2015-16Top 16Round 7
February 12, 2016 CET: 18:45
Local time: 20:45 MEGASPORT ARENA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
90.3 Points 75.3
35.3 Rebounds 36.9
10.3 O. Rebounds 11.4
25.1 D. Rebounds 25.5
20.3 Assists 16.9
6.8 Steals 6.3
3.4 Blocks 2.7
12.9 Turnovers 12.4
58.5 % 2PT 49.1 %
41.9 % 3PT 34.3 %
77.7 % FT 71.4 %
108.6 Index 82.4

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
19.1 / De Colo Points 13.4 / Printezis
5.2 / Kurbanov Rebounds 5.9 / Hunter
1.9 / Hines OR 2.6 / Hunter
3.4 / Vorontsevich DR 3.6 / Printezis
6.2 / Teodosic Assists 5.2 / Spanoulis
1.2 / Teodosic Steals 1.0 / Strawberry
1.1 / Hines Blocks 0.5 / Milutinov
2.6 / De Colo Turnovers 3.1 / Spanoulis
77.8 % / Korobkov 2PT 60.9 % / Hunter
52.9 % / Higgins 3PT 45.2 % / Lojeski
100.0 % / Korobkov FT 78.9 % / Papapetrou
23.2 / De Colo Index 13.9 / Printezis


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
4-2 Top 16 3-3
9-1 Regular Season 8-2
13-3 Overall 11-5


Crew Chief
PETEK, SASO, Slovenia

The Take

These Euroleague giants meet again for the first time since last season's semifinals, in which Vassilis Spanoulis's late heroics lifted Olympiacos past CSKA. Olympiacos is allowing only 71.4 points per game this season, but CSKA leads the Euroleague in scoring (90.3 ppg.), so playing at the right rhythm will be the big key to this game. CSKA runs its offense through guards Nando De Colo and Milos Teodosic, who rank first and third, respectively, in index ranking in the Top 16. Teodosic is set to share the point guard duties with Aaron Jackson against two good defenders: Vangelis Mantzaris and Darius Johnson-Odom. De Colo will see playing time against Spanoulis, but CSKA also relies on Nikita Kurbanov, Cory Higgins and Vitaly Fridzon. Higgins will test his shooting skills against Daniel Hackett, while Kurbanov will not have it easy against Matt Lojeski and Ioannis Papapetrou. Olympiacos ranks second in defensive rebounds (25.5 drpg.) and counts on Nikola Milutinov and Othello Hunter to stop Kyle Hines and Joel Freeland down low. CSKA has options at power forward with Victor Khryapa and Andrey Vorontsevich to stop last week's MVP Georgios Printezis. Expect an intense and exciting game in the Russian capital.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Game Notes

CSKA Moscow

CSKA is the Euroleague’s top-scoring team with an average of 90.3 points per game.

Nando De Colo leads the Euroleague in performance index rating this season with an average of 23.2 per game and in scoring with 19.1 points per game.

De Colo has made multiple three-pointers in each of his last five games and is shooting 12 for 21 from downtown (57.1%) over that stretch. De Colo has made at least 1 three-pointer in 19 of his last 20 Euroleague games.

De Colo has scored in double figures in each of his last 19 Euroleague appearances.

De Colo is the Euroleague’s career leader in free throw accuracy. He’s shooting 93.0 %, having made 225 free throws out of 242 attempts over 61 games for Valencia Basket and CSKA.

Milos Teodosic spent four seasons with Olympiacos early in his career between 2007 and 2011. He won the 2010 Euroleague MVP, helped the Reds to a pair of Final Four appearances and was a teammate of current Olympiacos players Vassilis Spanoulis and Georgios Printezis.

Teodosic has made multiple three-pointers in each of his last six Euroleague games, Teodosic has made at least 1 three-pointer in 39 of his last 40 Euroleague games.

Teodosic has scored in double figures in each of his last six Euroleague games.

Teodosic has made 11 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Andrey Vorontsevich has made at least 1 three-pointer in seven straight of his last eight Euroleague appearances.

Victor Khryapa is 1 block away from joining the competition’s all-time top 5 in blocked shots. He enters this week’s game with 143 career rejections, Injured Zalgiris big man Robertas Javtokas (144 blocks) sits in fifth place.

Khryapa is 2 assists away from cracking the competition’s career top 20. He enters this game with 476 career assists; Gianluca Basile (478) sits in 20th place.

Vitaly Fridzon is 32 points away from reaching the milestone of 1,000 points for his Euroleague career.

Kyle Hines spent two seasons with Olympiacos from 2011 through 2013 and helped the Reds win back-to-back Euroleague titles. He was a teammate there of three current Olympiacos players: Vassilis Spanoulis, Georgios Printezis and Vaneglis Mantzaris.

Olympiacos Piraeus

Olympiacos defeated CSKA Moscow 61-62 in the 2012 Euroleague Championship Game, which went down as an instant classic. The Reds came from 19 down in the third quarter to win on Georgios Printezis’s floater with 0.7 seconds left.

Vassilis Spanoulis scored 11 fourth-quarter points to lead Olympiacos back from a 9-point deficit with four minutes remaining for a 68-70 victory over CSKA in the semifinals at last season’s Final Four in Madrid.

Coach Giannis Sfairopoulos was an assistant coach with CSKA Moscow during the 2011-12 season, during which CSKA reached the Euroleague championship game, but lost to Olympiacos. Four current CSKA players remain from that squad.

Vassilis Spanoulis needs 122 more points to become just the second person in competition history to reach 3,000 career points.

Spanoulis enters Top 16 Round 7 leading FC Barcelona Lassa guard Juan Carlos Navarro for the most free throws made in competition history by 1. Spanoulis has made 781 career free throws.

Spanoulis is 4 steals shy of becoming the 12th player in competition history with 200 career steals.

Matt Lojeski needs 5 more three-pointers to reach the century mark for his Euroleague career.

Georgios Printezis has made at least 1 three-pointer in five straight and 11 of his last 12 Euroleague games.

Printezis was a teammate of CSKA center Joel Freeland for parts of two seasons at Unicaja Malaga between 2009 and 2011.

Nikola Milutinov was a teammate of CSKA star MilosTeodosic on the Serbian national team, which reached the semifinal at EuroBasket 2015 last summer.

Darius Johnson-Odom was a teammate of CSKA forward Nikita Kurbanov at Spartak St. Petersburg during the 2012-13 season.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Quotes Head Coaches

CSKA Moscow
"Olympiacos is a great club with many experienced players and points of emphasis in their game. Definitely you need confidence and courage to play in this kind of games but I think we have enough of this qualities and talent in our players to compete. Still I expect it to be a tough game, another tough game in our group where it is extremely important to protect home court. We will come out and play hard in front of our fans, I think and hope they will come in big numbers and help us."


CSKA Moscow
"I was not a part of all recent famous games between our teams but still I feel how special is it just being a part of CSKA team. We know that Olympiacos is tough defensive-minded team, so I expect the game to be an interesting and difficult fight until the last moment. Coaches created detailed game plan for us, and we will focus on executing it and maintaining the same high intensity level through all 40 minutes."

CSKA Moscow holds off Olympiacos to keep share of top spot in Group F

CSKA Moscow reached the midway point of the Top 16 with a share of first place in Group F after holding off Olympiacos Piraeus 92-85 on Friday in the Russian capital. Milos Teodosic scored 10 of his game-high 21 points in the fourth quarter as the hosts held onto the lead after Olympiacos had taken a slim lead in the third quarter. The result boosted CSKA’s record to 5-2 and a tie with Laboral Kutxa Vitoria-Gasteiz for the group lead, while Olympiacos fell to 3-4 after its fourth loss in five games and is tied for fifth place. Nando DeColo added 19 points, Cory Higgins scored 12, Nikita Kurbanov 11 and Kyle Hines 10 for the winners. CSKA looked to pull away when it built a double-digit lead in the second quarter and led 41-33 at halftime, but the visitors started the second half with 8 straight points to tie it and later took a 49-50 lead on a D.J. Strawberry triple. However Higgins scored the next 5 points and though Olympiacos kept it close, CSKA held on the rest of the way. Georgios Printezis paced the Reds with 19 points and 9 rebounds, Daniel Hackett added 17 points, Vassilis Spanoulis posted 15 points and 6 assists, Othello Hunter also scored 15 and Matt Lojeski 10.

