2018-19Regular SeasonRound 8
November 21, 2018 CET: 18:45
Local time: 20:45 MEGASPORT ARENA
Africa: FOX SPORTS 2
Middle East: beIN MENA HD8
Baltic: TVPLAY SPORTS
Romania: DIGI SPORT2
Baltic: PREMIUM
Russian Federation: MATCH! TV
Lithuania: TV6
Denmark: VIAPLAY
Bulgaria: MAX SPORT 1
Sweden: VIAPLAY
Czech Republic: O2 TV SPORT
Norway: VIAPLAY
France: RMC SPORT 3
Finland: VIASAT URHEILU
Greece: NOVASPORTS 4HD
Serbia: SPORTKLUB HD
Hungary: DIGI SPORT 2
Turkey: beIN SPORTS HD 3
Israel: 5LIVE
United Kingdom: EUROSPORT PLAYER
Italy: EUROSPORT PLAYER
Internet: EUROLEAGUE.TV

Records

7-0 Regular Season 3-4
7-0 Overall 3-4

Referees

Crew Chief
PEREZ, MIGUEL ANGEL
Umpire 1
HORDOV, TOMISLAV
Umpire 2
ROSSI, MICHELE

The Take

A new chapter will be written on Wednesday in one of the oldest and fiercest rivalries in European basketball that dates back deep in the the time of the Soviet Union. CSKA puts its undefeated record on the line against Zalgiris, which has not lost a road game yet this season. However, Zalgiris has never defeates CSKA in Moscow before, either.

Marquee matchup

Nate Wolters arrived in Kaunas over the summer and has slid right into the shoes of the All-EuroLeague guard he replaced, Kevin Pangos. Wolters leads Zalgiris in scoring (15.1 ppg.) and assists (5.4 apg.), but this time he will be pitted against a former MVP, Sergio Rodriguez (10.7 ppg., 5.6 apg.), at the point guard spot. It will be among the many important duels that make up this game.

Interesting fact

Former EuroLeague MVP Nando De Colo has twice earned MVP of the Round honors from games he played against Zalgiris. The came in Top 16 Round 13 of the 2015-16 season when he tallied 26 points on just 11 shots, making 3 of 4 three-pointers and all 7 of his free throws for a performance index rating of 35. In Round 5 of last season, De Colo recorded a career-best index rating of 37 in a 94-91 home win with 25 points and 10 assists.

Keys to victory: CSKA

CSKA's front line could be starting to take shape. Alec Peters has emerged as an elite stretch-4 in recent weeks with uncanny shooting ability alongside strong defense. The club registered another big guy this week, Joel Bolomboy, who could make his debut and further strengthen the team inside, where CSKA is already fourth in the league in rebounding (36.9 rpg.). If CSKA uses its depth to control the glass and gets a few threes from the power forward spot, it will always have the opposing defense off balance.

Keys to victory: Zalgiris

Over the past two seasons, Zalgiris has defeated CSKA three times and held the Russian champs far below their scoring average in all of them: 74, 73 and 77 points. Each time Zalgiris hust CSKA in a different way, once forcing it into 21 turnovers, once to 23.8% three-point shooting (5 of 21), and once to 37.8% two-point shooting (14 of 37). How will Coach Saras plan for the Zalgiris defense to stop CSKA this time? That will be a major key for the Lithuanian champs.

Injury report

Zalgiris captain Paulius Jankunas will be out two weeks with muscle injury.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Euroleague.net
CSKA Moscow
# Player Pos. H. Age
1 DE COLO, NANDO G 1.96 31
3 BOLOMBOY, JOEL F 2.04 24
5 PETERS, ALEC F 2.06 23
7 UKHOV, IVAN G 1.93 23
11 ANTONOV, SEMEN F 2.02 29
13 RODRIGUEZ, SERGIO G 1.91 32
20 VORONTSEVICH, ANDREY F 2.07 31
21 CLYBURN, WILL F 2.01 28
22 HIGGINS, CORY G 1.96 29
23 HACKETT, DANIEL G 1.93 30
28 LOPATIN, ANDREI F 2.08 20
30 KULAGIN, MIKHAIL G 1.91 24
41 KURBANOV, NIKITA F 2.02 32
42 HINES, KYLE C 1.98 32
44 HUNTER, OTHELLO C 2.03 32
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 18
40 GRIGONIS, MARIUS G 1.98 24
44 KAVALIAUSKAS, ANTANAS C 2.08 34
92 ULANOVAS, EDGARAS F 1.99 26

Player Stats

Higgins, C. / 16.3 De Colo, N. / 14.7 Clyburn, W. / 12.0
Wolters, N. / 15.1 Davies, B. / 14.1 White, A. / 8.6
Clyburn, W. / 7.0
Davies, B. / 4.7
Wolters, N. / 5.4 Walton, D. / 3.3
De Colo, N. / 1.4 Hines, K. / 1.1 Clyburn, W. / 1.0
Hines, K. / 0.7
2PT
Hunter, O. / 70.3 % De Colo, N. / 58.5 % Clyburn, W. / 57.1 %
Wolters, N. / 64.4 % White, A. / 61.8 % Jankunas, P. / 58.8 %
3PT
Peters, A. / 57.7 % Higgins, C. / 52.2 % Rodriguez, S. / 39.1 %
Milaknis, A. / 44.4 % Wolters, N. / 31.8 %
FT
Davies, B. / 69.7 %
PIR
Higgins, C. / 17.0 De Colo, N. / 16.9 Clyburn, W. / 16.6
Davies, B. / 16.1 Wolters, N. / 15.9 White, A. / 11.1

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
88.7 Points 81.4
36.9 Rebounds 32.4
11.6 O. Rebounds 9.4
25.3 D. Rebounds 23.0
17.4 Assists 19.1
7.1 Steals 5.4
2.4 Blocks 1.6
52.8 % 2PT 56.7 %
39.2 % 3PT 37.9 %
81.6 % FT 79.5 %
99.4 PIR 92.6

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
79.4 Points 81.3
36.3 Rebounds 29.4
12.3 O. Rebounds 10.1
24.0 D. Rebounds 19.3
16.4 Assists 18.7
5.3 Steals 6.3
3.4 Blocks 2.6
51.4 % 2PT 52.3 %
31.7 % 3PT 41.5 %
72.4 % FT 68.3 %
83.1 PIR 87.9

Head Coaches

ITOUDIS, DIMITRIS
CSKA Moscow
"We face the Final Four team, the team that is ambitious and athletic. We expect a difficult game. We have to play with maximum concentration, motivation, decisiveness and athleticism."
JASIKEVICIUS, SARUNAS
Zalgiris Kaunas
"CSKA is an elite team that has a chance at gold every single year. They kept the coach and the core of the team with the stars like De Colo, Rodriguez, Higgins, Clyburn, Hines and others. Also, they have great additions in Peters, who can stretch the floor, and Hackett. It’s going to be a very tough game, but we just have to go out there and fight. If we stick to the game plan and keep it close, we’ve got a chance."

Players

BOLOMBOY, JOEL
CSKA Moscow
"I am excited to finally be a part of the team and hopefully to be able to be on the court. We are working really hard individually and as a team to be able to win every game. As soon as I come out I want to be a spark and help the team win. When I was in college I used to play against Brandon Davies, we played Zalgiris in the preseason, we watched the tapes. So we are going to be ready."
ULANOVAS, EDGARAS
Zalgiris Kaunas
"CSKA is still unbeaten this fall and it shows that they have the stability like every other season. They have the depth in every position, which makes it harder for the opponents to defend them. CSKA has very good transition offense. They really thrive if you make turnovers and they can get easy points. So, we have to be very careful and pay attention to details."

CSKA Moscow vs. Zalgiris Kaunas

· CSKA holds an 18-3 edge in head-to-head EuroLeague games against Zalgiris this century and has won all 10 games in Moscow in that span. However, Zalgiris has won three of the last four meetings.

· Zalgiris and CSKA squared off in the third-place game at the Final Four last season. Zalgiris held off CSKA 79-77 behind 15 points from Paulius Jankunas.

· Last season the teams split regular season home wins. CSKA won a high-scoring thriller against Zalgiris at home in Round 5, taking a 94-91 triumph behind 26 points from Will Clyburn. In a Round 29 meeting in Kaunas, Zalgiris won 85-73 with Brandon Davies scoring 17 points.

· CSKA made a club record 37 free throws in 95-86 win against Zalgiris in November 2016, which is also tied for the most free throws made in a single EuroLeague game since 2007. CSKA's 43 free throw attempts were tied for the most in a single game since 2010.

· Leo Westerman played for CSKA last season. He played under Coach Dimitris Itoudis and was a teammate of the majority of the current squad.

· Last season, Nando De Colo recorded a career-best index rating of 37 in a 94-91 home win over Zalgiris. He scored 25 points and dished 10 assists to earned MVP of the Round honors. In that same game, Will Clyburn set his career-high with an index rating of 34.

· Nando De Colo marched his career-high with 4 steals playing for Valencia against Zalgiris in February 2011.

· Nando De Colo was the Top 16 Round 13 co-MVP in the 2015-16 season after torching Zalgiris for 26 points on just 11 shots, making 3 of 4 three-pointers and all 7 of his free throws. De Colo also collected 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal and 1 block for a performance index rating of 35 in a 100-86 home win.

· Cory Higgins set his career best with 6 assists against Zalgiris in a 95-86 win in November 2016.

· Othello Hunter posted his career-high 7 offensive rebounds playing for Olympiacos in January of 2016. He tied that mark twice since then.

· Westerman had a career-high 10 assists in a 79-74 Zalgiris win over CSKA in January of 2017. He had his lone EuroLeague double-double of 10 points and 10 assists in that game.

· Paulius Jankunas set his career-high with 30 points against CSKA in November 2016.

Monday, November 19, 2018
Euroleague.net

CSKA Moscow

Roster
Andrei Lopatin is the only player on the CSKA roster without previous EuroLeague experience.
Streaks
Sergio Rodriguez has hit at least 1 three-point shot in each of his last 14 EuroLeague games.
Cory Higgins has scored in double figures in 14 consecutive EuroLeague games.
Alec Peters has made multiple three-pointers in each of his last five games. He is shooting 15 for 26 from downtown (57.7%) over that stretch.
Rankings
Cory Higgins is ranked fourth in the league in scoring this season with 16.3 points per game.
Nando De Colo ranked third in the league in scoring last season with 16.7 points per game.
De Colo is the EuroLeague career leader in free throw accuracy at 93.73%.
Will Clyburn is tied for third in the league in rebounding with 7.0 per game.
Records/Milestones
Kyle Hines is ranked fourth in EuroLeague history with 187 blocked shots. Ioannis Bourousis and Anadolu Efes Istanbul center Bryant Dunston are tied for second third with 194 blocks each.
Hines is 10 points shy of reaching the 2,000-point milestone for his EuroLeague career.
Hines is ranked 12th in competition history with 1,050 rebounds. Former teammate Victor Khryapa is ranked 11th with 1,070 boards.
Sergio Rodriguez is sixth in EuroLeague history with 973 career assists. Former CSKA great and EuroLeague MVP Theo Papaloukas is fifth with 977 assists.

Zalgiris Kaunas

Roster
Rokas Jokubaitis is in line to make his EuroLeague debut.
Streaks
Paulius Jankunas has made 12 consecutive free throws in EuroLeague games.
Arturas Milaknis has made at least 1 three-pointer in seven of his last eight EuroLeague games.
Brandon Davies has scored and posted a performance index rating in double figures in six straight EuroLeague games.
Nate Wolters has scored in double figures in five straight EuroLeague games.
Rankings
Nate Wolters in fifth in the league in scoring this season with 15.1 points per game.
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 1,704 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 2,915 points. Real Madrid's Felipe Reyes enters this round in third place with 2,938 points.
Jankunas needs 7 offensive rebounds to become the second player in competition history with 500 offensive rebounds.
Jankunas is 6 blocked shots away from the century mark for his EuroLeague career.
No player has started more games in EuroLeague history than Jankunas, who enters this week with 257 career starts.
Leo Westermann needs 7 more three-pointers to reach the century mark in his EuroLeague career.

Monday, November 19, 2018
Euroleague.net

Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
18 - 3
CSKA Moscow Zalgiris Kaunas
* overall record in EuroLeague since 2000
CSKA Moscow
Home record vs. Zalgiris Kaunas: 10-0
Away record vs. Zalgiris Kaunas: 8-2
Zalgiris Kaunas
Home record vs. CSKA Moscow: 2-8
Away record vs. CSKA Moscow: 0-10

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2017-18 20 May 2018 Final Four CSKA Moscow 77 - 79 Zalgiris Kaunas
2017-18 30 March 2018 Regular Season Zalgiris Kaunas 85 - 73 CSKA Moscow
2017-18 03 November 2017 Regular Season CSKA Moscow 94 - 91 Zalgiris Kaunas
2016-17 24 January 2017 Regular Season Zalgiris Kaunas 79 - 74 CSKA Moscow
2016-17 18 November 2016 Regular Season CSKA Moscow 95 - 86 Zalgiris Kaunas
2015-16 01 April 2016 Top 16 CSKA Moscow 100 - 86 Zalgiris Kaunas
2015-16 05 February 2016 Top 16 Zalgiris Kaunas 59 - 94 CSKA Moscow
2013-14 06 March 2014 Top 16 Zalgiris Kaunas 86 - 88 CSKA Moscow
2013-14 10 January 2014 Top 16 CSKA Moscow 77 - 62 Zalgiris Kaunas
2012-13 15 March 2013 Top 16 CSKA Moscow 70 - 61 Zalgiris Kaunas
2012-13 17 January 2013 Top 16 Zalgiris Kaunas 73 - 87 CSKA Moscow
2011-12 23 November 2011 Regular Season CSKA Moscow 95 - 82 Zalgiris Kaunas
2011-12 17 October 2011 Regular Season Zalgiris Kaunas 74 - 87 CSKA Moscow
2009-10 10 March 2010 Top 16 CSKA Moscow 84 - 71 Zalgiris Kaunas
2009-10 03 February 2010 Top 16 Zalgiris Kaunas 68 - 83 CSKA Moscow
2007-08 17 January 2008 Regular Season Zalgiris 60 - 88 CSKA Moscow
2007-08 21 November 2007 Regular Season CSKA Moscow 78 - 70 Zalgiris
2006-07 17 January 2007 Regular Season CSKA Moscow 88 - 72 Zalgiris
2006-07 23 November 2006 Regular Season Zalgiris 59 - 78 CSKA Moscow
2003-04 19 February 2004 Regular Season Zalgiris 75 - 78 CSKA Moscow
2003-04 17 December 2003 Regular Season CSKA Moscow 90 - 81 Zalgiris