The countdown is on for the start of the 2019-20 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague season on October 3! The new EuroLeague season once again promises great matchups, week in and week out, but also more teams and games to enjoy than ever before in European club basketball. Season-long drama is in store, that's for certain. Just check out the matchups in Round 8!
Marking a milestone
On this visit to Khimki, Milan will mark the club's 250th game in the EuroLeague this century.
This is the first ever official meeting between two clubs, but Zenit's Dimitry Khvostov had his career high with 14 points in December 2014 road win against Efes while playing for Nizhny Novgorod.
Before this season, ALBA's last EuroLeague victory had come against against Panathinaikos in Athens by 66-68 in the penultimate game of the 2014-15 Top 16.
Barcelona forward Nikola Mirotic spent five seasons with Real Madrid as a two-time EuroLeague Rising Star Trophy winner (2011 and 2012) and a two-time All-EuroLeague selection (2013 and 2014). He helped Madrid reach the championsip game in both 2013 and 2014.
Fenerbahce guard Nando De Colo returns to Moscow where he spent the past five seasons as an All-EuroLeague performer for CSKA, helping the team win 2016 and 2019 EuroLeague titles. He made history in 2015-16 as the first EuroLeague player ever to win the Top Scorer Trophy and to be voted both the full-season and Final Four MVP.
First meeting in 31 years
ASVEL and Zvezda played each other first in the 1970 EuroLeague quarterfinals, exchanging narrow home wins, and met four more times through 1988. Home team won all six games.
Zalgiris has won three of its last four games against Olympiacos in Piraeus, one of them in the 2018 playoffs to steal home-court advantage and eventually reach the Final Four.
Return of a champ
Bayern forward Vladimir Lucic played for Valencia from 2013 to 2016. He helped Valencia win the 2014 7DAYS EuroCup crown along with current Valencia players Bojan Dubljevic and Sam Van Rossom.
On a roll
Baskonia leads its all-time series with Maccabi by 17-13 and has won the last three games between them.