2018-19Regular SeasonRound 7
November 16, 2018 CET: 19:00
Local time: 20:00 ZALGIRIO ARENA
Baltic: TVPLAY SPORTS EXTRA
Serbia: SPORTKLUB 2
Bulgaria: MAX SPORT 2
Spain: MOVISTAR DEPORTES
France: RMC 5
Turkey: beIN SPORTS HD 4
Greece: NOVASPORTS 4HD
United Kingdom: EUROSPORT PLAYER
Hungary: DIGI SPORT 2
Internet: EUROLEAGUE.TV
Israel: 5STARS
Italy: EUROSPORT 2
Italy: EUROSPORT 2
Portugal: SPORT TV2 POR
Romania: DIGI SPORT2

Records

3-3 Regular Season 4-2
3-3 Overall 4-2

Referees

Crew Chief
BELOSEVIC, ILIJA
Umpire 1
PASTUSIAK, PIOTR
Umpire 2
DIFALLAH, MEHDI

The Take

Zalgiris will seek its maiden home victory this season when it faces one of the hottest teams in the league, Barcelona. It will be a homecoming of sorts for All-EuroLeague guard Kavin Pangos, who spent two seasons in Kaunas and helped the team advance to the Final Four last season before joining Barcelona over the summer. The Lithuanian champs routed Buducnost VOLI Podgorica last week with Brandon Davies going for 20 points. Thomas Heurtel went for 18 points and 8 assists as Barcelona outlasted Khimki Moscow Region for its fourth straight win.

Marquee matchup

Nate Wolters stepped into Kevin Pangos's shoes as the starting Zalgiris point guard as has thrived as the team leader with 14.5 points and 5.3 assists per game. Now he gets to go head to head against Pangos, who has yet to find his form with his new team, but will be eager to provide a top effort in front of his old team. More than just star playmakers, but two players with something to prove makes this a marquee matchup.

Interesting fact

Zalgiris has won three straight games against Barcelona, but prior to that the rivalry was one-sided in the other direction. Barcelona had claimed victory in 17 out of the previous 18 games between the teams, including 10 in a row in Lithuania.

Keys to victory: Zalgiris

Not only is Zalgiris tied for the most turnovers committed in the league this season (14.2 per game), but that number jumps to 16 in home games! Though it is worth noting that last season the team led the league with 13.4 turnovers per game, Coach Jasikevicius's men must cut those numbers to improve their chances. Zalgiris has been among the top shooting teams in the league (57.1% 2FG, 42.0% 3FG) and every extra possession has a good chance of turning into points.

Keys to victory: Barcelona

Barcelona has dominated the glass this season; not only are its 38.0 rebounds per game the second-most in the league, but its average margin of 7.5 rebounds more than its opponents leads all teams. However, no team permits fewer rebounds than Zalgiris (28.3 rpg.) and the home team's big men pride themselves on locking up the boards. How important is it for Barcelona to control the glass? In its two losses, Barcelona was outrebounded in one and won the rebounding battle by 1 in the other.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Euroleague.net
Zalgiris Kaunas
# Player Pos. H. Age
0 DAVIES, BRANDON C 2.08 27
1 WALTON JR, DERRICK G 1.85 23
3 WOLTERS, NATE G 1.93 27
7 WALKUP, THOMAS G 1.93 25
9 WESTERMANN, LEO G 1.98 26
10 ULECKAS, LUKAS G 1.99 19
13 JANKUNAS, PAULIUS F 2.05 34
17 BIRUTIS, LAURYNAS C 2.13 21
21 MILAKNIS, ARTURAS G 1.95 32
30 WHITE, AARON F 2.06 26
31 JOKUBAITIS, ROKAS G 1.92 17
40 GRIGONIS, MARIUS G 1.98 24
44 KAVALIAUSKAS, ANTANAS C 2.08 34
92 ULANOVAS, EDGARAS F 1.99 26
FC Barcelona Lassa
# Player Pos. H. Age
1 SERAPHIN, KEVIN C 2.08 28
3 PANGOS, KEVIN G 1.88 25
5 RIBAS, PAU G 1.94 31
6 SINGLETON, CHRIS F 2.06 28
8 HANGA, ADAM F 2.01 29
9 BLAZIC, JAKA F 1.96 28
10 SMITS, ROLANDS F 2.07 23
13 HEURTEL, THOMAS G 1.89 29
14 PUSTOVYI, ARTEM C 2.19 26
18 ORIOLA, PIERRE C 2.08 26
20 DIAGNE, ATOUMANE C 2.15 19
22 FONT, ALEIX F 1.95 20
23 MARTINEZ, SERGI F 2.02 19
24 KURIC, KYLE F 1.93 29
30 CLAVER, VICTOR F 2.07 30
31 BOLMARO, LEANDRO F 1.98 18
44 TOMIC, ANTE C 2.17 31

