2017-18Regular SeasonRound 23
February 22, 2018 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PALACIO DE DEPORTES JOSE MARIA MARTIN CARPENA
Africa: FOX SPORTS 2
Romania: DIGI SPORT2
Asia: EUROSPORT ASIA/PACIFIC
Scandinavia and Baltics: VIASAT BALTIC
Belgium: VOOsport World (BETV)
Scandinavia and Baltics: VIAPLAY
Bulgaria: MTEL SPORT 1
Serbia: SPORTKLUB 1
Georgia: SILK SPORT HD 2 (GMG)
Spain: MOVISTAR DEPORTES 1
Greece: NOVASPORTS 2HD
Turkey: beIN SPORTS MAX HD1
Israel: SPORT 5 HD
United Kingdom -: EUROSPORT PLAYER
Italy: EUROSPORT PLAYER
Internet: EUROLEAGUE.TV

Records

9-13 Regular Season 12-10
9-13 Overall 12-10

Officials

Crew Chief
GKONTAS, SPIROS, Greece
Umpire 1
HORDOV, TOMISLAV , Croatia
Umpire 2
FRITZ, CLEMENS , Germany

The Take

A game with huge implications for the playoff race could see Unicaja Malaga (9-13) get right back into contention by overcoming the current owners of all-important eighth place, Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv (12-10). Unicaja has been strong defensively in recent weeks, allowing just 74.0 points per game in its last four outings. And the key for Unicaja will be slowing down a fast-paced Maccabi offense that has attempted far more two-pointers per game than any other team (47.4 per game) and won three of its last four games amid a flurry of points, scoring 89, 111 and 94 points in those victories. This will be the 20th time these two sides meet in the EuroLeague; Unicaja currently leads the series 10-9 after a 78-89 road win in Round 15 behind 20 points from Nemanja Nedovic. In fact, Nedovic has led Unicaja all season (15.8 ppg.) until a recent injury and he may make his return in this game. Adam Waczynski (10.8 ppg.) and Ray McCallum (9.3 ppg.) will have to step up again if Nedovic is not available. For Maccabi, Pierre Jackson remains as the first choice on offense (15.3 ppg., 4.2 apg.), while Norris Cole (13.5 ppg.) and DeShaun Thomas (11.6 ppg.) also play big roles.
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Unicaja Malaga
# Player Pos. H. Age
2 OKOUO, VINY C 2.14 20
3 MCCALLUM, RAY G 1.90 26
4 CARRALERO, JESUS G 1.99 17
6 SOLUADE, MO G 1.96 22
8 ROSA, IGNACIO F 2.01 18
9 DIAZ, ALBERTO G 1.88 23
10 SALIN, SASU G 1.91 26
11 DIEZ, DANIEL F 2.01 24
12 MILOSAVLJEVIC, DRAGAN G 1.96 28
16 NEDOVIC, NEMANJA G 1.91 26
17 SHERMADINI, GIORGI C 2.17 28
21 WACZYNSKI, ADAM F 1.99 28
23 BROOKS, JEFF F 2.03 28
40 AUGUSTINE, JAMES C 2.08 33
43 SUAREZ, CARLOS F 2.03 31
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
# Player Pos. H. Age
1 THOMAS, DESHAUN F 2.01 26
4 MASHOUR, KARAM F 1.98 26
5 ROLL, MICHAEL F 1.98 30
7 KANE, DEANDRE G 1.96 28
8 AVDIJA, DENI G 2.00 17
9 TYUS, ALEX C 2.03 30
12 DIBARTOLOMEO, JOHN G 1.83 26
15 COHEN, JAKE C 2.10 27
18 SEGEV, ITAY F 2.04 22
30 COLE, NORRIS G 1.88 29
43 BOLDEN, JONAH F 2.08 22
45 PARAKHOUSKI, ARTSIOM C 2.11 30
50 ZOOSMAN, YOVEL G 2.00 19
55 JACKSON, PIERRE G 1.80 26

