2020-21Regular SeasonRound 6
October 30, 2020 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 BUESA ARENA
Balkans: SPORTKLUB6
Italy: EUROSPORT PLAYER
Baltic: TV3 SPORT, GO3
Philippines: TAPSPORTS
Belgium: VOOsport World (BETV)
Portugal: SPORT TV POR
Brazil: DAZN
Spain: DAZN
Bulgaria: MAX SPORT 3
Turkey: beIN SPORTS
France: RMC SPORT 3
United Kingdom: EUROSPORT PLAYER
Germany: MAGENTA SPORT
India: DISCOVERY
Greece: NOVASPORTS 3HD
Thailand: 3BBTV
Hungary: ANTENNA
Internet: EUROLEAGUE.TV
Israel: 5LIVE

Records

2-1 Regular Season 4-1
2-1 Overall 4-1

Referees

Crew Chief
LAMONICA, LUIGI
Umpire 1
NIKOLIC, UROS
Umpire 2
PETEK, SASO

The Take

Intranational opponents TD Systems Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz (2-1) and FC Barcelona (4-1) take each other's temperature again on Friday night. Having lost only one game each so far, one team will solidify its good status while the other will suffer a step back in after this one. Baskonia has played only once in the EuroLeague since October 9, winning against a weakened Khimki Moscow Region, while Barcelona comes off a solid performance to beat archrival Real Madrid.

History

Baskonia holds the upper hand with an 11-8 mark since these teams began facing each other in the EuroLeague, including the first such meeting, for third place at the 2006 Final Four. Baskonia has been triumphant in eight of their last 10 meetings, too, dating to 2014. Last season they played only once and Baskonia won 76-74 at home as Pierria Henry scored 20 points. It was the first win of coach Dusko Ivanovic's third stint at Baskonia, and it came against a Barca team whose bench he had headed between 2005 and 2008.

Marquee matchup

Two small forwards who spend most of every game on the floor, Rokas Giedraitis of Baskonia and Cory Higgins of Barca, will be barometers for their teams in this game. Giedraitis has averaged 19.3 points and 4.0 rebounds over three games while playing an average of 32:33 minutes. Higgins, a two-time EuroLeague champion, is on 12.4 points and 3.0 assists per game. Both are light on their feet and speedy, and while Higgins gives up 5 centimeters to Giedraitis, he brings a lot of experience to the task of out-performing his rival.

Keys to victory: Barca

The visitors are hoping to get back team leader Nikola Mirotic for this game, but they also won three games without him with players like Rolands Smits and Sergi Martinez stepping up at the same power forward position. All who play will be valuable against a Baskonia team that likes to attack the basket, preferably on the run. In particular, their rebounding, along with that of center Brandon Davies, will be key if Barca is going to dictate tempo on the road, which would go a long way to bringing home a victory.

Keys to victory: Baskonia

The hosts have the second-ranked defense, with opponents averaging just 71.0 points per game, and therein lies the road to victory against a talented Barcelona team. Rebounding, stealing and running are part of the recipe for Baskonia to get easy baskets and keep the visitors guessing. Pierria Henry's league-leading assist-to-turnover ratio (9.5 to 1) is also key to Baskonia getting an opportunity out of every offense. His defense on the ball is just as important to slow down Nick Calathes before the Barca offense can get into a rhythm.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Euroleague.net
TD Systems Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz
# Player Pos. H. Age
2 RAIESTE, SANDER F 2.04 21
3 VILDOZA, LUCA G 1.91 25
5 JEKIRI, TONYE C 2.12 26
7 HENRY, PIERRIA G 1.93 27
8 SEDEKERSKIS, TADAS F 2.00 22
12 DIOP, ILIMANE C 2.11 25
19 FALL, YOUSSOUPHA C 2.21 25
25 PETERS, ALEC C 2.06 25
29 SOW, PAPE F 2.03 17
30 DRAGIC, ZORAN F 1.96 31
31 GIEDRAITIS, ROKAS F 2.00 28
33 POLONARA, ACHILLE C 2.02 28
47 KURUCS, ARTURS G 1.90 20
FC Barcelona
# Player Pos. H. Age
0 DAVIES, BRANDON C 2.08 29
8 HANGA, ADAM F 2.00 31
9 BOLMARO, LEANDRO G 1.98 20
10 SMITS, ROLANDS F 2.07 25
13 HEURTEL, THOMAS G 1.89 31
14 PUSTOVYI, ARTEM C 2.18 28
17 BADJI, IBOU C 2.15 18
18 ORIOLA, PIERRE C 2.08 28
21 ABRINES, ALEX F 1.98 27
22 HIGGINS, CORY G 1.95 31
23 MARTINEZ, SERGI F 2.02 21
24 KURIC, KYLE F 1.93 31
25 BADIO, BRANCOU G 1.91 21
30 CLAVER, VICTOR F 2.08 32
33 MIROTIC, NIKOLA F 2.08 29
99 CALATHES, NICK G 1.96 31

