43 things to look out for in Tuesday's games
MIES (Switzerland) - Judgement day (or gameday, rather) in the Regular Season is finally here and it begins on Tuesday, with the first eight of the week's 16 games taking place. There is no margin for error for the teams that are still jostling for position in search for a place in the Round of 16 or the Play-Ins. A detailed look at this week's permutations can be found here.
Here are 43 things you need to know ahead of the eight games on Tuesday:
Group A - 18:00 CET - Szombathely, Hungary
Falco's Zoltan Perl is only 2 points away from scoring 500 BCL career points off the bench
● Falco have won just one of their five BCL games this season, but it was precisely the reverse fixture against Le Mans (81-63 in France). The Hungarian team, who've lost their previous two home games in the BCL, have never lost three BCL games in a row at home.
● Le Mans, who were victorious in their most recent BCL game on the road (86-78 at Peristeri) are looking to win two consecutive road games in the BCL for the first time since December 2016 – January 2017.
● In this season's BCL, Le Mans are clearly a team that finishes games at its best: They score 25 points per fourth quarter on average, while they average fewer than 20 points in each of the three first quarters.
● Le Mans allow a league-best (lowest) 9.6 points off turnovers per game. Interestingly though, Falco's offense doesn't rely on capitalizing on opponents' mistakes, as they score a league-low 10.6 points off turnovers per game.
● Falco's Zoltan Perl currently has 498 BCL career points off the bench so he is only 2 away from becoming only the second player in competition to reach 500 points off the bench. (The now retired Dusan Sakota has 533). Perl scored 16+ points in each of his last three BCL games, and is looking to extend this run to four games in a row for the first time in his BCL career.
● Matt Lewis of Le Mans averaged 16.7 points over the last three games, on a spectacular 77.3 percent shooting from the floor. Lewis didn’t miss a single shot in Le Mans' 86-78 win at Peristeri in the previous gameday, as he went 7-of-7 from the floor and 4-of-4 from the free-throw line.
Group C - 18:00 CET - Istanbul, Turkiye
Riga's Arnaldo Toro Barea is close to reaching a rebounding milestone
● Darüssafaka are on a 3-game losing streak in the BCL but still far from their worst-ever skid in the competition if we combine games from adjoining seasons: They lost six consecutive games between November 2020 and October 2021.
● Darüssafaka allowed more than 80 points in each of their last four games at home, as often as in their previous 12 home games.
● Riga are riding a 2-game winning streak and, if they win on Tuesday, they will tie their longest in the BCL (three wins in a row between November-December 2020). However, they have lost their last 13 road games in the BCL. Their last road win dates back to December 2020 (85-81 at Rytas).
● Riga have the stingiest defense in the BCL when it comes to second-half points, as they concede a league-best 33.2 points second-half points per game. Riga have a positive point differential this season only in the fourth quarter (+1.8 points on average).
● Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman made his first start of this BCL season in Darüssafaka's previous game, the97-85 loss at Cholet, and scored a season-high 25 points, which is also the highest scoring BCL game by a Darüssafaka player this year. However, he had only 2 points in the reverse fixture, in Latvia.
● Riga's Arnaldo Toro Barea had 8 or more rebounds in each of his four BCL games and if he repeats that feat on Tuesday he will become only the second player in BCL history to have collected 8+ boards in each of his first five games in the competition. The first was Octavious Ellis, of Mornar Bar, in the 2016-17 season.
Group C - 18:00 CET - Cholet, France
Tidjane Salaun is the first BCL player to average double digits before turning 19 years old
● Cholet have a 4-1 historic record at home in the BCL (2-0 this season) and scored more than 90 points in two of their last three games, after not reaching that mark in any of their previous eight games in the competition.
● Tenerife, who are coming off a 77-72 loss at VEF Riga, have lost back-to-back BCL games only once during their 8-year history in the competition, back in November 2016. Tenerife have a 1-5 record in their last six BCL games on the road.
● Tenerife score a whopping 40.6 percent of their points from three-point range, the highest ratio in the BCL this season. Chole have the worst defense on the three-point line, allowing opponents to score 45.3 percent of their total points from behind the arc.
● Cholet's Tidjane Salaun is averaging 12 points per game, becoming the first player in BCL history to average double-digits in scoring before turning 19 years old. Salaun had 24 points in his most recent BCL game, the 97-86 win over Darussafaka, the second-most by any player aged 20 or younger (Alperen Sengun had 25 points with Bandirma against Nymburk, in March 2020).
● Tenerife' Giorgi Shermadini, who currently has 984 BCL career points, is 16 points away from becoming the second player with 1000+ points in competition history. (Vojtech Hruban has 1,025 BCL career points currently. Shermadini also has 379 BCL career rebounds and is about to overtake Miro Bilan (382 career rebounds) for second place on the BCL all-time rebounders list.
Group B - 18:30 CET - Vilnius, Lithuania
Ahmad Caver has emerged as leader for Dijon in his first months with the team
● Rytas, who are on 3-game winning streak in the BCL, are looking to win four in a row for the first time in the competition. Rytas won all three of their three most recent home games, albeit two of those by margins of up to 2 points.
● Dijon's current 5-game winning streak is their longest ever in competition history. Dijon were leading at half-time in each of their last seven BCL games (this number includes the last two games of the previous season).
● Rytas lead the league in offensive rebounding ratio, as they collect 47 percent of available rebounds on their opponent’s glass. Dijon have the third-lowest defensive rebounding ratio, collecting only 61.7 percent of available rebounds under their own basket.
