2018-19Regular SeasonRound 29
March 28, 2019 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 MEDIOLANUM FORUM
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Records

14-14 Regular Season 23-5
14-14 Overall 23-5

Referees

To be announced soon

The Take

There will be much at stake when AX Milan hosts Fenerbahce on Thursday night in the fashion capital. Milan can clinch a playoff berth with a win and some help from others, but a loss would see the Italian champs sink into a quagmire with a handful of other teams seeking the final playoff spots in Round 30. Milan only controls its destiny if it wins both of its remaining games. Fenerbahce has already clinched a playoff berth and home-court advantage in said playoffs. Another win would secure the top overall spot in the standings for Coach Zeljko Obradovic's men.

In their previous meeting

Fenerbahce has won nine in a row against Milan, the most recent of which was a 92-85 decision in Round 12 in December. Marko Guduric paced Fenerbahce with 20 points and Jan Vesely added 17 points. Joffrey Lauvergne chipped in 15 points for the winners. Mike James did all he could with a then career-high 31 points, including 6 three-pointers and 6 assists. Arturas Gudaitis and Mindaugas Kuzminskas both added 13 points in the loss. James led Milan on a late rally to cut a 12-point deficit to 2, but a pair of threes by Guduric helped put the game on ice.

Marquee matchup

The play different positions and are unlikely to meet much aside from when the former challenges the latter in the paint, but no shortlist for either EuroLeague MVP candidates or most-spectacular player can be complete without both Milan guard Mike James and Fenerbahce big man Jan Vesely. They are ranked first and third, respectively, this season in performance index rating and impact the game whenever they are on the court. When they do face off, it is a matchup of greats.

Keys to victory: Milan

Milan has allowed opponents to score at least 90 points in more than half its games so far this season and despite its great offensive prowess is only 4-11 when that happens. Fenerbahce has reached 90 on seven occasions this season and won each time. Accordingly, Milan may not want to play at a breakneck pace, since Fenerbahce may be able to stick with it. However, in a slower game, Milan may be able to use its size in the paint against Fenerbahce, which is ranked 14th in rebounding (30.5 rpg.) and the foul-drawing abilities of Mike James, Nemanja Nedovic and Vladimir Micov to get the Fenerbahce defenders in trouble.s

Keys to victory: Fenerbahce

Fenerbahce's iron defense has allowed the fewest points (75.3) in the league this season, but now faces the league's leading scorer, Mike James (20.4 ppg.). Fenerbahce's defense has been successful not because it targets the opponent's best weapons, but because it limits scoring opportunities for the entire team. However, no defense has stopped James all season. If Coach Obradovic has something up his sleeve to neutralize James, Fenerbahce would be in great shape.

Monday, March 25, 2019
Euroleague.net
AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan
# Player Pos. H. Age
00 DELLA VALLE, AMEDEO G 1.93 25
2 JAMES, MIKE G 1.85 28
5 MICOV, VLADIMIR F 2.01 33
7 GUDAITIS, ARTURAS C 2.08 25
13 FONTECCHIO, SIMONE G 2.03 23
14 GRAVAGHI, FRANCESCO G 1.95 16
15 TARCZEWSKI, KALEB C 2.13 26
16 NEDOVIC, NEMANJA G 1.91 27
19 KUZMINSKAS, MINDAUGAS F 2.05 29
20 CINCIARINI, ANDREA G 1.93 32
21 NUNNALLY, JAMES F 2.01 28
23 BURNS, CHRISTIAN F 2.03 33
32 BROOKS, JEFF F 2.03 29
55 JERRELLS, CURTIS G 1.85 32
92 OMIC, ALEN C 2.16 26
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul
# Player Pos. H. Age
1 GREEN, ERICK G 1.90 26
3 TIRPANCI, ERGI G 2.00 19
4 MELLI, NICOLO F 2.05 28
5 HERSEK, BARIS F 2.08 31
10 MAHMUTOGLU, MELIH G 1.91 28
11 ENNIS, TYLER G 1.88 24
12 KALINIC, NIKOLA F 2.02 27
13 BIBEROVIC, TARIK F 2.01 18
16 SLOUKAS, KOSTAS G 1.90 29
18 ARNA, EGEHAN F 2.03 22
23 GUDURIC, MARKO G 1.96 24
24 VESELY, JAN C 2.13 28
32 GULER, SINAN G 1.92 35
35 MUHAMMED, ALI G 1.78 35
44 DUVERIOGLU, AHMET C 2.09 26
70 DATOME, LUIGI F 2.03 31
77 LAUVERGNE, JOFFREY C 2.11 27

