Zalgiris snapped a 15-game losing streak to Barcelona when it won 88-92 in Barcelona in Round 9 of the regular season. Paulius Jankunas led five Zalgiris scorers in double figures with 17 points in that game.
Coach Sarunas Jasikevicius played four seasons with Barcelona. He was there between 2000 and 2003 and returned for the 2012-13 season. Saras helped Barca win the 2003 Euroleague crown, two Spanish League titles and three Spanish Kings’ Cups.
Twelve different players have appeared in Zalgiris’s starting lineup so far this season; only Edgaras Ulanovas has started every game.
Edgaras Ulanovas has made 22 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.
Paulius Jankunas needs 2 offensive rebounds to become third player to reach a total of 400 for his Euroleague career.
Martynas Pocius, who entered the Top 16 as a 32.6% three-point shooter in his Euroleague career, has missed 15 consecutive three-point attempts.
Martynas Pocius and Barcelona guard Carlos Arroyo were teammates last season at Galatasaray Istanbul.
Pocius was a teammate of Barcelona center Ante Tomic during the 2011-12 season at Real Madrid.
Ian Vougioukas and Barcelona forward Stratos Perperoglou have been teammates at both the club and national team levels. They won the 20122 Euroleague and played together for two seasons at Panathinaikos between 2010 and 2012 and have represented the Greek national team at the world championships
Vougioukas has made 10 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.
Kaspars Vecvagars has made 9 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.
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Barcelona has committed the fewest turnovers (11.3 per game) in the Euroleague this season.
Justin Doellman has made 11 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action. He is the league leader in free throw accuracy for the season at 94.6% (35 of 37).
Juan Carlos Navarro needs 4 three-point attempts to become first player with 1,500 attempts in Euroleague career. Navarro has made 568 of them, also an all-time best, and has 38.0% accuracy for his 15-year career.
Navarro has had some of his best Euroleague performances against Zalgiris, including a career-best performance index rating of 35 in a November 2006 victory in Kaunas. Navarro scored 31 points on 10 of 10 free throw shooting that night. He also netted a career-high 32 points in February 2006 in Kaunas to lead Barca to victory.
Navarro has made 9 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.
Alex Abrines has made 21 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.
Stratos Perperoglou has made at least 1 three-pointer in seven straight Euroleague games.
Ante Tomic set a career high in scoring with 28 points against Zalgiris in Round 9 of the regular season. Tomic shot 11 for 11 from the field in posting a performance index rating of 38 in the game, which Barcelona lost by 4 points.
Tomic has made 12 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.