Olympiacos and Barcelona have met in the Euroleague Final Four in three of the past four seasons. The Reds knocked off Barcelona 68-64 in last season’s semifinals in Istanbul behind 21 points and 6 assists from Vassilis Spanoulis. Barca beat Olympiacos for the 2010 title in Paris 86-68 as Juan Carlos Navarro netted 21. And Barca won the third-place game 79-95 in Berlin in 2009behind 20 points from David Andersen.
Vassilis Spanoulis tallied 21 points and dished 6 assists to lead Olympiacos past FC Barcelona 68-64 in the semifinals at last season’s Final Four in Istanbul.
Eleven different Olympiacos players have appeared in the starting lineup this season. Vassilis Spanoulis is the only player to start every game.
Spanoulis has made at least 1 three-pointer in six straight and 21 of his last 22 Euroleague games.
Spanoulis is tied with Montepaschi guard Bobby Brown for the league lead in fouls drawn with 103.
Kostas Papanikolaou was the regular season leader in three-point accuracy at 59.4%.
Georgios Printezis needs 19 more points to reach 1,000 for his Euroleague career.
Kostas Sloukas has made 15 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.
Kyle Hines leads the league in offensive rebounding with 2.6 per game.
Josh Powell scored a season-high 16 points in 7-of-8 shooting in last week’s victory over Besiktas.
FC BARCELONA REGAL
FC Barcelona Regal leads the Euroleague in defense with 66.8 points allowed per game and in performance index rating with an average of 94.3 per game.
Juan Carlos Navarro was named the 2010 Euroleague Final MVP after scoring 21 points to lead Barcelona to an 86-68 win over Olympiacos in Paris.
Navarro has made at least 1 three-pointer and scored in double figures in four straight and 11 of his last 12 Euroleague games.
Sarunas Jasikevicius has made 23 straight free throws in Euroleague action. He is the competition’s career leader in free throw percentage at 92.11%.
Jasikevicius is 14 points behind Gianluca Basile for 10th place on the competition’s career scoring charts. Saras enters this week’s game with 2,149 points in his 11 seasons in the Euroleague.
Saras has been a teammate of three current Olympiacos players during his time at rival Panathinaikos –Stratos Perperoglou, Giorgi Shermadini and Vassilis Spanoulis. All three were on the roster in 2009 when the Greens won the Euroleague title in Berlin.
Marcelinho Huertas has made 14 straight free throws in Euroleague action.
Ante Tomic has scored in double figures in 10 straight Euroleague games. He is ranked third in the Top 16 in performance index rating (20 per game), second in field goal shooting percentage (68.2%), fourth in rebounds (6.3 rpg.), sixth in scoring (15.2 ppg.) and 10th in blocks (1.1 bpg.).
Erazem Lorbek has made 9 straight free throws in Euroleague action.
Pete Mickeal is 1 steal shy of the century mark for his Euroleague career.