2019-20Regular SeasonRound 21
January 23, 2020 CET: 18:00
Local time: 20:00 MEGASPORT ARENA
Africa: ESPN
Israel: 5LIVE
Australia: FOX
Italy: EUROSPORT PLAYER
Balkans: SPORTKLUB1
New Zealand: NBL TV
Baltic: TVPLAY SPORTS, PREMIUM
Philippines: TAPSPORTS
Brazil: DAZN
Russian Federation: MATCH! TV
Bulgaria: MAX SPORT 2
Spain: DAZN
China: CCTV
Turkey: beIN SPORTS
France: RMC SPORT 2
United Kingdom: EUROSPORT PLAYER
Greece: NOVASPORTS 4HD
United States of America: FLOHOOPS
Indonesia: MOLA TV
Internet: EUROLEAGUE.TV

Records

14-6 Regular Season 10-10
14-6 Overall 10-10

Referees

Crew Chief
PUKL,SASA
Umpire 1
PANTHER, ANNE
Umpire 2
SILVA, SERGIO

The Take

CSKA (14-6) has been really solid at home lately, winning six of its last seven games in Moscow and in Kaliningrad, including consecutive victories against Real Madrid and KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz last week. After a 0-5 start, Valencia is 10-10 and in playoffs territory. It has won its last three road games. Mike James (21.4 ppg.), Darrun Hilliard (11.0) and Kyle Hines (8.9) are leading CSKA right now. Bojan Dubljevic (14.4) is Valencia's top scorer, followed by Jordan Loyd (11.1) and Fernando San Emeterio (7.8).

Marquee matchup

Two very different centers are set to face each other again. Hines is a defensive wall, undersized but with great timing, mobility and experience. He will need to use all of his defensive skills against Dubljevic, who can pull the trigger from downtown or use his big body and post skills - highlighted by his trademark jump hook - to score in the low post. Expect an exciting matchup, full of intensity.

Earlier this season

These teams faced each other in Round 1, in a highly-anticipated showdown between last season's EuroLeague and EuroCup champions. CSKA gave Valencia no chance, downing the Spanish powerhouse 71-96 at La Fonteta. Hilliard led the winners with 22 points. James added 20 and Andrey Vorontsevich had 13 for CSKA, which won all four quarters. Mike Tobey led Valencia with 14 points. CSKA hit 17-of-31 three-point shots (54.8%) and that made the difference.

Keys to victory: CSKA

CSKA ranks sixth in scoring (84.4 ppg.) but just 11th in assists (17.2 apg.), which suggests that many of its baskets come in one-on-one actions. In that sense, running its offense through James and Hilliard will be important for the defending EuroLeague champs. CSKA is showing great hustle this season, ranking third in offensive boards (12.0 orpg.) and fourth in blocks (3.03 bpg.). Keeping that level of intensity against a deep, up-and-coming squad like Valencia will be critical for Coach Dimitris Itoudis's team.

Keys to victory: Valencia

Valencia has had trouble protecting the paint all season long, as opponents score 57.4% of their two-point shots on average. It has good defensive big men like Maurice Ndour and Louis Labyerie, who must get everyone involved with their high intensity and determination. Valencia is taking good care of the ball, dishing 1.5 assists per turnover. Its point guard depth will be critical to try to stop James; expect Guillem Vives to see extended playing time against him.

