Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul vs Fenerbahce Istanbul
· This will be the first meeting between the sides in the EuroLeague.
· Galatasaray coach Ergin Ataman spent three seasons from 2003 through 2006 on the sidelines at Ulker, which later merged with Fenerbahce.
· Galatasaray forward Emir Preldzic played eight seasons at Fenerbahce from 2007 through 2015 and was the team captain towards the end of his term there. He played 152 EuroLeague games wearing its jersey. In his last season at Fenerbahce, Preldzic was a teammate of current Fener players Bogdan Bogdanovic, Melih Mahmutoglu, Berk Ugurlu and Jan Vesely and played under Coach Zeljko Obradovic.
· Galatasaray’s sharpshooter Jon Diebler was teammates with Fenerbahce’s guard Bobby Dixon for three seasons at Pinar Karsiyaka Izmir, from 2012 to 2015. In the latter two of those seasons Diebler and Dixon were the best three-point shooting tandem in the EuroCup. Fenerbahce power forward Baris Hersek was also their teammate at Karsiyaka, from 2013 to 2015.
· Galatasaray’s Orhan Haciyeva and Fenerbahce’s guard Melih Mahmutoglu were teammates at Darussafaka for parts of two seasons, from 2008 to 2010.
· Sinan Guler of Galatasaray and Fenerbahce’s Bobby Dixon and Melih Mahmutoglu were teammates on the Turkish national team that competed at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament over the summer in the Philippines.
· Fenerbahce center Ahmet Duverioglu was a teammate of Galatasaray’s Alex Tyus and Jon Diebler last season at Anadolu Efes Istanbul.
· Melih Mahmutoglu played for Galatasaray during 2010-11 season, and was a teammate with Goksenin Koksal.
· Tyus matched his career-high with 11 rebounds playing for Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv against Fener in April of 2015
· Fenerbahce forward Nikola Kalinic netted career-high 21 points playing for Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade against Galatasaray in a November 2014 game.