2018-19Regular SeasonRound 13
December 18, 2018 CET: 18:45
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Records

11-1 Regular Season 10-2
11-1 Overall 10-2

Referees

Crew Chief
HIERREZUELO, DANIEL
Umpire 1
LOTTERMOSER, ROBERT
Umpire 2
DIFALLAH, MEHDI

The Take

One of the marquee duels of the EuroLeague in recent years will offer fans another chapter on Tuesday when Fenerbahce BEKO Istanbul (11-1) hosts CSKA Moscow (10-2) in a matchup between the current first- and second-placed teams in the standings. Fenerbahce is curently riding a winning streak of eight games, the last one against Milan at home, while CSKA is 2-2 in the last four games. However, the past does not count much when these two giants meet on the court, so get ready for one of the best basketball duels one can see anywhere.

Marquee matchup

Kostas Sloukas and Sergio Rodriguez, two superstar veterans who run their respective teams with mastery, will be pit against each other in Round 13. Sloukas averages 11.8 points, 2.1 rebounds and 5.2 assists in starting seven of the 11 games he has played so far with Fenerbahce. Rodriguez stars with 10.9 points, 1.5 points and 5.5 assists off the bench for the guests. These two veterans combine for 18 EuroLeague seasons, and they understand what's at stake in a game like this as few point guards can.

It's two masters now

Coaches Zeljko Obradovic and Dimitris Itoudis go a long way back. Together, they won five EuroLeague titles with Panathinaikos Athens, where Obradovic had Itoudis as an assistant. Since they parted after leaving Athens, they have faced each other eight times while coaching Fenerbahce and CSKA, respectively. They are 4-4 so far, the record including a title win for Itoudis in May of 2016. Last season they shared dramatic regular season wins against each other, each coming on the other's court at the last second.

Keys to victory: Fenerbahce

Playing at home is always a good boost for Fenerbahce. But even if the team is notorious for feeding off the energy of its fans, to win against a team like CSKA, many more things will have to go well. The hosts will have to make good use of the best defense in the league (76.4 ppg.) to make up for the slightly lower offensive numbers. In this kind of game, individual talent and matchups can make the result go one way or the other, so expect Fenerbahce's defense to key on the likes of De Colo, Higgins, Rodriguez and Clyburn in order to keep the win in Istanbul.

Keys to victory: CSKA

The trip to Fenerbahce is one of the toughest in the league, and CSKA is not immune to that rule. The hosts are on a long winning streak and are playing at home, so CSKA will have to work as hard as ever to pull this one off. The guests could have an advantage on the glass as Fenerbahce features the second-weakest register in that aspect (29.6 rpg.). But against such a resourceful team like Fenerbahce, which shoots high percentages based on great ball movement, CSKA will have to pay special attention on defense, especially to decisive players like Jan Vesely, Luigi Datome and Ali Muhammad.

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Fenerbahce BEKO Istanbul
# Player Pos. H. Age
1 GREEN, ERICK G 1.90 26
3 TIRPANCI, ERGI G 2.00 18
4 MELLI, NICOLO F 2.05 27
5 HERSEK, BARIS F 2.08 30
10 MAHMUTOGLU, MELIH G 1.91 28
11 ENNIS, TYLER G 1.88 24
12 KALINIC, NIKOLA F 2.02 27
16 SLOUKAS, KOSTAS G 1.90 28
18 ARNA, EGEHAN F 2.03 21
23 GUDURIC, MARKO G 1.96 23
24 VESELY, JAN C 2.13 28
32 GULER, SINAN G 1.92 35
35 MUHAMMED, ALI G 1.78 35
44 DUVERIOGLU, AHMET C 2.09 25
70 DATOME, LUIGI F 2.03 31
77 LAUVERGNE, JOFFREY C 2.11 27
CSKA Moscow
# Player Pos. H. Age
1 DE COLO, NANDO G 1.96 31
3 BOLOMBOY, JOEL F 2.04 24
5 PETERS, ALEC F 2.06 23
7 UKHOV, IVAN G 1.93 23
11 ANTONOV, SEMEN F 2.02 29
13 RODRIGUEZ, SERGIO G 1.91 32
20 VORONTSEVICH, ANDREY F 2.07 31
21 CLYBURN, WILL F 2.01 28
22 HIGGINS, CORY G 1.96 29
23 HACKETT, DANIEL G 1.93 30
28 LOPATIN, ANDREI F 2.08 20
30 KULAGIN, MIKHAIL G 1.91 24
41 KURBANOV, NIKITA F 2.02 32
42 HINES, KYLE C 1.98 32
44 HUNTER, OTHELLO C 2.03 32

