2015-16Top 16Round 6
February 05, 2016 CET: 18:45
Local time: 19:45 ZALGIRIO ARENA

Team Stats

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71.3 Points 90.0
33.2 Rebounds 35.2
9.3 O. Rebounds 10.3
23.9 D. Rebounds 24.9
14.9 Assists 20.0
5.8 Steals 6.6
1.7 Blocks 3.3
14.3 Turnovers 12.9
48.6 % 2PT 58.6 %
34.8 % 3PT 41.5 %
79.2 % FT 78.0 %
71.9 Index 107.5

Player Stats

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11.5 / Vougioukas Points 19.1 / De Colo
5.5 / Jankunas Rebounds 5.0 / Kurbanov
2.0 / Javtokas OR 2.1 / Hines
4.3 / Jankunas DR 3.6 / Vorontsevich
4.1 / Kalnietis Assists 6.3 / Teodosic
0.9 / Jankunas Steals 1.1 / Teodosic
0.6 / Vougioukas Blocks 1.1 / Hines
2.4 / Kalnietis Turnovers 2.6 / De Colo
64.5 % / Javtokas 2PT 77.8 % / Korobkov
47.4 % / Lekavicius 3PT 52.1 % / Vorontsevich
100.0 % / Vene FT 100.0 % / Korobkov
13.5 / Jankunas Index 23.1 / De Colo


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0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
1-4 Top 16 3-2
5-5 Regular Season 9-1
6-9 Overall 12-3


Crew Chief

The Take

CSKA is on a 15-game winning streak in Euroleague games against Zalgiris, a streak that dates back to 2000. CSKA comes into the game as Euroleague's index rating leader (107.5) and the best scoring team, averaging 90 points per night. It all has to be with running its offense through Nando De Colo, the competition's top scorer (19.1 ppg), and Milos Teodosic, who is 6th in scoring (15.1 ppg.) and 5th in assists (6.3 apg.). Teodosic will share the point guard duties with Aaron Jackson against Lukas Lekavicius and Renaldas Seibutis, who is seeing more playing time lately. De Colo will not have it easy against a more athletic Olivier Hanlan, in what promises to be a key matchup. CSKA has other options at both wings such as Vitaly Fridzon, Cory Higgins and Nikita Kurbanov, whose matchup against Edgaras Ulanovas will be equally important. Martynas Pocius will be ready to use his intensity and defense against Higgins. Zalgiris has allowed a Top 16-high 88.6 points, and Lithuanian giant also trails every Top 16 team with 45.1% accuracy on two-point shots. Ian Vougioukas, Brock Motum and Paulius Jankunas will try to lift those numbers but it won't be easy against a strong CSKA frontline led by Joel Freeland, Victor Khryapa, Andrey Vorontsevich and Kyle Hines. As always, Demetris Nichols will be CSKA's X-factor due to its intensity and three-point accuracy. Siim-Sander Vene can also play a big role for Zalgiris at power forward. Expect nothing but a great atmosphere at Zalgirio Arena.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Game Notes

Zalgiris Kaunas

Coach Jasikevicius played under CSKA coach Dimitris Itoudis at Panathinaikos for four seasons when the latter was an assistant coach there. They shared in winning the 2009 Euroleague.

Ten different players have appeared in Zalgiris’s starting lineup so far this season; only Edgaras Ulanovas has started every game.

Paulius Jankunas trails the retired Mirsad Turkcan by 26 rebounds for third place on the all-time Euroleague charts. Turkcan retired with 1,287 career boards.

Jankunas (and injured big man Robertas Jatokas) was a teammate of CSKA guard Vitlay Fridzon during the 2009-10 season at Khimki Moscow Region.

Ian Vougioukas has a performance index rating of at least 10 in each of his last five Euroleague games.

CSKA Moscow

CSKA boasts a 15-1 record in Euroleague games against Zalgiris Kaunas, a streak that dates back to January 2000.

CSKA is the Euroleague’s top-scoring team with an average of 90.0 points per game.

Nando De Colo leads the Euroleague in performance index rating this season with an average of 23.1 per game and in scoring with 19.1 points per game.

