2019-20Regular SeasonRound 13
December 13, 2019 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 AUDI DOME
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Records

4-8 Regular Season 3-9
4-8 Overall 3-9

Referees

To be announced soon

The Take

Two teams in need of wins will face off in Round 13 when FC Bayern Munich (4-8) hosts Zenit St Petersburg (3-9) on Friday. After a solid start, Bayern lost six of its last seven games, including the last one at Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv by 77-55. The team will need to bounce back after two straight big losses. On the other hand, Zenit managed to grab its first EuroLeague home win ever last week against ASVEL, 75-70, snapping a six-game losing streak. The Russian team will look to continue on the winning path.

History lesson

Since this is Zenit's first time playing the EuroLeague, this will be the first time ever that these two teams meet at the top European stage. They have played four times in the last three seasons in the 7DAYS EuroCup, however. Zenit swept their 2016-17 regular season matchups, then Bayern returned the favor a season later in the Top 16.

Marquee matchup

Big men Greg Monroe and Gustavo Ayon are leading their respective teams from the paint. Monroe is Bayern's top scorer with 12.7 points per game, to which he adds 6.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.6 steals as a starter. Ayon is the top contributor for Zenit with 13.6 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.5 steals coming mainly off the bench. The fate of the game will rely heavily on the duel between these two giants under the glass.

Keys to victory: Bayern

Bayern needs to kickstart its momentum again, and a win at home against Zenit looks like a viable option. Both teams score and receive practically the same amount of points, but Zenit has an edge in rebounds, so the hosts will have to pay attention to that key factor if they want a solid chance to win. Zenit has the league's second-worst success at the foul line, 70.8%, so Bayern might clear a path to victory by not allowing easy baskets and making the visitors earn them with free throws.

Keys to victory: Zenit

Zenit at last managed to smile, and did so at home, too, so now the Russian team will look to stay on that path for as long as possible to try to recover the pulse of the competition. Bayern averages just 15.8 assists per game while Zenit's 19.0 is the second-best number in the league, so the guests will have to try to capitalize on their smooth defense to try to run and overwhelm Bayern in Munich.

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FC Bayern Munich
# Player Pos. H. Age
1 GEORGE, JASON G 1.98 18
5 BRAY, THOMAS G 1.96 27
7 KING, ALEX F 2.00 34
8 KOPONEN, PETTERI G 1.94 31
10 MONROE, GREG C 2.11 29
11 LUCIC, VLADIMIR F 2.04 30
12 LO, MAODO G 1.91 26
14 DEDOVIC, NIHAD G 1.99 29
16 ZIPSER, PAUL F 2.03 25
20 NELSON, DEMARCUS G 1.93 34
21 FLACCADORI, DIEGO G 1.93 23
22 BARTHEL, DANILO F 2.08 28
26 LESSORT, MATHIAS C 2.06 24
34 HUESTIS, JOSHUA F 2.01 27
43 RADOSEVIC, LEON C 2.08 29
44 GRANT, SASHA F 1.98 17
66 RUDAN, MATEJ F 2.05 18
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 19
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

Monroe, G. / 12.7 Lucic, V. / 11.5 Lo, M. / 11.1
Ayon, G. / 13.6 Ponitka, M. / 10.2 Hollins, A. / 10.0
Monroe, G. / 6.0
Ayon, G. / 5.7 Thomas, W. / 4.5
Lo, M. / 2.8 Monroe, G. / 2.8
Renfroe, A. / 5.2
Monroe, G. / 1.6
Ayon, G. / 1.5 Renfroe, A. / 1.1 Hollins, A. / 1.1
Monroe, G. / 0.9 Lessort, M. / 0.7
Iverson, C. / 0.7 Hollins, A. / 0.5
2PT
Lucic, V. / 72.9% Barthel, D. / 57.7% Zipser, P. / 53.8%
Thomas, W. / 58.3% Ponitka, M. / 57.4% Ayon, G. / 57.1%
3PT
Lo, M. / 52.7% Koponen, P. / 43.6% Zipser, P. / 37.5%
Abromaitis, T. / 43.8% Hollins, A. / 42.1% Ponitka, M. / 40.0%
FT
Lucic, V. / 88.6% Monroe, G. / 76.9%
Ponitka, M. / 72.7%
PIR
Monroe, G. / 16.3 Lucic, V. / 16.1
Ayon, G. / 15.1 Ponitka, M. / 13.5 Thomas, W. / 12.6

