2018-19Regular SeasonRound 27
March 20, 2019 CET: 20:05
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Records

12-14 Regular Season 11-15
12-14 Overall 11-15

Referees

To be announced soon

The Take

Almost 15 years to the day when Derrick Sharp hit a historic three against Zalgiris that would send Maccabi to the 2004 Final Four, these two teams meet again in the same city, Tel Aviv, Israel. This time, however, Sarunas Jasikevicius is on the other side and a berth for the playoffs is on the line for both the hosts and the visitors, who are trying to make a final push in such a close race as this year's. Maccabi suffered a painful loss at home last week that could become a major setback to its playoffs aspirations. Zalgiris has won three of its last four games and is hoping that this push will continue and that it has not arrived too late in the season.

Earlier this season

This will be the 24th time ever that these two teams meet in the EuroLeague since the turn of the century. Maccabi holds a 16-7 edge in their head-to-head record, but the last two wins have fallen on Zalgiris's side, including in Round 14, 80-73. That night, Arturas Milaknis led the way with 16 points and Brandon Davies and Edgaras Ulanovas added 13 apiece for the winners. For Maccabi, Scottie Wilbekin shined with 20 points. Zalgiris's 11-of-20 shooting from behind the arc plus 17-of-20 from the free throw line secured the win for the hosts, who also kept Maccabi at a season-low 26 rebounds.

Marquee matchup

Tarik Black and Brandon Davies will be the main stars of a duel in the paint on Wednesday night. Black is having a solid debut season in the EuroLeague with 10.6 points and 5.4 rebounds as a starter in 20 of his 22 appearances for Maccabi. Davies has confirmed this season the potential he showed last year with 14.2 points, 5.5 boards and 2.2 assists as a starter in 25 of his 26 appearances this season. The two big men will have to give it their best effort once more in this duel for a playoff berth.

 Keys to victory: Maccabi

The numbers between the sides are pretty similar on all fronts, so at this point in the season, heart could play a big role in the outcome of the game. Zalgiris has won four road games this season and the hosts will have to try to keep them at that number. Coming into the game, the defense of Maccabi seems to be more aggressive based on the numbers in steals and blocks, so the hosts will have to try to capitalize on that to be able to run and find easy opportunities to score.

Keys to victory: Zalgiris

Zalgiris arrives in Tel Aviv in good form, but faces an opponent playing for the same goal. Zalgiris averages a couple of assists more per game than the hosts, but will have to watch out for Maccabi's aggressive defense looking for steals. One thing is for sure, Maccabi is the only team in the league to average less than 70% from the foul line, so maybe that's a way to scratch a few points for the visitors. Looking at the numbers, it seems that the game will be decided by details, so focus, especially in such a noisy atmosphere as Tel Aviv's, will be paramount.

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Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
# Player Pos. H. Age
1 WILBEKIN, SCOTTIE G 1.88 25
2 PARGO, JEREMY G 1.88 33
3 O'BRYANT, JOHNNY F 2.06 25
4 CALOIARO, ANGELO F 2.03 29
5 ROLL, MICHAEL G 1.98 31
7 KANE, DEANDRE G 1.96 29
8 AVDIJA, DENI G 2.05 18
9 TYUS, ALEX C 2.03 31
12 DIBARTOLOMEO, JOHN G 1.83 27
15 COHEN, JAKE F 2.10 28
18 SAHAR, DORI G 1.95 18
28 BLACK, TARIK C 2.06 27
50 ZOOSMAN, YOVEL G 2.00 20
Zalgiris Kaunas
# Player Pos. H. Age
0 DAVIES, BRANDON C 2.08 27
2 THOMPSON, DEON F 2.04 30
3 WOLTERS, NATE G 1.93 27
7 WALKUP, THOMAS G 1.93 26
9 WESTERMANN, LEO G 1.98 26
10 ULECKAS, LUKAS G 1.99 19
12 VENSKUS, ERIKAS C 2.05 18
13 JANKUNAS, PAULIUS F 2.05 34
17 BIRUTIS, LAURYNAS C 2.13 21
21 MILAKNIS, ARTURAS G 1.95 32
30 WHITE, AARON F 2.06 26
31 JOKUBAITIS, ROKAS G 1.92 18
40 GRIGONIS, MARIUS G 1.98 24
44 KAVALIAUSKAS, ANTANAS C 2.08 34
92 ULANOVAS, EDGARAS F 1.99 27

