2019-20Regular SeasonRound 22
January 30, 2020 CET: 21:00
Local time: 21:00 PALAU BLAUGRANA
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Records

15-6 Regular Season 7-14
15-6 Overall 7-14

Referees

To be announced soon

The Take

Two teams on opposite sides of the standings will meet each other in Round 22 when FC Barcelona hosts Zenit St Petersburg on Thursday. The hosts won their last two games and seem to be on the winning path again. Last week they defeated Zvezda at home, 86-82. Zenit seems to have found its rhythm and has won three of its last four games, including last week at home against Olympiacos, 91-87.

Earlier this season

This will be just the second time that these two teams play each other in the EuroLeague. In their previous encounter in Round 2, Barcelona won on the road in Russia 63-87. Former Zenit sharpshooter Kyle Kuric led the winners with 24 points including 4 of 4 three-pointers.

Marquee matchup

Nikola Mirotic and Will Thomas will be the protagonists of a duel between two mobile big men on Thursday. Mirotic starts for Barcelona and leads the team with 18.7 points and 7.4 rebounds per game in almost 28 minutes on the court per game. Thomas is also one of Zenit's major contributors with averages of 10.6 points and 4.1 rebounds in 28 minutes per game.

Keys to victory: Barcelona

The hosts average 9 more points than the visitors per game, so their main leverage over Zenit lays on the offensive side. Barcelona seems to have overcome a rough moment of form and the team will look to stay on the winning track for good. Zenit seems to fare a bit better on the defensive categories, but Barca has better numbers from all ranges.

Keys to victory: Zenit

It took a while, but Zenit seems to have found its game in the last month. Winning in Barcelona will be a difficult task, but the painful loss at home could trigger some extra motivation for the visitors. However, if the team takes the game to the end, details like being the second-worst team in the league from the free-throw line could become a problem, so paying attention to those kinds of things could go a long way for Zenit.

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FC Barcelona
# Player Pos. H. Age
0 DAVIES, BRANDON C 2.08 28
1 BADJI, IBOU C 2.15 17
3 PANGOS, KEVIN G 1.86 27
5 RIBAS, PAU G 1.94 32
8 HANGA, ADAM F 2.00 30
10 SMITS, ROLANDS F 2.07 24
13 HEURTEL, THOMAS G 1.89 30
14 PUSTOVYI, ARTEM C 2.18 27
18 ORIOLA, PIERRE C 2.08 27
19 MARCOS, JUANI G 1.85 19
21 ABRINES, ALEX F 1.98 26
22 HIGGINS, CORY G 1.95 30
23 DELANEY, MALCOLM G 1.91 30
24 KURIC, KYLE F 1.93 30
30 CLAVER, VICTOR F 2.08 31
31 BOLMARO, LEANDRO G 1.98 19
32 MARTINEZ, SERGI F 2.02 20
33 MIROTIC, NIKOLA F 2.08 28
44 TOMIC, ANTE C 2.17 32
Zenit St Petersburg
# Player Pos. H. Age
4 IVERSON, COLTON C 2.13 30
6 ALBICY, ANDREW G 1.78 29
7 PONKRASHOV, ANTON G 2.00 33
9 HOLLINS, AUSTIN G 1.93 28
10 THOMAS, WILL F 2.03 33
11 BALASHOV, SERGEI F 2.06 23
12 RENFROE, ALEX G 1.91 33
13 KHVOSTOV, DMITRY G 1.90 30
14 PUSHKOV, ANTON C 2.08 31
15 SHEVCHUK, KONSTANTIN G 1.90 20
16 TRUSHKIN, VLADISLAV F 2.01 26
18 VORONOV, EVGENY G 1.94 33
20 ZUBKOV, ANDREY F 2.06 28
21 ABROMAITIS, TIM F 2.03 30
25 PONITKA, MATEUSZ F 1.98 26
34 AYON, GUSTAVO C 2.08 34

Player Stats

Mirotic, N. / 18.7 Higgins, C. / 11.7 Davies, B. / 10.1
Ayon, G. / 12.0 Thomas, W. / 10.6 Ponitka, M. / 9.7
Mirotic, N. / 7.4
Ayon, G. / 5.1 Iverson, C. / 5.0 Ponitka, M. / 4.6
Delaney, M. / 5.2 Hanga, A. / 3.7
Renfroe, A. / 5.1 Albicy, A. / 3.0
Mirotic, N. / 1.2 Davies, B. / 1.1
Hollins, A. / 1.3 Ayon, G. / 1.2 Thomas, W. / 1.1
Davies, B. / 0.7
Iverson, C. / 0.6 Ayon, G. / 0.5
2PT
Hanga, A. / 62.7% Mirotic, N. / 60.9% Tomic, A. / 60.7%
Thomas, W. / 62.6% Ponitka, M. / 59.5% Ayon, G. / 58.2%
3PT
Abrines, A. / 44.4% Kuric, K. / 43.8% Delaney, M. / 42.5%
Abromaitis, T. / 43.4% Voronov, E. / 38.5% Hollins, A. / 35.3%
FT
Mirotic, N. / 85.8% Davies, B. / 80.0% Higgins, C. / 78.2%
Hollins, A. / 90.0% Thomas, W. / 75.6% Renfroe, A. / 73.0%
PIR
Mirotic, N. / 21.8 Davies, B. / 11.4 Higgins, C. / 10.5
Thomas, W. / 13.8 Ayon, G. / 13.5 Ponitka, M. / 13.3

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
84.0 Points 75.0
35.3 Rebounds 32.6
10.4 O. Rebounds 12.2
24.9 D. Rebounds 20.4
18.7 Assists 18.5
7.0 Steals 7.2
2.2 Blocks 2.6
54.9% 2PT 52.0%
38.3% 3PT 33.3%
77.8% FT 70.9%
97.1 PIR 81.2

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
78.3 Points 80.0
31.5 Rebounds 34.8
9.0 O. Rebounds 11.0
22.5 D. Rebounds 23.8
17.2 Assists 18.5
6.7 Steals 6.3
2.1 Blocks 2.5
52.1% 2PT 52.6%
37.2% 3PT 39.5%
77.8% FT 83.0%
79.9 PIR 90.2
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FC Barcelona vs. Zenit St Petersburg

· It will go down in history that Zenit played its first EuroLeague home game against Barcelona in Round 2. It was the first visit to St. Petersburg for an official game for Barcelona, which took home a 63-87 win behind a career-high 24 points from Kyle Kuric.