Monday, January 20, 2020
Euroleague.net
CSKA Moscow
# Player Pos. H. Age
3 BOLOMBOY, JOEL F 2.04 25
5 JAMES, MIKE G 1.85 29
7 UKHOV, IVAN G 1.93 24
11 ANTONOV, SEMEN F 2.02 30
13 STRELNIEKS, JANIS G 1.91 30
17 VOIGTMANN, JOHANNES F 2.11 27
20 VORONTSEVICH, ANDREY F 2.07 32
21 CLYBURN, WILL F 2.01 29
23 HACKETT, DANIEL G 1.93 32
26 SANT-ROOS, HOWARD F 2.01 28
28 LOPATIN, ANDREI F 2.08 21
30 KULAGIN, MIKHAIL G 1.91 25
31 KOUFOS, KOSTA C 2.13 30
32 HILLIARD, DARRUN G 1.98 26
41 KURBANOV, NIKITA F 2.02 33
42 HINES, KYLE C 1.98 33
84 BAKER, RON G 1.93 26
Valencia Basket
# Player Pos. H. Age
1 COLOM, QUINO G 1.88 31
2 MARINKOVIC, VANJA G 1.98 23
3 LOYD, JORDAN G 1.93 26
5 NDOUR, MAURICE F 2.06 27
6 ABALDE, ALBERTO F 2.02 24
7 LABEYRIE, LOUIS F 2.09 27
9 VAN ROSSOM, SAM G 1.88 33
10 TOBEY, MIKE C 2.13 25
12 MOTUM, BROCK C 2.08 29
14 DUBLJEVIC, BOJAN C 2.05 28
16 VIVES, GUILLEM G 1.92 26
19 SAN EMETERIO, FERNANDO F 1.99 36
30 SASTRE, JOAN F 2.01 28
41 HENNINGSSON, HILMAR G 1.90 19
42 JIMENEZ, MILLAN G 1.98 17
42 DOORNEKAMP, AARON F 2.01 34
43 PAVELKA, TOMAS C 2.14 19
44 FAURE, ALONSO F 2.06 17
45 FERRANDO, GUILLEM G 1.85 18

Player Stats

James, M. / 21.5 Hilliard, D. / 11.0 Hines, K. / 8.9
Dubljevic, B. / 14.4 Loyd, J. / 11.1 Tobey, M. / 8.2
James, M. / 4.4 Hackett, D. / 2.8
Hackett, D. / 1.1
Hines, K. / 1.0
Tobey, M. / 0.5
2PT
Hines, K. / 60.6% Bolomboy, J. / 58.5% Strelnieks, J. / 56.8%
Labeyrie, L. / 68.3% Tobey, M. / 60.9% Vives, G. / 58.1%
3PT
Kurbanov, N. / 46.7% James, M. / 44.7% Strelnieks, J. / 41.9%
San Emeterio, F. / 50.0% Loyd, J. / 42.9% Doornekamp, A. / 41.8%
FT
Strelnieks, J. / 94.1% James, M. / 82.9% Hilliard, D. / 82.9%
Dubljevic, B. / 89.5% Marinkovic, V. / 83.3% Ndour, M. / 83.3%
PIR
James, M. / 22.0 Hines, K. / 10.2
Dubljevic, B. / 18.4

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
84.4 Points 83.2
37.8 Rebounds 34.4
12.0 O. Rebounds 11.7
25.9 D. Rebounds 22.7
17.2 Assists 17.6
6.5 Steals 6.4
3.1 Blocks 1.3
50.5% 2PT 53.9%
39.6% 3PT 36.3%
77.1% FT 79.5%
92.7 PIR 95.0

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
77.8 Points 83.4
34.3 Rebounds 31.9
10.2 O. Rebounds 9.4
24.1 D. Rebounds 22.6
15.3 Assists 17.8
6.1 Steals 6.4
2.8 Blocks 2.4
50.3% 2PT 57.4%
34.1% 3PT 38.3%
73.6% FT 81.2%
81.7 PIR 90.6

Head Coaches

ITOUDIS, DIMITRIS
CSKA Moscow
"We played against Valencia long-long time ago in the first round. And they are totally different team, they play different basketball, they are more efficient, they have deep roster with a lot of good players on every position. They may use different lineups, going big or small, like every Spanish team they like to run. This is their strength along with rebounding and athletic abilities. It is a respectful opponent that requires our attention for 40 minutes."
PONSARNAU, JAUME
Valencia Basket
"We believe in ourselves and we are in a good moment emotionally, you can even tell when we practice. We have some players out: Maurice is almost recovered but we'll see if he travels, Jordan still has a few problems with the ankle... They play with their talent because they are versatile. They locate your weakness and use that versatility to hurt you. They also know how to read the games but they are also a bit inconsistent: maybe they are struggling for three quarters and then roll in the last, or maybe they have a big gap in their favor in the last period, start thinking about the next game and lose concentration. In defense, I think they are one of the best teams in the EuroLeague, their concept of defense is great. We have to adapt to them and try to find inspiration in offense."

