2018-19Regular SeasonRound 20
January 25, 2019 CET: 18:15
Local time: 20:15 VOLKSWAGEN ARENA
Bulgaria: MAX SPORT 1
Serbia: SPORTKLUB 3
France: RMC SPORT LIVE 6
Spain: MOVISTAR DEPORTES
Greece: NOVASPORTS 1HD
Turkey: beIN SPORTS HD 3
Israel: 5STARS
United Kingdom: EUROSPORT PLAYER
Italy: EUROSPORT PLAYER
Internet: EUROLEAGUE.TV

Records

2-17 Regular Season 9-10
2-17 Overall 9-10

Referees

Crew Chief
JAVOR, DAMIR
Umpire 1
GKONTAS, SPIROS
Umpire 2
RACYS, SAULIUS

The Take

Baskonia (9-10) arrives to Istanbul in search of a victory that would extend its winning streak to three games, dig the team out from the negative record it has carried since Round 3, and allow it to enter the final third of the regular season holding a playoff position. Last-place Darussafaka (2-17), on the other hand, is on a four-game losing streak during which it did not score more than 74 points. However, Darussafaka has been a tough cookie on its home floor, where five of its seven losses have come by six points or fewer.

Marquee matchup

Center Michael Eric has had a few quieter games in recent weeks, but still serves as Darussafaka’s second-best scorer (11.5 ppg.) and second-best rebounder (5.4 rpg.). Eric is especially strong and dangerous on the offensive glass, where he ranks fourth in the competition with 2.6 rebounds per game, but he will now go against Baskonia's big and deep front court, which features one of the best big men in the EuroLeague this season in Vincent Poirier. The Baskonia center is the team's second-best scorer (11.7 ppg.), and also league's third-best overall (7.4 rpg.) and offensive rebounder (3.0 rpg.). Expect a big battle on the boards between these two men.

Earlier this season

Baskonia topped Darussafaka 82-56 in Round 5, using a strong finish to the second quarter and a good opening of the third to run away to a big win. Currently injured All-EuroLeague forward Tornike Shengelia paced the winners with 13 points and 6 rebounds, while big man Vincent Poirier collected 10 points and 10 rebounds. On the other side, veteran center Oguz Savas scored 10 of his 12 points in the first half for Darussafaka.

Keys to victory: Darussafaka

Darussafaka has struggled to score the entire season, and ranks second to last in that department (74.2 ppg.), but its defensive ability to slow down opponents is what has allowed the team to be competitive. Darussafaka allows 79.0 points per game on home floor, and its interior line, led by Eric and Jeremy Evans, holds opponents to a league-low 45.3% two-point shooting in home games. The duo's work inside, and the ability of Toney Douglas to score buckets, is what kept Darussafaka in most games in recent weeks.

Keys to victory: Baskonia

In each of the last two games, Baskonia managed to overcome slow starts but got stronger as the games progressed and eventually pulled victories in the fourth quarter. However, both of those games were at home, and Coach Velimir Perasovic's injury-plagued team will not be able to afford another slow start in this important road clash. It will be key for Baskonia to match Darussafaka's energy from the opening tipoff, and allow playmakers Marcelinho Huertas and Luca Vildoza to set the tempo of the game in the absence of Jayson Granger.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Euroleague.net
Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul
# Player Pos. H. Age
2 MCCALLUM, RAY G 1.90 27
3 OZMIZRAK, KARTAL G 1.88 23
4 AKAY, MERT G 1.96 18
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
23 DOUGLAS, TONEY G 1.88 32
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
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 21
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
21 JONES, JALEN C 2.01 25
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 19

Player Stats

Eric, M. / 11.5 McCallum, R. / 9.4 Evans, J. / 8.2
Shengelia, T. / 12.7 Poirier, V. / 11.7 Janning, M. / 11.1
Evans, J. / 5.8 Eric, M. / 5.4
McCallum, R. / 4.1
Vildoza, L. / 4.2 Huertas, M. / 4.0
Evans, J. / 1.2 Eric, M. / 0.9
Poirier, V. / 0.8 Diop, I. / 0.6
2PT
Peiners, Z. / 66.1 % Evans, J. / 64.3 % Savas, O. / 56.5 %
Poirier, V. / 63.1 % Shields, S. / 58.3 % Voigtmann, J. / 58.1 %
3PT
Diebler, J. / 39.7 % Evans, J. / 32.4 % Brown, M. / 31.1 %
Vildoza, L. / 41.6 % Granger, J. / 40.5 % Janning, M. / 37.2 %
FT
Peiners, Z. / 85.0 % Eric, M. / 69.1 %
Hilliard, D. / 77.5 % Diop, I. / 73.2 % Poirier, V. / 72.9 %
PIR
Evans, J. / 11.6 Eric, M. / 11.3
Poirier, V. / 16.4 Shengelia, T. / 15.4

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
74.2 Points 81.5
34.9 Rebounds 34.8
12.3 O. Rebounds 10.9
22.7 D. Rebounds 23.9
16.3 Assists 18.4
5.0 Steals 6.8
3.7 Blocks 2.3
50.9 % 2PT 55.2 %
30.3 % 3PT 37.0 %
72.1 % FT 74.6 %
76.2 PIR 91.5

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
84.8 Points 80.9
36.5 Rebounds 31.5
12.4 O. Rebounds 9.3
24.1 D. Rebounds 22.2
18.0 Assists 17.8
7.1 Steals 6.9
3.3 Blocks 2.4
52.8 % 2PT 52.7 %
38.1 % 3PT 40.0 %
77.5 % FT 76.8 %
97.9 PIR 89.3

Head Coaches

PERASOVIC, VELIMIR
KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz
"A difficult game is ahead of us. Darussafaka is the best team in offensive rebounds with athletic players. They lost many game sin the last moment and with bad luck. At home they are a fearful team that plays with heart and tough."

Players

VILDOZA, LUCA
KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz
"We are visiting a tough team at home that faces many great teams and stood their ground. They are very intense during the whole game and they want to impose their rhythm. We must keep doing all the good theings we do and set the tempo of the game."

Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul vs. KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz

· All three previous games between these sides have been won by the home team.

· Earlier this season, Baskonia beat Darussafaka 82-56 led by Tornike Shengelia with 13 points and Vincent Poirier's double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds.

· Darussafaka set its EuroLeague single-game club record with a performance index rating of 109 and matched its record with 14 three-point shots made in a 98-89 home win over Baskonia in January 2017.

· Baskonia point guard Jayson Granger was a teammate of three current Darussafaka players: Berk Demir, Jon Diebler and Emircan Kosut at Anadolu Efes Istanbul in the 2015-16 season. Granger and Demir were also teammates in the 2016-17 campaign.

· Berk Demir played under Coach Velimir Perasovic of Baskonia for a season and a half from 2016 to 2017. During the 2016-17 season, he was a teammate of Jayson Granger.

· Baskonia big man Ilimane Diop set his career high in blocks with 4 in a 73-52 win over Darussafaka in December 2016.

Monday, January 21, 2019
Euroleague.net

Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul

Roster
Fourteen of the 15 Darussafaka players on the active roster have been in the starting lineup at least once this season. No player has started in every game.
Streaks
Jon Diebler has made at least 1 three-pointer in 13 straight EuroLeague appearances.
Jeremy Evans has blocked at least 1 shot in 10 straight EuroLeague games.
Rankings
Michael Eric ranks fourth in the league this season in offensive rebounds with 2.6 per game. Jeremy Evans is fifth with 2.1 per contest.
Jeremy Evans ranks second in the league this season with 1.2 blocks per game.
Jon Diebler is ranked fifth on the EuroLeague all-time charts and first among active EuroLeague players with 48.8% career three-point accuracy.

KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz

Roster
Eleven different players have started EuroLeague games for Baskonia this season.
Arturs Kurucs and Sander Raieste are in line to make their respective EuroLeague debuts.
Streaks
Matt Janning has made multiple three-pointers in 11 of his last 12 EuroLeague games. He's knocked down at least one three-point shot in 18 of 19 games this season.
Luca Vildoza has made at least 1 three-pointer in nine straight and 16 of his last 17 EuroLeague games.
Rankings
Vincent Poirier ranks third in the league this season in total rebounds with 7.4 per game and third in offensive rebounds with 3.0 per game.
Records/Milestones
Jayson Granger needs 1 more steal to reach 100 for his EuroLeague career.
Matt Janning needs 25 points to reach 1,000 for his career.

Monday, January 21, 2019
Euroleague.net

Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
1 - 2
Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz
* overall record in EuroLeague since 2000
Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul
Home record vs. KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz: 1-0
Away record vs. KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz: 0-2
KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz
Home record vs. Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul: 2-0
Away record vs. Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul: 0-1

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2018-19 01 November 2018 Regular Season KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz 82 - 56 Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul
2016-17 12 January 2017 Regular Season Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul 98 - 89 Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz
2016-17 09 December 2016 Regular Season Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz 73 - 52 Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul