2019-20Regular SeasonRound 9
December 10, 2019 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PALACIO DE DEPORTES JOSE MARIA MARTIN CARPENA
Spain: DAZN
Georgia: SILK SPORT 2 HD
Germany: MY TEAM TV
Israel: SPORT1 HD
United States of America: FLOHOOPS
Portugal: SPORT TV POR
Internet: EUROLEAGUE.TV
Africa: ESPN
Greece: NOVASPORTS 1HD
Balkans: SPORTKLUB1
Italy: EUROSPORT PLAYER

Records

6-2 Regular Season 5-3
6-2 Overall 5-3

Referees

Crew Chief
PATERNICO, CARMELO
Umpire 1
BAUMANIS, INGUS
Umpire 2
CLIVAZ, SEBASTIEN

The Take

In a battle for the top spot in Group D, Unicaja Malaga hosts EWE Baskets Oldenburg on Tuesday. Both teams have already clinched berths in the Top 16 and now are jockeying for position. Unicaja comes in with the best record (6-2), but Oldenburg (5-3) is the hottest team with five straight wins. However, Oldenburg arrives without two of its top players; Rasid Mahalbasic and Tyler Larson will both miss this game. Unicaja will clinch first place if it wins and Buducnost VOLI Podgorica defeats Galatasaray Doga Sigorta Istanbul. Oldenburg would match Unicaja’s record and overtake it for first place via tiebreaker if it wins, but it could not clinch it until Round 10.

Marquee matchup

With two elite performers sidelined, Oldenburg will look to tried-and-true leader Rickey Paulding to rise to the occasion in Malaga. However, the man guarding him, Axel Toupane, is a very similar player - only younger. Toupane leads Unicaja in scoring (12.3 ppg.) and steals (1.3 spg.). Paulding's (12.1 ppg, 1.4 spg.) numbers are almost identical. Ironically, neither had much of an impact when they met in Round 4. The big difference between them this time is that Oldenburg will need to lean more heavily on Paulding with its other top scorers out, while Toupane has the regular cast of players around him. Nonetheless, watch out for how this marquee matchup unfolds. 

Keys to victory: Unicaja

When these teams met in Round 4, Unicaja came undone in Germany because of its 19 turnovers are poor three-point shooting (7 of 24, 29.2%). Even its impressive 17 offensive rebounds and 7-19 edge in second-chance points were not enough. In both of its losses this season, Unicaja has struggled with turnovers (17 vs. Galatasaray) and three-point shooting. Those are two areas the team must improve to control the action on Tuesday.

Keys to victory: Oldenburg

Oldenburg has taken in the second-fewest rebounds in the EuroCup (31.3 rpg.), while Unicaja (36.8 rpg) sits among the top quarter of teams and is tied for fourth with 12.4 offensive rebounds per game with Frank Elegar and Ruben Guerrero leading the way. In a tough environment in Spain and without Rasid Mahalbasic, the visitors will need Nathan Boothe and Justin Sears to make an impact on the glass; Oldenburg must pay special attention to rebounding to be in position to score another important road win.

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Unicaja Malaga
# Player Pos. H. Age
2 THOMPSON, DEON C 2.04 31
3 FERNANDEZ, JAIME G 1.86 26
4 AVRAMOVIC, ALEKSA G 1.78 25
6 TOUPANE, AXEL F 2.01 27
7 STILMA, MORGAN F 2.02 19
8 TAMBA, ISMAEL F 1.98 18
9 DIAZ, ALBERTO G 1.88 25
14 ADAMS, JOSH G 1.88 26
15 ELEGAR, FRANK C 2.03 33
16 SANCHEZ, PABLO G 1.89 17
21 WACZYNSKI, ADAM F 1.99 30
22 EJIM, MELVIN F 2.01 28
32 GUERRERO, RUBEN C 2.13 24
43 SUAREZ, CARLOS F 2.03 33
52 GERUN, VOLODYMYR C 2.08 25
EWE Baskets Oldenburg
# Player Pos. H. Age
3 HOBBS, BRAYDON G 1.96 30
4 BLAKES, GERRY G 1.93 26
5 SEARS, JUSTIN C 2.03 25
9 TADDA, KARSTEN G 1.91 31
11 MCCLAIN, KEVIN G 1.91 23
13 HOPP, ALEXANDER G 2.00 18
15 KESSEN, MARCEL F 2.05 22
17 AGBAKOKO, NORRIS C 2.15 19
18 HOLLATZ, JACOB G 1.91 21
21 AMAIZE, ROBIN F 1.88 25
23 PAULDING, RICKEY F 1.96 37
24 MAHALBASIC, RASID C 2.11 29
33 SCHWETHELM, PHILIPP F 2.01 30
45 BOOTHE, NATHAN F 2.06 25
55 LARSON, TYLER G 1.91 27

Player Stats

Toupane, A. / 12.3 Adams, J. / 11.6 Thompson, D. / 10.4
Mahalbasic, R. / 13.4 Paulding, R. / 12.1 Boothe, N. / 10.1
Elegar, F. / 5.4
Fernandez, J. / 3.2 Adams, J. / 3.1
Toupane, A. / 1.3 Ejim, M. / 1.0 Diaz, A. / 1.0
GUERRERO, R. / 0.6 Gerun, V. / 0.5
Boothe, N. / 0.9 Sears, J. / 0.6 Mahalbasic, R. / 0.5
2PT
Gerun, V. / 67.6% Thompson, D. / 52.4%
Sears, J. / 57.1% Mahalbasic, R. / 55.6% Blakes, G. / 54.8%
3PT
Toupane, A. / 45.0% Waczynski, A. / 44.4% Adams, J. / 38.6%
Schwethelm, P. / 52.4% Hobbs, B. / 47.4% Paulding, R. / 31.4%
FT
Gerun, V. / 67.6%
PIR
Toupane, A. / 12.8 Gerun, V. / 11.5 Thompson, D. / 11.1
Mahalbasic, R. / 17.5 Hobbs, B. / 11.5 Sears, J. / 10.8

