2018-19Regular SeasonRound 28
March 22, 2019 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 FERNANDO BUESA ARENA
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Records

14-13 Regular Season 21-6
14-13 Overall 21-6

Referees

Crew Chief
BOLTAUZER, MATEJ
Umpire 1
MOGULKOC, EMIN
Umpire 2
VILIUS, GYTIS

The Take

It will be an all-Spanish showdown on Friday when KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz welcomes defending champs Real Madrid to the home of the 2019 Final Four. Real Madrid already clinched home-court advantage in the playoffs, but Baskonia is right in still in search of qualification, tied with three other teams at 14-13, so the hosts' future could depend on the outcome of this game. Baskonia lost its three-game winning streak when it lost Wednesday to Panathinaikos OPAP Athens on the road despite almost being able to erase a 23-point deficit. Madrid completed its comeback to win at home against AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan, marking its consecutive victory.

Earlier this season

Aport from the countless times these teams have faced each other in domestic competitions, this will be the eighth time they meet in the EuroLeague despite combining for a total 857 games this century in the competition. Baskonia leads the series 4-3, but in their last meeting, Madrid won at home 97-79 in Round 3. Sergio Llull led the way with his 23 points, while Marcelinho Huertas had 14 for the guests.

Marquee matchup

It will be a major duel in the paint when Vincent Poirier and Walter Tavares step on the court on Friday. Poirier is having his best season yet with Baskonia, averaging 11.1 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 27 appearances, 22 of them as a starter. Tavares is also a major presence inside for Madrid in his 27 appearances, with also 22 as a starter. Tavares averages 7.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game.

Keys to victory: Baskonia

Baskonia cannot qualify nor get eliminated with this game, but in such a tight race as this season's, a win could help the hosts immensely going forward. Playing against the third-best offense in the league will be a challenge, however. Real Madrid ranks among the top teams in many stats categories, all of them summarized by a league-best 105.7 average PIR. Playing without key injured players like Toko Shengelia, Jayson Grancer and Patricio Garino is just another hurdle for Baskonia, but the hosts showed that they can compete in Athens, and they will have to repeat that effort, this time with the crowd on their side, if they want to have a shot at toppling the champs.

Keys to victory: Real Madrid

Real Madrid is honing in on its best moment of the season. Los Blancos showed great focus and comeback capacities against Milan a couple of days ago, which is just another virtue to add to a team that is accustomed to playing from ahead in the games. Baskonia is solid in rebounds (35.4 rpg.) and assists (18.8 apg.) ranking among the top three in these categories but, of course, Madrid is first in both. On paper, it looks good for the guests, but knowing what's at stake for Baskonia, Real Madrid will have to pay attention if it wants to keep its positive momentum building.

Thursday, March 21, 2019
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KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz
# Player Pos. H. Age
1 PENAVA, AJDIN C 2.06 22
3 VILDOZA, LUCA G 1.91 23
5 GONZALEZ, MIGUEL G 2.01 20
7 VOIGTMANN, JOHANNES C 2.14 26
8 SEDEKERSKIS, TADAS F 2.00 21
9 HUERTAS, MARCELINHO G 1.90 35
11 JANNING, MATT G 1.93 30
12 DIOP, ILIMANE C 2.11 23
15 GRANGER, JAYSON G 1.89 29
17 POIRIER, VINCENT C 2.13 25
20 RAIESTE, SANDER F 2.04 19
21 JONES, JALEN F 2.01 25
23 SHENGELIA, TORNIKE C 2.06 27
29 GARINO, PATRICIO F 2.01 25
31 SHIELDS, SHAVON F 2.01 24
32 HILLIARD, DARRUN F 1.98 25
47 KURUCS, ARTURS G 1.90 19
Real Madrid
# Player Pos. H. Age
1 CAUSEUR, FABIEN F 1.95 31
3 RANDOLPH, ANTHONY F 2.11 29
5 FERNANDEZ, RUDY F 1.96 33
7 CAMPAZZO, FACUNDO G 1.80 27
9 REYES, FELIPE F 2.03 39
14 AYON, GUSTAVO C 2.08 33
16 YUSTA, SANTI F 2.00 21
19 PANTZAR, MELWIN G 1.90 18
20 CARROLL, JAYCEE G 1.88 35
22 TAVARES, WALTER C 2.21 27
23 LLULL, SERGIO G 1.92 31
24 DECK, GABRIEL F 1.99 24
25 PREPELIC, KLEMEN G 1.91 26
32 KUZMIC, OGNJEN C 2.13 28
33 THOMPKINS, TREY F 2.08 28
44 TAYLOR, JEFFERY F 2.01 29