De Colo has made multiple three-pointers in each of his last four games and is shooting 9 for 17 from downtown (52.9%) over that stretch. De Colo has made at least 1 three-pointer in 18 of his last 19 Euroleague games.

De Colo has scored in double figures in each of his last 18 Euroleague appearances.

De Colo is the Euroleague’s career leader in free throw accuracy. He’s shooting 92.9 %, having made 223 free throws out of 240 attempts over 60 games for Valencia Basket and CSKA.

Milos Teodosic has made multiple three-pointers in each of his last five games.

Teodosic has made at least 1 three-pointer in 38 of his last 39 Euroleague games.

Teodosic has dished at least 5 assists in each of his last eight Euroleague appearances.

Andrey Vorontsevich has made at least 1 three-pointer in seven straight and 15 of his last 16 Euroleague appearances.

Nikita Kurbanov has made 14 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.

Victor Khryapa is 2 blocks away from joining the competition’s all-time top 5 in blocked shots. He enters this week’s game with 142 career rejections, Injured Zalgiris big man Robertas Javtokas (144 blocks) sits in fifth place.

Khryapa is 4 assists away from cracking the competition’s career top 20. He enters this game with 474 career assists; Gianluca Basile (478) sits in 20th place.

Vitaly Fridzon is 42 points away from reaching the milestone of 1,000 points for his Euroleague career.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Quotes Head Coaches

Zalgiris Kaunas
"I know coach Itoudis very well and he is a great coach. He forces his team to play in the right way, makes his players to concentrate and to fight. This season it seems that all the players know their roles perfectly. Of course, CSKA has leaders like Teodosic and De Colo. They are very experienced players and know how to win. But I want to stress another point: maybe somebody thought that players like Kurbanov or Higgins would not fit CSKA system, but coach Itoudis found the roles for them and they are contributing for the team. Maybe it seemed like small changes in the summer, but for me such details are very important and I see CSKA as the main favorite to win Euroleague this season."
CSKA Moscow
"Zalgiris is a tough team, especially at home. They recently beat Olympiacos in Kaunas, they dominated and won by 20, showing physical and aggressive game with a lot of contact. Definitely, the point of emphasis for us is Zalgiris’ inside game. They have good bigs like Vougioukas, Jankunas, Ulanovas, Vene, who play down on the block. Also the opponents are pushed by energetic guards like Lekavicius, Hanlon, Seibutis, Pocius. Their gym is really hot, the fans are enthusiastic, so we have to stay calm, to avoid turnovers and bad shot selection. I hope both teams will play spectacular game of basketball."


Zalgiris Kaunas
"Every year CSKA has a very solid team. They are always brilliant in regular season and Top 16 and they always reach the Final Four. They have the mindset to win everything, so it is very tough to play against them. Coach Itoudis likes to stress defense, like to get easy points from fastbreaks, so we will have to be concentrated from the first to the last minute on Friday."
CSKA Moscow
"We expect it to be a physical game. They have great crowd, and it is difficult to play there. We should be focused for all 40 minutes and play our game."

Super guards pave way to CSKA’s 16th straight Euroleague win over Zalgiris

CSKA Moscow never trailed in its 59-94 rout of Zalgiris Kaunas on Friday night, which was also its 16th consecutive Euroleague victory over the Lithuanian champs. Milos Teodosic scored 20 points and Nando De Colo 19 for CSKA as it improved to 4-2 in Top 16 Group F. The loss dropped Zalgiris to 1-5. Teodosic scored 10 points in six minutes off the bench in the first quarter to help CSKA grab an 11-26 lead and Zalgiris never got closer than 11 after that. The difference continued to swell throughout the second half and peaked at 35 on Kyle Hines’s game-ending free throws. Joel Freeland added 13 points and Vitaly Fridzon scored 10 for CSKA, for whom all 1 players scored. Paulius Jankunas led the Zalgiris attack with 16 points.