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
82.6 Points 83.8
36.8 Rebounds 31.3
12.4 O. Rebounds 9.1
24.4 D. Rebounds 22.1
16.4 Assists 16.8
7.1 Steals 9.5
2.3 Blocks 3.1
53.5% 2PT 54.5%
32.7% 3PT 38.9%
80.7% FT 77.9%
96.9 PIR 89.9

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
77.3 Points 80.4
29.6 Rebounds 34.3
8.9 O. Rebounds 10.6
20.8 D. Rebounds 23.6
16.9 Assists 15.9
7.1 Steals 6.8
2.1 Blocks 2.1
53.5% 2PT 55.1%
33.9% 3PT 34.6%
79.6% FT 79.0%
73.5 PIR 87.0

Head Coaches

DRIJENCIC, MLADEN
EWE Baskets Oldenburg
"This is going to be a tough road trip. Not just because we are playing Ulm on Sunday evening in our national league then heading to Malaga the other morning. I expect an extremely motivated Malaga team that wants to take care of tie breaking issues and they will remember their loss from the first leg here in Oldenburg."

Players

MAHALBASIC, RASID
EWE Baskets Oldenburg
"We all have to step up as we have to go without injured Nathan Boothe. But we are already qualified for the next round so we have nothing to lose and maybe that could help us to get something going. There are two game days left in this group stage. This means we have two chances to improve in the rankings."

Unicaja Malaga vs. EWE Baskets Oldenburg

· This will be just the second time that these two teams meet in the EuroCup.

· Earlier this season, Oldenburg took the home win, 91-78.

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Unicaja Malaga

Streaks
Adam Waczynski has hit at least one three in his last 8 EuroCup games.
Josh Adams has hit at least one three in his last 6 EuroCup games.

Player Records
Aleksa Avramovic posted his career high in index rating with 10 for Unicaja Malaga against EWE Baskets Oldenburg on October 23, 2019.
Aleksa Avramovic posted his career high in points with 13 for Unicaja Malaga against EWE Baskets Oldenburg on October 23, 2019.
Melvin Ejim posted his career high in steals with 4 for Unicaja Malaga against EWE Baskets Oldenburg on October 23, 2019.

Season Rankings
Unicaja Malaga Frank Elegar is ranked 12th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average offensive rebounds with 2.2 per game.
Unicaja Malaga Volodymyr Gerun is ranked 15th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average free throws % with 67.6% .
Unicaja Malaga Volodymyr Gerun is ranked 15th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average free throws made with 2.8 per game.
Unicaja Malaga Volodymyr Gerun is ranked ninth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 2-pointers % with 67.5% .
Unicaja Malaga Volodymyr Gerun is ranked seventh among qualified EuroCup players this season in average field goal % with 67.5% .

All-Time Rankings
Unicaja Frank Elegar ranks 12th on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 63.8% true shooting % total for his career.

EWE Baskets Oldenburg

Streaks
Rasid Mahalbasic has racked a PIR of at least 12 in his last 8 EuroCup games.
Mahalbasic has scored at least 12 points in his last 5 EuroCup games.

Player Records
Kevin McClain posted his career high in index rating with 12 for EWE Baskets Oldenburg against Unicaja Malaga on October 23, 2019.
Kevin McClain posted his career high in points with 10 for EWE Baskets Oldenburg against Unicaja Malaga on October 23, 2019.

Team Records
Oldelburg recorded its highest team blocks in EuroCup play this century, 5, against Unicaja on October 23, 2019.

Season Rankings
EWE Baskets Oldenburg Braydon Hobbs is ranked 12th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 3-pointers made with 2.2 per game.
EWE Baskets Oldenburg Braydon Hobbs is ranked eighth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average steals with 1.7 per game.
EWE Baskets Oldenburg Philipp Schwethelm is ranked ninth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 3-pointers % with 52.3% .
EWE Baskets Oldenburg Rasid Mahalbasic is ranked 12th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average defensive rebounds with 4.7 per game.
EWE Baskets Oldenburg Rasid Mahalbasic is ranked 13th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average index rating with 17.5 per game.
EWE Baskets Oldenburg Rasid Mahalbasic is ranked 14th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average assists with 4.6 per game.
EWE Baskets Oldenburg Rasid Mahalbasic is ranked 15th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average total rebounds with 6.0 per game.
EWE Baskets Oldenburg Rasid Mahalbasic is ranked sixth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 2-pointers made with 5.0 per game.

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Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
0 - 1
Unicaja Malaga EWE Baskets Oldenburg
* overall record in EuroCup since 2002
Unicaja Malaga
Home record vs. EWE Baskets Oldenburg: 0-0
Away record vs. EWE Baskets Oldenburg: 0-1
EWE Baskets Oldenburg
Home record vs. Unicaja Malaga: 1-0
Away record vs. Unicaja Malaga: 0-0

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2019-20 23 October 2019 Regular Season EWE Baskets Oldenburg 91 - 78 Unicaja Malaga