Player Stats

Nedovic, N. / 15.8 Waczynski, A. / 10.8 McCallum, R. / 9.3
Jackson, P. / 15.3 Cole, N. / 13.5 Thomas, D. / 11.6
Bolden, J. / 5.9 Tyus, A. / 5.3
Jackson, P. / 4.2 Cole, N. / 4.0 Roll, M. / 2.8
Cole, N. / 1.3 Bolden, J. / 1.2
Bolden, J. / 1.1 Tyus, A. / 1.1 Parakhouski, A. / 0.9
2PT
Augustine, J. / 66.9 % Brooks, J. / 50.5 % Waczynski, A. / 50.0 %
Bolden, J. / 62.1 % Tyus, A. / 61.3 % Parakhouski, A. / 60.4 %
3PT
Waczynski, A. / 51.3 % Suarez, C. / 38.5 % Nedovic, N. / 37.0 %
Thomas, D. / 44.1 % Roll, M. / 39.6 % Cole, N. / 37.8 %
FT
Suarez, C. / 85.1 % Nedovic, N. / 77.6 % Shermadini, G. / 73.2 %
Jackson, P. / 85.7 % Roll, M. / 84.4 % Cole, N. / 82.9 %
PIR
Nedovic, N. / 14.6 Augustine, J. / 14.1 Brooks, J. / 10.0
Jackson, P. / 15.1 Cole, N. / 13.0 Tyus, A. / 11.5

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
77.5 Points 82.2
34.9 Rebounds 36.9
12.4 O. Rebounds 11.9
22.5 D. Rebounds 25.0
17.4 Assists 17.6
6.5 Steals 6.6
2.1 Blocks 3.9
50.4 % 2PT 51.5 %
35.4 % 3PT 36.2 %
73.0 % FT 70.4 %
86.6 PIR 93.5

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
80.3 Points 83.9
33.3 Rebounds 35.8
10.3 O. Rebounds 11.0
23.0 D. Rebounds 24.8
18.0 Assists 18.6
6.1 Steals 5.3
2.5 Blocks 3.0
54.8 % 2PT 49.8 %
38.5 % 3PT 39.8 %
75.5 % FT 77.6 %
87.6 PIR 91.8

Head Coaches

PLAZA, JOAN
Unicaja Malaga
"It's an important game and we have to be our best selves. We play against a team that marks the playoff line right now, and even if we won in Tel Aviv, Maccabi is now three games away. They have a nice cushion, but we want to go all in and that's why it's an important game for us. I know they have a bigger budget than us and I also know this game will require a big physical effort on our part to compensate for their individual talent, athleticism and a great coach. That will demand the best from each of us."
SPAHIJA, NEVEN
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
"For us the Israeli cup is history, we have to move on. We will get better because of working hard and not because the players want to prove something because we lost the cup, I don't know if losing the cup will have an effect on my team in our next game. Malaga has a good team, we will try to come up with a good game plan for them. The countdown has begun, the game against Malaga is important, but every game is important, winning at Malaga would be substantial."

Players

DIAZ, ALBERTO
Unicaja Malaga
"It is an important game that seems to be key for our immediate future. We canot squeeze one season into just one game, but this game is a great chance for us to get back to the mix and increase our options. We hope the fans are there with us. This is the final stretch of the season and winning would get us closer to the playoffs."
PARAKHOUSKI, ARTSIOM
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
"We understand the importance of the game because we are fighting for a playoff spot and if we win we will be in a good position. It's going to be a tough game, we need to focus on defense because last time we allowed them too many points, we also have to be focus on rebounding better because we've been struggling there as of late, but in the last practices we've been working on it."

Unicaja Malaga vs. Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv

· Past matchups between these clubs have been balanced, with Unicaja holding a 10-9 lead. The Spanish team has won its last three games against Maccabi.

· Unicaja's latest win over Maccabi came in Round 15 in Tel Aviv, when Giorgi Shermadini impressed with 15 points and 9 rebounds in a 79-89 triumph.

· Shermadini played at Maccabi for the first part of 2012-13 season. He was a teammate with current Maccabi center Itay Segev.

· Shermadini recorded the only double-double of his EuroLeague career with 15 points and career-highs in offensive rebounds (5), total rebounds (10), assists (4), steals (3) and index rating (31) for Cantu against Maccabi in February 2012.

