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 16!
Messina's Moscow magic
· Coach Messina had two highly successful stints coaching CSKA. In his first four-year period in the Russian capital, Messina guided CSKA to two EuroLeague titles (2006 and 2008) and reached two more championship games (2007 and 2009). In his second stint, he reached the Final Four twice (2013 and 2014).
Efes has Maccabi momentum
· Efes has swept Maccabi in two of the past three seasons and has a 5-1 record against the Israeli champs over the past five years.
For the first time in a decade
· Baskonia leads the all-time series between the teams 3-1. Baskonia has won their last three meetings. Their most-recent duel was in December 2008.
Real's been regal in Athens
· Real has won eight in a row against Panathinaikos, including the last three games in Athens. That streak includes a pair of 82-89 playoff wins, in Game 2 of the 2018 playoffs and Game 3 in 2019. It also included a Round 29 win from last season when Real rallied from 18 points down to win 73-74 on a buzzer-beating three-pointer from Rudy Fernandez. In that game, Walter Tavares had 14 points and a EuroLeague club record 16 rebounds.
A EuroLeague first
· Khimki and ASVEL have never played each other before in the EuroLeague; they met in the EuroCup Top 16 in 2012, when Khimki won both games.
And a basketball first
· This is the first-ever official game between these two clubs.
· Before this season, Fenerbahce and Valencia met every seven seasons. They first met in the EuroLeague in the 2003-04 campaign, with Valencia sweeping Ulker in the Top 16. Then Valencia clashed with Fenerbahce in the 2010-11 season, with the teams splitting home wins before Fenerbahce swept two regular-season games in the 2017-18 season.
Zalgiris seeks maiden victory in Munich
· Bayern has a 3-1 lead in the all-time series and Zalgiris is yet to win in Munich.
Papanikolaou and his big Barcelona year
· Olympiacos forward Kostas Papanikolaou played for Barcelona during the 2013-14 season and was a teammate there of Ante Tomic. They won the Spanish League together.