First quarter: Teodosic comes off the bench for 10 points in six minutes

De Colo buried a turnaround jumper and Cory Higgins nailed a second-chance triple as CSKA took an early a 0-5 lead. Ian Vougioukas stripped De Colo and went in for a slam and Renaldas Seibutis drilled a three to tie the score. De Colo found Fridzon on an inbounds play for a triple and De Colo corrected his own miss to restore a 5-point CSKA advantage. Both teams went to the bench early with the hosts turning to Olivier Hanlan and the visitors calling on Teodosic and Hines. Teodosic found Victor Khryapa open in the corner for a three pointer and a 5-13 lead at the five-minute mark. Edgaras Ulanovic netted free throws for Zalgiris, but Khryapa made a jumper in transition and Teodosic connected from downtown to establish a double-digit CSKA lead. Martynas Pocius made free throws at one end, but Teodosic started to heat up with a basket-plus-foul. Broc Motum was credited with a basket when Hines’s attempted block was ruled goaltending, but Teodosic hit right back with a jumper for a 12-point advantage. Nikita Kurbanov split free throws and Teodosic went through the Zalgiris defense to give himself 10 points and CSKA an 11-26 lead.

Second quarter: Jankunas fights for Zalgiris, but CSKA remains in control

Pocius connected on a tough leaner to spark the hosts. Teodosic and Hanlan traded triples before the latter assisted on Hines’s pretty alley-oop layup. A De Colo triple and a three-chance offense put CSKA up 16-34 and prompted a Zalgiris timeout. Seibutis hit a three over Hines, but De Colo hit a short jumper to keep CSKA cruising. After Hanlan split free throws, De Colo’s perfectly delivered entry pass gifted Hines a two-handed slam. Jankunas’s slam made it 22-38 midway through the quarter. Lukas Lekavicius got on the scoreboard with a three-pointer as the Zalgiris faithful roared. Jankunas further trimmed the deficit to 11. After a timeout, De Colo sank a three from the top of the key and Freeland drew a foul and flung in a shot with his back to the basket to turn it into a three-point play. Jankunas free throws closed the gap to 29-44 at the break.

Third quarter: Visitors extend advantage to 25

Khryapa blocked a shot and hit a short jumper to get CSKA rolling again and a De Colo triple extended the visitors’ advantage to 20 points. Teodosic dished a no-look assist to Hines for a three-point play to cap a 0-8 start the half. Jankunas scored inside for Zalgiris, but Teodosic banked in a shot to make it 31-54. Jankunas and Vougioukas scored for the hosts, but Teodosic answered with a three from the corner. Kurbanov’s monster jam extended the difference to 35-59 midway through the quarter. Lekavicius hit a jumper in the lane, after which Andrey Vorontsevich split free throws. Fridzon spotted a cutting Freeland for a slam and a 25-point lead. After a Zalgiris timeout, Siim-Sander Vene and Kaspars Vecvagars both made threes. After an impressive block by Higgins of Hanlan, Freeland and Higgins sandwiched free throws around a Hanlan jumper to end the quarter at 45-66.

Fourth quarter: Fridzon’s threes take CSKA lead into 30s

Jankunas split free throws and Teodosic made 2 to start the final stanza. Jankunas converted a three-point play. Freeland sank a hook shot before the television timeout gave both sides a brief rest. Jankunas and Freeland traded buckets, though the latter drew a foul from the former on his. De Colo’s steal and free throws kept the CSKA momentum. Hanlan made a runner in the lane, but more great CSKA passing led to a Freeland slam and De Colo made a layup on the break to make it 53-78. Vene and Dmitry Kulagin traded baskets. The lead continued to swell on threes by Fridzon and Demetris Nichols as the lead reached the 30s and CSKA cruised to another impressive victory.

