2019-20Regular SeasonRound 4
October 23, 2019 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 GROSSE EWE ARENA
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Records

0-3 Regular Season 3-0
0-3 Overall 3-0

Referees

Crew Chief
MOGULKOC, EMIN
Umpire 1
HALLIKO, AARE
Umpire 2
OBRKNEZEVIC, UROS

The Take

Unicaja remains undefeated and visits Oldenburg for the first time. The hosts need to get their first win before it is too late to challenge for a Top 16 spot. Rickey Paulding (15.0 ppg.), Rasid Mahalbasic (12.7 ppg.) and Nathan Boone (10.7 ppg.) have led Oldenburg until now. Axel Toupane (22 points against Galatasaray last week), Deon Thompson (13.0 ppg.) and Volodymyr Gerun (11.3 ppg.) have been Unicaja's top scorers so far.

Marquee matchup

Rasid Mahalbasic is one of the most intriguing big men in the competition due to his unique combination of old-school low post skills and outstanding court vision. A 2.11-meter center, Mahalbasic is averaging 5.7 assists so far and is a triple-double waiting to happen. Unicaja has a lot of weapons to use against him, but Volodymyr Gerun can give him the most trouble - he is a very aggressive defender and a fierce rebounder, especially on the offensive end.

Keys to win: Oldenburg

Despite a 0-3 start, Oldenburg has been shooting well inside the arc, ranking sixth at 54.8%. Defense has been the German powerhouse's main concern, allowing opponents to hit 58.0% of their shots inside the arc and 36.9% from downtown. Oldenburg has averaged 18 fouls and faces a team that averages 29 fouls drawn, so it needs to match Unicaja's physicality and keep the turnovers low as it has so far - just 11.3 per game.

Keys to win: Unicaja

Unicaja has been solid from the free-throw line, averaging 82.7% despite taking more attempts (81) than any other team in the competition. Unicaja must keep playing aggressive; it leads the EuroCup in fouls drawn at 29.0 per game, 5 more than anyone else on average. Unicaja has to use its frontcourt depth - Gerun, Thompson, Frank Elegar - to stop Mahalbasic down low, rebound well and rely on Jaime Fernandez and Toupane to make the difference in the open court.

Monday, October 21, 2019
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EWE Baskets Oldenburg
# Player Pos. H. Age
3 HOBBS, BRAYDON G 1.96 30
4 BLAKES, GERRY G 1.93 25
5 SEARS, JUSTIN C 2.03 25
9 TADDA, KARSTEN G 1.91 30
11 MCCLAIN, KEVIN G 1.91 23
13 HOPP, ALEXANDER G 2.00 18
15 KESSEN, MARCEL F 2.05 22
16 ISEMANN, TILL C 2.06 23
17 AGBAKOKO, NORRIS C 2.15 19
18 HOLLATZ, JACOB G 1.91 20
21 AMAIZE, ROBIN F 1.88 25
23 PAULDING, RICKEY F 1.96 37
24 MAHALBASIC, RASID C 2.11 28
33 SCHWETHELM, PHILIPP F 2.01 30
45 BOOTHE, NATHAN F 2.06 25
Unicaja Malaga
# Player Pos. H. Age
2 THOMPSON, DEON C 2.04 31
3 FERNANDEZ, JAIME G 1.86 26
4 AVRAMOVIC, ALEKSA G 1.78 24
6 TOUPANE, AXEL F 2.01 27
7 STILMA, MORGAN F 2.02 19
8 TAMBA, ISMAEL F 1.98 18
9 DIAZ, ALBERTO G 1.88 25
14 ADAMS, JOSH G 1.88 25
15 ELEGAR, FRANK C 2.03 32
16 SANCHEZ, PABLO G 1.89 17
21 WACZYNSKI, ADAM F 1.99 30
22 EJIM, MELVIN F 2.01 28
32 GUERRERO, RUBEN C 2.13 24
43 SUAREZ, CARLOS F 2.03 33
52 GERUN, VOLODYMYR C 2.08 25

Player Stats

Paulding, R. / 15.0 Mahalbasic, R. / 12.7 Boothe, N. / 10.7
Toupane, A. / 22.0 Thompson, D. / 13.0 Gerun, V. / 11.3
Elegar, F. / 6.7 Suarez, C. / 4.3 Thompson, D. / 3.7
Mahalbasic, R. / 5.7 Hobbs, B. / 5.0 Blakes, G. / 2.3
Fernandez, J. / 3.5 Adams, J. / 2.7 Suarez, C. / 2.7
Hobbs, B. / 2.3 Boothe, N. / 1.3 Mahalbasic, R. / 1.0
Toupane, A. / 3.0 Diaz, A. / 1.0 Gerun, V. / 1.0
2PT
McClain, K. / 66.7 % Tadda, K. / 66.7 % Paulding, R. / 64.7 %
Gerun, V. / 68.8 % Elegar, F. / 62.5 % Fernandez, J. / 55.6 %
3PT
Amaize, R. / 50.0 % Hobbs, B. / 42.9 % Schwethelm, P. / 42.9 %
Toupane, A. / 62.5 % Diaz, A. / 40.0 % Thompson, D. / 36.4 %
FT
Tadda, K. / 100.0 % Blakes, G. / 100.0 % Paulding, R. / 88.9 %
Toupane, A. / 100.0 % Ejim, M. / 100.0 % Avramovic, A. / 100.0 %
PIR
Mahalbasic, R. / 18.0 Paulding, R. / 13.0 Hobbs, B. / 10.3
Toupane, A. / 22.0 Thompson, D. / 14.3 Gerun, V. / 14.0

