17 October, 2023
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BCL Fantasy tips: Harrison loves the Tofas matchup

MIES (Switzerland) - Only five games are on this week, but with five teams ending their season on Tuesday and Wednesday, you know the motivation will be on another level. Good news for your Fantasy team(s), too.

First off, with just ten teams in action, make sure you adjust your team's positions to fill all of them - going for example for two centers or three guards or whatever combo fits the players you have on your roster. You can't afford to have empty slots in your lineup.

Second, we still have some stats and patterns to go by and try to predict which players could get you the most points in Game 3 of the Play-Ins.

Let's not just focus on the last game, but on season-long numbers, which is why there is no point in reminding you that Jayvon Graves will probably have another big game for MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg - he went north of 20 in each of their previous four home games this season.

Instead, let's focus on the series with the non-existent homecourt advantage.

Tofas Bursa blew out PAOK mateco in Thessaloniki in Game 1 of their series, but instead of steering the ship back home and safely enjoying a solid home win to advance to the Round of 16, Tofas fell apart in front of their own fans.

PAOK were there to steal one on the road, taking the series back to Greece, with a match point on their serve.

The reason why they were able to do it? Andrew Harrison.

Harrison has been their go-to guy in the Greek League all season long, posting double-digit sin points in ten of his last 12 games, while the other two he had 9 points and then got to 8 against Peristeri over the weekend in an abysmal performance by the entire team. Harrison, with 8 points, was still PAOK's top scorer as they put up just 35 points in 40 minutes.

One could point at the schedule and blame it on tired legs after a couple of road games, but there should be no excuses this week. Harrison is set to lead the team once again, in a matchup he seems to enjoy the most.

The 29-year-old all-rounder had just one game with 15 or more points across his first six BCL appearances.

Then, he got 16 and 17 in two games against Tofas, while getting his BCL season-highs in rebounds (5) and assists (6), too, in Game 2.

There obviously is something about playing the Turkish teams for Harrison, whose season-high was set against Galatasaray EKMAS with 21 points.

Probably the familiarity with the opponents, since Harrison spent the last season in Turkiye with Merkezefendi.

If you have Harrison on your team, he could be the reason you climb up in the standings and arrive closer to the rewards in your Leagues, private or public.

If PAOK make it to the Round of 16, expect even more double-digit performances by the former Kentucky Wildcat.