Player Stats

Giedraitis, R. / 19.3 Vildoza, L. / 13.3 Polonara, A. / 11.3
Davies, B. / 14.2 Higgins, C. / 12.4 Kuric, K. / 9.7
Polonara, A. / 7.7 Jekiri, T. / 5.3
Henry, P. / 6.3 Vildoza, L. / 3.7
Polonara, A. / 1.3
Davies, B. / 1.2 Abrines, A. / 0.6
2PT
Polonara, A. / 64.7% Giedraitis, R. / 55.6% Henry, P. / 53.3%
Davies, B. / 64.1% Higgins, C. / 51.5%
3PT
Giedraitis, R. / 47.4% Vildoza, L. / 36.8% Polonara, A. / 33.3%
Kuric, K. / 54.5% Abrines, A. / 43.5% Claver, V. / 33.3%
FT
Giedraitis, R. / 84.6%
Davies, B. / 77.8%
PIR
Giedraitis, R. / 20.3 Polonara, A. / 16.7 Henry, P. / 16.7
Davies, B. / 16.0 Higgins, C. / 13.0 Kuric, K. / 12.0

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
75.3 Points 78.6
35.3 Rebounds 33.8
12.7 O. Rebounds 7.6
22.7 D. Rebounds 26.2
14.3 Assists 18.2
9.3 Steals 5.0
2.0 Blocks 3.0
44.4% 2PT 59.9%
36.0% 3PT 33.9%
75.4% FT 78.8%
82.3 PIR 88.0

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
71.0 Points 73.4
34.0 Rebounds 31.2
9.0 O. Rebounds 10.4
25.0 D. Rebounds 20.8
15.3 Assists 15.4
7.3 Steals 5.0
4.0 Blocks 2.6
49.0% 2PT 48.4%
37.2% 3PT 33.3%
94.1% FT 76.6%
71.7 PIR 72.8
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TD Systems Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz vs. FC Barcelona

· Baskonia has an 11-8 advantage over Barcelona in EuroLeague meetings this century, including a 76-74 home win in their only EuroLeague clash last season in which Pierria Henry scored 20 points.

· In each of the last five seasons, the series between these teams ended in a sweep. Baskonia won all the clashes in the 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18 seasons and their lone game last season, while Barcelona swept the regular-season series in the 2018-19 season.

· Barcelona ousted Baskonia 3-2 in the 2009 EuroLeague Playoffs.

· Baskonia head coach Dusko Ivanovic had the same role at Barcelona for three seasons from 2005 to 2008. He guided the team to the 2006 EuroLeague Final Four and won the Spanish Cup in 2007.

· Barcelona forward Adam Hanga played at Baskonia for three seasons between 2013 to 2017. He teamed up with Ilimane Diop in Baskonia's 2016 Final Four run.

· Barcelona point guard Thomas Heurtel played with Baskonia from 2011 to 2015. He played under Coach Dusko Ivanovic and was a teammate of Ilimane Diop.

· Baskonia forward Alec Peters and Barcelona guard Cory Higgins were teammates at CSKA Moscow during the 2018-19 season and helped the team win the EuroLeague title.

· Barcelona swingman Alex Abrines matched his career-high in performance index rating with 28 in a loss against Baskonia in January 2016.

Monday, October 26, 2020
Euroleague.net

TD Systems Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz

Roster
Baskonia's Round 5 game did not take place due to a COVID-19 outbreak on its scheduled opponent's team.
Alec Peters missed his team's Round 4 game due to an ankle injury he suffered during warm-ups.
Pape Sow is set to make his EuroLeague debut.

Streaks
Pierria Henry has recorded at least 1 steal in five of his last six games.
Rokas Giedraitis has made at least 1 three-pointer in 10 straight and 17 of his last 18 games.
Giedraitis has scored in double figures in 16 of his last 17 games.
Giedraitis has posted double-digit PIRs in 17 of his last 18 games.
Giedraitis has a steal in nine of his last 10 games.

