2018-19Regular SeasonRound 19
January 18, 2019 CET: 21:00
Local time: 21:00 FERNANDO BUESA ARENA
Albania: RTSH SPORT
Italy: EUROSPORT PLAYER
Baltic: TVPLAY SPORTS+
Romania: DIGI SPORT2
Baltic: TVPLAY PREMIUM
Serbia: SPORTKLUB 1
Bulgaria: MAX SPORT 1
Spain: MOVISTAR DEPORTES
France: RMC SPORT LIVE 8
Turkey: beIN SPORTS HD 3
Greece: NOVASPORTS 3HD
United Kingdom: EUROSPORT PLAYER
Hungary: DIGI SPORT 3
Internet: EUROLEAGUE.TV
Israel: 5LIVE

Records

8-10 Regular Season 8-10
8-10 Overall 8-10

Referees

To be announced soon

The Take

In this key game in the EuroLeague Playoffs race, Baskonia (8-10) and Milan (8-10) will break their share of a three-way tie for all-important eighth place. Baskonia comes off a convincing win against Gran Canaria, overcoming injuries and using a shorter rotation to win the game. With Toko Shengelia and Jayson Granger out, Vincent Poirier (20 points), Ilimane Diop (13 points, 10 rebounds, 25 PIR) and Marcelinho Huertas (24 points, 29 PIR) stepped up big. Milan needs to bounce back from two losses in a row. Two former Baskonia players – Mike James (19.8 ppg) and Vladimir Micov (14.6 ppg.) – have been Milan's leaders along with center Arturas Gudaitis (13.4 ppg., 7.6 rpg.), so expect an intense, thrilling showdown at Fernando Buesa Arena.

Marquee matchup

Huertas and James had the highest PIRs in Round 18 and now go against each other. James is an explosive scorer who will have extra motivation against his former team. He will seek to use his athleticism and quick first step against Huertas, a veteran pass-first playmaker with really high basketball IQ. Huertas's mission is to dominate the game tempo, not allowing Milan to run the floor as much as they would like to.

Earlier this season

Milan downed Baskonia 93-90 at home on November 21. As such, Baskonia will need a four-point win to get the tie-break advantage between them, which could be critical in the long run. Micov led the winners with 22 points. James added 20 while Curtis Jerrells had 13. Poirier and Matt Janning led Baskonia with 18 points apiece. Jerrells hit 4 of 4 free throws in the final 27 seconds to put the victory on ice for Milan.

Keys to victory: Baskonia

Last week, Baskonia was heavily outrebounded, allowing 20 offensive boards, but forced Gran Canaria into 15 turnovers and low shooting percentages (43.9% 2FG, 27.6% 3FG). With Johannes Voigtmann expected back in action after a sickness, Baskonia should be more powerful under the baskets. On offense, Huertas and Luca Vildoza will try to keep everyone involved, finding good shots and creating for themselves, too.

Keys to victory: Milan

Milan is the highest-scoring team in the competition (87.3 ppg.) but ranks second in points allowed (86.8 ppg.). Milan allows opponents to shoot with very good percentages – 56% inside the arc and 39.7% from downtown – which is dangerous against a team full of experienced players like Baskonia. On offense, Milan will keep running its offense through James and Micov, and will look to Gudaitis and Alen Omic for easy points down low.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Euroleague.net
KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz
# Player Pos. H. Age
1 PENAVA, AJDIN C 2.06 21
3 VILDOZA, LUCA G 1.91 23
5 GONZALEZ, MIGUEL G 2.01 19
7 VOIGTMANN, JOHANNES C 2.14 26
8 SEDEKERSKIS, TADAS F 2.00 21
9 HUERTAS, MARCELINHO G 1.90 35
11 JANNING, MATT G 1.93 30
12 DIOP, ILIMANE C 2.11 23
15 GRANGER, JAYSON G 1.89 29
17 POIRIER, VINCENT C 2.13 25
20 RAIESTE, SANDER F 2.04 19
23 SHENGELIA, TORNIKE C 2.06 27
29 GARINO, PATRICIO F 2.01 25
31 SHIELDS, SHAVON F 2.01 24
32 HILLIARD, DARRUN F 1.98 25
47 KURUCS, ARTURS G 1.90 18
AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan
# Player Pos. H. Age
00 DELLA VALLE, AMEDEO G 1.93 25
2 JAMES, MIKE G 1.85 28
5 MICOV, VLADIMIR F 2.01 33
7 GUDAITIS, ARTURAS C 2.08 25
9 BERTANS, DAIRIS G 1.92 29
11 GRAVAGHI, FRANCESCO G 1.95 15
13 FONTECCHIO, SIMONE G 2.03 23
15 TARCZEWSKI, KALEB C 2.13 25
16 NEDOVIC, NEMANJA G 1.91 27
19 KUZMINSKAS, MINDAUGAS F 2.05 29
20 CINCIARINI, ANDREA G 1.93 32
23 BURNS, CHRISTIAN F 2.03 33
32 BROOKS, JEFF F 2.03 29
55 JERRELLS, CURTIS G 1.85 31
92 OMIC, ALEN C 2.16 26