Player Stats

Shengelia, T. / 12.7 Poirier, V. / 11.1 Janning, M. / 10.8
Randolph, A. / 13.6 Llull, S. / 10.8 Carroll, J. / 9.7
Ayon, G. / 6.1 Tavares, W. / 5.7 Randolph, A. / 4.6
Huertas, M. / 4.7 Vildoza, L. / 3.9
Campazzo, F. / 4.5 Llull, S. / 4.1 Ayon, G. / 3.3
Campazzo, F. / 1.5
Poirier, V. / 0.9 Diop, I. / 0.5
Tavares, W. / 1.7 Ayon, G. / 0.8
2PT
Voigtmann, J. / 62.3 % Poirier, V. / 61.5 % Huertas, M. / 57.9 %
Tavares, W. / 75.5 % Ayon, G. / 70.2 % Deck, G. / 68.3 %
3PT
Huertas, M. / 43.9 % Vildoza, L. / 41.7 % Janning, M. / 37.1 %
Causeur, F. / 46.2 % Randolph, A. / 45.3 % Taylor, J. / 44.0 %
FT
Huertas, M. / 88.6 % Shields, S. / 87.0 % Janning, M. / 84.8 %
Llull, S. / 97.6 % Carroll, J. / 96.9 % Campazzo, F. / 88.5 %
PIR
Poirier, V. / 16.2 Shengelia, T. / 15.4 Voigtmann, J. / 11.5
Ayon, G. / 15.7 Randolph, A. / 15.6 Tavares, W. / 12.3

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
81.5 Points 86.7
35.4 Rebounds 36.6
10.8 O. Rebounds 10.0
24.6 D. Rebounds 26.7
18.8 Assists 20.3
6.7 Steals 5.9
2.3 Blocks 3.1
54.5 % 2PT 56.9 %
36.5 % 3PT 39.3 %
76.0 % FT 78.1 %
91.9 PIR 105.8

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
78.9 Points 77.4
31.9 Rebounds 33.0
9.3 O. Rebounds 10.3
22.6 D. Rebounds 22.6
17.7 Assists 15.0
7.0 Steals 6.0
2.6 Blocks 2.1
52.2 % 2PT 49.8 %
37.3 % 3PT 35.0 %
77.2 % FT 77.1 %
86.2 PIR 75.9

Head Coaches

PERASOVIC, VELIMIR
KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz
"It is the kind of game that we talk about as crucial, because it can get us closer to one of our bigger goals, the EuroLeague Playoffs. We are facing one of the best teams in Europe, a team we have not beaten this season. We know it is tough, but we play at home and we hope we can get a win in front of our fans. Madrid is one of the best offensive teams in the EuroLeague, with high-level players in all positions and with the same coach, Pablo Laso, for many years. Moreover, they have physicality and toughness. They are the EuroLeague champions and that says it all. We have to play good basketball for 40 minutes to be in the game. Madrid can get on a good streak, score a lot of points in three or four minutes and break the game. if you are up and down, it can be dangerous."
LASO, PABLO
Real Madrid
"Deck has a sprained ankle and will not play against Baskonia. The rest of the players is healthy. We recovered today and we prepared the game in Vitoria which will be of high level. We secured third place so we go for second now. We have to be competitive in all games and we know how hard it is to play in Vitoria. Their fans push hard amd Baksonia is playing for playoffs. I trust my team will give it all and it respects the rival and itself. Baskonia has great inside rotation as Poirier and Diop are aggressive centers. Voigtmann opens the court and passes the ball well. Jones provides intensity. Outside they are noticing some absences but they are competitive anyway as they showed in Athens."

Players

VILDOZA, LUCA
KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz
"We are in the middle of a double week and even when we come off a loss, it is good for us to be in a good rhythm. We get back home with the same expectations; make it to the playoffs. We have to bring our best energy tomorrow to prove we belong to this level. We need to show our character from the opening minutes of the game. We played well in the second half against Panathinaikos, but have to show that level during a longer time. It is very difficult to play like that for 40 minute, but above all, we have to do that at the beginning of the games, at the start of the quarters, which is when the team has to show it is ready. We know Madrid has qualified and comes off a big win against Milan. We know who they are and that they already beat us. We have to show our pride and get the win we need to be up there."
YUSTA, SANTI
Real Madrid
"We are playing concentrated from the beginning lately and we are tough in defense. I think we have to stay on that path. We feel fine and we are growing as a team. Even if we secured third place, we want more. We expect a tough game because Baskonia is a big team with physical players that want to set a high tempo. We will have to match their level if we want to win and focus on the game despite the atmosphere in the arena."

KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz vs. Real Madrid

· Baskonia has enjoyed the better of its brief EuroLeague history against Madrid, winning four of their seven meetings. In their Round 3 clash, however, Madrid beat Baskonia 97-79 with Sergio Llull scoring 23 points.

· Madrid guard Fabien Causeur played for Baskonia from 2012 to 2016. He was a teammate of current Baskonia players Ilimane Diop and Tornike Shengelia.

· Madrid coach Pablo Laso spent the bulk of his playing career in his hometown of Vitoria-Gasteiz with Baskonia in the 1990s. He helped lead the club to its first trophy, the 1995 Copa del Rey, as well as to back-to-back Saporta Cup final appearances. His teammate then was current Baskonia head coach Velimir Perasovic, who played together for Baskonia between 1993 and 1995.

· Madrid forward Anthony Randolph and Baskonia guard Matt Janning were teammates at Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar for the second part of the 2015-16 season; they helped the club reach the EuroLeague Final Four together.

· Baskonia playmaker Marcelinho Huertas and Madrid swingman Rudy Fernandez were teammates at Joventut Badalona for three seasons, from 2004 through 2007.

· Baskonia's Luca Vildoza and Patricio Garino have been teammates with Madrid guard Facundo Campazzo on the Argentinian national team. They won the silver medal at the 2017 FIBA AmeriCup.

· Baskonia big man Johannes Voigtmann had career highs 13 rebounds, including 7 offensive boards, in a loss against Madrid in February, 2017. He also registered a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds in a thrilling 87-91 Baskonia win in Madrid in October, 2016.

· Matt Janning had career highs of 21 points and a 21 performance index rating playing for Anadolu Efes Istanbul against Madrid in April, 2015.

· Madrid big man Anthony Randolph posted a career-high 12 defensive rebounds in Madrid's 87-91 home loss against Baskonia in October of last season.

· Walter Tavares matched his career high with 4 blocks against Baskonia this season

Thursday, March 21, 2019
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KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz

Roster
Baskonia has started 11 different players this season.
Arturs Kurucs and Sander Raieste are in line to make their respective EuroLeague debuts.
Streaks
Darrun Hilliard has made at least 1 three-pointer in 13 of his last 14 games.
Matt Janning has made at least 1 three-pointer in 17 of his last 18 games.
Shavon Shields has scored in double figures in seven straight games.
Marcelinho Huertas has made 17 consecutive free throws.
Vincent Poirier has blocked at least 1 shot in six of his last seven games.
Rankings
Vincent Poirier ranks second in rebounds with 7.7 per game, and third in offensive rebounds with 3.1 per game.
Records/Milestones
Jayson Granger needs 1 more steal to reach 100 for his EuroLeague career.

Real Madrid

Roster
There have been 11 different starters for Madrid this season. No player has started every game.
Streaks
Sergio Llull has made 33 consecutive free throws.
Llull has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last 11 games.
Jaycee Carroll has made at least 1 three-pointer in four of his last five games.
Trey Thompkins has made 10 consecutive free throws.
Anthony Randolph has made at least 1 three-pointer in 16 straight games.
Randolph has scored at least 10 points and posted a double-figure PIR in 12 of his last 13 games.
Rankings
Facundo Campazzo ranks third with 1.5 steals per game.
Walter Tavares ranks first in blocked shots with 1.7 per game.
Sergio Llull ranks first in free throw accuracy with 97.56%
Jaycee Carroll ranks second in free-throw accuracy with 96.88%
Tavares ranks second in two-point accuracy at 75.49%.
Records/Milestones
Felipe Reyes is the EuroLeague career rebounding king with 1,777 boards.
Reyes passed Juan Carlos Navarro this week for a new EuroLeague games-played record, 342.
Reyes is ranked third all-time in scoring with 2,990 points.
Reyes ranks second all-time with 958 two-point shots made. Ante Tomic of FC Barcelona Lassa is first with 1,027 and counting.
Sergio Llull ranks sixth all-time with 2,817 points. Georgios Printezis is fifth with 2,887 and counting.
Llull ranks sixth all-time charts with 1,014 assists. Sergio Rodriguez of CSKA Moscow is fifth with 1,063 and counting.
Llull ranks fourth all-time with 426 three-pointers made. Vassilis Spanoulis is third with 450 and counting.
Rudy Fernandez is tied with Nick Calathes for fifth place all-time in steals with 256. Gianluca Basile is fourth with 261.
Fernandez is sixth all-time with 385 three-pointers made. Gianluca Basile is fifth with 421.
Walter Tavares is the all-time EuroLeague leader in two-point accuracy at 71.70%.
Jaycee Carroll is fifth all-time in free throw accuracy at 90.88%.
Carroll is 11th all-time with 349 three-point shots made. His former teammate Sergio Rodriguez of CSKA Moscow is 10th with 360 and counting.

Thursday, March 21, 2019
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Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
4 - 3
KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz Real Madrid
* overall record in EuroLeague since 2000
KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz
Home record vs. Real Madrid: 2-1
Away record vs. Real Madrid: 2-2
Real Madrid
Home record vs. KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz: 2-2
Away record vs. KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz: 1-2

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2018-19 19 October 2018 Regular Season Real Madrid 97 - 79 KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz
2017-18 17 January 2018 Regular Season Real Madrid 75 - 73 KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz
2017-18 14 November 2017 Regular Season KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz 105 - 75 Real Madrid
2016-17 03 February 2017 Regular Season Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz 71 - 79 Real Madrid
2016-17 25 October 2016 Regular Season Real Madrid 87 - 91 Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz
2015-16 01 April 2016 Top 16 Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz 89 - 88 Real Madrid
2015-16 05 February 2016 Top 16 Real Madrid 68 - 77 Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz