CSKA MOSCOW: DID YOU KNOW THAT…
...CSKA has the chance to win its eighth EuroLeague title? The Russian powerhouse lifted the top continental trophy in 1961, 1963, 1969, 1971, 2006, 2008 and 2016. Real Madrid is the winningest team in EuroLeague history with nine titles.
...CSKA can win consecutive EuroLeague titles for the first time in club history? Only Maccabi Tel Aviv (2004, 2005) and Olympiacos Piraeus (2012, 2013) have managed to do that in the last 25 years.
...CSKA is playing at its 14th Final Four in the last 15 years? CSKA now leads the all-time list with 16 Final Four appearances. FC Barcelona is second with 14.
...Kyle Hines can win his fourth EuroLeague title? He won back-to-back titles with Olympiacos in 2012 and 2013. Kostas Sloukas and Pero Antic were his teammates on that Olympiacos team, and can also win a third title with Fenerbahce Istanbul.
...Hines can become the second player in EuroLeague history to win back-to-back titles on two different occasions with different teams? Dino Meneghin (Varese 1972-1973, 1975-76, Olimpia Milan 1987-1988) was the first.
...Victor Khryapa is at his 11th Final Four, which is a record for players? He previously played the Final Four with CSKA in 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Theo Papaloukas is next on that list with nine Final Four appearances.
...head coach Dimitris Itoudis is one of two Greek coaches to ever win the EuroLeague title. He won it with CSKA last season. Georgios Bartzokas lifted the trophy with Olympiacos in 2013.
...Vitaly Fridzon and Nando De Colo belong to an exclusive list of players who have won the EuroLeague and the EuroCup titles? Fridzon won the EuroCup with Khimki Moscow Region in 2012 and De Colo lifted the trophy with Valencia Basket in 2010. Both of them won the EuroLeague title with CSKA last season. James Augustine, who won the EuroCup with Khimki in 2015, could join this list if CSKA wins the title in Istanbul.
...three CSKA players – Khryapa, Teodosic and De Colo – have been chosen to the All-Euroleague First Team at some point during their careers?
...CSKA is in its sixth consecutive Final Four? It is the second longest streak ever. CSKA also holds the record with eight consecutive Final Four appearances from 2003 to 2010.
...four CSKA players - Hines, Khryapa, Teodosic and Andrey Vorontsevich - have been to each of the last six Final Fours? Only Hines has done so with two different teams (Olympiacos 2012, 2013; CSKA 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017).
...CSKA is the highest-scoring team in the EuroLeague this season with 87.6 points per game and also leads the league in free throw shooting (82.2%)?
...De Colo ranks second in free throw shooting this season (95.6%), with Teodosic ranking third (92.2%). Luigi Datome of Fenerbahce Istanbul enters the Final Four in first place (95.7%).
...De Colo is the EuroLeague's all-time leader in free throw shooting percentage? He has made 438 of his 470 free throw attempts throughout his 100-game career, an impressive 93.2%!
...Khryapa and Teodosic could join the list of the top 10 scorers in Final Four history? Fragiskos Alvertis of Panathinaikos Athens ranks 10th with 145 points, but Khryapa has 129 and Teodosic 125.
...Khryapa needs 3 rebounds to become the first player to reach 100 in Final Four history?
...Khryapa is second in steals (21) in Final Four history, not far behind former teammate J.R. Holden, who leads with 24. Khryapa also ranks fifth with 43 assists.
...Teodosic ranks sixth in assists in Final Four history with 39? His former teammate Theo Papaloukas leads the standings with 59 assists.
...Teodosic has scored the third-most points in EuroLeague history? He enters the Final Four with 2,777 points to his name, only trailing Vassilis Spanoulis (3,377) of Olympiacos and Juan Carlos Navarro (4,000) of Barcelona.
...Teodosic ranks third all-time in career assists? Dimitris Diamantidis leads the standings with 1,255 assists. Spanoulis is second at 1,138 and Teodosic third with 1,119.
...Khryapa ranks fifth on the all-time blocks list (159)? He could climb a few spots in the Final Four, as Stephane Lasme ranks fourth at 160 and Mirza Begic is third with 162. Hines sits in sixth place with 156 career rejections.
...Khryapa is looking for his fifth EuroLeague championship game appearance with CSKA? He reached the final with CSKA in 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2016. Nikita Kurbanov, Teodosic, Vorontsevich and Hines could each reach their fourth championship game.
...De Colo could become the fourth player to win consecutive Final Four MVP awards? Only Toni Kukoc (1990, 1991), Dejan Bodiroga (2002, 2003) and Vassilis Spanoulis (2012, 2013) have managed to do so.
...Hines won a EuroLeague title against CSKA at Sinan Erden Arena back in 2012? He lifted the trophy with Olympiacos and returns to this arena for the first time since then. Teodosic, Vorontsevich, Khryapa and Kurbanov were with CSKA in that game.