2016-17Regular SeasonRound 18
January 19, 2017 CET: 20:15
Local time: 20:15 MEDIOLANUM FORUM
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Records

4-13 Regular Season 5-12
4-13 Overall 5-12

Referees

To be announced soon

The Take

The bottom two teams in the standings meet each other on Thursday when EA7 Emporio Armani Milan (4-13) hosts Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul (5-12) at Mediolanum Forum in a battle for survival that could be the last chance for both teams to make it into the playoffs. In the only other encounter between them in the EuroLeague, Galatasaray won in December, 83-80, in Istanbul. In that game, Vladimir Micov shined with 23 points and 6 rebounds, and sealed his team's win from the free-throw line, while Rakim Sanders had 18 for Milan. That time, Mantas Kalnietis had the last shot from beyond the arc to tie the game, but missed in the last second. Sanders is the most consistent man for the hosts this season in offense (14.4 ppg.), with help from Ricky Hickman (10.5 ppg., 3.4 apg.) and Krunoslav Simon (9.9 ppg., 3.6 apg.). For Galatasaray, captain Sinan Guler sits at the front (11.4 ppg., 5.4 apg.), followed closely by Micov (10.4 ppg.) and Alex Tyus (10.1 ppg., 5.7 rpg.). The two weakest defenses in the league will be facing each other (88.6 vs. 85.3 ppg.) in a game that could be the turning point that both teams desperately need to stay alive in a playoff race that is past its midway point. Galatasaray is the league-leading team in blocks (3.8 bpg.) and the visitors also outdo the hosts noticeably in assists (18.8 to Milan's 17.4), but apart from that, it's a close race everywhere else. If history serves, the last time both met it was close throughout in all categories and it all came down to the last shot. There is no reason to believe that this time it will be any different. The main difference will be that Milan comes into this duel in the middle of its worst losing streak ever in European competition, having lost 10 games in a row, and needs the win not just to stay alive in the competition, but to convince itself that it can start winning games again. The EuroCup champs are in a slightly better place, especially since they come from a win last week after four straight losses, but the quest for a revival will be fierce. Expect a close battle of big hearts that will probably come down to the smallest details on Thursday.
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EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
# Player Pos. H. Age
1 MCLEAN, JAMEL F 2.03 28
2 FONTECCHIO, SIMONE F 2.03 21
7 HICKMAN, RICKY G 1.89 31
9 KALNIETIS, MANTAS G 1.95 30
11 RADULJICA, MIROSLAV C 2.13 29
12 DRAGIC, ZORAN G 1.96 27
13 MACVAN, MILAN C 2.06 27
14 PASCOLO, DAVIDE F 2.03 26
20 CINCIARINI, ANDREA G 1.90 30
21 SANDERS, RAKIM F 1.93 27
23 ABASS, AWUDU G 2.00 23
30 CERELLA, BRUNO G 1.94 30
43 SIMON, KRUNOSLAV F 1.97 31
Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul
# Player Pos. H. Age
3 PRELDZIC, EMIR F 2.06 29
5 MICOV, VLADIMIR F 2.01 31
6 FITIPALDO , BRUNO G 1.84 25
7 TYUS, ALEX C 2.03 29
8 KORKMAZ, CAN G 1.87 24
10 SCHILB, BLAKE F 2.01 33
11 ARAR, EGE F 2.06 20
14 HACIYEVA, ORHAN F 2.03 27
21 PLEISS, TIBOR C 2.18 27
25 DAYE, AUSTIN C 2.11 28
32 GULER, SINAN G 1.92 33
33 DIEBLER, JON G 1.98 28
61 KOKSAL, GOKSENIN G 1.95 26