Rankings
Rokas Giedraitis ranks fourth this season in average PIR with 20.3 per game.
Giedraitis ranks second in scoring this season with 19.3 points per game.
Achille Polonara ranks third this season with 7.7 rebounds and sixth with 2.7 offensive rebounds per game.
Polonara and Giedraitis are tied for second in steals this season with 2.3 per game.
Luca Vildoza ranks fourth in steals this season with 2.0 per game.
Polonara ranks third this season with 1.3 blocks per game.
Giedraitis is tied for third this season with 3.0 three-point shots made per game.
Pierria Henry ranks second this season with 6.3 assists per game.

Records/Milestones
Zoran Dragic needs 7 more three-point shots to reach 100 for his career.
Luca Vildoza needs 1 more three-pointer to reach 100 for his career.
Pierria Henry needs 3 rebounds to reach 100 for his career.
Achille Polonara needs 2 rebounds to reach 100 for his career.

FC Barcelona

Roster
Nikola Mirotic missed last three games after testing positive for COVID-19.
Cory Higgins is the only player to start every game for Barcelona so far this season. 
Ibou Badji is set to make his EuroLeague debut.

Streaks
Nikola Mirotic has scored in double figures in 21 straight and 32 of his last 33 EuroLeague games.
Mirotic has posted a performance index rating of 13 or more in each of his last 33 appearances dating back to the 2014 EuroLeague Playoffs.
Mirotic has collected at least 1 steal in nine of his last 10 games.
Victor Claver has made 14 consecutive free throws dating back to the 2018-19 season.
Kyle Kuric has made 12 consecutive free throws.
Cory Higgins has made 11 consecutive free throws.
Nick Calathes has delivered at least 5 assists in 29 of his last 30 games.

Rankings
Nick Calathes ranks third this season with 6.0 assists per game.

Records/Milestones
Thomas Heurtel ranks fifth all-time in assists with 1,194. Dimitris Diamantidis is fourth with 1,255.
Adam Hanga needs 4 blocks to reach 100 for his career.
Nick Calathes set the EuroLeague single-season record in the 2018-19 season with 286 total assists.
Calathes ranks fourth all-time time with 300 steals; Pablo Prigioni is third with 322.
Calathes is in second place all-time with 1,290 assists; Vassilis Spanoulis of Olympiacos Piraeus is the all-time leader with 1,525.
With his next start, Calathes will tie Nikos Zisis for 10th place on the all-time charts with 176 games started.

Monday, October 26, 2020
Euroleague.net

Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
11 - 8
TD Systems Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz FC Barcelona
* overall record in EuroLeague since 2000
TD Systems Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz
Home record vs. FC Barcelona: 5-4
Away record vs. FC Barcelona: 5-4
FC Barcelona
Home record vs. TD Systems Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz: 4-5
Away record vs. TD Systems Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz: 4-5

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2019-20 02 January 2020 Regular Season KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz 76 - 74 FC Barcelona
2018-19 21 February 2019 Regular Season FC Barcelona Lassa 77 - 67 KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz
2018-19 20 December 2018 Regular Season KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz 70 - 77 FC Barcelona Lassa
2017-18 23 March 2018 Regular Season FC Barcelona Lassa 73 - 86 KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz
2017-18 22 December 2017 Regular Season KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz 85 - 82 FC Barcelona Lassa
2016-17 27 January 2017 Regular Season FC Barcelona Lassa 79 - 93 Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz
2016-17 21 December 2016 Regular Season Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz 65 - 62 FC Barcelona Lassa
2015-16 23 March 2016 Top 16 Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz 75 - 71 FC Barcelona Lassa
2015-16 29 January 2016 Top 16 FC Barcelona Lassa 78 - 81 Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
2013-14 10 April 2014 Top 16 FC Barcelona 86 - 97 Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
2013-14 20 February 2014 Top 16 Laboral Kutxa Vitoria 68 - 80 FC Barcelona
2012-13 21 March 2013 Top 16 FC Barcelona Regal 83 - 74 Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
2012-13 24 January 2013 Top 16 Laboral Kutxa Vitoria 79 - 90 FC Barcelona Regal
2008-09 09 April 2009 Playoffs Regal FC Barcelona 78 - 62 Tau Ceramica
2008-09 02 April 2009 Playoffs Tau Ceramica 63 - 84 Regal FC Barcelona
2008-09 31 March 2009 Playoffs Tau Ceramica 69 - 62 Regal FC Barcelona
2008-09 26 March 2009 Playoffs Regal FC Barcelona 85 - 62 Tau Ceramica
2008-09 24 March 2009 Playoffs Regal FC Barcelona 75 - 84 Tau Ceramica
2005-06 30 April 2006 Final Four Winterthur FC Barcelona 82 - 87 Tau Ceramica Vitoria-Gasteiz