2016-17Regular SeasonRound 23
February 23, 2017 CET: 19:00
Local time: 19:00 ALEKSANDAR NIKOLIC
Bulgaria: MTEL SPORT 1 (Delayed)
Serbia: SPORTKLUB 1
Greece: NOVASPORTS 2HD
Turkey: BeIn Sports 3
Israel: SPORT 5 HD
Internet: EUROLEAGUE.TV

Records

12-10 Regular Season 7-15
12-10 Overall 7-15

Referees

Referee
PEREZ PIZARRO, EMILIO, Spain
Umpire 1
ZAMOJSKI, JAKUB, Poland
Umpire 2
SILVA, SERGIO, Portugal

The Take

Two teams that were at the opposite ends of the spectrum not a month ago, meet each other now in different situations as Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade (12-10) welcomes Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul (7-15) on Thursday. Zvezda has won three of the six previous games between both sides in the EuroLeague this century, the last one being a narrow 2-point road win in Round 2, 83-85, thanks to late points by Stefan Jovic. Marko Simonovic led the winners with 23 points while Austin Daye had 24 points and 8 rebounds for Galatasaray. A road win in Barcelona allowed Galatasaray to escape the last place in the standings and arrives to Belgrade with high morale and in a positive trend, while the hosts are dealing with two straight losses after their longest winning streak ever. With both teams scoring less than 80 points per game, Zvezda's defense, the second best in the competition (74.6 ppg.), will be the main factor that will be driving the duel. Simonovic is the hosts' main man this season (13.1 ppg.), followed by Ognjen Kuzmic (9.8 ppg. and 7.7 rpg.) and Charles Jenkins (8.6 ppg.) in what is a true group effort. For Galatasaray, captain Sinan Guler lives up to the title (11.3 ppg. and 5.5 apg.), helped by Vladimir Micov (10.8 ppg.) and Tyus (10.5 ppg. and 5.4 rpg.). Zvezda missed Jovic in the last game and he only scored 2 points in the previous loss, so his presence in this game could be the boost that the hosts need to start winning again. Zvezda leads the competition in steals (8.3 spg.) but Galatasaray has the best blockers in the league (3.7 bpg.) and normally gets higher global PIR numbers than the hosts (89.5 vs. 79.0). However, there's always the Aleksandar Nikolic Arena factor, as once again, the Zvezda fans will pack the stands and help their team to reach the next level to get back to the wins.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Euroleague.net
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
# Player Pos. H. Age
0 WOLTERS, NATE G 1.93 25
2 THOMPSON, DEON F 2.03 28
6 DANGUBIC, NEMANJA F 2.04 23
9 MITROVIC, LUKA F 2.04 23
10 LAZIC, BRANKO G 1.94 28
12 SIMANIC, BORISA F 2.09 18
13 DOBRIC, OGNJEN F 2.00 22
19 SIMONOVIC, MARKO F 2.03 30
20 RAKICEVIC, PETAR G 2.04 21
22 JENKINS, CHARLES G 1.91 27
23 GUDURIC, MARKO G 1.96 21
24 JOVIC, STEFAN G 1.98 26
32 KUZMIC, OGNJEN C 2.14 26
51 BJELICA, MILKO F 2.07 32
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

Simonovic, M. / 13.1 Kuzmic, O. / 9.8 Jenkins, C. / 8.6
Guler, S. / 11.3 Micov, V. / 10.8 Tyus, A. / 10.5
Kuzmic, O. / 7.7
Tyus, A. / 5.4 Pleiss, T. / 4.7
Jovic, S. / 5.7 Jenkins, C. / 2.8
Guler, S. / 5.5 Schilb, B. / 4.3
Jenkins, C. / 2.0 Jovic, S. / 1.2 Lazic, B. / 1.2
Preldzic, E. / 1.3 Guler, S. / 1.2
Kuzmic, O. / 0.5
Tyus, A. / 1.5 Pleiss, T. / 1.2
2PT
Lazic, B. / 60.5 % Simonovic, M. / 57.4 % Kuzmic, O. / 56.2 %
Tyus, A. / 67.3 % Schilb, B. / 57.7 % Pleiss, T. / 57.5 %
3PT
Simonovic, M. / 42.6 % Jenkins, C. / 42.1 % Dangubic, N. / 37.1 %
Diebler, J. / 51.5 % Daye, A. / 48.8 % Micov, V. / 41.9 %
FT
Guduric, M. / 86.0 % Jenkins, C. / 85.3 % Bjelica, M. / 82.3 %
Pleiss, T. / 77.5 % Micov, V. / 75.7 % Guler, S. / 72.7 %
PIR
Kuzmic, O. / 15.2 Simonovic, M. / 11.7
Tyus, A. / 14.1 Schilb, B. / 12.3 Guler, S. / 11.7

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
75.0 Points 79.3
31.5 Rebounds 31.9
9.1 O. Rebounds 9.3
22.4 D. Rebounds 22.6
17.5 Assists 19.6
8.3 Steals 6.0
1.6 Blocks 3.7
50.3 % 2PT 52.3 %
33.7 % 3PT 39.2 %
73.5 % FT 74.0 %
79.0 PIR 89.5

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
74.6 Points 83.5
34.7 Rebounds 36.4
8.8 O. Rebounds 11.7
26.0 D. Rebounds 24.6
18.4 Assists 18.4
6.4 Steals 6.5
3.8 Blocks 2.2
54.3 % 2PT 52.1 %
35.6 % 3PT 41.1 %
77.2 % FT 74.0 %
87.2 PIR 93.0

Head Coaches

RADONJIC, DEJAN
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
"We already played with Galatasaray, a very experienced and good team. After one difficult period with the national cup trophy, we will enter in another, with another big game. We have so many problems with injured players, Volters and Bjelica are in better condition, Dangubic is out for this match, so... we will see. One thing is for sure, we must be on our highest level in this moment with all this problems, to get win vs Galatasaray."