First quarter: Kurnbanov scored 9 to give hosts early lead

The hosts got on the scoreboard first through Kurbanov’s three-point play. Printezis started things for the Reds with a floater. Jumpers by Victor Khryapa and De Colo made it 7-2. Nikola Milutinov’s block of Kurbanov denied CSKA another score and Lojeski capitalized on it with a triple. De Colo fed Joel Freeland inside for a slam, but just after the TV timeout, Hunter powered his way to a layup for the Reds. Kurbanov continued to play a major role in the CSKA attack with three straight baskets to boost the difference to 15-7. Hunter rescued Olympiacos with a put back, but Teodosic kept the hosts humming with free throws. Printezis closed the gap with a hook shot and a floater on consecutive possessions. After free throws by Hines and Hackett, CSKA led 18-15 at the end of the quarter.

Second quarter: CSKA pushed advantage to double digits

Hines went past Hunter for a layup and Printezis committed an offensive foul at the other end. Hunter scored his third bucket in the paint, but Vitaly Fridzon countered with the home team’s first three-pointer for a 23-17 lead. Hunter soared to reject Higgins, but it worked out well for CSKA when Hines dunked in the rebound. After an Olympiacos timeout, Hackett nailed a triple, but Higgins matched him at the other end. D.J. Strawberry got on the board for the visitors with a tough layup, but Hines gave the hosts the momentum with a vicious two-handed slam and foul and later 2 free throws for a 32-22 CSKA advantage. Higgins stole the ball from Spanoulis and the hosts capitalized with an Andrey Vorontsevich free throw. Printezis put back his own miss and Lojeski drilled his second triple to close the gap to 6. De Colo produced the ultimate Euroleague Fantasy Challenge play with an offensive rebound, basket, foul drawn and free throw made. Freeland restored a double digit lead with a layup plus foul. Free throws by Spanoulis and a Lojeski jumper brought Olympiacos back to life. After a Freeland slam and a Printezis floater, Higgins split free throws to make it 41-33 at the break.

Third quarter: Reds rally to take slim lead

The Reds came out ready for the second half; Hunter scored a basket-plus foul. Then his steal led to a Spanoulis layup before Printezis tied the game at 41-41 with a triple to cap a 0-8 start to the half. Freeland and De Colo put CSKA back in front, but Spanoulis fed Hunter for an alley-oop slam as Olymapicos continue its assault. De Colo and Spanoulis traded free throws and then Jackson and Spanoulis swapped layup. Strawberry nailed a triple for the visitors first lead, 49-50. Higgins took charge with a nifty move in the paint and a three from the corner to put CSKA back in control, but Spanoulis found Hunter for another alley-oop slam. Hines rejected Printezis and Teodosic blew by the Olympiacos forward for a three-point play and a 57-52 advantage. The CSKA guard nailed a three, after which Olympiacos called timeout. Strawberry player the pick-and-roll with Hunter for a wicked slam and foul and Strawberry made it a 5-point game. Higgins and Aaron Jackson kept CSKA in charge with free throws, but Printezis sank another floater. After Teodosic free throws, Hackett’s triple ended the quarter at 66-61.

Fourth quarter: Teodosic scores 10 to lift CSKA to victory

Teodosic opened the final stanza with a triple. Lojeski countered with a layup and Strawberry rejected Hines from behind. After a Printezis block on Teodosic, Strawberry raced for a dunk in transition. De Colo and Hackett traded threes to keep things close. A jumper by Hackett made it 73-70. Free throws by Teodosic and De Colo on CSKA’s next two possessions restored a 7-point advantage with five minutes to go. Hackett responded with 2 free throws, but Higgins sank a turnaround jumper. Then Spanoulis free throws were cancelled out by a Kurbanov jumper over Spanoulis. De Colo stretched the difference to 9 with three minutes remaining, but Spanoulis responded with a triple. After a timeout, Teodosic made free throws and Spanoulis split a pair. A great pass by Teodosic to De Colo for a layup was almost a dagger. Free throws by Hackett and Printezis made it a 6-point game with 55 seconds to go. A Khryapa jumper over Spanoulis all but sealed the win with 34 seconds left. Even an offensive rebound and three-point play by Printezis was too little, too late. A triple by Teodosicwith 10 seconds left all but wrapped up the win.

Nando De Colo - CSKA Moscow - EB15
Friday, February 12, 2016
Attendance: 12473
By Quarter1234
CSKA Moscow18232526
Olympiacos Piraeus15182824
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CSKA Moscow18416692
Olympiacos Piraeus15336185
CSKA Moscow
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 DE COLO, NANDO 27:57 19 4/9 1/3 8/9 1   1 4 1 3     1 9 22
3 KULAGIN, DMITRY 0:53           1 1               1
4 TEODOSIC, MILOS 28:52 21 1/3 3/7 10/11   2 2 5 1 1   1   7 27
7 FRIDZON, VITALY 5:38 3   1/1           1       3   1
8 NICHOLS, DEMETRIS 0:23                              
9 JACKSON, AARON 15:38 3 1/4 0/1 1/2         1     1 2 2 -2
19 FREELAND, JOEL 18:30 8 4/7   0/1 3 4 7         2 2 2 9
20 VORONTSEVICH, ANDREY 15:59 1 0/1   1/2 1 5 6 1   1     3 1 3
22 HIGGINS, CORY 24:09 12 2/5 2/2 2/2 1   1 1 1     1 4 1 8
31 KHRYAPA, VICTOR 18:39 4 2/2       3 3 3 1       4   7
41 KURBANOV, NIKITA 21:52 11 5/8   1/1 1 3 4           3 1 10
42 HINES, KYLE 21:30 10 3/5   4/7 2 2 4     2 2 1 3 5 10
Team           2   2               2
Totals 200:00 92 22/44 7/14 27/35 11 20 31 14 6 7 2 6 25 28 98
        50% 50% 77.1%
Min: Minutes played; Pts: Points; 2FG M-A: 2-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); 3FG M-A: 3-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); FT M-A: Free Throws (Made-Attempted); Rebounds: O (Offensive), D (Defensive), T (Total); As: Assists; St: Steals; To: Turnovers; Bl: Blocks (Fv: In Favor / Ag: Against); Fouls: Cm (Commited), Rv (Received); PIR: Performance Index Rating
Olympiacos Piraeus
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 JOHNSON-ODOM, DARIUS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 HUNTER, OTHELLO 26:14 15 7/9   1/2 3 2 5 1 1   1   4 3 19
6 PAPAPETROU, IOANNIS 16:49   0/1 0/1                   5 1 -6
7 SPANOULIS, VASSILIS 31:45 15 2/3 1/5 8/10   3 3 6 1 4     2 7 19
8 STRAWBERRY, D.J. 18:27 9 3/3 1/1     1 1 4   3 1   2 3 13
9 TSAIRELIS, MICHALIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 MILUTINOV, NIKOLA 3:59           1 1     1 2   3 1  
12 MOURATOS, VASSILIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS 33:02 19 7/12 1/1 2/3 2 7 9     2 1 1 2 4 22
17 MANTZARIS, VANGELIS 12:17     0/2     1 1   1 1     4 1 -4
23 HACKETT, DANIEL 30:52 17 1/5 3/3 6/6   1 1 1       1 4 5 15
24 LOJESKI, MATT 26:35 10 2/3 2/6     1 1 1     1   2   6
Team           1 4 5               5
Totals 200:00 85 22/36 8/19 17/21 6 21 27 13 3 11 6 2 28 25 89
        61.1% 42.1% 81%

Head Coaches

CSKA Moscow
"That was a high-intensity game with a lot of strategy. Olympiacos chose to do several things regarding who was in our lineup at the time. When it was Kyle, they switched more. When it was Joel, they played more aggressive. So the players had to be focused all 40 minutes. I really want to congratulate the players. They read the game. They really fought. We almost won all the quarters except the third one, and we gave them a lot of problems. This is a very competitive group: a lot of things can happen. We keep winning and we are going to be smarter after this one. There was a lot of strategy, from our side as well as theirs."
Olympiacos Piraeus
"I’d like to congratulate CSKA for win. They controlled the game most of the game. It was a high-level, high-quality game through all 40 minutes. We played equal against a very good team in an away game, we fought until the end, we had a chance and I think the result probably doesn’t give us what we deserved in the end. I would like to wish CSKA all the best."


CSKA Moscow
"We knew it was gonna be a tough game. They played really aggressive. They did not let us relax till the end - till the last minute. Now we have seven games to go, so we need to think about our team."
CSKA Moscow
"This game was a very important win for us. Now we are 5-2 in the group. Olympiacos is a serious team. We knew they were going to come here and play tough basketball. We responded to that and we showed tonight a really good game. I want to say thank you to all the fans who came here tonight to support us."
Olympiacos Piraeus
"It was an important game, but we lost it. I believe we gave everything to get the goal; we all wanted that and continued to fight. We have one more round to think about the reasons. Now we need to focus on the Greek League and after that we will face Barcelona."
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