Players

KURBANOV, NIKITA
CSKA Moscow
"The big margin of our win in the first game of the season should not fool anyone. Valencia had some players injured and they improved a lot the quality of their game. They fight, they run and they jumped into Top 8 in the standings. So we are set to play very seriously as we are facing playoff-level team."
COLOM, QUINO
Valencia Basket
"Historically they are a more powerful team. They are always in the Final Four and they are one of the biggest team in Europe. But I think that we travel to Moscow with the right attitude, good dynamics and growing as a team. I think that if at some point we can beat them it is now. We lost big at home against them on opening night and we would like to get some revenge in Moscow."

CSKA Moscow VS. Valencia Basket

· The home team had won each of the four meetings between these teams prior to CSKA blowing past Valencia 71-96 in this season's opener. Darrun Hilliard netted 22 points to lead CSKA.

· Valencia swingman Fernando San Emeterio and CSKA guard Mike James were teammates at Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz during the 2014-15 season.

· San Emeterio had a career-high 5 offensive rebounds playing for Baskonia against CSKA in April 2010.

· Will Clyburn scored a career-high 27 points in a loss against Valencia in February 2018.

Sunday, January 19, 2020
Euroleague.net

CSKA Moscow

Roster
Coach Itoudis has used 10 different players in his starting lineups this season. Only Nikita Kurbanov has started every game.
Will Clyburn suffered a torn ACL and could miss the remainder of the season.
Janis Strelnieks has missed last three games.

Streaks
Mike James has made at least 1 three-point shot in 13 straight games.
James has scored in double figures in each of his last 18 games.
James has recorded a performance index rating in double figures in 17 of his last 18 games.
Johannes Voigtmann has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last six games.
Nikita Kurbanov has made 10 consecutive free throws.
Darrun Hilliard has made 10 consecutive free throws.
Kyle Hines has blocked at least 1 shot in six straight games.

Rankings
Mike James is this season's leader in scoring with 21.5 points per game.
James ranks second this season in average PIR with 22.0 per game.
James ranks fifth this season with 2.9 three-point shots made per game.

Records/Milestones
Kyle Hines ranks third all-time with 227 blocked shots.
Hines ranks second all-time with 556 offensive rebounds. Felipe Reyes is the all-time leader with 695.
Hines ranks sixth all-time with 935 two-pointers made. Mike Batiste is fifth with 949.
Hines ranks seventh all-time with 1,240 rebounds. Mirsad Turkcan is sixth with 1,287.
Janis Strelnieks ranks fifth all-time in free-throw accuracy at 91.2%.
Hackett needs 14 rebounds to reach 500 for his career.
Kyle Hines needs 8 more steals to reach 200 for his career.

Valencia Basket

Roster
Head coach Jaume Ponsarnau has used 14 different starters this season.
Valencia has 19 registered players, so there will be several scratches every week.
Bojan Dubljevic and Mike Tobey missed the last two games due to injury.

Streaks
Sam Van Rossom has made at least 1 three-pointer in seven of his last eight appearances.
Van Rossom has made 14 consecutive free throws in EuroLeague games. 
Maurice Ndour has made 9 consecutive free throws.
Vanja Marinkovic has made 12 consecutive free throws.

Rankings
Bojan Dubljevic ranks fourth this season with 6.9 rebounds and third with 2.7 offensive rebounds per game.
Sam Van Rossom ranks seventh this season with 5.3 assists per game.

Records/Milestones
Fernando San Emeterio needs 8 more steals to reach 100 for his career.
Guillem Vives ranks fourth all-time with a 2.72-to-1 career assist-to-turnover ratio.

Sunday, January 19, 2020
Euroleague.net

Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
3 - 2
CSKA Moscow Valencia Basket
* overall record in EuroLeague since 2000
CSKA Moscow
Home record vs. Valencia Basket: 2-0
Away record vs. Valencia Basket: 1-2
Valencia Basket
Home record vs. CSKA Moscow: 2-1
Away record vs. CSKA Moscow: 0-2

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2019-20 04 October 2019 Regular Season Valencia Basket 71 - 96 CSKA Moscow
2017-18 08 February 2018 Regular Season Valencia Basket 103 - 99 CSKA Moscow
2017-18 09 November 2017 Regular Season CSKA Moscow 94 - 67 Valencia Basket
2010-11 08 December 2010 Regular Season CSKA Moscow 73 - 63 Power Electronics Valencia
2010-11 03 November 2010 Regular Season Power Electronics Valencia 82 - 57 CSKA Moscow