2018-19Regular SeasonRound 8
November 21, 2018 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 MEDIOLANUM FORUM
Africa: FOX SPORTS 2
Italy: EUROSPORT PLAYER
Albania: RTSH SPORT
Italy: EUROSPORT 2
Baltic: TVPLAY SPORTS
Romania: DIGI SPORT2
Baltic: PREMIUM
Serbia: SPORTKLUB 6
France: RMC SPORT LIVE 6
Spain: MULTIDEPORTE
Georgia: SILK SPORT HD 2 (GMG)
Turkey: beIN SPORTS HD 3
Greece: NOVASPORTS 2HD
United Kingdom: EUROSPORT PLAYER
Hungary: DIGI SPORT 3
In Flight: SPORT 24
Israel: 5LIVE
Internet: EUROLEAGUE.TV

Records

5-2 Regular Season 2-5
5-2 Overall 2-5

Referees

Crew Chief
JOVCIC, MILIVOJE
Umpire 1
ROCHA, FERNANDO
Umpire 2
MANTYLA, PETRI

The Take

AX Milan looks to keep its excellent run of form intact when it hosts Baskonia, which will play its first game under new/old head coach Velimir Perasovic. Mike James, Vlado Micov and Arturas Gudaitis have led Milan to a superb start to the season with their exciting and high-scoring brand of basketball. Baskonia, which has lost its last two games, has not won on the road since opening night.

Marquee matchup

Gudaitis has absolutely dominated the paint for Milan this season,but he won't have it easy this time against Vincent Poirier. The Baskonia big man is sometimes overshadowed by his frontcourt mate, All-EuroLeague power forward Toko Shengelia, however, he leads the team in rebounding (6.0 rpg.) and is second in scoring (11.0 ppg.) and steals (1.3 spg.) despite playing just 22 minutes per game. This week these two young studs will battle for control of the paint in one of the many exciting matchups in this contest.

Keys to victory: Milan

Nemanja Nedovic is again sidelined, so Milan will need to keep the fast pace it likes with Dairis Bertans and Curtis Jerrells picking up the slack. It has worked so far – Milan won two of the three games Nedovic missed before returning last week – and Coach Simone Pianigiani must make sure he keeps all his guards, including James, well enough rested for 40 minutes one more time.

Keys to victory: Baskonia

There will likely be some changes Coach Perasovic makes now that he's in charge, but perhaps the first issue he will try to address is the team's poor three-point shooting; Baskonia's 30.7% is the third-worst in the league. It would not be surprising to see Perasovic, a high-scoring guard in his playing days, looking to get Matt Janning, Johannes Voigtmann and Shavon Shields open for the right looks and if those shots fall Baskonia look much different.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Euroleague.net
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
KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz
# Player Pos. H. Age
1 PENAVA, AJDIN C 2.06 21
3 VILDOZA, LUCA G 1.91 23
5 GONZALEZ, MIGUEL G 2.01 19
7 VOIGTMANN, JOHANNES C 2.14 26
8 SEDEKERSKIS, TADAS F 2.00 20
9 HUERTAS, MARCELINHO G 1.90 35
11 JANNING, MATT G 1.93 30
12 DIOP, ILIMANE C 2.11 23
15 GRANGER, JAYSON G 1.89 29
17 POIRIER, VINCENT C 2.13 25
20 RAIESTE, SANDER F 2.04 19
23 SHENGELIA, TORNIKE C 2.06 27
29 GARINO, PATRICIO F 2.01 25
31 SHIELDS, SHAVON F 2.01 24
32 HILLIARD, DARRUN F 1.98 25
47 KURUCS, ARTURS G 1.90 18

