Crvena Zvezda hosts Dynamo Moscow on Tuesday in the Serbian capital in a matchup between two teams that successfully advanced beyond the regular season in last year’s Eurocup. Dynamo qualified for the regular season after dispensing with Amsterdam with relative ease in the Qualifying Round. A returning member of the Final Eight from last year's Eurocup, Dynamo's backbone is formed by point guard Sergey Bykov, forward Sergey Monya and center Aleksey Savrasenko. Besides its legions of loyal fans cheering the home side on, Crvena Zvezda has a young and deep roster that does not allow the opponent to lock down on one or two players in order to shut down the entire team. Crvena Zvezda has multiple weapons to put into play, beginning with its big men Elmedin Kikanovic, the well-traveled Oliver Stevic and Vladimir Stimac. Facing them is a true warrior in European basketball. In his first year with Dynamo, Savrasenko brings with him 10 straight years of Euroleague experience, while Alexey Zhukanenko provides a powerful one-two punch with Savrasenko down low. Besides the steady scoring of Monya at forward, Dynamo also can count on the experience of Dmitry Domani. Crvena Zvezda has a host of forwards to send into the fray, starting with Lazar Radosavljevic, Tadija Dragicevic and 2009 Eurobasket silver medallist Nemenja Bjelica, who, at just 21-years old, could be poised to have a breakout year in Europe. Although he just arrived to the team, newcomer Mike Taylor rounds out a Crvena Zvezda backcourt formed by Vuk Radivojevic, Nemenja Nedovic and Filip Videnov, which will take on Dynamo’s undisputed floor general, Bykov, and his sidekick, Dimitriy Khvostov. Crvena Zvezda with its fanatical home crowd is the favorite in Belgrade, but Dynamo has the experience needed to play well on the road and try for a big win on opening night.
REFEREES: Shmuel Bachar, Roman Kolar, Yaron Zarif
Monday, November 23, 2009