Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens vs. CSKA Moscow
· This regularly contested match-up has seen both teams enjoy memorable moments, but CSKA holds an overall 17-13 edge this century.
· CSKA dominated the meeting in Round 3, winning 81-63 behind 25 points and 9 assists from Sergio Rodriguez.
· In the 1996 Final Four, Panathinaikos downed CSKA 71-81 to advance to the final and eventually lift its first continental trophy. Dominique Wilkins was unstoppable for Panathinaikos with 35 points.
· CSKA and Panathinaikos met in the EuroLeague championship game in 2007. In one of the best finals in the competition, Panathinaikos beat CSKA 93-91 in Athens, Greece. Ramunas Siskauskas had 20 points. Dimitris Diamantidis added 15 and earned Final Four MVP honors.
· CSKA and Panathinaikos met in the 2009 final in Berlin, where the Greens downed CSKA 73-71. Siskauskas could have won it for CSKA at the buzzer, but his shot went in and out. Vassilis Spanoulis had 13 points to lead Panathinaikos and was chosen as the 2009 Final Four MVP. Current CSKA forwards Victor Khryapa started in that game and Andrey Vorontsevich dressed for CSKA, but did not play.
· CSKA set a team high with 55 rebounds against Panathinaikos in the third-place game at the 2005 Final Four in Moscow. Panathinaikos set a team high with 23 steals in that same game.
· CSKA head coach Itoudis spent 12 seasons as an assistant coach at Panathinaikos from 1999 through 2012. He helped the club win five Euroleague championships, 11 Greek League titles and seven Greek Cups during that span. Only one Panathinaikos player, Nick Calathes, remains from his time with the club.
· CSKA playmaker Sergio Rodriguez and Panathinaikos swingman K.C. Rivers played together at Real Madrid for parts of 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons. They won the 2015 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague title together.
· Rivers was a teammate of Vitaly Fridzon at Khimki Moscow Region during the 2012-13 season.
· Injured CSKA point guard Leo Westermann of CSKA and Lukas Lekavicius of Panathinaikos were backcourt mates at Zalgiris Kaunas last season.
· Matt Lojeski of Panathinaikos and big man Othello Hunter of CSKA played together at Olympiacos Piraeus for two seasons from 2014 through 2016.
· Nikita Kurbanov of CSKA and Panathinaikos big man Ian Vougiouskas were teammates at Unics Kazan in 2013-14, when they reached the EuroCup Finals together.
· Vougioukas and CSKA’s Will Clyburn were teammates at ratiopharm Ulm for part of the 2014-15 season.