2017-18Regular SeasonRound 9
November 23, 2017 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 MEDIOLANUM FORUM
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Records

3-5 Regular Season 6-2
3-5 Overall 6-2

Officials

Crew Chief
HIERREZUELO, DANIEL, Spain
Umpire 1
JAVOR, DAMIR, Slovenia
Umpire 2
PANTHER, ANNE, Germany

The Take

An intriguing battle awaits in the fashion capital, where fast-improving AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan aims for its third straight win against visiting co-leader Olympiacos Piraeus, which has also won its last two games. Milan’s victories last week came courtesy of startling late comebacks, which have seen the team’s confidence soar. Although Milan is without top scorer Andrew Goudelock (14.3 ppg.), who is injured, its return to form has coincided with the arrival of Curtis Jerrells (21 ppg.), who joins Jordan Theodore (11.4 ppg., 4.6 apg.) and Dairis Bertans in a dangerous backcourt. Olympiacos, which is unlikely to have star guard Vassilis Spanoulis back for this game, turns to Brian Roberts, Vangelis Mantzaris and Janis Strelnieks to lead the backcourt. Milan also has a formidable frontcourt with Kaleb Tarczewski, Arturas Gudaitis (10.0 ppg.) and Amath M’Baye, but Olympiacos has lots of experience up front with All-EuroLeague forward Georgios Printezis (12.1 ppg.), former Milan big man Jamel McLean and center Nikola Milutinov. Forwards Kostas Papanikolaou and Ioannis Papapetrou could also play bg roles for the visitors against Vladimir Micov and Davide Pascolo. The big difference between the sides comes down to difference; Olympiacos has allowed the fewest points this season (70.9 ppg.) and Milan has given up the most (86.5 ppg.). Milan will have to step up on the defensive end or score a lot to keep its winning streak alive.
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AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan
# Player Pos. H. Age
0 GOUDELOCK, ANDREW G 1.91 28
5 MICOV, VLADIMIR F 2.01 32
7 PASCOLO, DAVIDE F 2.03 26
9 KALNIETIS, MANTAS G 1.95 31
13 FONTECCHIO, SIMONE G 2.03 21
15 TARCZEWSKI, KALEB C 2.13 24
20 CINCIARINI, ANDREA G 1.93 31
22 CUSIN, MARCO C 2.11 32
23 ABASS, AWUDU G 1.98 24
24 M'BAYE, AMATH F 2.06 27
25 THEODORE, JORDAN G 1.83 27
28 YOUNG, PATRIC C 2.09 25
34 JEFFERSON, CORY C 2.06 26
45 BERTANS, DAIRIS G 1.92 28
55 JERRELLS, CURTIS G 1.85 30
77 GUDAITIS, ARTURAS C 2.08 24
Olympiacos Piraeus
# Player Pos. H. Age
1 MCLEAN, JAMEL C 2.03 29
4 TOLIOPOULOS, VASSILIS G 1.88 21
6 PAPAPETROU, IOANNIS F 2.07 23
7 SPANOULIS, VASSILIS G 1.93 35
10 AGRAVANIS, DIMITRIOS F 2.08 22
11 MILUTINOV, NIKOLA C 2.13 22
13 STRELNIEKS, JANIS G 1.91 28
14 TILLIE, KIM F 2.10 29
15 PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS F 2.05 32
16 PAPANIKOLAOU, KOSTAS F 2.04 27
17 MANTZARIS, VANGELIS G 1.94 27
19 ARSENOPOULOS, NIKOLAOS G 1.95 17
22 ROBERTS, BRIAN G 1.88 31
31 BOGRIS, GEORGIOS C 2.10 28
33 WILTJER, KYLE F 2.08 25
34 THOMPSON, HOLLIS F 2.03 26

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
80.3 Points 75.5
34.1 Rebounds 36.0
10.4 O. Rebounds 9.9
23.8 D. Rebounds 26.1
15.3 Assists 14.9
4.9 Steals 6.6
3.1 Blocks 1.6
46.9 % 2PT 53.5 %
38.0 % 3PT 30.3 %
78.3 % FT 72.5 %
85.4 PIR 83.0

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
86.5 Points 70.9
36.6 Rebounds 32.6
10.4 O. Rebounds 8.6
26.3 D. Rebounds 24.0
19.3 Assists 12.5
5.9 Steals 6.4
2.3 Blocks 2.5
51.0 % 2PT 48.9 %
43.5 % 3PT 32.7 %
79.5 % FT 71.7 %
99.6 PIR 69.1

Head Coaches

PIANIGIANI, SIMONE
AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan
"Our emergency situation is still there, beyond Goudelock's unavailability: we played three games in five days with the addition of four overtimes so the fatigue is still there. More than that we face a team with probably the best defense in the entire EuroLeague, thay know how to protect the paint and erect a wall. There are going to be moments when we'll play in the dark. But we have a lot of pride, we'll try to create situations to overcome their defense and will ride the crowd that helped us a lot lately."
SFAIROPOULOS, IOANNIS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"Armani is a new team, with a new coach and needs time to gel. But it has really good units on its roster, good players that can kill you if you do not stop them. Ιs an offensive team, that runs on the fastbreak and looks for easy baskets. Plays good pick & roll and the guards can hurt you. Is also a rhythm team. So even when its opponent leads by, let’s say, 15 points, it has the ability to come back and take over… I remind you Armani’s game against Bamberg. Armani a very dangerous team, that’s why we have to be considerate and focus on our plan. We are ready to fight and players know exactly what they have to do on defense and offense."

Players

TARCZEWSKI, KALEB
AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan
"For many of us this is our first year in this league. We are a new team and still in the process of building a chemistry. We are starting to realize as a team what we need to do in order to compete game by game. This is what we'll bring to the court against a top team like Olympiacos."
BOGRIS, GEORGIOS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"Armani is a tough team, especially when it plays on its home court. It's based on its players talent and as the time goes by, it will get stronger and stronger. It’s going to be a difficult game, that’s why we have to be focus and control the rhythm from the first minute to the last second. We want to take the win, because road wins will boost us to finish at the top."

AX Armani Olimpia Milan vs. Olympiacos Piraeus

· Olympiacos has a 10-4 advantage in games against Milan, but the Milan snapped a five-game losing streak in their last meeting.

· Vassilis Spanoulis scored 16 points when Olympiacos won 91-81 at home in Round 3 last season, but Milan beat the reds for the first time in six games in Round 17 with Krunoslav Simon - now with Efes - scoring 25 points and dishing 7 assists in a 99-83 home win.

· Milan set a club record with 8 blocks against Olympiacos Piraeus in January of 2014.

· Milan made 31 two-point shots, its club record in EuroLeague play this century, against Olympiacos in January 2017.

· Janis Strelnieks of Olympiacos and Dairis Bertans of Milan have been teammates with the Latvian national team for years. They were also teammates at Latvian club Ventspils during the 2009-10 season.

· Jamel Mcean played at Milan the last two seasons and helped it win 2016 Italian league title and two Italian Cups. He has been a teammate of much of the current Milan roster.

· Georgios Bogris and Dairis Bertans were teammates at Bilbao Basket during the 2015-16 season.

· Vladimir Micov posted a career high 4 steals while playing for Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul against Olympiacos in March of last season.

· Davide Pascolo posted a career-high performance index rating of 25 against Olympiacos in January of last season.

· Injured Olympiacos forward Kim Tillie posted his career high in index rating with 31 playing for Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz against Milan in March of last season.

· Kostas Papanikolaou posted his career high in offensive rebounds with 5 against Milan in January of last season.

Monday, November 20, 2017
Euroleague.net

AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan

Roster
Patric Young continues to rehab after offseason knee surgery.
Andrew Goudelock is expected to miss at least a month with a hamstring injury suffered in Round 7.
Streaks
Andrew Goudelock has scored in double figures in 29 of his last 30 EuroLeague appearances.
Curtis Jerrells has made at least 1 three-pointer in eight straight EuroLeague appearances.
Vladimir Micov has made at least 1 three-pointer in 15 of his last 16 EuroLeague games.
Dairis Bertans has made at least 1 three-pointer in eight of his last nine EuroLeague appearances.
Mantas Kalnietis has made at least 1 three-pointer in eight of his last nine EuroLeague appearances.
Rankings
Kaleb Tarczewski is ranked fifth in the EuroLeague this season with 6.8 rebounds per game.
Tarczewski is tied for third among qualified players this season with 3.0 offensive rebounds per game.
Records/Milestones
Andrew Goudelock owns the EuroLeague single-game record for three-pointers made with 10, which he set in November 2014 when he played for Fenerbahce Istanbul.

Olympiacos Piraeus

Roster
Vassilis Spanoulis is yet to play in a Turkish Airlines EuroLeague game this season.
Streaks
Vassilis Spanoulis has hit at least one three-point shot in 10 straight EuroLeague games.
Janis Strelnieks has made at least one three-point shot in 16 of his last 17 EuroLeague games.
Strelnieks has made 14 consecutive free throws in EuroLeague games.
Brian Roberts has recorded at least 1 steal in eight straight EuroLeague games.
Rankings
Janis Strelnieks led the EuroLeague in assist-to-turnover ratio last season at 2.92.
Janis Strelnieks is second all-time in the EuroLeague in free throw accuracy at 92.31%.
Records/Milestones
Vassilis Spanoulis is the competition's all-time leader in free throws made with 915.
Spanoulis needs 4 more rebounds to reach 500 for his EuroLeague career.
Spanoulis needs 3 more three-pointers to tie Dimitris Diamantidis (372) for sixth-place on the EuroLeague all-time charts. Retired CSKA great J.R. Holden (377) is fifth.
Spanoulis is second on the EuroLeague's all-time list of assists with 1,152. His former teammate Dimitris Diamantidis is the record holder with 1,255.

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Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
4 - 10
AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan Olympiacos Piraeus
* overall record in EuroLeague since 2000
AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan
Home record vs. Olympiacos Piraeus: 3-4
Away record vs. Olympiacos Piraeus: 1-6
Olympiacos Piraeus
Home record vs. AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan: 6-1
Away record vs. AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan: 4-3

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2016-17 25 January 2017 Regular Season EA7 Emporio Armani Milan 99 - 83 Olympiacos Piraeus
2016-17 25 October 2016 Regular Season Olympiacos Piraeus 91 - 81 EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
2015-16 03 December 2015 Regular Season Olympiacos Piraeus 73 - 63 EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
2015-16 30 October 2015 Regular Season EA7 Emporio Armani Milan 66 - 71 Olympiacos Piraeus
2014-15 06 March 2015 Top 16 EA7 Emporio Armani Milan 74 - 83 Olympiacos Piraeus
2014-15 08 January 2015 Top 16 Olympiacos Piraeus 81 - 58 EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
2013-14 06 March 2014 Top 16 Olympiacos Piraeus 86 - 88 EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
2013-14 09 January 2014 Top 16 EA7 Emporio Armani Milan 81 - 51 Olympiacos Piraeus
2012-13 14 December 2012 Regular Season Olympiacos Piraeus 82 - 81 EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
2012-13 08 November 2012 Regular Season EA7 Emporio Armani Milan 71 - 84 Olympiacos Piraeus
2008-09 05 March 2009 Top 16 Olympiacos 84 - 81 AJ Milano
2008-09 29 January 2009 Top 16 AJ Milano 76 - 74 Olympiacos
2005-06 09 February 2006 Regular Season AJ Milano 75 - 84 Olympiacos
2005-06 14 December 2005 Regular Season Olympiacos 89 - 67 AJ Milano