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
78.0 Points 79.0
29.3 Rebounds 36.3
8.3 O. Rebounds 10.3
21.0 D. Rebounds 26.0
16.3 Assists 16.0
9.3 Steals 7.3
3.3 Blocks 2.3
54.8 % 2PT 48.9 %
33.3 % 3PT 31.3 %
73.0 % FT 82.7 %
83.3 PIR 94.3

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
87.0 Points 70.7
37.0 Rebounds 37.0
10.0 O. Rebounds 11.7
27.0 D. Rebounds 25.3
20.0 Assists 16.0
5.7 Steals 5.0
2.7 Blocks 2.0
58.0 % 2PT 46.4 %
36.9 % 3PT 28.6 %
83.6 % FT 80.0 %
103.3 PIR 65.0

Head Coaches

DRIJENCIC, MLADEN
EWE Baskets Oldenburg
"On Sunday [in the German League] we showed that we can keep up with a Euroleague team if we act very focused, especially in a home game. To be successful against Unicaja, we have to get out with the same energy like we did against Bayern. But it will be a tough match-up for us. Malaga is one of the favorites to win the EuroCup."
CASIMIRO, LUIS
Unicaja Malaga
"We have to be focused on our daily work, forget the past and think on the next game, the next opportunity to keep adding wins. We are getting ready to face Oldenburg knowing that it is a tough team that always competed well, even when they didn't get any win until now. In previous games, opponents had to battle hard to beat them. They play good basketball and their players have well-defined roles. Paulding, Mahalbasic and Hobbe are their references but then they have a series of German players that give the team balance, can shoot from three-point range and have always been able to compete. We must consider all of it and avoid staying in the past, but thinking on how difficult this road game will be."

Players

MCCLAIN, KEVIN
EWE Baskets Oldenburg
"I think all of us are very determined and mentally prepared to get our first Euro Cup win! Despite our loss against Bayern, our performance only shows that we have the potential to get even better. It will definitely be a battle against Unicaja, that’s why I hope for another great fan support to help us get the win."
FERNANDEZ, JAIME
Unicaja Malaga
"There are no easy games and I believe that the one against EWE Baskets Oldenburg will be difficult. We have good momentum right now but have to take care of that. Playing on the road is always a little bit more complicated. Moreover, even when Oldenburg has not been able to win yet, we know they compete really well, so there is no room to relax or be quiet. We have to keep working in the same direction and I hope we can get another win."

EWE Baskets Oldenburg vs. Unicaja Malaga

· These two teams will meet in the EuroCup for the first time.

Friday, October 18, 2019
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EWE Baskets Oldenburg

Streaks
Rickey Paulding has hit at least one three in his last 6 EuroCup games.

Player Records
Kevin McClain posted his career high in points with 9 for Oldenburg against Trento on October 16, 2019.
Robin Amaize posted his career high in index rating with 13 for Oldenburg against Trento on October 16, 2019.
Robin Amaize posted his career high in points with 16 for Oldenburg against Trento on October 16, 2019.
Rasid Mahalbasic posted his career high in assists with 8 for Oldenburg against Trento on October 16, 2019.
Nathan Boothe posted his career high in index rating with 22 for Oldenburg against Trento on October 16, 2019.
Nathan Boothe posted his career high in points with 20 for Oldenburg against Trento on October 16, 2019.
Nathan Boothe posted his career high in total rebounds with 6 for Oldenburg against Trento on October 16, 2019.

Unicaja Malaga

Player Records
Axel Toupane posted his career high in index rating with 22 for Unicaja against Galatasaray on October 15, 2019.
Axel Toupane posted his career high in points with 22 for Unicaja against Galatasaray on October 15, 2019.
Josh Adams posted his career high in defensive rebounds with 5 for Unicaja against Galatasaray on October 15, 2019.
Josh Adams posted his career high in assists with 5 for Unicaja against Galatasaray on October 15, 2019.

Season Rankings
Axel Toupane is ranked 14th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 3-pointers % with 62.5% .
Toupane is ranked first among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 3-pointers made with 5.0 per game.
Toupane is ranked first among qualified EuroCup players this season in average free throws % with 100.% .
Toupane is ranked fourth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average free throws made with 5.0 per game.
Toupane is ranked second among qualified EuroCup players this season in average index rating with 22.0 per game.
Toupane is ranked second among qualified EuroCup players this season in average points with 22.0 per game.
Toupane is ranked sixth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average field goals made with 6.0 per game.
Toupane is ranked third among qualified EuroCup players this season in average steals with 3.0 per game.
Carlos Suarez is ranked 12th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average assist-turnover ratio with 400.0% .
Frank Elegar is ranked 11th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average offensive rebounds with 2.6 per game.
Elegar is ranked 14th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average total rebounds with 6.6 per game.
Volodymyr Gerun is ranked 10th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average free throws made with 4.0 per game.
Gerun is ranked 11th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average true-shooting % with 75.5% .

Friday, October 18, 2019
Eurocupbasketball.com

Head-to-head records

There are no previous games between these two teams.