Calendar countdown: Round 20

Sep 05, 2019 by Print
Calendar countdown: Round 20

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 20!

Panathinaikos OPAP Athens vs. Zalgiris Kaunas

Breaking the ice

Last season, Zalgiris registered its first-ever EuroLeague road win over Panathinaikos, an 83-87 overtime triumph.

Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade vs. ALBA Berlin

Victory to remember

Zvezda's only win to date over ALBA, an 86-69 home decision in March of 2015, was the team's first ever in the Top 16 and featured a combined 22 points from current players Branko Lazic and Charles Jenkins.

Olympiacos Piraeus vs. FC Bayern Munich

Defensive solutions

Olympiacos triumphed in both of their games last season by holding Bayern to 62 points in a 10-point road win and to 69 points in a 20-point victory at home.

Anadolu Efes Istanbul vs. LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne

Old adversaries

ASVEL beat Efes in Istanbul to take their quarterfinal series en route to the team's first and only Final Four, in 1997. Three years later, Efes returned the favor, beating ASVEL by 2 points in their third and final quarterfinal game on the way to the first Final Four appearance by any Turkish club, in 2000, with current coach Ergin Ataman on the bench.

Khimki Moscow Region vs. Real Madrid

On a roll

In its last three visits to Khimki, Real has scored 96.0 points per game and won by an average margin of 17.6 points.

Zenit St Petersburg vs. Valencia Basket

Memorable comeback

Zenit head coach Joan Plaza won the 7DAYS EuroCup title in 2017 when his Unicaja Malaga team stole do-or-die Game 3 of the finals on Valencia's court with a 20-4 fourth quarter to win 58-63.

Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv vs. AX Armani Exchange Milan

Roll's return

Milan guard Michael Roll spent the past two seasons, which were the first two of his EuroLeague career, in a Maccabi uniform.

Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul vs. FC Barcelona

Three-point echoes

The last time it hosted Barcelona, Fenerbahce tied a EuroLeague club record with 17 three-pointers in an 88-82 win as Kostas Sloukas was a perfect 5-for-5 from long distance.

CSKA Moscow vs. KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz

A new view of Moscow

In their previous meeting in the Russian capital, for Game 2 of last season's playoffs, Baskonia won 68-78, claiming its first victory over CSKA in Moscow since the 2005 Final Four – and ending a run of 15 consecutive defeats there.