Player Stats

Wilbekin, S. / 13.0 O'Bryant, J. / 10.7 Black, T. / 10.6
Davies, B. / 14.2 Wolters, N. / 11.7 Grigonis, M. / 8.8
O'Bryant, J. / 5.7 Black, T. / 5.4 Caloiaro, A. / 4.6
Davies, B. / 5.5
Wilbekin, S. / 3.3 Roll, M. / 2.7 Kane, D. / 2.6
Caloiaro, A. / 1.2 Kane, D. / 1.1
Tyus, A. / 1.2 Black, T. / 0.8
2PT
Black, T. / 69.1 % Tyus, A. / 65.9 % Caloiaro, A. / 61.2 %
White, A. / 60.0 % Kavaliauskas, A. / 60.0 % Walkup, T. / 59.1 %
3PT
Roll, M. / 39.5 % DiBartolomeo, J. / 35.1 % Wilbekin, S. / 33.5 %
Westermann, L. / 48.1 % Grigonis, M. / 46.6 % Milaknis, A. / 43.3 %
FT
Caloiaro, A. / 77.6 % Wilbekin, S. / 77.4 % O'Bryant, J. / 76.6 %
Grigonis, M. / 95.8 % Jankunas, P. / 89.2 % Walton, D. / 86.1 %
PIR
Black, T. / 13.1 Wilbekin, S. / 10.5 Tyus, A. / 10.2
Davies, B. / 16.8 Wolters, N. / 12.1 White, A. / 10.4

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
78.9 Points 78.7
34.8 Rebounds 32.5
11.5 O. Rebounds 8.8
23.3 D. Rebounds 23.7
15.8 Assists 17.8
6.9 Steals 5.5
2.9 Blocks 1.6
53.8 % 2PT 53.1 %
34.3 % 3PT 38.8 %
69.5 % FT 81.1 %
83.2 PIR 88.8

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
79.1 Points 78.9
34.1 Rebounds 30.5
9.6 O. Rebounds 9.9
24.5 D. Rebounds 20.6
16.6 Assists 17.4
5.3 Steals 7.0
1.9 Blocks 3.1
52.9 % 2PT 53.3 %
37.9 % 3PT 37.2 %
75.2 % FT 72.6 %
88.8 PIR 84.9
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Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv vs. Zalgiris Kaunas

· Maccabi has a 16-7 record vs. Zalgiris this century, having won 10 straight before Zalgiris won three of the last four. In Round 14, Arturas Milaknis netted 16 points to lead Zalgiris to an 80-73 win.

· In a do-or-die game to reach the 2004 Final Four, Maccabi downed Zalgiris 107-99 in overtime after Derrick Sharp hit an epic three-pointer to force overtime. Current Zalgiris coach Sarunas Jasikevicius scored a career-high 37 points for Maccabi. Arvydas Sabonis led Zalgiris with 29 points in his last EuroLeague game.

· Zalgiris set a EuroLeague club record with 29 assists and tied another with 14 three-pointers in a 99-84 home win over Maccabi last February.

· Zalgiris set its club record with 38 free throws made in a 107-99 road overtime loss against Maccabi in April 2004.

· Maccabi matched its EuroLeague club record with 9 blocks twice against Zalgiris, in January 2015 and November 2017.

· Zalgiris head coach Sarunas Jasikevicius won the 2004 and 2005 EuroLeague titles with Maccabi and was named the 2005 Final Four MVP.

· Alex Tyus had a career-high 6 blocks, tying the Maccabi record, in a 66-73 road win over Zalgiris in January 2015.

· Maccabi guard Jeremy Pargo had his finest EuroLeague game against Zalgiris in Mach 2015. He matched his career highs with 26 points and a performance index rating of 28 in a 79-72 Maccabi win.

· Paulius Jankunas set his career-high with 12 defensive rebounds against Maccabi in January 2015.

· Deon Thompson matched his career-high in performance index rating with 25 playing for ALBA Berlin against Maccabi in December 2012.

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Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv

Roster
Only nine players have made at least 1 start for Maccabi this season. No player has started every game.
Streaks
Scottie Wilbekin has made at least 1 three-pointer in seven of his last eight EuroLeague games.
Tarik Black has scored at least 10 points in six straight EuroLeague games.
Black has posted a performance index rating in double figures in eight straight games.
Angelo Caloiaro has collected at least 1 steal in six straight and 10 of his last 11 EuroLeague games.
Rankings
Tarik Black ranks fifth in the league in offensive rebounds with 2.1 per contest.
Alex Tyus is third in the league this season with 1.2 blocks per game.
Records/Milestones
Alex Tyus is third all-time with 207 career blocked shots. Bryant Dunston of Anadolu Efes Istanbul is second with 217 and counting.

Zalgiris Kaunas

Roster
Eleven different players have appeared in the Zalgiris starting lineup so far this season; No player has started in every game.
Streaks
Marius Grigonis has made 41 consecutive free throws in EuroLeague games.
Brandon Davies has posted a performance index rating in double figures in eight of his last nine EuroLeague games.
Edgaras Ulanovas has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last eight EuroLeague games.
Rankings
Marius Grigonis is fourth in the league in free throw accuracy this season at 95.83%.
Records/Milestones
Paulius Jankunas is second in EuroLeague history with 1,733 career rebounds. Real Madrid's Felipe Reyes is first with 1,776.
Jankunas ranks fourth on the all-time charts with 2,966 points. Real Madrid's Felipe Reyes enters this round in third place with 2,986 points.
Jankunas needs 1 offensive rebound to become the just the second player in competition history with 500 offensive rebounds.
Jankunas is 4 blocked shots away from 100 for his career.
No player has started more games in EuroLeague history than Jankunas, who has 259 career starts.

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Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
16 - 7
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv Zalgiris Kaunas
* overall record in EuroLeague since 2000
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
Home record vs. Zalgiris Kaunas: 9-2
Away record vs. Zalgiris Kaunas: 7-5
Zalgiris Kaunas
Home record vs. Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv: 5-7
Away record vs. Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv: 2-9

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2018-19 21 December 2018 Regular Season Zalgiris Kaunas 80 - 73 Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
2017-18 01 February 2018 Regular Season Zalgiris Kaunas 99 - 84 Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
2017-18 30 November 2017 Regular Season Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv 81 - 74 Zalgiris Kaunas
2016-17 23 March 2017 Regular Season Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv 77 - 93 Zalgiris Kaunas
2016-17 28 October 2016 Regular Season Zalgiris Kaunas 74 - 87 Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
2014-15 19 March 2015 Top 16 Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv 79 - 72 Zalgiris Kaunas
2014-15 23 January 2015 Top 16 Zalgiris Kaunas 66 - 73 Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
2013-14 13 March 2014 Top 16 Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv 77 - 67 Zalgiris Kaunas
2013-14 16 January 2014 Top 16 Zalgiris Kaunas 78 - 87 Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
2011-12 23 February 2012 Top 16 Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv 70 - 66 Zalgiris Kaunas
2011-12 19 January 2012 Top 16 Zalgiris Kaunas 76 - 84 Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
2010-11 02 December 2010 Regular Season Zalgiris Kaunas 68 - 71 Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
2010-11 28 October 2010 Regular Season Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv 86 - 70 Zalgiris Kaunas
2007-08 20 March 2008 Top 16 Maccabi Elite 80 - 66 Zalgiris
2007-08 21 February 2008 Top 16 Zalgiris 101 - 82 Maccabi Elite
2004-05 23 December 2004 Regular Season Maccabi Elite 102 - 104 Zalgiris
2004-05 01 November 2004 Regular Season Zalgiris 75 - 102 Maccabi Elite
2003-04 08 April 2004 Top 16 Maccabi Elite 107 - 99 Zalgiris
2003-04 11 March 2004 Top 16 Zalgiris 78 - 70 Maccabi Elite
2003-04 05 February 2004 Regular Season Maccabi Elite 92 - 83 Zalgiris
2003-04 04 December 2003 Regular Season Zalgiris 87 - 91 Maccabi Elite
2002-03 13 February 2003 Regular Season Maccabi Elite 76 - 71 Zalgiris
2002-03 05 December 2002 Regular Season Zalgiris 87 - 74 Maccabi Elite