Player Stats

Sanders, R. / 14.4 Gentile, A. / 10.8 Hickman, R. / 10.5
Guler, S. / 11.4 Micov, V. / 10.4 Tyus, A. / 10.1
McLean, J. / 4.6
Tyus, A. / 5.7 Pleiss, T. / 4.7
Simon, K. / 3.6 Hickman, R. / 3.4 Kalnietis, M. / 2.8
Guler, S. / 5.4 Schilb, B. / 3.8
Simon, K. / 1.1 Gentile, A. / 1.1
Guler, S. / 1.2 Preldzic, E. / 1.2
Tyus, A. / 1.6 Pleiss, T. / 1.1
2PT
McLean, J. / 61.4 % Macvan, M. / 59.6 % Sanders, R. / 56.5 %
Tyus, A. / 65.5 % Schilb, B. / 55.6 % Pleiss, T. / 53.5 %
3PT
Sanders, R. / 46.4 % Macvan, M. / 40.0 % Simon, K. / 36.8 %
Daye, A. / 47.1 % Micov, V. / 44.4 % Diebler, J. / 40.9 %
FT
Hickman, R. / 83.1 % Raduljica, M. / 80.6 % McLean, J. / 73.1 %
Pleiss, T. / 78.1 % Tyus, A. / 52.9 %
PIR
Sanders, R. / 13.4 Simon, K. / 11.5 Hickman, R. / 11.1
Tyus, A. / 13.6 Guler, S. / 11.4 Micov, V. / 10.4

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
80.5 Points 78.1
33.2 Rebounds 32.0
10.8 O. Rebounds 10.3
22.4 D. Rebounds 21.7
17.4 Assists 18.8
6.9 Steals 6.2
1.8 Blocks 3.8
52.5 % 2PT 50.4 %
35.1 % 3PT 37.6 %
73.7 % FT 72.5 %
83.6 PIR 85.7

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
88.6 Points 85.3
34.2 Rebounds 37.2
10.4 O. Rebounds 11.8
23.8 D. Rebounds 25.4
17.9 Assists 18.4
7.5 Steals 6.4
2.4 Blocks 2.5
58.0 % 2PT 52.8 %
38.1 % 3PT 42.1 %
79.4 % FT 74.5 %
99.8 PIR 95.9
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EA7 Emporio Armani Milan vs. Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul

· Galatasaray held off EA7 Milan 83-80 in their Round 12 contest. Galatasaray forward Vladimir Micov set a career-high with 23 points and Blake Schilb scored 17 points and dished 5 assists for the winners.

· Galatasaray small forward Vladimir Micov played alongside Milan’s Andrea Cinciarini and Awudu Abass at Cantu during the 2011-12 season.

· Galatasaray big man Alex Tyus and Milan guard Ricky Hickman won the 2014 EuroLeague title together at Maccabi Tel Aviv.

· Galatasaray big man Alex Tyus and Milan guard Abass Awudu were teammates at Palacanestro Cantu during the 2012-13 season.

· Galatasaray forward Emir Preldzic and Milan guard Ricky Hickman were teammates at Fenerbahce Istanbul during the 2014-15 season. They helped the team reach the EuroLeague Final Four.

· Milan center Miroslav Raduljica played part of the 2010-11 season at Anadolu Efes Istanbul and was a teammate there of current Galatasaray captain Sinan Guler.

· Milan’s Milan Macvan spent two seasons at Galatasaray, from 2012 through 2014. He played under Coach Ergin Ataman and was a teammate with current Galatasaray players Can Korkmaz, Sinan Guler, and Goksenin Koksal.

· Galatasaray center Tibor Pleiss had a career-game for Baskonia in a 65-83 loss against Milan in March 2014 when he posted career-highs of 30 points and 13 rebounds for a performance index rating of 43.

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EA7 Emporio Armani Milan

Roster

Coach Repesa has used 11 different players in his starting lineups so far this season; no player has started every game.

Streaks

Krunoslav Simon has made at least 1 three point shot in 18 of his last 19 EuroLeague games.

Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul

Roster

Thirteen different players have featured for Coach Ataman in the starting lineup so far this season; No player has started every game.

Streaks

Austin Daye has made 25 consecutive free throws in the EuroLeague this season.

Rankings

Alex Tyus is second in the EuroLeague in blocked shots this season with 1.6 per game.

Records/Milestones

Tibor Pleiss needs 7 blocks to reach the century mark for his EuroLeague career.

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Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
0 - 1
EA7 Emporio Armani Milan Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul
* overall record in EuroLeague since 2000
EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
Home record vs. Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul: 0-0
Away record vs. Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul: 0-1
Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul
Home record vs. EA7 Emporio Armani Milan: 1-0
Away record vs. EA7 Emporio Armani Milan: 0-0

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2016-17 16 December 2016 Regular Season Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul 83 - 80 EA7 Emporio Armani Milan