Player Stats

James, M. / 20.4 Micov, V. / 13.9 Gudaitis, A. / 12.5
Vesely, J. / 13.0 Sloukas, K. / 11.6 Kalinic, N. / 9.6
Vesely, J. / 5.4
James, M. / 6.6
Sloukas, K. / 4.7
James, M. / 1.3 Micov, V. / 1.1
Vesely, J. / 1.5 Melli, N. / 1.0
Melli, N. / 0.5 Vesely, J. / 0.5
2PT
Tarczewski, K. / 70.5 % Gudaitis, A. / 63.9 % Brooks, J. / 55.0 %
Vesely, J. / 65.9 % Guduric, M. / 63.2 % Duverioglu, A. / 62.7 %
3PT
Bertans, D. / 53.6 % Kuzminskas, M. / 45.2 % Brooks, J. / 39.1 %
Muhammed, A. / 51.5 % Guduric, M. / 47.4 % Mahmutoglu, M. / 46.0 %
FT
Kuzminskas, M. / 86.4 % James, M. / 82.7 % Gudaitis, A. / 80.5 %
Sloukas, K. / 92.9 % Datome, L. / 88.9 % Guduric, M. / 85.1 %
PIR
James, M. / 21.4 Gudaitis, A. / 18.7 Micov, V. / 13.5
Vesely, J. / 19.3 Sloukas, K. / 15.2 Kalinic, N. / 10.3

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
86.9 Points 83.9
34.3 Rebounds 30.5
10.9 O. Rebounds 8.3
23.4 D. Rebounds 22.2
16.0 Assists 18.6
6.4 Steals 6.8
2.2 Blocks 2.2
52.6 % 2PT 59.3 %
38.4 % 3PT 43.1 %
80.0 % FT 79.9 %
95.4 PIR 98.1

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
86.1 Points 75.3
35.4 Rebounds 28.9
11.5 O. Rebounds 9.3
23.9 D. Rebounds 19.5
18.4 Assists 17.2
5.5 Steals 6.3
2.2 Blocks 2.0
54.7 % 2PT 54.7 %
38.4 % 3PT 35.1 %
74.2 % FT 73.5 %
95.0 PIR 79.3
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AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan vs. Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul

· Fenerbahce matched its club record for free throws made in the EuroLeague with 31 against Milan in January 2014.

· Milan head coach Simone Pianigiani coached Fenerbahce during the 2012-13 season.

· Fenerbahce forward Nicolo Melli played at Milan for five seasons from 2010 to 2015. He played 82 EuroLeague games wearing a Milan uniform. In the 2013-14 season, he was a teammate of Curtis Jerrells and they helped Milan reach the EuroLeague Playoffs.

· Milan guard Curtis Jerrells played at Fenerbahce during the 2011-12 season.

· Jerrells was a teammate of a young Jan Vesely at Partizan Belgrade during the 2010-11 season.

· Jerrells and Fenerbahce forward Baris Hersek were teammates at Besiktas during the 2012-13 campaign.

· Fenerbahce guard Sinan Guler was a teammate of Milan's Vladimir Micov and Jerrells at Galatasaray Istanbul and together they won the 2016 EuroCup. Micov and Guler were teammates for three years, from 2014 through 2017, while Guler and Jerrells were teammates for the 2015-16 season.

· Over the years Fenerbahce's Luigi Datome and Nicolo Melli have been teammates on the Italian national team with Milan players Andrea Cinciarini, Christian Burns, Jeff Brooks and Amedeo Della Valle.

· Fenerbahce's Nikola Kalinic has been a teammate of Milan's Nemanja Nedovic on the Serbian national team. They won the silver medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.

· Fenerbahce guard Kostas Sloukas set his career high in rebounds with 7 playing for Fenerbahce against Milan in November 2016.

· Milan guard Nemanja Nedovic scored a career-high 31 points and accumulated a career-best index rating of 36 playing for Unicaja Malaga in a 91-99 road win at Fenerbahce in April of last season.

· Milan guard Andrea Cinciarini matched a career high in assists with 7 against Fenerbahce in February of last season.

· Milan’s Jeff Brooks posted his career high in assists with 6 playing for Cantu against Fenerbahce in December 2012.

· Milan forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas tied his career-high with 9 rebounds playing for Unicaja Malaga against Fenerbahce in January 2015.

· Milan center Alen Omic had a career-high 13 rebounds playing for Olimpija Ljubljana against Fenerbahce in November 2012. His career-best 10 offensive rebounds that night were 1 shy of the EuroLeague single-game record.

· Milan center Kaleb Tarczewski matched his career-highs of 10 total rebounds and 6 offensive rebounds in round 12 loss.

Monday, March 25, 2019
Euroleague.net

AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan

Roster
Mike James and Vladimir Micov have started in every EuroLeague game for Milan this season.
Streaks
Mike James has scored in double figures in each of his last 35 games and has had a performance index rating in double figures in 22 of his last 23 games.
James Nunnally has scored in double figures in seven of his last eight games.
Nunnally has made 13 consecutive free throws in EuroLeague action.
Rankings
Mike James leads the league in scoring with 20.4 points per game.
James also leads the EuroLeague in average PIR with 21.4 per game.
James is second in assists this season with 6.6 per game and tied for fifth in steals with 1.3 per game.
Arturas Gudaitis is fourth in the league this season in average PIR at 18.7 per game.
Gudaitis ranks fourth in the league in rebounding with 7.1 per game and leads the EuroLeague in offensive rebounding with 3.3 per game.
Gudaitis is fifth this season with 1.0 blocks per game.
Records/Milestones
James Nunnally leads all active players and is fifth on the all-time EuroLeague charts with 48.4% career three-point accuracy.
Vladimir Micov needs 13 assists to reach 400 for his career.

Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul

Roster
Coach Zeljko Obradovic has used 12 different starters this season. No player has started every game.
Streaks
Ali Muhammed has hit at least 1 three-point shot in nine of his last 10 EuroLeague appearances.
Luigi Datome has made 9 consecutive free throws in EuroLeague games.
Melih Mahmutoglu has made 9 consecutive free throws.
Jan Vesely, who entered the season as a career 56.2% free throw shooter, is 97 for 118 (82.2%) from the foul line this season.
Kostas Sloukas has made at least 1 three-pointer in five straight EuroLeague games. He is shooting 50.0% (11 for 22) from downtown over that stretch.
Rankings
Jan Vesely is third in the EuroLeague with an average PIR of 19.3 per game.
Vesely is fourth in the EuroLeague in steals with 1.5 per game this season.
Ali Muhammed ranks third in the EuroLeague in three-point accuracy this season at 51.6%.
Records/Milestones
Jan Vesely is seventh in EuroLeague history with 399 offensive rebounds; Kerem Gonlum is sixth with 421.
Vesely needs 5 rebounds to reach 1,000 for his EuroLeague career. He will become the 14th player to reach that milestone.
Luigi Datome ranks sixth all-time in free throw accuracy at 90.65%.
Nicolo Melli needs 18 points to reach 1,500 for his EuroLeague career.
Melli needs 2 blocks to reach 100 for his career.
Melli needs 2 assists to reach 300 for his career.
Nikola Kalinic needs 25 points to reach 1,000 for his career.
Erick Green needs 35 points to reach 1,000 for his career.
Ali Muhammed needs 2 steals to reach 100 for his career.

Monday, March 25, 2019
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Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
3 - 10
AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul
* overall record in EuroLeague since 2000
AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan
Home record vs. Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul: 2-4
Away record vs. Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul: 1-6
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul
Home record vs. AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan: 6-1
Away record vs. AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan: 4-2

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2018-19 13 December 2018 Regular Season Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul 92 - 85 AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan
2017-18 22 February 2018 Regular Season Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul 89 - 70 AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan
2017-18 19 October 2017 Regular Season AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan 86 - 92 Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul
2016-17 06 January 2017 Regular Season Fenerbahce Istanbul 86 - 79 EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
2016-17 24 November 2016 Regular Season EA7 Emporio Armani Milan 70 - 79 Fenerbahce Istanbul
2014-15 20 March 2015 Top 16 Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul 98 - 77 EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
2014-15 22 January 2015 Top 16 EA7 Emporio Armani Milan 71 - 82 Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
2014-15 20 November 2014 Regular Season EA7 Emporio Armani Milan 74 - 80 Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
2014-15 17 October 2014 Regular Season Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul 77 - 74 EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
2013-14 28 March 2014 Top 16 Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul 73 - 82 EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
2013-14 30 January 2014 Top 16 EA7 Emporio Armani Milan 90 - 85 Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
2011-12 29 February 2012 Top 16 EA7 Emporio Armani 85 - 72 Fenerbahce Ulker
2011-12 25 January 2012 Top 16 Fenerbahce Ulker 65 - 63 EA7 Emporio Armani