Player Stats

Shengelia, T. / 12.7 Poirier, V. / 11.4 Janning, M. / 11.4
James, M. / 19.8 Micov, V. / 14.6 Gudaitis, A. / 13.4
Huertas, M. / 4.1 Vildoza, L. / 3.7
James, M. / 7.3 Micov, V. / 2.9
James, M. / 1.3
Poirier, V. / 0.8 Diop, I. / 0.7
Gudaitis, A. / 1.0
2PT
Poirier, V. / 61.9 % Shields, S. / 59.1 % Voigtmann, J. / 59.0 %
Tarczewski, K. / 68.0 % Gudaitis, A. / 66.4 % Brooks, J. / 50.0 %
3PT
Vildoza, L. / 41.7 % Granger, J. / 40.5 % Janning, M. / 37.1 %
Bertans, D. / 56.6 % Brooks, J. / 42.4 % Kuzminskas, M. / 42.1 %
FT
Hilliard, D. / 77.5 % Poirier, V. / 73.9 % Diop, I. / 73.2 %
James, M. / 84.8 % Micov, V. / 81.8 % Gudaitis, A. / 81.3 %
PIR
Poirier, V. / 15.8 Shengelia, T. / 15.4
Gudaitis, A. / 20.7 James, M. / 20.1 Micov, V. / 14.3

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
81.6 Points 87.3
34.7 Rebounds 33.8
10.9 O. Rebounds 11.6
23.8 D. Rebounds 22.3
18.0 Assists 16.9
6.9 Steals 6.6
2.4 Blocks 2.1
54.9 % 2PT 51.4 %
37.2 % 3PT 39.2 %
74.9 % FT 80.7 %
91.2 PIR 94.9

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
81.3 Points 86.8
31.7 Rebounds 34.7
9.6 O. Rebounds 10.9
22.1 D. Rebounds 23.7
18.0 Assists 18.2
6.7 Steals 6.0
2.4 Blocks 2.2
52.8 % 2PT 56.0 %
40.0 % 3PT 39.7 %
78.1 % FT 73.5 %
89.9 PIR 97.7
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KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz vs. AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan

· Milan has won last three straight against Baskonia, including a 93-90 decision in Round 8 behind 22 points from Vladimir Micov and 20 points plus 8 assists from Mike James.

· Milan forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas and injured Baskonia guard Jayson Granger were teammates at Unicaja Malaga for two seasons from 2013 through 2015.

· Mike James played at Baskonia for a season and a half. James signed in December 2014 and was a teammate there of two current Baskonia players: Ilimane Diop and Tornike Shengelia. They reached the 2016 EuroLeague Final Four together.

· James played under Baskonia head coach Velimir Perasovic during the 2015-16 season.

· Vladimir Micov made his EuroLeague debut with Baskonia when he was there for the first part of the 2009-10 season. He was a teammate of current Baskonia guard Marcelinho Huertas.

· Milan guard Andrea Cinciarini set a career high in assists with 7 against Baskonia in November 2015. Cinciarini had a career-high 3 steals against Baskonia in October 2015.

· Milan sharpshooter Dairis Bertans scored a career-high 29 points and posted his career high in index rating with 31 playing for Darussafaka Istanbul against Baskonia in January 2017.

· Granger set a career high in steals with 4 playing for Anadolu Efes Istanbul against Milan in February 2017.

