KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz vs. Anadolu Efes Istanbul
· This is the seventh consecutive season these two teams meet in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague. Efes holds a 9-8 edge in that time. Efes downed Baskonia 96-85 in Round 10, behind 16 point and 6 assists from Vasilije Micic and 16 points from Brock Motum.
· Baskonia head coach Velimir Perasovic had two stints with Efes. He first coached Efes in the 2010-11 season and then again six years later when he guided the team to the 2017 EuroLeague Playoffs. Perasovic was on the Efes bench in the first 12 EuroLeague games last season and his last game was an 81-82 home loss against – Baskonia.
· During his second stint with Efes, Perasovic coached current Efes players Dogus Balbay, Bryant Dunston, Brock Motum, Onuralp Bitim and Krunoslav Simon.
· Efes assistant coach Tomislav Mijatovic worked under Perasovic on multiple occasions, including both of Perasovic’s stints at Efes and previously for two seasons at Cibona Zagreb from 2008 to 2010.
· Baskonia point guard Jayson Granger played at Efes for two seasons, from 2015 to 2017. He was a teammate there of Balbay and Dunston.
· Baskonia guard Matt Janning played at Anadolu Efes Istanbul during the 2014-15 season. He was a teammate of Balbay.
· Efes center Tibor Pleiss spent two seasons with Baskonia, from 2012 to 2014. He was a teammate of Ilimane Diop.
· The Efes backcourt duo of Rodrigue Beaubois and Shane Larkin both played at Baskonia. They were there together during the 2016-17 season and Beaubois played for Baskonia last season; he has a teammate of much of the Baskonia roster. Larkin was a teammate of Diop, Tornike Shengelia, Johannes Voigtmann and Tadas Sedekersis.
· Efes center Tibor Pleiss was a teammate of Baskonia point guard Marcelinho Huertas at FC Barcelona Lassa during the 2014-15 season.
· Pleiss and Baskonia big man Johannes Voigtmann have been teammates on the German national team.
· Baskonia big man Vincent Poirier had 16 points, 12 rebounds and career-bests of 5 blocks and a PIR 35 in an 81-82 road win at Efes in December 2017. He won his first MVP of the Round honor for his performance.
· Efes guard Dogus Balbay posted a career-high 7 rebounds against Baskonia in January 2014.
· Bryant Dunston recorded a career-high 3 steals for Olympiacos against Baskonia in October 2014 and matched that playing for Efes against Baskonia in December of 2015.
· Dunston blocked a career-best 5 shots against Baskonia in February 2017, which he has matched twice since then.
· Baskonia’s Johannes Voigtmann matched his career high with 13 rebounds against Efes in February 2017.
· Jayson Granger matched his career high in assists with 11 against Efes in Round 30 last season.
· Rodrigue Beaubois matched his career high in assists with 6 in Round 10.
· Matt Janning matched his career high in steals with 3 in Round 10.