You know that the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague is the only major round-robin team competition in Europe.
You know, therefore, that fans anywhere can see every major club and superstar player go against their own teams.
And you know what that adds up to – season-long drama that only the EuroLeague can deliver!
BUT…. did you know the following about the games of Round 11?
Wilbekin heads back to Istanbul for the first time.
All-action Maccabi guard Scottie Wilbekin will be making his first visit to Darussafaka since his three-year playing stint with the club, which included a leading the club to last season’s 7DAYS EuroCup crown as the competition MVP.
For the first time in nearly two decades...
Buducnost and Barcelona went head to head in the very first edition of the modern EuroLeague in 2000-01. Barcelona won both the encounters in the regular season, and they have not played against each other since.
Olympiacos seeks revenge for playoff elimination.
Zalgiris advanced to last season’s Final Four by downing Olympiacos in the playoffs, taking the series 3-1 after also winning in Piraeus in the final week of the regular season.
Bayern has historical dominance over Khimki.
The two teams have only met twice in the EuroLeague, in the 2015-16 regular season, and both games were won by Bayern. The German champ also beat Khimki twice in the following season’s EuroCup.
Milan and Gran Canaria meet for the first time.
There have been no previous contests between Milan and Gran Canaria; in fact, they have never before played in the same competition together!
Los Blancos seek six in a row.
Real Madrid has enjoyed near-total dominance over Efes in recent years, winning eight of their last nine meetings and the last five in a row. The only game in that sequence won by Efes was in the 2015 playoffs series, taken 3-1 by Madrid.
Offensive explosions are routine for CSKA against Baskonia.
CSKA particularly lives up to its reputation as an offensive powerhouse when playing against Baskonia: the Russian team has won their last five meetings and exceeded 90 points in four of those.
Obradovic is on top in meetings with former team.
Legendary coach Zeljko Obradovic has enjoyed the better of his games against former club Panathinaikos, winning eight of their 13 encounters since taking over at Fenerbahce in the summer of 2013.