Milos Teodosic - CSKA Moscow - EB15
Friday, February 5, 2016
Attendance: 13120 (Tentative)
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Zalgiris Kaunas
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 VENE, SIIM-SANDER 20:12 7 2/3 1/3   1 1 2         1 1   4
4 LEKAVICIUS, LUKAS 18:58 5 1/4 1/3     2 2 2 1 2     4 5 4
7 POCIUS, MARTYNAS 16:59 4 1/3 0/2 2/2 1 2 3 1   2   1 2 1  
10 SEIBUTIS, RENALDAS 21:50 6 0/1 2/7   1 1 2 1   6     4 1 -6
12 MOTUM, BROCK 12:28 2 1/1 0/1                   2   -1
13 JANKUNAS, PAULIUS 23:49 16 6/9 0/2 4/5 2 2 4 1 1     1 2 3 16
14 VOUGIOUKAS, IAN 19:57 6 2/4   2/2 1 3 4 2 2 3     4 3 8
18 SAJUS, MARTYNAS 3:23   0/2     2   2                
20 VECVAGARS, KASPARS 10:24 3   1/3     3 3 3   2     2 1 4
21 HANLAN, OLIVIER 23:21 8 2/5 1/4 1/2 1   1 1 2 4   2 3 4  
92 ULANOVAS, EDGARAS 28:39 2 0/2 0/2 2/2 2 5 7   1     1   2 7
Team           3 2 5     1         4
Totals 200:00 59 15/34 6/27 11/13 14 21 35 11 7 20 0 6 24 20 40
        44.1% 22.2% 84.6%
Min: Minutes played; Pts: Points; 2FG M-A: 2-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); 3FG M-A: 3-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); FT M-A: Free Throws (Made-Attempted); Rebounds: O (Offensive), D (Defensive), T (Total); As: Assists; St: Steals; To: Turnovers; Bl: Blocks (Fv: In Favor / Ag: Against); Fouls: Cm (Commited), Rv (Received); PIR: Performance Index Rating
CSKA Moscow
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 DE COLO, NANDO 22:32 19 4/8 3/4 2/2 1 2 3 3 3 3 1   1 5 25
3 KULAGIN, DMITRY 4:30 4 2/2                         4
4 TEODOSIC, MILOS 23:39 20 4/7 3/6 3/3   3 3 4 2 3     4 5 21
7 FRIDZON, VITALY 16:08 10 0/1 3/5 1/2 2   2 1 1       1 1 10
8 NICHOLS, DEMETRIS 3:23 3   1/1     2 2 1     1       7
9 JACKSON, AARON 14:15 1   0/2 1/2   2 2 7   2     3 1 3
19 FREELAND, JOEL 13:43 13 5/6   3/4 2 4 6   1 2 1   2 3 18
20 VORONTSEVICH, ANDREY 17:12 1   0/1 1/2 1 1 2 2   1     2 1 1
22 HIGGINS, CORY 17:05 4 0/1 1/1 1/2   1 1 2   2 1   1 2 5
31 KHRYAPA, VICTOR 19:19 7 2/4 1/3     4 4 2 2   1   1 2 13
41 KURBANOV, NIKITA 22:18 3 1/4 0/2 1/2 3 5 8 2 1   1   2 1 8
42 HINES, KYLE 25:56 9 3/4   3/3   3 3     1     3 3 10
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 94 21/37 12/25 16/22 10 27 37 24 10 14 6 0 20 24 126
        56.8% 48% 72.7%

Head Coaches

Zalgiris Kaunas
"First of all, I want to congratulate our opponents on the victory and great performance. I‘m disappointed we couldn‘t fight harder and create intrigue. I would like to say thank you to our fans. It‘s hard to talk about the game because we fought less than we planned. We lacked aggression and we had to be more confident taking shots. I think the win against Olympiacos showed that we can fight with elite teams, but this time we fell short. We have to work harder and move on."
CSKA Moscow
"I would like to praise my team for a great performance and victory. We respect Zalgiris and thoroughly prepared for this game. Here they crushed Olympiacos, which is a very athletic team. The fans added energy for them, but tonight we were the better side at all aspects and we deserved a win."


Zalgiris Kaunas
"We don‘t have any excuses. We worked hard and training was productive, but we made too many mistakes in the game and our opponents grabbed more rebounds. Their defense against our guards was very tough, so we had a lot of problems. We have to analyze the game and learn from it."
CSKA Moscow
"We knew it could be a tough game. Zalgiris has amazing fans, but we stuck together and found a way to victory. I‘m happy that we were focused and grabbed a win in Kaunas, because we all know how hard it is to play here."
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