2019-20Regular SeasonRound 13
December 12, 2019 CET: 19:00
Local time: 19:00 STARK ARENA
Balkans: NOVA SPORT
Spain: DAZN
Brazil: DAZN
Turkey: beIN SPORTS HD 4
France: RMC SPORT LIVE 14 (Delayed)
United Kingdom: EUROSPORT PLAYER
Greece: NOVASPORTS 4HD
United States of America: FLOHOOPS
Israel: 5LIVE
Internet: EUROLEAGUE.TV
Italy: EUROSPORT PLAYER

Records

5-7 Regular Season 5-7
5-7 Overall 5-7

Referees

Crew Chief
ROCHA, FERNANDO
Umpire 1
LAURINAVICIUS, JURGIS
Umpire 2
BALAK, AMIT

The Take

Zvezda arrives to this game in its best moment this season as the Serbian powerhouse is on a three-game winning streak that includes victories in Kaunas and Milan. Baskonia needs to bounce back right away after consecutive losses by an average margin of 28.5 points. Billy Baron (11.8 ppg.) has been Zvezda's top scorer until now, followed by Lorenzo Brown (11.7 ppg.) and Stratos Perperoglou (10.0 ppg.), who is currently injured. Toko Shengelia (18.8 ppg.), Nik Stauskas (9.6 ppg.) and Pierria Henry (7.5 ppg.) have led Baskonia so far.

Marquee matchup

Brown has been unstoppable lately, hitting the game-winning shot against Valencia and following it up with a great performance in a road win in Milan. In the last two games, Brown has averaged 20 points, 3.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists and a PIR of 25. Brown faces a great on-the-ball defender in Pierria Henry, last season's 7DAYS EuroCup Regular Season MVP, who has a great feel for steals and who can match Brown's intensity.

History lesson

Baskonia and Zvezda have faced each other eight times in EuroLeague history. Zvezda has a 5-3 winning record against Baskonia, but the Spanish powerhouse won its last two games in the Serbian capital. Baskonia downed Zvezda 81-85 on November 23, 2017 behind 17 points from Johannes Voigtmann and 16 from Shengelia. Baskonkia won again in Belgrade by 63-70 on November 4, 2016. Shane Larkin and Rodrigue Beaubois led Baskonia with 16 points apiece.

Did you know?

Dragan Sakota and Velimir Perasovic are set to face each other for the first time as head coaches. The last time Sakota and Perasovic faced each other on a basketball court, however, was in the 1989-90 season. Perasovic played for Jugoplastika against Cibona, coached by Sakota, in the 1990 Yugoslavian League semifinals. Jugoplastika won the best-of-three series 2-1 and ended up lifting the trophy.

Keys to victory: Zvezda

Zvezda ranks 17th in scoring this season (72.5 ppg.) mainly because it ranks last in two-point shooting percentage (46.6%). Zvezda is not very effective from downtown either (33.2%) but makes up due to its great defensive numbers, allowing 75.3 points on average and forcing opponents to hit just 31.4% of their shots from beyone the arc. Zvezda needs to control the tempo, trust its defense and expect Brown to make the difference in crunch time.

Keys to victory: Baskonia

Baskonia leads the EuroLeague in offensive rebounds (12.1 orpg.) and that kind of blue-collar mentality will be needed to get a chance to win in the Serbian capital. Baskonia is struggling from beyond the three-point line (32.9%) and faces against a team with great perimeter defense. It has a size advantage in the paint with Youssoupha Fall and Michael Eric, and a difference-maker in Shengelia at power forward, so getting its big men involved will be critical for the visitors.

Injuries: Zvezda

Stratos Perperoglou is still recovering from a knee injury.

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Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
# Player Pos. H. Age
0 KUZMIC, OGNJEN C 2.13 29
1 BROWN, DERRICK F 2.03 32
3 COVIC, FILIP G 1.80 30
4 BROWN, LORENZO G 1.96 29
5 PERPEROGLOU, STRATOS F 2.03 35
7 DAVIDOVAC, DEJAN F 2.02 24
9 NENADIC, NEMANJA F 1.97 25
10 LAZIC, BRANKO G 1.95 30
11 FAYE, MOUHAMMAD F 2.08 34
12 BARON, BILLY G 1.88 29
13 DOBRIC, OGNJEN G 2.00 25
15 GIST, JAMES F 2.04 33
22 JENKINS, CHARLES G 1.91 30
28 SIMANIC, BORISA F 2.09 21
32 JOVANOVIC, NIKOLA C 2.11 25
50 OJO, MICHAEL C 2.16 26
KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz
# Player Pos. H. Age
1 PENAVA, AJDIN C 2.06 22
3 VILDOZA, LUCA G 1.91 24
5 GONZALEZ, MIGUEL G 2.01 20
7 HENRY, PIERRIA G 1.93 26
10 LOPEZ, LAUTARO G 1.81 20
11 JANNING, MATT G 1.93 31
12 DIOP, ILIMANE C 2.11 24
15 GRANGER, JAYSON G 1.89 30
17 GARCIA, SERGI F 1.93 22
19 FALL, YOUSSOUPHA C 2.21 24
22 STAUSKAS, NIK G 1.97 26
23 SHENGELIA, TORNIKE C 2.06 28
29 GARINO, PATRICIO F 2.01 26
31 SHIELDS, SHAVON F 2.01 25
33 POLONARA, ACHILLE C 2.02 28
50 ERIC, MICHAEL C 2.10 31

Player Stats

Baron, B. / 11.8 Brown, L. / 11.7 Perperoglou, S. / 10.0
Gist, J. / 5.0 Faye, M. / 4.7
Shengelia, T. / 6.0 Fall, Y. / 5.3
Brown, L. / 4.1
Vildoza, L. / 3.7 Henry, P. / 3.5
Brown, L. / 1.0
Henry, P. / 1.3 Vildoza, L. / 1.3 Janning, M. / 1.0
Faye, M. / 0.8 Brown, L. / 0.6 Simanic, B. / 0.5
Fall, Y. / 1.1 Eric, M. / 0.9 Diop, I. / 0.7
2PT
Dobric, O. / 56.3% Brown, L. / 50.0% Jenkins, C. / 46.2%
Shengelia, T. / 60.0% Fall, Y. / 60.0% Eric, M. / 54.0%
3PT
Perperoglou, S. / 40.0% Baron, B. / 38.3% Dobric, O. / 36.0%
Stauskas, N. / 43.8% Shengelia, T. / 42.6% Garino, P. / 32.0%
FT
Baron, B. / 83.3% Ojo, M. / 77.4%
Shengelia, T. / 78.4% Fall, Y. / 31.3%
PIR
Brown, L. / 13.9
Shengelia, T. / 21.5

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
72.5 Points 76.3
34.6 Rebounds 37.3
10.9 O. Rebounds 12.1
23.7 D. Rebounds 25.2
14.6 Assists 14.2
7.3 Steals 6.6
2.9 Blocks 4.3
46.6% 2PT 51.0%
33.2% 3PT 32.9%
80.7% FT 68.9%
72.9 PIR 81.7

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
75.3 Points 78.5
35.3 Rebounds 33.5
10.3 O. Rebounds 8.9
25.0 D. Rebounds 24.6
15.4 Assists 17.0
7.0 Steals 6.3
3.8 Blocks 3.2
52.3% 2PT 50.7%
31.4% 3PT 39.6%
75.0% FT 76.4%
84.2 PIR 83.0

Head Coaches

SAKOTA, DRAGAN
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
"This is our fourth game with a Spanish team this season in the EuroLeague. When you take a closer look how all this teams from Spanish league are composed, you can see the same model, same format: good expirienced teams, covered on every position with high-class players, also almost the same style of play. Because of this depth you are not in position to predict anything, who will be the most dangerous, who will play a good game on Thursday. So they are unpredictibale, and that fact makes our job even more difficult. Their ambitions for every season in EuroLeague are the same – to make the playoffs."

Players

KUZMIC, OGNJEN
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
"EuroLeague is extremely difficult this season, Basically anyone can beat anybody. We had a record of 2-7 just 3 weeks ago, and now take a look at our record with three wins in a row, we got into a good rhythm. But our chances before this game with Baskonia are only 50-50. Only with our top game, with solid defense, we will have the chance to win this game. Baskonia is a good experienced team, with a good coach, with two good players on every position, and also physically very solid. That means you have to earn a win against them."

Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade vs. KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz

· Zvezda holds a 5-3 edge from past meetings against Baskonia, but Baskonia has won three of the last four games. Five of the eight games have been won by the visiting team.

· Zvezda forward Derrick Brown played under current Baskonia head coach Velimir Perasovic at Anadolu Efes Istanbul. 

· Zvezda guard Charles Jenkins had a career-high 8 rebounds against Baskonia in November 2016.

· Zvezda forward James Gist posted his career-high in rebounds with 11 playing for Partizan Belgrade against Baskonia in November 2010.

· Gist also set his career-high in defensive rebounds with 10 playing for Panathinaikos Athens against Baskonia in April 2016.

· Ognjen Dobric posted his career-high in points with 17 in an 81-85 home loss against Baskonia in November 2017.

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Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade

Roster
Ten different players have started games for Zvezda this season. Only Lorenzo Brown has started every game. 
Stratos Perperoglou has missed the last five games with an injury.
Branko Lazic has missed Round 12 with an injury.

Streaks
Branko Lazic has made 14 consecutive free throws.
Lorenzo Brown has posted a performance index rating in double figures in eight straight games.
Lorenzo Brown has made 20 consecutive free throws.
Billy Baron has made at least 1three-pointer in seven straight games.
Charles Jenkins has struggled with his outside shot this season; A 43.1% three-point shooter entering the season, Jenkins is 0-17 from downtown this season.

Records/Milestones
James Gist is in 15th place all-time with 1,010 rebounds.
Gist ranks 10th all-time with 367 offensive rebounds. Mirsad Turkcan is ninth with 385.
Gist is tied with Denis Marconato for 14th place all-time with 140 blocks. Jan Vesely is 12th with 142.

KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz

Roster
Tornike Shengelia is the only Baskonia player to have started every game so far this season.
Lautaro Tomas Lopez made his EuroLeague debut in Round 12.
Jayson Granger will miss most of the season with a torn Achilles tendon.
Patricio Garino is sidelined indefinitely with a torn ACL in his right knee.

Streaks
Luca Vildoza has made 28 consecutive free throws.
Tornike Shengelia has scored in double figures in 13 straight games.
Shengelia has posted a performance index rating in double figures in 11 straight games.
Shengelia has made a three-pointer in 10 of his last 11 games.
Nik Stauskas has made a three-pointer in nine straight appearances.

Rankings
Tornike Shengelia ranks second this season in average PIR with 21.5 per game.
Shengelia ranks fifth this season with 18.8 points per game.
Shengelia ranks seventh this season with 6.0 rebounds per game.
Youssoupha Fall is tied for fourth in offensive rebounds this season with 2.2 per game.
Fall ranks fourth this season with 1.1 blocks per game.

Records/Milestones
Jayson Granger needs 1 more steal to reach 100 for his career.
Granger needs 9 more assists to reach 600 for his career.

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Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
5 - 3
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz
* overall record in EuroLeague since 2000
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
Home record vs. KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz: 2-2
Away record vs. KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz: 3-1
KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz
Home record vs. Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade: 1-3
Away record vs. Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade: 2-2

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2017-18 02 February 2018 Regular Season KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz 103 - 84 Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
2017-18 23 November 2017 Regular Season Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade 81 - 85 KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz
2016-17 24 January 2017 Regular Season Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz 69 - 87 Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
2016-17 04 November 2016 Regular Season Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade 63 - 70 Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz
2014-15 19 December 2014 Regular Season Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade 90 - 82 Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
2014-15 13 November 2014 Regular Season Laboral Kutxa Vitoria 66 - 86 Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
2013-14 12 December 2013 Regular Season Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade 81 - 65 Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
2013-14 07 November 2013 Regular Season Laboral Kutxa Vitoria 63 - 73 Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade