There's no place like home for Valencia

Mar 06, 2019 by Print
There's no place like home for Valencia

Valencia Basket on Tuesday became the first team to play 200 EuroCup games and celebrated this milestone with a big win against Rytas Vilnius in Game 1 of the quarterfinals, 75-64. Valencia recorded its 149th win alongside just 50 losses and 1 tie - against Joventut Badalona in the second leg of the 2004-05 two-game total-points eighthfinals. It was business as usual; not only does Valencia win at home very often, it is almost lethal there in elimination rounds. And when Valencia has had the home-court advantage after the second group stage, it has been almost indestructible.

Valencia has treasured home-court advantage like no other team in competition history. Whether it was in two-game or best-of-three playoffs, Valencia had the home-court advantage 11 times in competition history. In 14 post-season games with that home-court advantage, Valencia has lost only once - against Unicaja Malaga in Game 3 of the 2017 Finals. It has won 10 out of the 11 series, including the 2003 finals against Krka Novo Mesto to become the competition's first champion.

Valencia has also been solid without home-court advantage, registering just two home losses in 11 games: against Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar in 2013 and Khimki Moscow Region in 2015. This is Valencia's 23rd post-season series and every time it has lost - to Rytas in 2005, Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar in 2013, Khimki Moscow Region in 2015 and Unicaja Malaga in 2017 - that team ended up lifting the trophy at the end of the season.

Despite its historic success at home, Valencia hopes to not play there next week. Instead, the goal is to finish the series on the road in Game 2 in Vilnius on Friday.