· Maccabi guard Michael Roll and Unicaja center Giorgi Shermadini were teammates at Spanish side CAI Zaragoza during the 2013-14 season.

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Unicaja Malaga

Roster
Nemanja Nedovic and Jeff Brooks missed Unicaja's last two EuroLeague games with injuries, but have since returned to action in domestic competition.
Coach Joan Plaza has used 13 different players in the Unicaja starting lineup so far this season. No player has started every game.
Streaks
Nemanja Nedovic has scored in double figures and made at least 1 three-point shot in each of his last 11 EuroLeague games. He has made multiple threes in nine of those games.
Adam Waczynski has made at least 1 three-point shot in each of his last 13 EuroLeague games.
Carlos Suarez has made 12 consecutive free throws in EuroLeague games.
Rankings
Nemanja Nedovic is ranked fifth in the EuroLeague in scoring with 15.8 points per game this season.
James Augustine is ranked second in the EuroLeague this season with 6.6 rebounds per game, and third among qualified players in offensive rebounding at 2.95 per game.
Adam Waczynski is tied for second among qualified EuroLeague players this season in three-point accuracy at 51.3%.
Records/Milestones
James Augustine is second among active qualified players and fifth on the all-time charts in career two-point shooting accuracy at 66.09%.

Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv

Roster
Coach Neven Spahija has used 10 different players in the starting lineup this season. Only Pierre Jackson has started every game.
Streaks
Pierre Jackson has made at least 1 three-pointer in 13 straight EuroLeague games.
Jackson has scored in double figures in each of his last 10 appearances.
Art Parakhouski has made 10 consecutive free throws in EuroLeague games.
DeShaun Thomas has made at least 1 three-pointer in five of his last six EuroLeague appearances.
Rankings
Jonah Bolden is fourth in the EuroLeague in blocks this season with 1.10 per game, and Alex Tyus is fifth with 1.09 blocks per contest.
Records/Milestones
Alex Tyus is in fifth place on the all-time EuroLeague charts in blocked shots with 169, trailing two active players; Bryant Dunston (172) is fourth and Kyle Hines (177) third.

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Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
10 - 9
Unicaja Malaga Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
* overall record in EuroLeague since 2000
Unicaja Malaga
Home record vs. Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv: 5-4
Away record vs. Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv: 5-5
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
Home record vs. Unicaja Malaga: 5-5
Away record vs. Unicaja Malaga: 4-5

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2017-18 28 December 2017 Regular Season Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv 78 - 89 Unicaja Malaga
2015-16 26 November 2015 Regular Season Unicaja Malaga 82 - 68 Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
2015-16 22 October 2015 Regular Season Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv 82 - 93 Unicaja Malaga
2014-15 18 December 2014 Regular Season Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv 81 - 73 Unicaja Malaga
2014-15 13 November 2014 Regular Season Unicaja Malaga 66 - 70 Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
2012-13 15 November 2012 Regular Season Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv 62 - 64 Unicaja Malaga
2012-13 11 October 2012 Regular Season Unicaja Malaga 80 - 85 Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
2008-09 15 January 2009 Regular Season Unicaja 92 - 69 Maccabi Electra
2008-09 27 November 2008 Regular Season Maccabi Electra 73 - 80 Unicaja
2007-08 10 January 2008 Regular Season Maccabi Elite 87 - 68 Unicaja
2007-08 15 November 2007 Regular Season Unicaja 93 - 70 Maccabi Elite
2006-07 14 December 2006 Regular Season Unicaja 67 - 83 Maccabi Elite
2006-07 26 October 2006 Regular Season Maccabi Elite 106 - 101 Unicaja
2003-04 08 January 2004 Regular Season Unicaja 87 - 75 Maccabi Elite
2003-04 06 November 2003 Regular Season Maccabi Elite 88 - 73 Unicaja
2002-03 16 January 2003 Regular Season Unicaja 76 - 68 Maccabi Elite
2002-03 30 October 2002 Regular Season Maccabi Elite 86 - 89 Unicaja
2001-02 10 January 2002 Regular Season Unicaja 79 - 84 Maccabi Elite
2001-02 25 October 2001 Regular Season Maccabi Elite 82 - 60 Unicaja