2018-19Regular SeasonRound 7
November 15, 2018 CET: 18:15
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Records

1-5 Regular Season 4-2
1-5 Overall 4-2

Referees

Crew Chief
JIMENEZ, BENJAMIN
Umpire 1
PANTHER, ANNE
Umpire 2
FOUFIS, IOANNIS

The Take

Two teams with opposite dynamics will meet in Round 7 when Darussafaka hosts Milan in Istanbul. Dacka has lost its last four games, the last one at FC Bayern Munich in a tough manner despite 20 points and 8 rebounds by Jeremy Evans. Milan also lost against CSKA in Round 6 after three straight wins, as Vladimir Micov had a great night with 24 points. Coming from losses, both teams will want to get back to the winning path ASAP.

Marquee matchup

Michael Eric and Arturas Gudaitis are two big men that are shining in this first part of the season. Eric is averaging 11.8 points, 7.3 rebounds and a PIR of 14.5 for Dacka. Gudaitis comes off the bench for Milan and his numbers are equally impressive: 12.8 points, 7.2 boards, 1.5 steals and a PIR of 20.7. The battle in the paint promises to be one of the hot spots in Istanbul on Thursday night.

Interesting fact

The visiting team should not have trouble picking a place to eat in Istanbul. Head coach Simone Pianigiani and three of his players have all lived in the Turkish metropolis in the past. Pianigiani coached Fenerbahce during the 2012-13 season; Dairis Bertans suited up for Darussafaka two seasons ago; Vlado Micov played three seasons for Galatasaray from 2014 through 2017; and Curtis Jerrells has spent time with Fenerbahce, Besiktas and Galatasaray.

Keys to victory: Darussafaka

Darussafaka is in a delicate situation. It has only won one game so far and its last loss in Munich by 46 points to Bayern was painful. The team has the second-weakest offense in the competition (72.6 ppg.) and also the second-weakest defense (88.0 ppg.). Dacka needs to regroup and quickly. The most noticeable thing is its league-low three-point shooting (28.8%), so better selection from that distance and tougher defense could go a long way for the hosts at this point.

Keys to victory: Milan

Milan is a team that does not stand out in any major statistical categories, but at the same time it plays like a unit and is consistently among the better teams in most areas. If Mike James (18.7 ppg.), Vlado Micov (16.3 ppg.) and Gudaitis deliver, the rest of the team regroups and contributes as a unit. That's the big secret for this team and there's no reason to stray from it.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Euroleague.net
Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul
# Player Pos. H. Age
2 MCCALLUM, RAY G 1.90 27
3 OZMIZRAK, KARTAL G 1.88 23
5 BAYGUL, MUHAMMED G 1.95 26
9 KOSUT, EMIRCAN C 2.16 23
10 DEMIR, BERK F 2.04 23
11 KIDD, STANTON F 2.02 26
18 OZDEMIROGLU, DOGUS G 1.94 22
21 SAVAS, OGUZ C 2.13 31
22 BROWN, MARKEL G 1.91 26
31 PEINERS, ZANIS F 2.05 28
33 DIEBLER, JON F 1.98 30
40 EVANS, JEREMY F 2.06 31
50 ERIC, MICHAEL C 2.10 30
AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan
# Player Pos. H. Age
00 DELLA VALLE, AMEDEO G 1.93 25
2 JAMES, MIKE G 1.85 28
5 MICOV, VLADIMIR F 2.01 33
7 GUDAITIS, ARTURAS C 2.08 25
9 BERTANS, DAIRIS G 1.92 29
13 FONTECCHIO, SIMONE G 2.03 22
15 TARCZEWSKI, KALEB C 2.13 25
16 NEDOVIC, NEMANJA G 1.91 27
19 KUZMINSKAS, MINDAUGAS F 2.05 29
20 CINCIARINI, ANDREA G 1.93 32
23 BURNS, CHRISTIAN F 2.03 33
32 BROOKS, JEFF F 2.03 29
55 JERRELLS, CURTIS G 1.85 31

Player Stats

Eric, M. / 11.8 Kidd, S. / 8.8 McCallum, R. / 8.3
James, M. / 18.7 Micov, V. / 16.3 Gudaitis, A. / 12.8
Eric, M. / 7.3 Evans, J. / 6.0
McCallum, R. / 3.8
James, M. / 7.2
McCallum, R. / 1.0
Gudaitis, A. / 1.5 Brooks, J. / 1.0 James, M. / 1.0
Evans, J. / 1.5 Eric, M. / 1.0
2PT
Eric, M. / 51.0 % McCallum, R. / 45.2 %
Gudaitis, A. / 60.0 % Micov, V. / 55.0 % James, M. / 45.8 %
3PT
Evans, J. / 38.9 % Demir, B. / 33.3 % Diebler, J. / 28.6 %
Bertans, D. / 48.0 % Micov, V. / 43.8 % Jerrells, C. / 33.3 %
FT
Eric, M. / 77.8 %
James, M. / 85.3 % Gudaitis, A. / 79.5 %
PIR
Eric, M. / 14.5
Gudaitis, A. / 20.7 James, M. / 17.7 Micov, V. / 14.7

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
72.7 Points 85.5
37.2 Rebounds 37.7
13.8 O. Rebounds 12.5
23.3 D. Rebounds 25.2
14.3 Assists 15.5
4.3 Steals 7.8
3.7 Blocks 2.3
51.8 % 2PT 52.7 %
28.8 % 3PT 34.9 %
68.8 % FT 80.5 %
72.2 PIR 95.3

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
88.0 Points 81.2
37.3 Rebounds 37.2
14.2 O. Rebounds 12.5
23.2 D. Rebounds 24.7
19.7 Assists 17.3
7.0 Steals 5.7
3.3 Blocks 1.8
52.3 % 2PT 51.7 %
38.4 % 3PT 34.6 %
75.7 % FT 74.0 %
104.2 PIR 90.2

Head Coaches

CAKI, AHMET
Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul
"The last two weeks of the EuroLeague we did not play at the level that we wanted to play. We have to maintain the basketball level that we played in our home court the last time and hopefully even pass that. We will try to put on a good show for our crowd and win this game."
PIANIGIANI, SIMONE
AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan
"They are going to respond like everybody does after a huge loss. They are capable to play with intensity, they are the best offensive rebounding team in the entire EuroLeague and their skills will be incresead by the desire to make up for that loss. We will have to pick the right tempo at the right time, be careful against their pressing defense, we will have to limit turnovers, rebound the ball with five players, because a good defense won't be enough, and we will have to match their physicality with the desire and the will to emerge that we need when playing on the road with the goal of making a leap forward and to stay in the good half of the standing."

Players

BROWN, MARKEL
Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul
"I think it is going to be a good matchup. Big time game for us. We need to come in to the game with the mentality of protecting our home court and feeding off the energy of our crowd. We need to find a way to win this game."
BERTANS, DAIRIS
AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan
"We will have to play a smart game, be ready defensively, match their intensity and use our skills against a team who absolutely need to win."

Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul vs. AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan

· Milan is 2-0 against Darussafaka in the EuroLeague. It swept the season series in 2016-17, winning the two games by a total of 3 points.

· Dairis Bertans of Milan played for Darussafaka during the 2016-17 season. He was a teammate of Oguz Savas that season.

· Darussafaka guard Ray McCallum was a teammate of Milan's Jeff Brooks and Nemanja Nedovic at Unicaja Malaga last season.

· Darussafaka guard Jon Diebler and Milan swingman Vladimir Micov were teammates at Galatasaray Istanbul during the 2016-17 season.

· Oguz Savas tied his career high with 3 blocks playing for Fenerbahce against Milan in November 2014.

Monday, November 12, 2018
Euroleague.net

Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul

Streaks
Jon Diebler has made at least 1 three-pointer in eight of his last nine EuroLeague games.
Michael Eric has scored in double figures in four of the past five games.
Jeremy Evans has blocked at least 1 shot in each of his six games played this season.
Rankings
Jeremy Evans is second in the league in blocked shots with 1.5 per game.
Michael Eric is fourth in the league in rebounding with 7.3 boards per game.
Jon Diebler is ranked fifth in EuroLeague history in three-point accuracy at 49.3%.

AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan

Roster
Christian Burns and Amedeo Della Valle are the only players on the Milan roster who started the season without previous EuroLeague experience.
Streaks
Nemanja Nedovic has scored in double figures in 20 of his last 21 EuroLeague games.
Nedovic made at least 1 three-pointer in 20 of his last 21 EuroLeague games.
Nedovic has collected at least 1 steal in each of his last six EuroLeague games.
Mike James has scored in double figures in each of his last 13 EuroLeague games.
James has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last 10 EuroLeague games.
James has made 14 consecutive free throws in EuroLeague games.
James has delivered at least 5 assists in each of his last seven EuroLeague appearances.
Vlado Micov has made at least 1 three-pointer in seven of his last eight EuroLeague games.
Micov has scored in double figures and posted a performance index rating in double figures in seven of his last eight EuroLeague games.
Arturas Gudaitis has scored in double figures and posted a performance index rating in double figures in each of his last 10 EuroLeague games.
Dairis Bertans has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last five EuroLeague games. He has made multiple threes in four of those games.
Rankings
Mike James is second in the league in scoring this season with 18.7 points per game.
James is second in the league in assists this season with 7.2 per game.
Vlado Micov is third in the league in scoring this season with 16.3 points per game.
Nemanja Nedovic ranked second in the league in scoring last season with 16.8 points per game for Unicaja Malaga.
Arturas Gudaitis led the league in true-shooting percentage last season at 68.58%. He was second in the league in rebounding with 6.3 per game.
Gudaitis is fifth in the league in rebounding this season with 7.2 per game.
Kaleb Tarczewski ranked third in the league in true shooting percentage last season at 67.34%.
Records/Milestones
Mindaugas Kuzminskas needs 9 more three-pointer to reach the century mark for his EuroLeague career.

Monday, November 12, 2018
Euroleague.net

Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
0 - 2
Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan
* overall record in EuroLeague since 2000
Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul
Home record vs. AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan: 0-1
Away record vs. AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan: 0-1
AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan
Home record vs. Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul: 1-0
Away record vs. Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul: 1-0

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2016-17 02 February 2017 Regular Season EA7 Emporio Armani Milan 89 - 87 Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul
2016-17 20 October 2016 Regular Season Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul 80 - 81 EA7 Emporio Armani Milan