· Barcelona players Victor Claver and Malcolm Delaney were teammates of Zenit forward Andrey Zubkov during the 2015-16 season at Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar. They helped Lokomotiv reach the EuroLeague Final Four.

· Zenit point guard Alex Renfroe played under Barcelona coach Svetislav Pesic at FC Bayern Munich during the 2015-16 season.

· Barcelona guard Kyle Kuric played for Zenit during he 2017-18 season. He was the EuroCup Top 16 MVP and an All-EuroCup Second Team selection that season. Kuric was a teammate of current Zenit players Anton Pushkov and Evgeny Voronov.

· Barcelona forward Nikola Mirotic made his EuroLeague debut against Barcelona as a Real Madrid player in March 2009. The coach who gave Mirotic his first EuroLeague minutes was Joan Plaza, who now roams the sidelines in St. Petersburg.

· Barcelona's Pierre Oriola and Zenit's Will Thomas were teammates at Valencia Basket during the 2016-17 season. They won the Spanish League title together.

· Barcelona big man Brandon Davies set his career-high in assists with 6 in Round 2 against Zenit.

· Kyle Kuric posted his career-high in index rating with 26 and in scoring with 26 points in Round 2 against Zenit.

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FC Barcelona

Roster
Coach Svetislav Pesic has used 12 different players as starters so far this season. Nikola Mirotic is the only player to have started every game for Barcelona.
Thomas Heurtel returned to action last weekend in the Spanish League after being sidelined with a knee injury since the summer.
Kevin Pangos has been sidelined since the start of the season with a toe injury.

Streaks
Nikola Mirotic has scored in double figures in 23 of his last 24 EuroLeague games.
Mirotic has posted a performance index rating of 13 or more in each of his last 24 appearances dating back to the 2014 EuroLeague Playoffs.
Victor Claver has made 12 consecutive free throws dating back to last season. 
Malcolm Delaney has made at least 1 three-point shot in five of his last six games.
Delaney has scored in double figures in five of his last six games. He had a double-digit PIR in four of his last five games.
Kyle Kuric has made at least 1 three-pointer in six straight games.
Kuric has made 13 consecutive free throws.

Rankings
Nikola Mirotic is tied for second this season in average PIR with 21.8 per game.
Mirotic ranks fourth this season with 18.7 points per game.
Mirotic ranks third this season with 7.4 rebounds per game.
Malcolm Delaney ranks seventh this season with 5.2 assists per game.

Records/Milestones
Ante Tomic ranks fourth all-time with 1,513 rebounds. Ioannis Bourousis is third with 1,603.
Tomic is ranked third all-time with 514 offensive rebounds. Kyle Hines of CSKA Moscow is second with 558 and counting.
Tomic ranks fourth all-time with 999 defensive rebounds.
Tomic is the competition's all-time leader in two-point baskets with 1,123.
Ante Tomic ranks 10th all-time with 155 blocks. Victor Khryapa is ninth with 161.
Tomic ranks ninth all-time with 2,748 points scored. Milos Teodosic is eighth with 2,807.
Tomic ranks sixth all-time with 3,671 index rating points. Zalgiris big man Paulius Jankunas ranks fifth with 3,710 and counting.
Thomas Heurtel ranks fifth all-time in assists with 1,173. Sergio Rodriguez of AX Armani Exchange Milan is fourth with 1,195 and counting.
Cory Higgins ranks 10th all-time in three-point shooting accuracy at 46.4%.
Nikola Mirotic needs 1 more steal to reach 100 for his career.
Mirotic needs 62 points to reach 1,500 for his career.

Zenit St Petersburg

Roster
Head coach Joan Plaza has used 14 different players as starters this season. No player has started every game.
Dmitry Khvostov has not played the last two games with an ankle injury.
Konstantin Shevchuk is set to make his EuroLeague debut.

Streaks
Austin Hollins has made at least 1 three-pointer in eight of his last nine games.
Hollins has at least 1 steal in six straight and 10 of his last 11 games.
Andrew Albicy has made at least 1 three-point shot in six of his last seven games.
Will Thomas has recorded at least 1 steal in six straight games.
Colton Iverson has posted a performance index rating of at least 10 in seven of his last eight games.

Rankings
Gustavo Ayon ranks seventh in offensive rebounds this season with 2.4 per game.
Alex Renfroe ranks ninth this season with 5.1 assists per game.

Records/Milestones
Gustavo Ayon tied a Final Four record last season by making 11 of 11 two-pointers without a miss playing for Real Madrid against Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul in the Third Place Game.
Ayon is the all-time leader in steals among centers with 185.

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Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
1 - 0
FC Barcelona Zenit St Petersburg
* overall record in EuroLeague since 2000
FC Barcelona
Home record vs. Zenit St Petersburg: 0-0
Away record vs. Zenit St Petersburg: 1-0
Zenit St Petersburg
Home record vs. FC Barcelona: 0-1
Away record vs. FC Barcelona: 0-0

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2019-20 11 October 2019 Regular Season Zenit St Petersburg 63 - 87 FC Barcelona