2019-20Regular SeasonRound 8
November 14, 2019 CET: 18:30
Local time: 20:30 SINAN ERDEM DOME.
Africa: ESPN
Italy: EUROSPORT PLAYER
Balkans: SPORTKLUB4
Poland: POLSAT SPORT EXTRA
Baltic: TVPLAY SPORTS+, PREMIUM
Russian Federation: MATCH!ARENA
Brazil: DAZN
Spain: DAZN
Bulgaria: MAX SPORT 2
Turkey: beIN SPORTS HABER
France: RMC SPORT LIVE 6
United Kingdom: EUROSPORT PLAYER
Greece: NOVASPORTS 1HD
United States of America: FLOHOOPS
Israel: 5STARS
Internet: EUROLEAGUE.TV

Records

5-2 Regular Season 2-5
5-2 Overall 2-5

Referees

Crew Chief
BOLTAUZER, MATEJ
Umpire 1
JOVCIC, MILIVOJE
Umpire 2
AMBROSOV, MYKOLA

The Take

Two teams on opposite sides of the spectrum will face off in Round 8 in Turkey when Anadolu Efes Istanbul (5-2) welcomes EuroLeague debutante Zenit St Petersburg (2-5) on Thursday. Efes was back on the winning track in its last game at Olympiacos Piraeus and will look to turn that win into a streak this week. Zenit has lost its last two games, including the last one at home against Khimki Moscow Region. The newcomers will need to start winning as soon as possible to stay in a good place for the playoffs race.

History lesson

This will be the first time that these two teams meet in the EuroLeague.

Marquee matchup

Bryant Dunston and Gustavo Ayon are veteran big men who will face each other again when these two teams meet. Dunston has averaged 11.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steals per game this season. Ayon leads Zenit with 11.0 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.8 steals, having started in three of his seven appearances. Both are seasoned players who have faced each other many times and will now be the protagonists of one of the finest duels that can be seen in the EuroLeague paint.

Keys to victory: Efes

The hosts are facing one of the weakest offenses in the league and that can be the main stepping stone for Efes, as they also show better numbers on defense than Zenit. If Efes manages to keep its defense tight and forces those long-range shots, it can win this game. Shane Larkin has averaged 26 points in his last two games and he seems to be picking up steam just like he did last season, so Efes's offensive options will have to go through his hands and those of Vasilije Micic, who also had a great game in his last appearance. The support of the Istanbul fans can be the last factor to add to the mix for Efes.

Keys to victory: Zenit

Zenit has won just two games so far, but both wins arrived far from St Petersburg, so the visitors will try to make that a tradition in order to get a third win. Efes scores more points and allows fewer points than Zenit, so the Russian team will have to work hard on both sides of the court if it wants this win. However, the trio of Ayon, Mateusz Ponitka and Will Thomas might not be enough and the team will need other names like Andrew Albicy, Alex Renfroe and Austin Hollins to step up and take their team to a position where they can score an upset in Istanbul.

Injuries: Efes

Adrien Moerman and Kurnoslav Simon will not be available against Zenit, while Bryant Dunston will be a game-time decision.

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Anadolu Efes Istanbul
# Player Pos. H. Age
0 LARKIN, SHANE G 1.82 27
1 BEAUBOIS, RODRIGUE G 1.95 31
2 SINGLETON, CHRIS F 2.06 29
3 SAYBIR, YIGITCAN F 2.03 20
4 BALBAY, DOGUS G 1.85 30
6 KURTULDUM, MUSTAFA F 1.96 18
8 GECIM, TOLGA F 2.06 23
10 ILYASOGLU, OMERCAN G 1.95 18
15 SANLI, SERTAC C 2.12 28
19 TUNCER, BUGRAHAN G 1.93 26
21 PLEISS, TIBOR C 2.21 30
22 MICIC, VASILIJE G 1.96 25
23 ANDERSON, JAMES F 1.98 30
25 PETERS, ALEC F 2.06 24
42 DUNSTON, BRYANT C 2.03 33
44 SIMON, KRUNOSLAV G 1.97 34
Zenit St Petersburg
# Player Pos. H. Age
4 IVERSON, COLTON C 2.13 30
6 ALBICY, ANDREW G 1.78 29
7 PONKRASHOV, ANTON G 2.00 33
9 HOLLINS, AUSTIN G 1.93 28
10 THOMAS, WILL F 2.03 33
11 BALASHOV, SERGEI F 2.06 23
12 RENFROE, ALEX G 1.91 33
13 KHVOSTOV, DMITRY G 1.90 30
14 PUSHKOV, ANTON C 2.08 30
15 SHEVCHUK, KONSTANTIN G 1.90 19
16 TRUSHKIN, VLADISLAV F 2.01 26
18 VORONOV, EVGENY G 1.94 33
20 ZUBKOV, ANDREY F 2.06 28
21 ABROMAITIS, TIM F 2.03 30
25 PONITKA, MATEUSZ F 1.98 26
34 AYON, GUSTAVO C 2.08 34

Player Stats

Larkin, S. / 18.8 Micic, V. / 17.6 Dunston, B. / 11.4
Ayon, G. / 11.0 Ponitka, M. / 10.7 Thomas, W. / 10.3
Dunston, B. / 6.6
Ayon, G. / 6.2 Thomas, W. / 4.9
Micic, V. / 6.7 Larkin, S. / 2.7
Renfroe, A. / 4.1 Ayon, G. / 2.7
Micic, V. / 2.1 Singleton, C. / 1.3 Dunston, B. / 1.0
Ayon, G. / 1.8 Albicy, A. / 1.1 Thomas, W. / 1.0
Dunston, B. / 1.6
Iverson, C. / 0.9
2PT
Dunston, B. / 72.9 % Simon, K. / 60.0 % Micic, V. / 50.0 %
Thomas, W. / 64.5 % Ponitka, M. / 57.1 % Iverson, C. / 56.7 %
3PT
Larkin, S. / 50.0 % Peters, A. / 50.0 % Micic, V. / 39.2 %
Thomas, W. / 40.0 % Hollins, A. / 37.5 % Abromaitis, T. / 35.0 %
FT
Larkin, S. / 77.8 %
Ponitka, M. / 74.2 %
PIR
Larkin, S. / 19.5 Micic, V. / 18.6 Dunston, B. / 17.1
Thomas, W. / 14.3 Ayon, G. / 14.2 Ponitka, M. / 13.7

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
81.4 Points 72.7
34.4 Rebounds 34.3
9.6 O. Rebounds 12.1
24.9 D. Rebounds 22.1
17.6 Assists 18.1
7.7 Steals 7.7
2.1 Blocks 2.9
56.3 % 2PT 50.2 %
34.0 % 3PT 31.4 %
79.3 % FT 71.8 %
94.3 PIR 79.7

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
77.1 Points 81.9
36.6 Rebounds 36.7
11.3 O. Rebounds 12.1
25.3 D. Rebounds 24.6
19.0 Assists 20.3
6.4 Steals 7.9
2.6 Blocks 2.9
51.1 % 2PT 50.6 %
35.7 % 3PT 38.0 %
83.3 % FT 83.3 %
85.3 PIR 93.7

Head Coaches

ATAMAN, ERGIN
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"Zenit St Petersburg is a dangerous team who won two tough games on the road against Olympiacos and Zalgiris Kaunas. Gustavo Ayon and Will Thomas are especially effective players under the rim while Austin Hollins is an important sharp shooter. To win this game we must absolutely play good defense under the rim, and must combine our basketball tempo with our big crowd’s motivation."

Players

PLEISS, TIBOR
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"This will be a tough game. They just won two games until now, so for sure they will come here with a lot of motivation and aggressiveness and they will make the game as tough as it can be for us. It will not be an easy game so we have to be well prepared as much as we can. Playing at our home court in front of our fans surely will be a plus point for us. We will come with a lot of aggressiveness as well especially after winning against Olympiacos last week which gave us a lot of confidence. We have to go on the floor and win the game."

