Bamberg has never won in Athens in four previous attempts, with Panathinaikos triumphing in seven of the eight games between the teams.
Xavi Pascual made his Panathinaikos debut last season in Round 3 against Brose in which the Greens rallied to edge Bamberg 83-84 by closing the game on a 0-11 run. Nick Calathes scored a late put-back for the game-winner and came 1 assist shy of a triple-double. Calathes posted 13 points, a career-high 11 rebounds, 9 assists and 3 steals.
Brose’s Andrea Trinchieri coached Panathinaikos center Ian Vougioukas at Unics Kazan during the 2013-14 season. Brose guard Nikos Zisis was also on that team. Vougioukas and Zisis have also teamed up in the past on the Greek national team.
K.C. Rivers of Panathinaikos and Bryce Taylor of Brose were teammates at German side FC Bayern Munich during the first half of the 2015-16 season.