half Net Differential, with +7.3 points per game.

● Hapoel Jerusalem's Levi Randolph, who became last week only the third player in BCL history to reach the 1,000-point mark, scored 20 or more points in each of his last two games and if he repeats that feat on Wednesday, it will be the first three-game stretch of his BCL career. Interestingly though, Randolph had the worse offensive game of his BCL career in the reverse fixture against Peristeri, scoring only 1 point in 36 minutes on the court after he missed of all his 12 field goal attempts.

● Peristeri's Kenny Williams scored more than 20 points in two of his last three BCL games, after never doing so in his previous 25 games in the competition. Williams has already made 31 triples total, as one of only four players this BCL season to have hit more than 30 three-pointers (not counting Tuesday's games) and he's made 19 more 3-pointers than 2-point shots (12).

Lenovo Tenerife (3-1) vs. Pinar Karsiyaka (1-3)

Group K - 21:00 CET - Tenerife, Spain

Marcelinho Huertas, the BCL's all-time leader in assists, had a season-high 15 assists in the reverse fixture against Karsiyaka

● Tenerife and Karsiyaka have met four times in BCL history, with Tenerife leading 3-1, including their 106-97 in the reverse fixture in Turkiye. All four encounters were decided by single-digit differentials.

● Tenerife became last week the first club team to reach 100 wins in the BCL. They are unbeaten at home since the start of the calendar year 2022, having won 19 home games in row.

● By contrast, Karsiyaka are winless on the road in the BCL since the start of the calendar year 2022, having lost 12 road games in a row. They were leading at half-time in four of their last five road defeats.

● Tenerife are leading the BCL this season in offensive rating, scoring 120 points per 100 possessions. Karsiyaka allow their opponents the fewest possessions than any other team in this season's BCL, an average of 70 possessions per game.

● Tenerife's Marcelinho Huertas, who posted a BCL career-high 24 points in last week's win over Hapoel Jerusalem, dished 10 or more assists in three of his four games against Karsiyaka, including his 15-assist display in the reverse fixture. That was a joint BCL single-game high this season (alongside Joe Ragland's 15 assists against Rytas Vilnius).

● Karsiyaka’s Darrun Hilliard and Vitto Brown are jointly leading the BCL this season in made 3-pointers (not counting Tuesday's games), with 34 each. Hilliard has made 22 more 3-pointersthan 2-pointers (12), the highest such differential among all players this season. However, the only game this season he didn't make a single triple was the reverse fixture against Tenerife.