● If Margiris Normantas scores 15 or more points on Tuesday he will have achieved this feat in three consecutive games for the first time in his BCL career, in what will be his 49th game in the league. In the reverse fixture in France though he had 2 points on 0-for-9 shooting from the floor.
● Ahmad Caver has played in only three of Dijon's five games this BCL season but is leading his team in both scoring (16.3 points per game) and efficiency rating (17.3), while shooting 55.2 percent from the floor and 92.9 percent from the free-throw line. He also dished 3+ assists in each of the three games.
Group B - 18:30 CET - Opava, Czechia
Jaime Echenique could become the first Promithes player to score 10+ points in five BCL games in a row
● Opava have lost all five of their games in the BCL this season, each by margins of 20+ points. Their last win in the competition came in their last game of the 2018-19 Regular Season, a 73-71 success over Telekom Baskets Bonn at home.
● Promitheas's current 3-game losing skid is their longest ever in the
competition. and they are 0-5 in their last five BCL games on the road. However, their last two games were decided by three points or fewer
● Promitheas lead the league in defensive effective field goal percentage (eFG%) with 46.6 percent, while Opava have the lowest offensive eFG%, at 43.4 percent.
● Marques Townes became on Gameday 5 the first Opava player ever to put up 20+ points and 5+ assists in a BCL game, with his 20-point, 5-assists display against Rytas.
● Jaime Echenique is looking on Tuesday to become the first ever Promithes player to have scored 10+ points in five BCL games in a row. Interestingly, the reverse fixture in Greece was the single game in which he didn't reach double digits in scoring (8 points).
Group E - 20:00 CET - Oostende, Belgium
Jean Salumu is an extra offensive weapon for Oostende and has the numbers to back it up
● Oostende have won their last three home games in the BCL Regular Season, including two after overtime, and if they repeat that success on Tuesday it will be the first time they extend this streak to four home games. However, they have a 1-6 record in their seven home games against teams from Türkiye.
● All of Karsiyaka’s five games in the BCL this season have ended with the home team as the winners. The Turkish team are 0-8 in their last eight road games in the BCL, after never losing more than two in a row
● Oostende take 57.6 shots from the floor per game and roughly half of them (49.7 percent) are three-pointers. This is the highest three-point attempt ratio in the BCL this season.
● Karsiyaka are the only team this season with a field goal percentage higher than 50 percent (they shoot 51.5 percent from the floor), a three-point shooting percentage higher than 40 (41.7 percent), and a free-throw shooting percentage higher than 80 (83.6 percent), and they lead the league in all those stat categories.
● Jean Salumu, who rejoined Oostende recently, has had 15+ points in each of the last four BCL games in which he played 25+ minutes, but the last time he played 25 or more minutes in a game and didn't get to double digits was against a Turkish team (he had 8 points in 33 minutes of action against Besiktas in December 2017).
● Karsiyaka's Vernon Carey Jr. has scored 15+ points in each of his first five BCL games and is looking to become only the 6th player to achieve that in his first six games in the competition. Carey shot an amazing 72 percent (18-of -25) from two-point range over his last two BCL games.
Group E - 20:00 CET - Strasbourg, France
Will DeWayne Russell come up big once again in this crucial game for Oldenburg?
● Strasbourg are on a 2-game losing streak in the BCL but the last time they lost more than two Regular Season games in a row was as far back as December 2019-February 2020, when they lost six consecutive games. The French team have won their last five Regular Season home games, and each of the most recent three by double-digit margins.
● Oldenburg have won their last two games in the BCL, but they are 0-5 in the last five games they played on the road in the competition, giving up 85+ points in four of those defeats.
● Strasbourg give up only 24.8 points in the paint per game, fewer (best) than any other team in the BCL this season. In percentage terms this translates to allowing opponents to score only 31.8 percent of their points in the paint, which is also a league best (lowest).
● Strasbourg's Quinton Hooker scored a BCL career-high 25 points against Filou Oostende on the previous gameday. He had never scored more than 16 points in any of his first 23 BCL games. Hooker has dished more than 5 assists in each of his last seven games, averaging 7.1 assists per game in that span.
● Oldenburg's DeWayne Russell had 20+ points and 10+ assists in two of his last three BCL games and is looking to become the first player in competition history to post this statline in three different BCL games. He's dished a total of 100 assists in his 18 BCL games, with half of them coming in his most recent seven appearances.
Group A - 20:30 CET - Athens, Greece
Joe Ragland is the first player in history to record 10 double-doubles in the BCL
● Peristeri have won five of their last seven home games in the BCL but lost the most recent one (86-78 to Le Mans). The Greek team have a 1-4 record in their five games against Spanish teams, but that sole win came the last time they played at home (88-81 v Lenovo Tenerife in October 2022).
● Unicaja are 7-2 in their last nine road games in the BCL but lost the most recent one, 85-78 at Le Mans on Gameday 4. They won the last two games they played in Greece.
● Unicaja lead the league in fastbreak points, averaging 17.6 per game, but are also the best in transition defense, as they give up only 5.8 fastbreak points per game. Peristeri did not give up more than 10 fastbreak points in any of their last 15 home BCL games.
● Peristeri's Joe Ragland is the only player in BCL history to have posted 10 double-doubles, all in points and assists. Ragland dished 5+ assists in each of his last 19 games in the Regular Season.
● Unicaja's Yankuba Sima scored a BCL career-high 16 points against Falco Szombathel last week, which was his 36th BCL game. However, he is yet to score more than 10 points in consecutive games in the competition and has never scored more than 10 points in any of his 16 games on the road.