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.
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.