Player Stats

James, M. / 19.0 Micov, V. / 16.9 Nedovic, N. / 14.3
Shengelia, T. / 14.6 Poirier, V. / 11.0 Janning, M. / 8.3
James, M. / 6.9 Nedovic, N. / 3.5
Huertas, M. / 3.4 Vildoza, L. / 2.9 Granger, J. / 2.7
Nedovic, N. / 1.8 Gudaitis, A. / 1.3 Brooks, J. / 1.3
Shengelia, T. / 0.7 Diop, I. / 0.7 Poirier, V. / 0.7
2PT
Gudaitis, A. / 63.2 % Micov, V. / 50.0 % Nedovic, N. / 50.0 %
Shengelia, T. / 64.0 % Poirier, V. / 63.3 %
3PT
Bertans, D. / 55.2 % Micov, V. / 47.4 % Nedovic, N. / 41.7 %
Granger, J. / 44.0 % Vildoza, L. / 35.0 % Garino, P. / 33.3 %
FT
James, M. / 85.7 % Gudaitis, A. / 79.6 %
Shengelia, T. / 70.3 % Diop, I. / 67.9 %
PIR
Gudaitis, A. / 20.0 James, M. / 16.9 Nedovic, N. / 16.3
Shengelia, T. / 19.4 Poirier, V. / 14.3

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
87.3 Points 79.3
36.9 Rebounds 35.1
12.9 O. Rebounds 11.7
24.0 D. Rebounds 23.4
16.1 Assists 17.4
8.0 Steals 7.0
2.3 Blocks 2.7
50.2 % 2PT 55.3 %
38.4 % 3PT 30.7 %
80.4 % FT 77.4 %
96.0 PIR 88.0

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
82.7 Points 81.0
37.4 Rebounds 31.6
13.1 O. Rebounds 8.1
24.3 D. Rebounds 23.4
17.6 Assists 17.7
5.6 Steals 6.0
2.0 Blocks 2.3
51.9 % 2PT 53.4 %
34.9 % 3PT 41.6 %
76.8 % FT 79.4 %
92.7 PIR 89.1

Head Coaches

PIANIGIANI, SIMONE
AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan
"They are a very good team, with depth, quality, many options. Their record is not indicative: in this EuroLeague competition it can happen and besides they are coming off an excellent game against Gran Canaria in the Spanish league. More than anything else we have to look at ourselves: we are in a dangerous situation because of the injuries and fatigue. We have to dig deep into ourselves and find the energy to play another great game. We don't look at the standing right now but stay in the actual spot is a metter of collective pride. And where we cannot go one way we'll go with our people support because they understand the effort we are putting up."

Players

MICOV, VLADIMIR
AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan
"Baskonia's team is very good, their record is not but they have just beaten Gran Canaria and that sounds like one more EuroLeague game. The injuries are serious because Nedovic and Della Valle play the same position. But that's life: everybody has to step up, guys used to played fewer minutes are going to step up. We have won with injuries before but it's going to be a tough game."

AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan vs. KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz

· Milan swept the season series against Baskonia last season to even their all-time head-to-head matchups at 7-7.

· Milan forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Baskonia guard Jayson Granger were teammates at Unicaja Malaga for two seasons from 2013 through 2015.

· Mike James played at Baskonia for a season and a half. James signed in December 2014 and was a teammate there of two current Baskonia players: Ilimane Diop and Tornike Shengelia. They reached 2016 EuroLeague Final Four together.

· James played under Baskonia head coach Velimir Perasovic during the 2015-16 season.

· Vladimir Micov made his EuroLeague debut with Baskonia when he was there for the first part of the 2009-10 season. He was a teammate of current Baskonia guard Marcelinho Huertas.

· Milan guard Andrea Cinciarini set a career high in assists with 7 against Baskonia in November 2015. Cinciarini had a career-high 3 steals against Baskonia in October 2015.

· Milan sharpshooter Dairis Bertans scored a career-high 29 points and posted his career high in index rating with 31 playing for Darussafaka Istanbul against Baskonia in January 2017.

· Granger set a career high in steals with 4 playing for Anadolu Efes Istanbul against Milan in February 2017.

· Curtis Jerrells matched his career high with 7 assists in 92-85 win over Baskonia in December 2017.