Player Stats

Vesely, J. / 14.3 Sloukas, K. / 11.8 Datome, L. / 10.1
Higgins, C. / 16.8 De Colo, N. / 13.5 Clyburn, W. / 12.9
Vesely, J. / 5.1
Clyburn, W. / 6.9
Sloukas, K. / 5.2 Vesely, J. / 3.0
Vesely, J. / 1.2 Melli, N. / 1.0
De Colo, N. / 1.2 Clyburn, W. / 1.1
Hines, K. / 0.8
2PT
Guduric, M. / 75.8 % Lauvergne, J. / 71.6 % Vesely, J. / 67.1 %
Hunter, O. / 64.6 % Clyburn, W. / 61.0 % Higgins, C. / 55.6 %
3PT
Datome, L. / 50.0 % Sloukas, K. / 50.0 % Muhammed, A. / 42.9 %
Peters, A. / 57.4 % Higgins, C. / 52.4 % Rodriguez, S. / 42.6 %
FT
Sloukas, K. / 90.3 % Vesely, J. / 86.4 %
De Colo, N. / 94.3 % Higgins, C. / 86.5 % Clyburn, W. / 78.9 %
PIR
Vesely, J. / 20.6 Sloukas, K. / 16.2 Lauvergne, J. / 12.8
Clyburn, W. / 18.2 Higgins, C. / 17.2 De Colo, N. / 15.4

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
85.1 Points 88.8
29.7 Rebounds 34.6
8.1 O. Rebounds 10.9
21.6 D. Rebounds 23.7
19.8 Assists 18.3
6.3 Steals 6.4
2.1 Blocks 2.7
59.7 % 2PT 52.7 %
45.5 % 3PT 41.5 %
81.1 % FT 82.9 %
102.7 PIR 99.7

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
76.4 Points 82.0
30.6 Rebounds 34.9
12.2 O. Rebounds 11.9
18.4 D. Rebounds 23.0
16.3 Assists 16.8
6.3 Steals 5.8
1.3 Blocks 2.8
53.7 % 2PT 51.1 %
34.1 % 3PT 35.1 %
74.9 % FT 78.3 %
77.8 PIR 88.1

Head Coaches

ITOUDIS, DIMITRIS
CSKA Moscow
"We visit the current EuroLeague leader, a team that plays good basketball this season, that plays physical and very deep on each and every position, having two or three high-quality players to cover every spot. We have to stay on the same level of competitiveness from first to last minute to win the game."

Players

HINES, KYLE
CSKA Moscow
"Fenerbahce is the EuroLeague leader, it is a tough and aggressive opponent. We have to match up their aggressiveness and stay focused all game long. Our games are always interesting, both of them came down to one last shot in the previous season. The game is very important for both teams mentally, confidence-wise, it will set the tone for what the team wants to achieve in the end of the season."

Fenerbahce BEKO Istanbul vs. CSKA Moscow

· CSKA has a 17-7 advantage in meetings with Fenerbahce. The teams split dramatic road wins last season.

· Nicolo Melli was the hero in a 93-95 overtime thriller in Round 8 in Moscow, with a tip-in at the final buzzer. Jan Vesely starred with a career-high 31 points in that game. In Round 26, CSKA edged Fenerbahce 79-81 in Istanbul with a buzzer-beating jumper from Nando De Colo as Andrey Vorontsevich scored 17 points for the winners.

· CSKA and Fenerbahce squared off in the 2016 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Championship Game in Berlin. In a thriller that went to overtime on a buzzer-beating tip-in by Victor Khryapa, CSKA topped Fenerbahce 96-101. Nando De Colo had 22 points and was voted the Final Four MVP.

· In the 2015 third-place game, CSKA held off a second-half rally by Fenerbahce to win 80-86 as Nando De Colo came off the bench with 17 points.

· CSKA's Kyle Hines and Fenerbahce guard Kostas Sloukas won EuroLeague titles together in 2012 and 2013 with Olympiacos Piraeus.

· CSKA big man Othello Hunter and Sloukas were teammates at Olympiacos in the 2014-15 season.

· CSKA guard Daniel Hackett and Fenerbahce forward Nicolo Melli played together at EA7 Emporio Armani Milan in 2014 and 2015 and have been Italian national teammates, too.

· Fenerbahce guard Erick Green was a teammate of Hunter and Hackett at Montepaschi Siena in the 2013-14 season. Green and Hunter made their respective EuroLeague debuts that season.

· Green and Hackett were also teammates at Olympiacos Piraeus in the 2016-17 season.

· Fenerbahce's Luigi Datome has been a teammate on the Italian national team with Hackett.

· CSKA guard Nando De Colo and Fenerbahce forward Joffrey Lauvergne won gold together at EuroBasket 2013 and bronze at EuroBasket 2015 with the French national team.

· Daniel Hackett pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds playing for Milan against Fenerbahce twice in the 2014-15 season.

· Hackett matched his high of 3 steals playing for AX Milan against Fenerbahce in March 2014

· Nikita Kurbanov had a career-high 3 blocks the last time CSKA hosted Fenerbahce, in November of last season.

· CSKA center Kyle Hines matched his career-high with 4 steals against Fenerbahce in February 2015.

· Jan Vesely's 31 points in Fenerbahce's 93-95 overtime win in Moscow last season included a club-record and career-high 14 two-pointers made on 19 attempts.

· Fenerbahce playmaker Ali Muhammed matched his career best with 4 steals vs. CSKA in December of 2016.

· Kostas Sloukas matched his career-high with 3 steals vs. CSKA in Fenerbahce's 93-95 overtime win in Moscow last season.

· Joffrey Lauvergne had a career-high 3 steals playing for Partizan Belgrade against CSKA in December of 2013.

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Fenerbahce BEKO Istanbul

Roster
Coach Zeljko Obradovic has used 11 different starters this season. Nicolo Melli is the only player to have started every game.
Streaks
Jan Vesely, who entered the season as a career 56.2% free throw shooter, is 51 for 59 (86.4%) from the foul line.
Vesely has posted a double-figure PIR in each of his last 11 games.
Luigi Datome has made at least 1 three-pointer in all 12 games this season.
Rankings
Jan Vesely ranks second in average PIR with 20.6 per game.
Marko Guduric ranks second in two-point accuracy at 75.8%.
Kostas Sloukas ranks third in free throw accuracy at 90.3%.
Datome ranks fifth all-time in free throw accuracy at 90.87%.
Records/Milestones
Jan Vesely ranks eighth all-time with 372 offensive rebounds. Mirsad Turkcan is seventh with 385.