· Curtis Jerrells matched his career high with 7 assists in a 92-85 win over Baskonia in December 2017.

Monday, January 14, 2019
Euroleague.net

KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz

Roster
Eleven different players have started EuroLeague games for Baskonia this season.
Arturs Kurucs and Sander Raieste are in line to make their respective EuroLeague debuts.
Streaks
Janning has made multiple three-pointers in 10 of his last 11 EuroLeague games. He's knocked down at least one three-point shot in 17 of 18 games this season.
Luca Vildoza has made at least 1 three-pointer in eight straight and 15 of his last 16 EuroLeague games.
Vildoza has scored in double figures in six of his last seven EuroLeague games.
Rankings
Vincent Poirier ranks third in total rebounds with 7.4 per game and third in offensive rebounds with 2.9 per game.
Records/Milestones
Jayson Granger needs 1 more steal to reach 100 for his EuroLeague career.
Matt Janning needs 31 points to reach 1,000 for his career.

AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan

Roster
Mike James and Vladimir Micov have started every EuroLeague game for Milan this season.
Streaks
Mike James has scored in double figures in each of his last 25 EuroLeague games and had a double-digit PIR in 18 of his last 19 games.
James has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last 22 EuroLeague games.
James has delivered at least 5 assists in each of his last 19 appearances dating back to last season's playoffs.
Vlado Micov has made at least 1 three-pointer in 12 of his last 13 EuroLeague appearances.
Arturas Gudaitis has scored in double figures in 10 straight and 21 of his last 22 games.
Gudaitis has posted a double-figure PIR in each of his last 22 games.
Nemanja Nedovic has scored in double figures in 24 of his last 25 EuroLeague appearances.
Nedovic has made at least 1 three-pointer in 24 of his last 25 appearances.
Rankings
Mike James leads the league in scoring this season with 19.8 points per game and is third in average PIR with 20.1 per game.
James is second in the league in assists this season with 7.3 per game.
Arturas Gudaitis ranks second in the league this season in average PIR at 20.7 per game.
Gudaitis ranks second in the league in rebounding with 7.6 per game and second in offensive rebounding with 3.6 per game.
Dairis Bertans ranks second in the league in three-point accuracy this season at 56.6%.
Records/Milestones
Mike James has made exactly 100 appearances in the competition.
Mike James needs 2 more steals to reach 100 for his EuroLeague career.
Vladimir Micov needs 3 offensive rebounds to reach 100 for his career.
Micov needs 1 more three-point shot to reach 250 for his career.
Kaleb Tarczewski needs 4 offensive rebounds to reach 100 for his career.

Monday, January 14, 2019
Euroleague.net

Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
7 - 8
KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan
* overall record in EuroLeague since 2000
KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz
Home record vs. AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan: 5-2
Away record vs. AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan: 2-6
AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan
Home record vs. KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz: 6-2
Away record vs. KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz: 2-5

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2018-19 21 November 2018 Regular Season AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan 93 - 90 KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz
2017-18 19 January 2018 Regular Season KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz 82 - 83 AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan
2017-18 20 December 2017 Regular Season AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan 92 - 85 KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz
2016-17 02 March 2017 Regular Season Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz 87 - 74 EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
2016-17 15 November 2016 Regular Season EA7 Emporio Armani Milan 88 - 76 Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz
2015-16 19 November 2015 Regular Season Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz 94 - 82 EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
2015-16 16 October 2015 Regular Season EA7 Emporio Armani Milan 78 - 76 Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
2014-15 26 March 2015 Top 16 EA7 Emporio Armani Milan 99 - 85 Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
2014-15 29 January 2015 Top 16 Laboral Kutxa Vitoria 102 - 83 EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
2013-14 13 March 2014 Top 16 Laboral Kutxa Vitoria 65 - 83 EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
2013-14 17 January 2014 Top 16 EA7 Emporio Armani Milan 83 - 76 Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
2012-13 29 November 2012 Regular Season Laboral Kutxa Vitoria 64 - 62 EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
2012-13 25 October 2012 Regular Season EA7 Emporio Armani Milan 85 - 95 Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
2008-09 25 February 2009 Top 16 AJ Milano 74 - 107 Tau Ceramica
2008-09 11 February 2009 Top 16 Tau Ceramica 108 - 90 AJ Milano