2019-20Regular SeasonRound 3
October 17, 2019 CET: 20:30
Local time: 21:30 OAKA
Balkans: SPORTKLUB3
Italy: EUROSPORT PLAYER
Baltic: TVPLAY PREMIUM
Middle East: beIN MENA HD10
Brazil: DAZN
Poland: POLSAT SPORT EXTRA
China: CCTV
Spain: DAZN
France: RMC SPORT LIVE 9
United Kingdom: EUROSPORT PLAYER
Greece: NOVASPORTS
United States of America: FLOHOOPS
Israel: 5LIVE
Internet: EUROLEAGUE.TV

Records

1-1 Regular Season 1-1
1-1 Overall 1-1

Referees

Crew Chief
HIERREZUELO, DANIEL
Umpire 1
TRAWICKI, TOMASZ
Umpire 2
NEDOVIC, MILAN

The Take

Two teams with nine EuroLeague crowns between them meet in a classic showdown. Panathinaikos is undefeated at home and Milan looks for its first road win. DeShaun Thomas (20 ppg., 8.5 rpg.), Nick Calathes (17.5 ppg., 7.5 apg.) and Jimmer Fredette (14.5 ppg.) have been Panathinaikos's leaders until now. Sergio Rodriguez (15.5 ppg.) is Milan's top scorer until now, followed by Luis Scola (14.0) and Vladimir Micov (13.0).

Marquee matchup

Two very different power forwards are set to go against each other. Thomas is a dynamic, quick forward who likes to drive to the basket, run the floor and pull the trigger from downtown. On the other hand, Scola is an old-school, back-to-the-basket big man with smooth post skills and a deadly jumper, even from beyond the arc. Both players have been doing really well so far, which makes this matchup even more intriguing.

History lesson

This is the 19th meeting all-time between these teams. Panathinaikos leads the series 13-5 after having won five of their last six showdowns. Milan's last win against Panathinaikos, however, came last season. Milan downed Panathinaikos 83-86 in Athens on December 21, 2018. Arturas Gudaitis, who is currently injured, led the winners with 20 points and 8 rebounds.

Stats track

Panathinaikos is shooting really well inside the arc this season, ranking second overall at 59.0%, while Milan is quite far behind (49.4%). The Greens, however, have struggled from the free throw line until now, hitting just 61.8% of their attempts to Milan's 76.6%. Neither of the teams is taking great care of the ball, and that would be a big key: Panathinaikos averages 15.0 turnovers and Milan 13.5.

Keys to victory: Panathinaikos

Stopping Rodriguez will be critical for the Greens. With Shelvin Mack and Nemanja Nedovic sidelined, Milan runs its offense through him. Calathes and Tyrese Rice must be ready to play hard on defense against Rodriguez and Michael Roll. Thomas needs more help around the baskets, and players like Ian Vougioukas and Georgios Papagiannis will be called on provide it. Getting Fredette involved and finding good shots for him guarantees instant offense, too.

Keys to victory: Milan

It all starts with defensive rebounds for Milan, so Kaleb Tarczewski, Jeff Brooks and Paul Biligha will be ready to power the glass and send Rodriguez into transition. Milan will opt often for a half-court offense in which Scola and Micov play big roles. If Milan is able to control the game pace and only run the floor when it has a clear advantage, it will compete pretty well in a tough court like OAKA.

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Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
# Player Pos. H. Age
0 THOMAS, DESHAUN F 2.01 28
5 RICE, TYRESE G 1.85 32
6 PAPAGIANNIS, GEORGIOS C 2.20 22
10 PAPAPETROU, IOANNIS F 2.05 25
11 PAPPAS, NIKOS G 1.96 29
15 VOUGIOUKAS, IAN C 2.11 34
23 PAPADAKIS, KONSTANTINOS G 1.91 21
24 JOHNSON, WESLEY F 2.01 32
25 BROWN, RION F 1.97 28
32 FREDETTE, JIMMER G 1.87 30
33 CALATHES, NICK G 1.96 30
35 WILEY, JACOB F 2.02 25
44 MITOGLOU, KONSTANTINOS F 2.10 23
50 BENTIL, BENJAMIN F 2.06 24
AX Armani Exchange Milan
# Player Pos. H. Age
00 DELLA VALLE, AMEDEO G 1.93 26
1 MACK, SHELVIN G 1.91 29
5 MICOV, VLADIMIR F 2.01 34
6 BILIGHA, PAUL C 2.00 29
7 GUDAITIS, ARTURAS C 2.08 26
9 MORASCHINI, RICCARDO G 1.94 28
10 ROLL, MICHAEL G 1.98 32
13 RODRIGUEZ, SERGIO G 1.91 33
15 TARCZEWSKI, KALEB C 2.13 26
16 NEDOVIC, NEMANJA G 1.91 28
20 CINCIARINI, ANDREA G 1.93 33
23 BURNS, CHRISTIAN F 2.03 34
30 WHITE, AARON F 2.06 27
32 BROOKS, JEFF F 2.03 30
40 SCOLA, LUIS F 2.06 39