CSKA Moscow

Roster
Coach Itoudis has used 11 different players in CSKA's starting lineups; no player has started in every EuroLeague game.
Streaks
Sergio Rodriguez has made at least 1 three-point shot in each of his last 19 games.
Cory Higgins has scored in double figures in 19 consecutive games.
Higgins has made at least 1 three-pointer in seven straight games.
Alec Peters has made at least 1 three-pointer each of his last 10 games.
Will Clyburn has scored at least 10 points in eight straight games.
Clyburn has collected at least 1 steal in eight of CSKA's last nine games.
Rankings
Cory Higgins is ranked third in scoring this season with 16.8 points per game.
Will Clyburn ranks fourth in rebounding with 6.9 per game.
Alec Peters leads the EuroLeague 57.5% three-point accuracy; Cory Higgins is second at 52.4%.
Nando De Colo ranks first in free throw accuracy with 94.3%; Cory Higgins is fifth at 86.5%.
De Colo is the EuroLeague career leader in free throw accuracy at 93.69%.
Records/Milestones
Kyle Hines is ranked fourth in EuroLeague history with 191 blocked shots. Ioannis Bourousis is third with 194.
Hines is third in EuroLeague history with 469 offensive rebounds.
Hines is ranked 12th in competition history with 1,065 rebounds. His former CSKA teammate Victor Khryapa is 11th with 1,070.
Sergio Rodriguez needs 6 more assists to become the EuroLeague's fifth player ever to reach 1,000. Barcelona point guard Thomas Heurtel is fourth with 1,070 career assists and counting.

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Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
7 - 17
Fenerbahce BEKO Istanbul CSKA Moscow
* overall record in EuroLeague since 2000
Fenerbahce BEKO Istanbul
Home record vs. CSKA Moscow: 3-8
Away record vs. CSKA Moscow: 4-7
CSKA Moscow
Home record vs. Fenerbahce BEKO Istanbul: 7-4
Away record vs. Fenerbahce BEKO Istanbul: 8-3

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2017-18 16 March 2018 Regular Season Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul 79 - 81 CSKA Moscow
2017-18 17 November 2017 Regular Season CSKA Moscow 93 - 95 Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul
2016-17 02 February 2017 Regular Season Fenerbahce Istanbul 77 - 71 CSKA Moscow
2016-17 23 December 2016 Regular Season CSKA Moscow 79 - 95 Fenerbahce Istanbul
2015-16 15 May 2016 Final Four Fenerbahce Istanbul 96 - 101 CSKA Moscow
2014-15 17 May 2015 Final Four Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul 80 - 86 CSKA Moscow
2014-15 27 February 2015 Top 16 CSKA Moscow 75 - 81 Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
2014-15 02 January 2015 Top 16 Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul 81 - 84 CSKA Moscow
2013-14 06 December 2013 Regular Season CSKA Moscow 74 - 78 Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
2013-14 31 October 2013 Regular Season Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul 86 - 60 CSKA Moscow
2008-09 04 March 2009 Top 16 CSKA Moscow 77 - 60 Fenerbahce Ulker
2008-09 29 January 2009 Top 16 Fenerbahce Ulker 48 - 66 CSKA Moscow
2006-07 31 January 2007 Regular Season CSKA Moscow 85 - 66 Fenerbahce Ulker
2006-07 06 December 2006 Regular Season Fenerbahce Ulker 64 - 74 CSKA Moscow
2005-06 01 February 2006 Regular Season CSKA Moscow 74 - 51 Ulker
2005-06 07 December 2005 Regular Season Ulker 49 - 82 CSKA Moscow
2004-05 07 April 2005 Playoffs Ulker 64 - 82 CSKA Moscow
2004-05 05 April 2005 Playoffs CSKA Moscow 88 - 74 Ulker
2004-05 19 January 2005 Regular Season CSKA Moscow 90 - 77 Ulker
2004-05 24 November 2004 Regular Season Ulker 82 - 87 CSKA Moscow
2002-03 11 December 2002 Regular Season CSKA Moscow 78 - 62 Ulker
2002-03 09 October 2002 Regular Season Ulker 63 - 66 CSKA Moscow
2001-02 18 April 2002 Top 16 Ulker 96 - 91 CSKA Moscow
2001-02 06 March 2002 Top 16 CSKA Moscow 86 - 80 Ulker