Both teams are looking to reach the EuroCup Top 16 for the first time. Reyer is on a five-game winning streak and will make it to the Top 16 with a win in Bursa. Tofas will reach the Top 16 with a win only if Partizan NIS Belgrade beats Rytas Vilnius and Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar downs Limoges CSP. In Round 3, Reyer defeated Tofas 76-62 in Venice. Devin Williams (14.9 ppg.), Matt Lojeski (13.4 ppg.) and Sammy Mejia (12.6 ppg.) have been Tofas's leaders until now. Austin Daye (13.7 ppg.) has been Brescia's top scorer, followed by Mitchell Watt (13.0 ppg.) and Mike Bramos (10.4 ppg.).
Devin Williams has been a very pleasant surprise, leading Tofas in scoring and rebounding (8.6 rpg., second overall). A ferocious offensive rebounder (3.1 orpg.), Williams must use his size, aggressiveness and smooth post skills against a more experienced opponent such as Mitchell Watt. In his last three games, Watt has averaged 17.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and a PIR of 23.3 as one of Reyer's leaders in its current winning streak. Expect intensity and a big battle in the paint!
Keys to victory: Tofas
Tofas needs to fix its backcourt defense, as it allows opponents to make a EuroCup-high 41.0% of their shots from beyond the arc. The Turkish powerhouse needs to power its glass better - it ranks 21st overall at just 22.1 defensive rebounds per game. Mejia has averaged 21.5 points in the last two games. Running its offense through its most reliable player will be a key against one of the best defensive squads in the competition.
Keys to victory: Reyer
Reyer allows the second-fewest points in the competition (68.7 ppg.) and limited Lokomotiv to just 61 last week. It is protecting its rim well from all distances, allowing opponents to make just 43.8% of their two-point shots and 27.4% from downtown. It comes as no surprise that Reyer co-leads the EuroCup in defensive rebounds (27.3 rpg.). Effective defense and boxing out leads to controlling the game tempo and Reyer must keep that going.