Did you know? Regular Season Round 8

Sep 08, 2018 by Euroleague.net Print

You know that the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague is the only major round-robin team competition in Europe.

You know, therefore, that fans anywhere can see every major club and superstar player go against their own teams.

And you know what that adds up to – season-long drama that only the EuroLeague can deliver!

BUT…. did you know the following about the games of Round 8?

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Anadolu Efes Istanbul vs. Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv

Maccabi center Tyus faces his former team.

Maccabi big man Alex Tyus will meet his former team and three of his former Efes teammates - Birkan Batuk, Dogus Balbay and Bryant Dunston – in this game.

Fenerbahce Istanbul vs. Darussafaka Istanbul

Both teams have former players of its opponent.

Not only are both Fenerbahce and Darussafaka from Istanbul, but there are three players who have worn both jerseys: Sinan Guler and Baris Hersek of Fenerbahce and Oguz Savas of Darussafaka.

FC Bayern Munich vs. Olympiacos Piraeus

Olympiacos has never lost against Bayern.

The Reds' two wins came in the 2013-14 season. Olympiacos beat Bayern 88-83 at home and 103-105 at Audi Dome behind 24 points and 7 assists from Vassilis Spanoulis.

Real Madrid vs. Herbalife Gran Canaria

A pair of Madrid players face their former team.

Jaycee Carroll, in his eighth season with Madrid, joined the club from Gran Canaria in 2011. Edy Tavares earned All-EuroCup First Team honors with Gran Canaria in the 2014-15 season.

CSKA Moscow vs. Zalgiris Kaunas

Zalgiris has never won in Moscow in EuroLeague action.

Zalgiris has never beaten CSKA in Moscow in EuroLeague action: 11 trips, 11 losses. Zalgiris, however, beat CSKA in the former Soviet League and the VTB League, as well as in last season's Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Third Place Game in Belgrade.

Khimki Moscow Region vs. Buducnost VOLI Podgorica

These two teams meet for the first time.

Incredibly, despite 19 EuroCup seasons and 250 games between them (Buducnost is seventh all-time with 134 games and Khimki eighth at 116), the teams are set to face each other for the first time in this round.

Panathinaikos OPAP Athens vs. FC Barcelona Lassa

A special game for Coach Pascual.

Xavi Pascual made his EuroLeague coaching debut with Barcelona. He coached the team for almost nine seasons and led it to the EuroLeague title in 2010 and five Final Fours from 2009 to 2014.

AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan vs. KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz

Milan's roster has strong bonds in Vitoria.

Vladimir Micov and Mike James played for Baskonia in the past and Dairis Bertans's brother, Davis, also wore its jersey while Dairis was playing for nearby Bilbao Basket.