Player Stats

Wolters, N. / 14.5 Davies, B. / 14.5 Jankunas, P. / 8.3
Tomic, A. / 14.5 Singleton, C. / 12.0 Kuric, K. / 11.0
Davies, B. / 4.8
Tomic, A. / 5.3 Singleton, C. / 4.7
Wolters, N. / 5.3
Heurtel, T. / 6.3 Pangos, K. / 3.8
Milaknis, A. / 1.0
Singleton, C. / 1.3 Kuric, K. / 1.2 Heurtel, T. / 1.0
Davies, B. / 0.5
2PT
Wolters, N. / 61.2 % Davies, B. / 59.3 % Jankunas, P. / 58.1 %
Tomic, A. / 60.7 % Seraphin, K. / 56.7 % Singleton, C. / 45.2 %
3PT
Milaknis, A. / 50.0 % Wolters, N. / 35.3 %
Heurtel, T. / 42.9 % Kuric, K. / 41.9 % Singleton, C. / 37.5 %
FT
Davies, B. / 68.0 %
Tomic, A. / 73.1 %
PIR
Davies, B. / 17.0 Wolters, N. / 15.3 Jankunas, P. / 10.5
Tomic, A. / 19.8 Singleton, C. / 13.5 Heurtel, T. / 10.3

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
80.8 Points 80.7
31.3 Rebounds 38.0
9.2 O. Rebounds 13.5
22.2 D. Rebounds 24.5
18.8 Assists 18.2
5.2 Steals 7.2
1.8 Blocks 3.0
57.1 % 2PT 51.6 %
42.0 % 3PT 33.3 %
79.8 % FT 75.6 %
91.3 PIR 95.7

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
80.2 Points 77.3
28.3 Rebounds 30.5
10.5 O. Rebounds 7.7
17.8 D. Rebounds 22.8
18.7 Assists 17.2
6.7 Steals 8.0
2.7 Blocks 2.2
53.2 % 2PT 48.0 %
39.7 % 3PT 40.5 %
70.4 % FT 78.3 %
86.8 PIR 79.5
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Zalgiris Kaunas vs. FC Barcelona Lassa

· Barcelona beat Zalgiris in the 1985 Cup Winners' Cup final, 77-73, behind 29 points from Chicho Sibilio.

· Zalgiris head coach Sarunas Jasikevicius played four seasons for Barcelona, from 2000 to 2003, and then again in 2012-13 season. Jasikevicius helped Barcelona win 2003 EuroLeague title, played under current Barcelona head coach Svetislav Pesic. Jasikevicius was also a teammate of Barcelona center Ante Tomic during 2012-13 season.

· Leo Westermann signed with Barcelona in summer of 2014, but never played a game for the Spanish powerhouse as he was immediately loaned to Limoges CSP.

· Barcelona guard Kevin Pangos played for Zalgiris last two years. He was a teammate with most of the current Zalgiris players, and reached the Final Four with the Lithuanian champion in 2018.

· Barcelona forward Adam Hanga matched his career-high with 10 rebounds in a home loss to Zalgiris in October of last season.

· Barcelona guard Thomas Heurtel posted a career high 4 steals playing with Anadolu Efes Istanbul against Zalgiris in December 2016.

· Pierre Oriola had a career-highs in points (18) and index rating (20) against Zalgiris in March of last season.

· Barcelona center Ante Tomic set a career high in scoring with 28 points against Zalgiris in December 2015. 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.

· Ante Tomic earned MVP honors for Round 5 of the 2014-15 Top 16 against Zalgiris after posting 16 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for a performance index rating of 24 in January 2015.

· Paulius Jankunas tied his career high with 4 steals against Barcelona in April 2016.

· Edgaras Ulanovas set his career-high with 7 assists in 90-74 home win over Barcelona in March of last season, and tied his career-high with 3 steals against Barcelona in February 2016.

Monday, November 12, 2018
Euroleague.net

Zalgiris Kaunas

Roster
Rokas Jokubaitis is in line to make his EuroLeague debut.
Streaks
Paulius Jankunas has made 11 consecutive free throws in EuroLeague games.
Rankings
Arturas Milaknis tied for the third-most three-pointers in the EuroLeague last season with 75.
Records/Milestones
Paulius Jankunas is second in EuroLeague history with 1,701 career rebounds. Real Madrid's Felipe Reyes is the all-time leader with 1,747 boards.
Jankunas is ranked fourth on the EuroLeague all-time charts in scoring with 2,910 points. He trails Real Madrid's Felipe Reyes by 28 points for third place.
Jankunas needs 7 offensive rebounds to become the second player in competition history with 500 offensive rebounds.
No player has started more games in EuroLeague history than Jankunas, who enters this week with 256 career starts.