Anadolu Efes Istanbul vs. Zenit St Petersburg

· This is the first-ever official meeting between the two clubs.

· Efes guard Krunoslav Simon and Khimki forward Andrey Zubkov were teammates at Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar during the 2014-15 campaign.

· Zenit's Will Thomas and Efes center Tibor Pleiss shared the frontcourt at Valencia Basket during the 2017-18 season.

· Efes big man Chris Singleton was a teammate of Zenit forward Andrey Zubkov during the 2015-16 season at Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar. They helped Lokomotiv reach the EuroLeague Final Four.

· In Round 11 of last season, Gustavo Ayon had 20 points and 11 rebounds playing for Real Madrid in an 82-84 road win at Efes to earn MVP of the Round honors with a PIR of 34.

· Zenit's Dimitry Khvostov had his career-high with 14 points in a December 2014 road win against Efes while playing for Nizhny Novgorod.

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Anadolu Efes Istanbul

Roster
Efes has 16 players registered to play this season, so at least four must sit every game.
Chirs Singleton has never sat out a EuroLeague game. He has 140 appearances in his fifth season in the competition.

Streaks
Shane Larkin has made at least 1 three-point shot in 20 straight games. He's made multiple threes in 14 of his last 15 games.
Larkin has scored in double figures in 14 of his last 15 games.
Bryant Dunston has blocked at least 1 shot in 14 consecutive games.
James Anderson has made 16 consecutive free throws.
Adrien Moerman has made 10 consecutive free throws.
Vasilije Micic has recorded at least 1 steal in seven straight games.
Micic has scored in double figures and made at least 1 three-pointer in nine of his last 10 games.

Rankings
Shane Larkin is ranked fourth this season with 18.8 points per game; Vasilije Micic is sixth with 17.6.
Micic ranks second this season with 6.7 assists per game.
Micic leads the league with 2.1 steals per game.
Micic ranks fourth this season with 2.86 three-point shots made per game; Larkin ranks fifth with 2.83.
Bryant Dunston ranks fourth this season with 6.6 rebounds per game.
Dunston ranks second this season with 1.6 blocks per game.
Dunston ranks second this season in two-point accuracy at 72.9%.

Records/Milestones
Bryant Dunston ranks second all-time with 242 blocks. He trails only Fran Vazquez (249).
Dunston is eighth all-time with 403 career offensive rebounds. Jan Vesely of Fenerbahce is seventh with 416 and counting.
In Round 7, Dunston became the 15th player in competition history to reach 1,000 career rebounds.
Tibor Pleiss is tied with Mirza Begic for seventh place all-time with 162 blocked shots. Stephane Lasme is sixth with 174.
Chris Singleton needs 3 blocks to reach 100 for his career.
With his next point scored, Vasilije Micic will reach 1,000 for his EuroLeague career.
Micic needs 4 more steals to reach 100 for his career.
Shane Larkin needs 17 more points to reach 1,000 for his career.

Zenit St Petersburg

Roster
Konstantin Shevchuk is set to make his EuroLeague debut.

Streaks
Gustavo Ayon has collected at least 1 steal in seven consecutive games.
Ayon has posted a performance index rating in double figures in five straight games.
Austin Hollins has recorded a performance index rating in double figures in four of his last five games.
Hollins has at least 1 steal in four of his last five games.

Rankings
Gustavo Ayon ranks third in offensive rebounds with 2.7 per game.
Ayon ranks third this season with 1.8 steals per game.

Records/Milestones
In the third-place game at the Final Four last season, Gustavo Ayon tied the record for two-point shots made without a miss, going 11 for 11 playing for Real Madrid against Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul.
Ayon ranks 14th all-time with 63.8% two-point shooting accuracy.
Ayon is tied for second place with Kaya Peker for the most steals among centers in EuroLeague history with 174. Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv manager Nikola Vujcic is the all-time leader among centers with 181.

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Head-to-head records

There are no previous games between these two teams.