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 25!
A recent career-high
ASVEL's Edwin Jackson had a career-high 7 assists in his last game against Olympiacos, playing for Buducnost VOLI Podgorica in March of last season.
Coaches go way back
Zeljko Obradovic coached current Real Madrid head coach Pablo Laso at Real for two seasons during the mid-1990s. They won the 1997 Saporta Cup together.
Get out your brooms
In each of the last five seasons that they have played each other, one of these teams won both games in a sweep: Baskonia was 2-0 vs. Zalgiris last season, in 2017-18 and in the 2015-16 Top 16. Zalgiris was 2-0 vs. Baskonia in the 2016-17 season and in the 2012-13 regular season.
Plenty of coaching experience
Zenit is a competition newcomer and ALBA is back in the EuroLeague after five years, but their Spanish coaches Joan Plaza and Aito Garcia Reneses, respectively, have coached more than 250 EuroLeague games combined just this century.
Thief in the night
Valencia forward Brock Motum had a career-high 3 steals against Maccabi while playing for Zalgiris Kaunas on October 28, 2016.
First time for everything
Alexey Shved earned his first MVP of the Round honor with 29 points and a 35 PIR in Khimki's 71-77 road win over Milan in December of 2017. He has won five more such honors since.
Micic’s Munich connections
Efes guard Vasilije Micic spent a season and a half with Bayern in 2014-15. He made his EuroLeague debut there. Only Nihad Dedovic remains from his time at the club. Micic also played under current Bayern coach Dejan Radonjic during the 2015-16 season at Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade and has teamed with Bayern forward Vladimir Lucic on the Serbian national team.
Former playoff foes
Barcelona and Panathinaikos have met twice in the EuroLeague Playoffs. In 2011 Panathinaikos beat Barcelona 3-1 without the home-court advantage and in 2013 Barcelona ousted Panathinaikos 3-2.
CSKA’s defensive masterpiece
CSKA turned in a defensive masterpiece the last time in played Zvezda on the road to win 59-85 at Stark Arena in November 2017. The Russian champs held Zvezda to 34 points in the first 30 minutes before letting up.