Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
Maccabi defeated Real Madrid 86-98 last season in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Championship Game in Milan. Each team still has three starters from that game on its current roster.
Maccabi beat Real Madrid 82-63 in the semifinal of the 2011 Final Four in Barcelona. Only injured forward Guy Pnini remains on the Maccabi roster from that squad.
Pnini was a teammate of Madrid big man Marcus Slaughter for part of the 2007-08 season with Israeli club Hapoel Jerusalem.
Sofoklis Schortsanitis was a teammate of Real Madrid center Ioannis Bourousis for four seasons from 2006 through 2010 at Olympiacos Piraeus. They also played together for several years on the Greek national team.
Schortsanitis was a teammate of Real Madrid forward Jonas Maciulis during the 2012-13 season at Panathinaikos Athens. Together they led the Greens to the Greek League and Cup double.
Yogev Ohayon has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last 11 Euroleague games. He is shooting 14 for 29 (48.3%) from downtown over that stretch.
Jeremy Pargo is the Top 16 leader in assists with 7.5 per game.
Pargo has made 11 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.
Alex Tyus tied a Maccabi record and came within 1 of the Top 16 mark with 6 blocked shots last week against Zalgiris.
Tyus is tied with Nizhny Novgorod center Art Parakhouski for the Top 16 lead in blocked shots with 2.8 per game.
Real Madrid swept Maccabi in three games in the 2013 playoffs en route to the Euroleague Final Four.
Real Madrid beat Maccabi 89-85 in the 1980 title game in Berlin to win the Euroleague. Rafa Rullan scored 27 points to lead Madrid to victory.
Felipe Reyes, Sergio Rodriguez and Sergio Llull were on the team that faced Maccabi in the 2011 Final Four and are still playing for Los Blancos.
Sergio Llull established a career high with 26 points on 6-of-8 three-point shooting in leading Madrid past Maccabi in Game 2 of the 2013 playoffs series.
Felipe Reyes is closing in on Mirsad Turkcan to become the all-time leading rebounder in Euroleague history. Reyes enters this week’s game with 1,277 career boards. Turkcan retired with 1,287 rebounds. Madrid teammate Ioannis Bourousis is third at 1,164.
Reyes is closing in on a dubious distinction; he needs 3 more fouls committed to overtake retired Panathinaikos big man Kostas Tsartsaris for the most fouls in competition history. Reyes enters this week's game with 638 career fouls.
Sergio Llull is 6 assists shy of reaching the 500-assist mark for his Euroleague career. He will become the 17th player in competition history with as many assists.
Sergio Rodriguez has made 15 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.
Rodriguez has scored in double figures in eight straight Euroleague games.
Rudy Fernandez has the most steals in the Top 16 with an average of 2.5 per game.
Rudy Fernandez has recorded at least 1 steal in eight consecutive Euroleague games.
Rudy has made 10 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.
Rudy has scored in double figures and made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last five games.
Andres Nocioni needs just 6 more blocked shots to reach the century mark for his Euroleague career.