|Galatasaray Cafe Crown hopes to rejoin the race to reach the Quarterfinals in Group J when it hosts difficult Power Electronics Valencia on Tuesday at 19:00 CET. Galatasaray is still looking for its first win and cannot afford a second home loss in Group J. Power VLC bounced back from its home loss in Game 1 by downing Unics in Kazan, Russia, so another road win would put the original Eurocup champions in the right way to reach the next round. Power VLC is a deeper team but Galatasaray has 4 players in this season's Top 7 index ranking list. Galatasaray runs its offense through Darius Washington, that is ready to make his team play up-tempo, trying to outscore its opponent. Fikret Can Akin will help Washington in the point guard duties. Washington is ready for a key matchup against Nando De Colo, in great shape recently. Can Akin is set to see playing time against Marko Marinovic. Power VLC will have to be concerned on stopping big men Mike Wilkinson and Rado Rancik, two hard-nosed players with size, range and post skills. Fatih Solak offers size, defense and experience off the bench. Wilkinson is ready for a big physical battle against Kosta Perovic and Serhiy Lishchuk. Perovic is ready to use his size and post skills while Lishchuk may start to set his team's intensity level in defense. Flo Pietrus and above all, Matt Nielsen are ready to battle against Rancik. Galatasaray has to be ready to stop Rafa Martinez, right at the prime of his career, an all-around scoring guard with unlimited range. Victor Claver is also a natural-born mismtach due to his quickness, size and ballhandling. Thomas Kelati offers deep range and experience off the bench. Claver needs to use his physical skills against Simas Jasaitis, a great shooter with good one-on-one skills. Meanwhile, Martinez must battle against a good defender like Evren Buker. Galatasaray must try to play its up-tempo, run-and-gun style and get Washington and Jasaitis involved to win the game. Power VLC must try to stop the hosts from running the floor and opt for a slower tempo, trying to feed Perovic and Nielsen down low. Expect a big battle between different basketball philosophies in Istanbul, Turkey this Tuesday.
REFEREES: Lazaros Voreadis, Seffi Shemmesh, Panagiotis Anastopoulos
Monday, February 08, 2010