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 14!
The very first duel
· This game marks the first game ever between these two teams.
Micic returns to site of breakout season
· Efes point guard Vasilije Micic played for Zalgiris in the 2017-18 season. He played under head coach Sarunas Jasikevicius and was a teammate of much of the current Zalgiris roster, helping the team reach the 2018 Final Four.
Fenerbahce basks in playoff upset
· When these two teams met in the 2017 EuroLeague Playoffs, Fenerbahce became the first team to sweep a best-of-five playoff series without having home-court advantage.
Messina coaches in Madrid again
· Real has won 12 straight games against Milan, a streak that began in 2009, which was the first of Coach Ettore Messina’s two seasons on the Real bench, from 2009 to 2011. He had a 23-13 record in those two seasons in EuroLeague games. Current Real players Felipe Reyes and Sergio Llull both played under Messina in that period.
· These teams have met six times before in the EuroLeague and split the season series each time: 2003-04, 2014-15, 2017-18.
A history that is almost all CSKA’s
· CSKA holds a 6-1 advantage in EuroLeague games against Zvezda and is 4-0 at home in those games. CSKA swept Zvezda 3-0 in the 2015-16 EuroLeague Playoffs en route to winning its seventh EuroLeague title.
The German derby
· This will be a rematch of the German League final series of the last two seasons. Bayern won both. Bayern also ousted ALBA in the 2015-16 EuroCup eighthfinals.
A night Papanikolaou remembers
· Kostas Papanikolaou had career-highs in rebounds (12) and performance index rating (37) against Khimki on April 4, 2013.
Barcelona's long streak
· Barcelona has won the last seven games it has played against ASVEL. The last time ASVEL defeated ASVEL was in December 1996. Delaney Rudd scored 21 to lead ASVEL to a 91-90 overtime win.