Players

MITROVIC, LUKA
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
"Galatasaray definitely plays better at this moment. They made some changes in their roster. A very difficult match is ahead of us, with an experienced team. Very important match for us, like previous one with Efes. We didn't respond then, now we want to play better, and get important win for Crvena zvezda."

Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade vs. Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul

· Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade won the Serbian Radivoj Korac Cup for the sixth time on Sunday be beating archrival Partizan Belgrade 74-64 in the final. Marko Guduric was named tournament MVP after recording 18 points and 6 assists in the final.

· Crvena Zvezda came back from a double-digit deficit to edge Galatasaray on the road 83-85 in Round 2. Marko Simonovic scored a career-high 23 points – which he has matched twice more since then – on 4-for-6 three-point shooting to lead Zvezda. Simonovic also set a career-best with a performance index rating of 24.

· Galatasaray forward Austin Daye set career-highs with 24 points and 8 rebounds in that Round 2 loss, and Alex Tyus matched his career-high with 19 points in addition to blocked shots.

· Big man Deon Thompson arrived to Zvezda this January from Galatasaray, where he appeared in 13 games and off the bench and averaged 4.2 points and 2.1 rebounds

· Big men Tibor Pleiss of Galatasaray and Milko Bjelica of Zvezda were teammates at Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz for season and a half, in 2012 and 2013, and the two were also teammates with German side Cologne for part of the 2007-08 season.

· Milko Bjelica was also a teammate of Galatasaray forward Emir Preldzic last season at Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul.

· Blake Schilb played for Crvena Zvezda during the 2013-14 season. He played there under Coach Dejan Radonjic and was a teammate of five current Zvezda players: Nikola Rebic, Luka Mitrovic, Branko Lazic, Marko Simonovic and Charles Jenkins.

· Galatasaray swingman Vladimir Micov played under Zvezda coach Dejan Radonjic and was a teammate of Marko Simonovic at Buducnost VOLI Podgorica during the 2008-09 season.

· Vladimir Micov briefly played for Crvena Zvezda as a junior.

· Zvezda captain Luka Mitrovic set a EuroLeague career-high with 30 points and a performance index rating of 32 against Galatasaray in a 110-103 double-overtime road loss in November 2014.

Monday, February 20, 2017
Euroleague.net

Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade

Roster

Nemanja Dangubic has missed the last four EuroLeague games and won't be in the game this week, either.

Stefan Jovic missed the team’s Round 22 game due to a back injury, but returned to action over the weekend in the Serbian Cup.

Ognjen Kuzmic is the only player to have started each EuroLeague game for Zvezda this season.

Petar Rakicevic is set to make his EuroLeague debut with his first appearance this season.

Streaks

Charles Jenkins has made at least 1 steal in 15 consecutive EuroLeague games.

Marko Simonovic has made at least 1 three-point shot in nine straight and 17 of his last 18 EuroLeague games

Rankings

Ognjen Kuzmic is second in the EuroLeague in rebounding this season with 7.7 boards per game.

Charles Jenkins leads the EuroLeague in steals this season with 2.1 per game.

Records/Milestones

Stefan Jovic owns the EuroLeague single-game record for assists with 19, which he set last season playing for Zvezda against FC Bayern Munich.

Jovic is ranked second on the all-time charts among active, qualified EuroLeague players with 4.88 assists per game for his career.

Milko Bjelica needs 4 three-pointers to reach 100 for his career.

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.

Rankings

Alex Tyus has 133 career blocked shots and is in sole possession of 10th place on all-time EuroLeague charts. Do’r Fischer (138) is ranked ninth.

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

Tibor Pleiss is fourth in the EuroLeague in blocked shots this season with 1.2 per game.

Jon Diebler is second on the EuroLeague career charts in three-point accuracy at 50.29%.

Records/Milestones

Blake Schilb is 12 shy of 500 points for his EuroLeague career.

Alex Tyus needs 5 more rebounds to reach 500 in EuroLeague action.

Tibor Pleiss is 1 block away from the milestone of 100 in his EuroLeague career.

Monday, February 20, 2017
Euroleague.net

Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
3 - 2
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul
* overall record in EuroLeague since 2000
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
Home record vs. Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul: 1-1
Away record vs. Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul: 2-1
Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul
Home record vs. Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade: 1-2
Away record vs. Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade: 1-1

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2016-17 21 October 2016 Regular Season Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul 83 - 85 Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
2014-15 12 March 2015 Top 16 Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul 68 - 91 Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
2014-15 16 January 2015 Top 16 Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade 65 - 74 Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul
2014-15 21 November 2014 Regular Season Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul 110 - 103 Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
2014-15 16 October 2014 Regular Season Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade 76 - 68 Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul