Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens vs. Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
· This well-tested rivalry is perfectly poised with 10 wins apiece. The teams have met in two Final Fours this century, with Panathinaikos triumphing in the 2011 EuroLeague Championship Game, but Maccabi coming out on top in the 2005 semifinal en route to the title.
· Panathinaikos and Maccabi squared off in the 2000 EuroLeague final in Thessaloniki, Greece. Panathinaikos prevailed 73-67 behind 20 points from Zeljko Rebraca, who was chosen as the Final Four MVP.
· Panathinaikos and Maccabi met again in the 2001 SuproLeague final in Paris. Maccabi won 81-67. Arriel McDonald earned Final Four MVP honors with 21 points in the title game.
· Panathinaikos won its most-recent continental crown by beating Maccabi 70-78 in the 2011 EuroLeague Championship Game in Barcelona behind 18 points from Mike Batiste and 16 points and 9 assists from Dimitris Diamantidis. Only Panathinaikos guard Nick Calathes remains with either team from that game.
· Panathinaikos edged Maccabi in a classic five-game playoffs series to reach the 2012 Final Four. Three of the games in that series were decided by a single basket, including Game 2, which went to overtime.
· Panathinaikos won both games last season. Chris Singleton scored a career-high 26 points in an 83-75 home win, and shone again in a 61-81 blowout on the road in the final round of the regular season with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 6 steals.
· Maccabi forward DeShaun Thomas played under current Panathinaikos head coach Xavi Pascual at FC Barcelona Lassa during the 2014-15 season.
· Deshaun Thomas set a career high in offensive rebounds with 5 playing for FC Barcelona Lassa against Panathinaikos in December 2014.
· Panathinaikos forward James Gist played under Maccabi head coach Neven Spahija at Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul during the 2011-12 season.
· Panathinaikos big man Chris Singleton posted career highs in points with 26 and a career-high index rating of 34 against Maccabi in November of last season.
· Singleton posted his career high in steals with 6 against Maccabi in April of last season.
· Panathinaikos guard Nikos Pappas posted his career high in steals with 5 against Maccabi in April of last season.
· Panathinaikos guard Lukas Lekavicius set a career high in rebounds with 8 playing for Zalgiris Kaunas against Maccabi in October of last season.