2018-19Regular SeasonRound 28
March 22, 2019 CET: 19:00
Local time: 20:00 ZALGIRIO ARENA
Baltic: TVPLAY SPORTS
Romania: DIGI SPORT2
Bulgaria: MAX SPORT 3
Serbia: SPORTKLUB 10
France: RMC SPORT LIVE 6
Turkey: beIN SPORTS HD 3
Greece: NOVASPORTS 4HD
United Kingdom: EUROSPORT PLAYER
Israel: 5STARS
Internet: EUROLEAGUE.TV
Italy: EUROSPORT PLAYER

Records

12-15 Regular Season 4-23
12-15 Overall 4-23

Referees

Crew Chief
HIERREZUELO, DANIEL
Umpire 1
MAJKIC, MARIO
Umpire 2
THEPENIER, HUGUES

The Take

It will be a crucial night at Zalgirio Arena in Kaunas, Lithuania when Zalgiris welcomes already-eliminated Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul on Friday. A loss, combined with an Olympiacos Piraeus win in another game, would leave Zalgiris eliminated form the playoffs race, unable to repeat the success of last season. However, a win would still keep coach Sarunas Jasikevicius's warriors in the mix. Zalgiris comes from a pivotal road win against direct opponent Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv, making it three wins in a row for the hosts. Dacka managed to snap a six-loss slide with a home win against Khimki Moscow Region on Wednesday. The guests have nothing but pride at stake, but enough of it to try to play the spoiler in the race.

Earlier this season

This will be the fourth time that these two teams meet in the EuroLeague, with Zalgiris ahead 2-1 in the series. The last of those two wins came in Round 13 as Zalgiris triumphed in Istanbul, 71-75. Big man Brandon Davies led the way to victory with 17 points, and was helped by Leo Westermann's 12. For Darussafaka, since-released Ray McCallum led the path with 17 points. With less than a minute to go in that game, Dacka led 71-70, but a three-pointer and free throws by Westermann capitalized on a McCallum turnover to give the win to Zalgiris.

Marquee matchup

Brandon Davies and Michael Eric have been pillars in the paint this season for their respective teams all season. Davies averages 14.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists as a starter for Zalgiris in 27 appearances this season. He will be matched with Eric, who averages 11.4 points and 5.3 rebounds in 26 games. Earlier this week against Khimki, Eric led his team with a huge 22 points and 15 boards to become Round 27 MVP.

Keys to victory: Zalgiris

With both teams averaging less than 80 points this season, Zalgiris's edge going into the game seems to be on its better defense. Dacka has had a rough season, but its talented players can break open any close game, so the hosts should pay special attention to the athleticism of the guests, which allows them to perform rather well on rebounds (34.7 rpg.). Zalgiris cannot afford to lose this game and depend on other results, so expect the hosts to exert themselves to play a decisive game with the help of their noisy fans.

Keys to victory: Darussafaka

Darussafaka is long gone from the playoffs race, and the fact of playing without pressure makes them dangerous for any team with a lot at stake. The win against Khimki earlier this week could be an antidote for the negative trend showed by Darussafaka the last couple of months. Darussafaka is still the best team in the league in blocks (3.7 bpg.) but it still allows a league second-worst 85.0 points per game, so adjusting the defense improving shot selection on its league-low 30.5% three-point rate could help Darussafaka return the favor of Round 13.

Thursday, March 21, 2019
Euroleague.net
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
Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul
# Player Pos. H. Age
3 OZMIZRAK, KARTAL G 1.88 23
4 AKAY, MERT G 1.96 18
5 BAYGUL, MUHAMMED G 1.95 26
9 KOSUT, EMIRCAN C 2.16 23
10 DEMIR, BERK F 2.04 23
11 KIDD, STANTON F 2.02 27
18 OZDEMIROGLU, DOGUS G 1.94 22
21 SAVAS, OGUZ C 2.13 31
22 BROWN, MARKEL G 1.91 27
23 DOUGLAS, TONEY G 1.88 33
31 PEINERS, ZANIS F 2.05 28
33 DIEBLER, JON F 1.98 30
40 EVANS, JEREMY F 2.06 31
50 ERIC, MICHAEL C 2.10 30

Player Stats

Davies, B. / 14.1 Wolters, N. / 11.1 Grigonis, M. / 8.9
Douglas, T. / 14.8 Eric, M. / 11.4 McCallum, R. / 9.4
Davies, B. / 5.5
Evans, J. / 6.0 Eric, M. / 5.3
Douglas, T. / 1.7
Evans, J. / 1.3 Eric, M. / 0.9
2PT
Walkup, T. / 61.4 % Kavaliauskas, A. / 60.8 % White, A. / 59.7 %
Peiners, Z. / 63.4 % Evans, J. / 62.2 % Eric, M. / 53.4 %
3PT
Westermann, L. / 48.2 % Grigonis, M. / 46.7 % Milaknis, A. / 42.3 %
Diebler, J. / 37.1 % Evans, J. / 36.0 % Ozmizrak, K. / 34.0 %
FT
Grigonis, M. / 96.0 % Jankunas, P. / 89.2 % Walton, D. / 86.1 %
Douglas, T. / 92.7 % Peiners, Z. / 86.4 % Savas, O. / 70.6 %
PIR
Davies, B. / 16.8 Wolters, N. / 11.2 White, A. / 10.4
Evans, J. / 13.0 Douglas, T. / 12.6 Eric, M. / 10.9