Player Stats

Thomas, D. / 20.0 Calathes, N. / 17.0 Fredette, J. / 14.5
Rodriguez, S. / 15.5 Scola, L. / 14.0 Micov, V. / 13.0
Tarczewski, K. / 7.0 Scola, L. / 5.0 Brooks, J. / 4.5
Rodriguez, S. / 6.0 Mack, S. / 3.0 Brooks, J. / 2.0
Calathes, N. / 2.0 Thomas, D. / 1.5 Wiley, J. / 1.5
Scola, L. / 1.5 Rodriguez, S. / 1.5 Brooks, J. / 1.0
2PT
Mitoglou, K. / 100.0 % Vougioukas, I. / 100.0 % Johnson, W. / 100.0 %
Brooks, J. / 75.0 % White, A. / 60.0 % Tarczewski, K. / 54.5 %
3PT
Thomas, D. / 66.7 % Fredette, J. / 62.5 % Calathes, N. / 40.0 %
Brooks, J. / 50.0 % Micov, V. / 50.0 % Rodriguez, S. / 40.0 %
FT
Mitoglou, K. / 100.0 % Thomas, D. / 88.9 % Fredette, J. / 88.9 %
Rodriguez, S. / 100.0 % Micov, V. / 100.0 % Brooks, J. / 100.0 %
PIR
Thomas, D. / 27.0 Calathes, N. / 21.0 Fredette, J. / 12.5
Rodriguez, S. / 19.0 Brooks, J. / 14.5 Scola, L. / 13.5

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
82.5 Points 74.5
32.5 Rebounds 33.5
9.0 O. Rebounds 11.0
23.5 D. Rebounds 22.5
14.0 Assists 13.5
7.0 Steals 5.5
3.5 Blocks 4.0
59.0 % 2PT 49.4 %
39.4 % 3PT 30.6 %
61.8 % FT 76.6 %
91.5 PIR 77.5

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
80.5 Points 79.5
35.0 Rebounds 36.0
16.5 O. Rebounds 11.5
18.5 D. Rebounds 24.5
14.0 Assists 13.0
8.0 Steals 7.5
2.5 Blocks 1.0
46.9 % 2PT 49.4 %
36.4 % 3PT 32.4 %
82.1 % FT 85.4 %
75.5 PIR 84.0

Head Coaches

MESSINA, ETTORE
AX Armani Exchange Milan
"Panathinaikos is a deep and they play with a lot of energy. Surely, Nick Calathes will test our pick and roll defense. Cohesion, defense and rebounds are going to be crucial, in order to have the chance to win a tough road game against a great and well coached team."

Players

MICOV, VLADIMIR
AX Armani Exchange Milan
"We play a strong team in a tough building, they come from a loss and will want to respond. We need to play a defensively solid game with great attention."

Panathinaikos OPAP Athens vs. AX Armani Exchange Milan

· Panathinaikos is 12-4 against Milan in games this century. Milan has won just twice against Panathinaikos in Athens this century, but that includes their last meeting, an 83-86 decision in Round 14 last season.

· Milan made a club record 34 free throws before Panathinaikos pulled out a last-second road win, 95-96 in Round 30 of the 2017-18 season.

· Milan beat Panathinaikos in the 1997-98 Saporta Cup semifinals. Panathinaikos won Game 1 in Athens 77-58, but Milan took Game 2 by a wider margin, 86-61.

· Nick Calathes of Panathinaikos set a club EuroLeague record with 12 two-point shots made in an 85-93 road win against Milan in March 2019. Calathes scored 27 points and recorded a PIR of 39 in that game to earn MVP of the Round honors.

· Panathinaikos center Ian Vougioukas was a teammate of Milan's Vladimir Micov at Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul for part of the 2014-15 season.

· Milan guard Amedeo Della Valle and Panathinaikos forward DeShaun Thomas were college teammates at the Ohio State University.

· Milan playmaker Andrea Cinciarini posted career highs of 20 PIR and 8 rebounds for Milan against Panathinaikos in March 2017.

· The last time Milan visited Panathinaikos, in December 2018, Milan center Arturas Gudaitis matched his career-high in scoring with 20 points in an 83-86 road win.