FC Barcelona Lassa

Streaks
Chris Singleton has made at least 1 three-pointer in five straight and 18 of his last 19 EuroLeague games.
Singleton has blocked at least 1 shot in each of his last six EuroLeague games.
Kyle Kuric has drained at least 1 three-pointer in five of his last six EuroLeague games.
Ante Tomic has scored at least 12 points and posted a performance index rating in double figures in each of his last five EuroLeague games.
Rankings
Chris Singleton is tied for third in the league with 1.2 blocks per game.
Thomas Heurtel is fourth in the EuroLeague this season with 6.3 assists per game.
Heurtel ranked second in the league in assists last season with 6.4 per game. His new teammate Kevin Pangos was third with 5.9 per game for Zalgiris Kaunas.
Singleton was second in the EuroLeague in minutes played last season with Panathinaikos (30:13 per game).
Records/Milestones
Ante Tomic is fourth in EuroLeague history with 1,289 rebounds.
Heurtel is fourth in competition history in assists with 1,044.
Jaka Blazic needs 5 more three-pointers to reach the century mark in his EuroLeague career.
Adam Hanga needs 9 more three-pointers to reach the century mark in his EuroLeague career.

Monday, November 12, 2018
Euroleague.net

Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
5 - 19
Zalgiris Kaunas FC Barcelona Lassa
* overall record in EuroLeague since 2000
Zalgiris Kaunas
Home record vs. FC Barcelona Lassa: 2-10
Away record vs. FC Barcelona Lassa: 3-9
FC Barcelona Lassa
Home record vs. Zalgiris Kaunas: 9-3
Away record vs. Zalgiris Kaunas: 10-2

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2017-18 01 March 2018 Regular Season Zalgiris Kaunas 90 - 74 FC Barcelona Lassa
2017-18 24 October 2017 Regular Season FC Barcelona Lassa 75 - 81 Zalgiris Kaunas
2016-17 02 February 2017 Regular Season Zalgiris Kaunas 89 - 85 FC Barcelona Lassa
2016-17 10 November 2016 Regular Season FC Barcelona Lassa 92 - 86 Zalgiris Kaunas
2015-16 07 April 2016 Top 16 Zalgiris Kaunas 59 - 66 FC Barcelona Lassa
2015-16 12 February 2016 Top 16 FC Barcelona Lassa 92 - 86 Zalgiris Kaunas
2015-16 10 December 2015 Regular Season FC Barcelona Lassa 88 - 92 Zalgiris Kaunas
2015-16 06 November 2015 Regular Season Zalgiris Kaunas 78 - 85 FC Barcelona Lassa
2014-15 25 March 2015 Top 16 Zalgiris Kaunas 72 - 83 FC Barcelona
2014-15 30 January 2015 Top 16 FC Barcelona 89 - 72 Zalgiris Kaunas
2011-12 09 February 2012 Top 16 Zalgiris Kaunas 58 - 67 FC Barcelona Regal
2011-12 02 February 2012 Top 16 FC Barcelona Regal 94 - 80 Zalgiris Kaunas
2009-10 17 December 2009 Regular Season Regal FC Barcelona 89 - 55 Zalgiris Kaunas
2009-10 05 November 2009 Regular Season Zalgiris Kaunas 70 - 77 Regal FC Barcelona
2008-09 14 January 2009 Regular Season Regal FC Barcelona 90 - 68 Zalgiris
2008-09 27 November 2008 Regular Season Zalgiris 60 - 75 Regal FC Barcelona
2006-07 03 January 2007 Regular Season Winterthur FC Barcelona 84 - 67 Zalgiris
2006-07 09 November 2006 Regular Season Zalgiris 86 - 92 Winterthur FC Barcelona
2005-06 16 March 2006 Top 16 Winterthur FC Barcelona 81 - 69 Zalgiris
2005-06 23 February 2006 Top 16 Zalgiris 85 - 86 Winterthur FC Barcelona
2004-05 20 January 2005 Regular Season Zalgiris 80 - 81 FC Barcelona
2004-05 25 November 2004 Regular Season FC Barcelona 98 - 102 Zalgiris
2001-02 31 January 2002 Regular Season Zalgiris 72 - 92 FC Barcelona
2001-02 08 November 2001 Regular Season FC Barcelona 90 - 86 Zalgiris