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
75.6 Points 74.4
30.8 Rebounds 33.0
8.0 O. Rebounds 11.5
22.8 D. Rebounds 21.5
15.8 Assists 19.0
6.1 Steals 7.2
2.6 Blocks 2.6
51.9% 2PT 50.3%
37.5% 3PT 34.2%
77.9% FT 70.8%
79.4 PIR 80.9

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
82.8 Points 81.9
32.7 Rebounds 36.9
9.0 O. Rebounds 11.9
23.7 D. Rebounds 25.0
17.2 Assists 19.3
7.8 Steals 6.0
3.3 Blocks 2.8
55.8% 2PT 52.1%
39.7% 3PT 38.0%
78.4% FT 83.0%
94.0 PIR 94.4
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FC Bayern Munich vs. Zenit St Petersburg

· Zenit swept Bayern in the 2016-17 7DAYS EuroCup regular season, winning 80-77 at home and 88-99 on the road. A year later, Bayern swept Zenit in two Top 16 games in the same competition.

· Zenit's Alex Renfroe spent a season and a half at Bayern, in 2015 and 2016. He was a teammate there of Nihad Dedovic, Paul Zipser, Danilo Barthel and Vladimir Lucic.

· Zenit's Alex Renfroe was a teammate of Bayern's Leon Radosevic and Alex King at ALBA Berlin during the 2014-15 season.

· Bayern's DeMarcus Nelson played under current Zenit head coach Joan Plaza while at Unicaja Malaga during the 2015-16 season. Nelson was a teammate of Zenit's Will Thomas that season at Unicaja, too.

· Bayern's Petteri Koponen and Zenit's Dmitry Khvostov were teammates at Khimki Moscow Region during the 2012-13 season. Koponen was also briefly a teammate of Anton Pushkov’s that season at Khimki, too.

· Zenit center Gustavo Ayon posted a career-high PIR of 41 and set his career-high with 6 steals playing for Real Madrid in a 67-86 road win over Bayern in December 2015. Ayon also had 22 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocks as MVP of the Round that week.

· Ayon had a career-high 8 assists playing for Real Madrid Bayern in December 2018.

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FC Bayern Munich

Roster
Josh Huestis is among the Bayern players in line to make his EuroLeague debut.
Danilo Barthel and Vladimir Lucic have both started every game for Bayern this season.
Bayern has registered 17 players for the EuroLeague, so there will be several scratches every week.
Nihad Dedovic has missed the last four games.

Streaks
Maodo Lo has made at least 1 three-pointer in 12 straight games.
Petteri Koponen has made at least 1 three-pointer in seven of his last eight games.
Vladimir Lucic has posted a performance index rating in double figures in 14 of his last 15 games.
Lucic has made 12 consecutive free throws.
Lucic has recorded at least 1 steal in five straight games.
Greg Monroe has at least 1 steal in nine straight games.
Paul Zipser has made 10 consecutive free throws.

Rankings
Greg Monroe ranks third in steals this season with 1.6 per game.
Maodo Lo is tied for fifth this season with 2.4 three-point shots made per game.
Vladimir Lucic ranks second this season in two-point accuracy at 72.9%.

Records/Milestones
Petteri Koponen ranks fifth all-time in free-throw accuracy at 91.5%.
Koponen ranks 15th all-time in three-point accuracy at 45.3%.

Zenit St Petersburg

Roster
Coach Plaza has used 12 different players in his starting lineups so far this season. No player has started every game.
Konstantin Shevchuk is set to make his EuroLeague debut.
Mateusz Ponitka is out this week after sustaining a concussion in Round 12.

Streaks
Gustavo Ayon has collected at least 1 steal in 11 of his last 12 games.
Ayon has posted a performance index rating in double figures in nine of his last 10 games.
Ayon has scored in double figures in nine of his last 10 games.
Austin Hollins has made at least 1 three-point shots in seven of his last eight games.
Hollins has at least 1 steal in seven of his last eight games.
Alex Renfroe has recorded at least 1 steal in five straight games.

Rankings
Gustavo Ayon ranks third in offensive rebounds this season with 2.7 per game.
Ayon ranks sixth in steals this season with 1.5 per game.

Records/Milestones
In the third-place game at the Final Four last season, Gustavo Ayon tied the record for two-point shots made without a miss, going 11 for 11 playing for Real Madrid against Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul.
Ayon is in second place for the most steals among centers in EuroLeague history with 179. Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv manager Nikola Vujcic is the all-time leader among centers with 181.

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Head-to-head records

There are no previous games between these two teams.