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Panathinaikos OPAP Athens

Roster
Kostas Papadakis is set to make his EuroLeague debut. 
Panathinaikos is carrying 14 players on its active roster, so at least two players must sit out every game. 
Nick Calathes has started 112 consecutive games in which he appeared. The last time he came off the bench was in January 2016.

Streaks
Nick Calathes has dished at least 5 assists in 21 of his last 22 games.
Calathes has scored at least 10 points in 12 of his last 13 games.
Tyrese Rice has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last 25 appearances. 
DeShaun Thomas has scored in double figures in 15 of his last 16 appearances.

Rankings
Nick Calathes led the league in assists last season with a single-season record of 8.7 per game. He also led the league in steals with 1.7 per game.
Georgios Papagiannis was fourth in two-point accuracy last season at 69.44%.

Records/Milestones
Last season in Round 30, Nick Calathes became the second player this century – and first since Nikola Vujcic more than a decade prior – to record a triple-double. He tallied 11 points, 18 assists and 12 rebounds in a win over Buducnost VOLI Podgorica.
Calathes set single-season records last season with 286 total assists and with an average of 8.7 assists per game.
Calathes ranks fourth all-time time with 270 steals; Pablo Prigioni is third with 322.
Calathes ranks seventh place all-time with 1,020 assists; Real Madrid's Sergio Llull is sixth with 1,035 and counting.

AX Armani Exchange Milan

Roster
Riccardo Moraschini returned to the EuroLeague this season after a dozen years. The veteran guard previously made two appearances for Virtus Bologna, both in January 2008. He has yet to score a point in Europe's premier competition.
Milan is carrying 14 players on its active roster, so at least two players must sit out every game.

Streaks
Vlado Micov has collected at least 1 steal in seven of his last eight appearances.
Arturas Gudaitis has blocked at least 1 shot in six of his last seven appearances.
Sergio Rodriguez has made 13 consecutive free throws in games.

Rankings
Arturas Gudaitis was third last season in average PIR at 18.7 per game.
Gudaitis was third in rebounding with 7.1 per game and third in offensive rebounding with 3.3 per game.

Records/Milestones
Sergio Rodriguez ranks fifth all-time with 1,105 assists; Former CSKA great Milos Teodosic is fourth with 1,126.
Rodriguez has moved into a seventh place tie with Jaka Lakovic with 381 three-point shots made. Rudy Fernandez of Real Madrid is sixth with 403 and counting.
Rodriguez needs 1 steal to reach 200 for his career.
Rodriguez is 43 points shy of reaching 2,500 for his career.
Luis Scola is 27th with 820 career rebounds. He can pass Jorge Garbajosa (26th, 821) this week.
Scola is eighth with 822 two-point shots made. Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv manager Nikola Vujcic is seventh with 850.
Vladimir Micov needs 5 assists to reach 400 for his career.

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Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
12 - 4
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens AX Armani Exchange Milan
* overall record in EuroLeague since 2000
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
Home record vs. AX Armani Exchange Milan: 6-2
Away record vs. AX Armani Exchange Milan: 6-2
AX Armani Exchange Milan
Home record vs. Panathinaikos OPAP Athens: 2-6
Away record vs. Panathinaikos OPAP Athens: 2-6

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2018-19 22 March 2019 Regular Season AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan 83 - 95 Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
2018-19 21 December 2018 Regular Season Panathinaikos OPAP Athens 83 - 86 AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan
2017-18 05 April 2018 Regular Season AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan 95 - 96 Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens
2017-18 15 December 2017 Regular Season Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens 80 - 72 AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan
2016-17 21 March 2017 Regular Season Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens 74 - 61 EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
2016-17 21 December 2016 Regular Season EA7 Emporio Armani Milan 72 - 86 Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens
2014-15 11 December 2014 Regular Season EA7 Emporio Armani Milan 66 - 64 Panathinaikos Athens
2014-15 07 November 2014 Regular Season Panathinaikos Athens 90 - 63 EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
2013-14 27 February 2014 Top 16 EA7 Emporio Armani Milan 77 - 75 Panathinaikos Athens
2013-14 02 January 2014 Top 16 Panathinaikos Athens 73 - 57 EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
2011-12 23 February 2012 Top 16 Panathinaikos Athens 58 - 67 EA7 Emporio Armani
2011-12 19 January 2012 Top 16 EA7 Emporio Armani 57 - 78 Panathinaikos Athens
2010-11 22 December 2010 Regular Season Panathinaikos Athens 93 - 62 Armani Jeans Milano
2010-11 18 November 2010 Regular Season Armani Jeans Milano 71 - 81 Panathinaikos Athens
2009-10 03 December 2009 Regular Season Panathinaikos 80 - 68 Armani Jeans Milano
2009-10 22 October 2009 Regular Season Armani Jeans Milano 67 - 75 Panathinaikos