Did you know? Regular Season Round 16
Pleiss, Micic host former teammates.
For Efes center Tibor Pleiss and guard Vasilije Micic, this game is an opportunity to welcome old friends to their new home. Pleiss has teamed with Bayern players Alex King and Maodo Lo in the past on the German national team, while Micic spent parts of two seasons with Bayern alongside Nihad Dedovic.
Rivalry is one-sided in Spanish capital.
Real Madrid has won seven straight games against Maccabi when they play in Spain. Maccabi last defeated Madrid in Spain in the semifinals of the 2011 Final Four in Barcelona. Its last win in Madrid was in March 2010.
Micov has history in Podgorica.
The only player on either team to have played for the other side is Milan swingman Vladimir Micov, who played parts of four seasons for Buducnost between 2005 and 2009. He won a pair of Montenegrin League title and three Montenegrin Cups in his time there. Current Buducnost players Sead Sehovic and Nemanja Gordic were teammates of Micov then.
Granca fares well vs. Russians at home
Gran Canaria has enjoyed a strong home-court advantage over the years against all-comers, including a 6-3 record against Russian clubs. However, one of those three losses was at the hands of Khimki in the 2015 EuroCup Finals.
Baskonia guards make their Istanbul return.
Baskonia guards Matt Janning and Jayson Granger played for Fenerbahce's biggest Turkish rival, Anadolu Efes Istanbul, in the past. In fact, Granger was a teammate there of current Fenerbahce center Ahmet Duverioglu during the 2015-16 season.
Vets show consistency in this rivalry.
Zalgiris and CSKA met on three occasions last season with the Lithuanian champs winning twice. Paulius Jankunas was Zalgiris top performer in those games with an average of 12.3 points and CSKA's Nando De Colo led his team with 16 points per game.
The derby of Athens has been to 3 Final Fours.
The intense rivalry between Olympiacos and Panathinaikos has been played out abroad in three different Final Fours. Olympiacos triumphed the first two times, in the semifinals in Tel Aviv in 1994 and Zaragoza in 1995. Panathinaikos claimed victory in the 2009 semifinal in Berlin.
Three-point aces collide.
This game will see two of the best three-point shooters in the game dueling. Barcelona features Kyle Kuric, whose 46.8% accuracy from downtown in the EuroCup is the best among players with at least 100 triples. Counterpart Jon Diebler stands alone entering the season as the best three-point marksman in EuroLeague history at 51.5%.