Monday, November 19, 2018
Euroleague.net

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 22 of his last 23 EuroLeague games.
Nedovic made at least 1 three-pointer in 21 of his last 22 EuroLeague games.
Nedovic has collected at least 1 steal in six of his last seven EuroLeague games.
Mike James has scored in double figures in each of his last 14 EuroLeague games.
James has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last 11 EuroLeague games.
James has delivered at least 5 assists in each of his last eight EuroLeague appearances.
Vlado Micov has made at least 1 three-pointer in eight of his last nine EuroLeague games.
Micov has scored in double figures and posted a performance index rating in double figures in eight of his last nine EuroLeague games.
Micov has made 9 consecutive free throws in EuroLeague games.
Arturas Gudaitis has scored in double figures and posted a performance index rating in double figures in each of his last 11 EuroLeague games.
Dairis Bertans has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last six EuroLeague games. He has made multiple threes in five of those games and is shooting 16 for 29 from downtown (55.2%) over that stretch.
Rankings
Mike James is second in the league in scoring this season with 19.0 points per game.
James is third in the league in assists this season with 6.9 per game.
Vlado Micov is third in the league in scoring this season with 16.9 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 is tied for fourth in the league in blocked shots this season with 1.0 blocks per game.
Gudaitis is ranked fifth in the league in rebounding with 6.9 per game.
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.
Kaleb Tarczewski ranked third in the league in true shooting percentage last season at 67.34%.
Records/Milestones
Dairis Bertans needs 6 more three-pointers to reach the century mark in his EuroLeague career.
Mindaugas Kuzminskas needs 9 more three-pointers to reach the century mark for his EuroLeague career.

KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz

Roster
Arturs Kurucs and Sander Raieste are in line to make their respective EuroLeague debuts.
Streaks
Toko Shengelia has posted a performance index rating in double figures in four straight and 14 of his last 15 EuroLeague games.
Shengelia has scored in double figures in four straight and 11 of his last 12 EuroLeague games.
Matt Janning has made 13 consecutive free throws in EuroLeague games.
Janning has made at least 1 three-pointer in six of his last seven EuroLeague games.
Jayson Granger has made 12 consecutive free throws in EuroLeague games.
Rankings
Shengelia was the top-scoring big man in the EuroLeague last season with 13.7 points per game.
Johannes Voigtmann led the league in three-point accuracy last season at 57.7%.
Records/Milestones
Jayson Granger needs 3 more steals to reach the century mark for his EuroLeague career.

Monday, November 19, 2018
Euroleague.net

Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
7 - 7
AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz
* overall record in EuroLeague since 2000
AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan
Home record vs. KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz: 5-2
Away record vs. KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz: 2-5
KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz
Home record vs. AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan: 5-2
Away record vs. AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan: 2-5

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2017-18 19 January 2018 Regular Season KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz 82 - 83 AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan
2017-18 20 December 2017 Regular Season AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan 92 - 85 KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz
2016-17 02 March 2017 Regular Season Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz 87 - 74 EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
2016-17 15 November 2016 Regular Season EA7 Emporio Armani Milan 88 - 76 Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz
2015-16 19 November 2015 Regular Season Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz 94 - 82 EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
2015-16 16 October 2015 Regular Season EA7 Emporio Armani Milan 78 - 76 Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
2014-15 26 March 2015 Top 16 EA7 Emporio Armani Milan 99 - 85 Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
2014-15 29 January 2015 Top 16 Laboral Kutxa Vitoria 102 - 83 EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
2013-14 13 March 2014 Top 16 Laboral Kutxa Vitoria 65 - 83 EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
2013-14 17 January 2014 Top 16 EA7 Emporio Armani Milan 83 - 76 Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
2012-13 29 November 2012 Regular Season Laboral Kutxa Vitoria 64 - 62 EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
2012-13 25 October 2012 Regular Season EA7 Emporio Armani Milan 85 - 95 Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
2008-09 25 February 2009 Top 16 AJ Milano 74 - 107 Tau Ceramica
2008-09 11 February 2009 Top 16 Tau Ceramica 108 - 90 AJ Milano