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
79.0 Points 74.3
32.2 Rebounds 34.7
8.9 O. Rebounds 11.6
23.4 D. Rebounds 23.1
17.6 Assists 16.2
5.8 Steals 5.6
1.6 Blocks 3.7
53.0 % 2PT 50.5 %
38.7 % 3PT 30.6 %
81.4 % FT 75.1 %
88.7 PIR 76.1

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
79.0 Points 85.0
30.6 Rebounds 36.4
9.9 O. Rebounds 11.7
20.7 D. Rebounds 24.7
17.4 Assists 18.0
6.9 Steals 7.1
3.0 Blocks 3.4
53.8 % 2PT 53.9 %
37.4 % 3PT 37.0 %
72.4 % FT 77.8 %
84.9 PIR 98.9

Head Coaches

JASIKEVICIUS, SARUNAS
Zalgiris Kaunas
"Darussafaka has really athletic players. They can run and they're good in rebounding. It is a dangerous team, and Wednesday's result proved that. Michael Eric and the other big guys are looking for their spots under basket and their guards are controlling the rhythm. Once again, we will be playing in front of a sold-out crowd and we want to thank the fans for all the support they are giving us this season."
ERNAK, SELCUK
Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul
"Zalgiris won their last game on the road against Maccabi, which was a very important game for them. There are three games remaining the regular season and they are still playoff contenders. We know that the gym was sold out like 10 days ago and it will be loud. It is going to be a beautiful basketball evening."

Players

ULANOVAS, EDGARAS
Zalgiris Kaunas
"I think Darussafaka lacked a bit of consistency during their games. There were some tough losses in the last minutes for them. We shouldn't look at their record; every EuroLeague team wants to win each game. They showed just that this week by beating Khimki."
OZDEMIROGLU, DOGUS
Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul
"Both teams are coming off great wins in the first game of this double game week. There are three games left in the regular season and we want to do our best in each of those three remaining games. We know there is going to be a great atmosphere tomorrow as well so we are looking forward to playing at Zalgirio Arena and build up our confidence,"

Zalgiris Kaunas vs. Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul

· This is fourth time these two teams clash, the road team won each of the previous three games, and all three were decided by 4 points or fewer. In Round 13, Brandon Davies led Zalgiris with 17 points in 71-75 victory in Istanbul.

· Darussafaka and Zalgiris met twice in 2016-17 season, going 1-1 with respective road wins.

· Leo Westermann set career highs of 21 points and 27 PIR against Darussafaka in November, 2016.

Thursday, March 21, 2019
Euroleague.net

Zalgiris Kaunas

Roster
Eleven different players have appeared in the Zalgiris starting lineup so far this season; none has started in every game.
Streaks
Marius Grigonis has made 44 consecutive free throws.
Brandon Davies has posted double-figure PIRs in nine of his last 10 games.
Edgaras Ulanovas has made at least 1 three-pointer in eight of his last nine EuroLeague games.
Rankings
Marius Grigonis is fourth in the league in free throw accuracy this season at 96.0%.
Records/Milestones
Paulius Jankunas is second in EuroLeague history with 1,733 career rebounds. Real Madrid's Felipe Reyes is first with 1,777.
Jankunas ranks fourth on the all-time charts with 2,966 points. Real Madrid's Felipe Reyes enters this round in third place with 2,990 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.

Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul

Roster
Darusssafaka has had 14 different starters this season. None has started every game.
Streaks
Jeremy Evans has blocked at least 1 shot in 16 of his last 17 games.
Toney Douglas has recorded at least 1 steal in seven of his last eight games.
Rankings
Toney Douglas ranks third in scoring with 14.8 points per game.
Douglas ranks second in steals with 1.7 per game.
Michael Eric ranks fourth in offensive rebounds with 2.4 per game.
Jeremy Evans ranks second with 1.3 blocks per game.

Thursday, March 21, 2019
Euroleague.net

Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
2 - 1
Zalgiris Kaunas Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul
* overall record in EuroLeague since 2000
Zalgiris Kaunas
Home record vs. Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul: 0-1
Away record vs. Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul: 2-0
Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul
Home record vs. Zalgiris Kaunas: 0-2
Away record vs. Zalgiris Kaunas: 1-0

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2018-19 19 December 2018 Regular Season Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul 71 - 75 Zalgiris Kaunas
2016-17 27 January 2017 Regular Season Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul 66 - 69 Zalgiris Kaunas
2016-17 04 November 2016 Regular Season Zalgiris Kaunas 80 - 83 Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul