2020-21Regular SeasonRound 21
January 22, 2021 CET: 19:00
Local time: 19:00 ALEKSANDAR NIKOLIC HALL
Balkans: SPORTKLUB1
Spain: DAZN
France: RMC SPORT LIVE 5
Turkey: beIN SPORTS MAX HD1
Germany: MAGENTA SPORT
United Kingdom: EUROSPORT PLAYER
Greece: NOVASPORTS 5HD
Ireland: EUROSPORT PLAYER
Hungary: ANTENNA
Internet: EUROLEAGUE.TV
Israel: 5LIVE
Spain: DAZN1
Italy: EUROSPORT PLAYER

Records

7-13 Regular Season 14-6
7-13 Overall 14-6

Referees

Crew Chief
LOTTERMOSER, ROBERT
Umpire 1
KOWALSKI, MARCIN
Umpire 2
ROSSI, MICHELE

The Take

After beating Real Madrid on Monday, Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade will look to keep its momentum going when it hosts FC Barcelona, which has won three in a row. Both teams hope to have their star players back; Jordan Loyd has missed five straight games for Zvezda (7-13) and Nikola Mirotic has sat out the last four for Barcelona (14-6). Only 4-6 at home this season, Zvezda has won two of its last three in the Serbian capital. Barcelona is 6-4 on the road.  

Marquee matchup

Johnny O'Bryant is a force for Zvezda thanks to his combination of size, strength and outside shooting. Those are the same skills that have made Nikola Mirotic an MVP candidate. O'Bryant (12.4 ppg., 5.3 rpg.) is second on his team in scoring and first in rebounds, while Mirotic (16.8 ppg., 6.6 rpg., 1.4 spg.) leads Barcelona is scoring, rebounding and steals. Their duel will be critical in this game.

Last time they met

Barcelona defeated Crvena Zvezda 76-65 in Round 10 in November for its fourth consecutive victory over the Serbian powerhouse. Barcelona took control from the start, quickly opened a double-digit margin, and led by as many as 22 points before Zvezda attempted a late charge. Nikola Mirotic led the way with 23 points in 23 minutes. Pierre Oriola added 12 points and Nick Calathes contributed 10 points and 8 assists for the winners. Dejan Davidovac paced Zvezda with 12 points.

Keys to victory: Zvezda

Despite the presence of Duop Reath and Ognjen Kuzmic, Zvezda is last in the league in two-point shooting at 49.4%.  It won’t get any easier against Barcelona, which has allowed a league-low 48.9% in such shots. The potential return of Loyd could create more room in the paint for the Zvezda bigs, who must become threats to help the team put pressure on Barcelona.

Keys to victory: Barcelona

If there is any rust in the Barcelona attack as it brings Mirotic back into the fold, Coach Jasikevicius can always rely on his defense; Barcelona's 73.7 points allowed per game are the second-fewest in the league. Strong defense and the excellent perimeter scoring of its battery of swingmen that includes Cory Higgins, Alex Abrines and Kyle Kuric may be the recipe for a victory in Belgrade.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021
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Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
# Player Pos. H. Age
00 O'BRYANT, JOHNNY F 2.04 27
1 HALL, LANGSTON G 1.92 29
2 WALDEN, COREY G 1.88 28
3 LOYD, JORDAN G 1.93 27
4 USKOKOVIC, ALEKSA G 1.94 21
7 DAVIDOVAC, DEJAN F 2.02 26
10 LAZIC, BRANKO G 1.95 32
11 REATH, DUOP C 2.10 24
12 RADANOV, ALEKSA G 2.02 22
13 DOBRIC, OGNJEN G 2.00 26
19 SIMONOVIC, MARKO F 2.03 34
21 JAGODIC-KURIDZA, MARKO F 2.05 33
22 SIMANIC, BORISA F 2.09 22
32 KUZMIC, OGNJEN C 2.13 30
35 NNOKO, LANDRY C 2.08 26
55 COLOM, QUINO G 1.88 32
FC Barcelona
# Player Pos. H. Age
0 DAVIES, BRANDON C 2.08 29
2 WESTERMANN, LEO G 1.98 28
8 HANGA, ADAM F 2.00 31
9 BOLMARO, LEANDRO G 1.98 20
10 SMITS, ROLANDS F 2.07 25
14 PUSTOVYI, ARTEM C 2.18 28
17 BADJI, IBOU C 2.15 18
18 ORIOLA, PIERRE C 2.08 28
21 ABRINES, ALEX F 1.98 27
22 HIGGINS, CORY G 1.95 31
23 MARTINEZ, SERGI F 2.02 21
24 KURIC, KYLE F 1.93 31
25 BADIO, BRANCOU G 1.91 21
30 CLAVER, VICTOR F 2.08 32
33 MIROTIC, NIKOLA F 2.08 29
99 CALATHES, NICK G 1.96 31

Player Stats

Loyd, J. / 18.7 O'Bryant, J. / 12.4 Walden, C. / 11.1
Mirotic, N. / 16.8 Higgins, C. / 12.5 Davies, B. / 11.5
O'Bryant, J. / 5.3
Mirotic, N. / 6.6
Hall, L. / 3.4 Loyd, J. / 3.4
Calathes, N. / 7.6
Loyd, J. / 1.4 Walden, C. / 1.0
Mirotic, N. / 1.4 Higgins, C. / 1.1
Davies, B. / 0.6
2PT
Reath, D. / 72.2% Kuzmic, O. / 60.4% Davidovac, D. / 53.7%
Mirotic, N. / 71.7% Smits, R. / 65.2% Higgins, C. / 53.5%
3PT
Dobric, O. / 40.8% Walden, C. / 39.7% O'Bryant, J. / 36.4%
Kuric, K. / 61.0% Abrines, A. / 47.4% Higgins, C. / 38.0%
FT
Loyd, J. / 95.7% Davidovac, D. / 90.3% Walden, C. / 86.1%
Higgins, C. / 94.8% Mirotic, N. / 90.4% Davies, B. / 81.7%
PIR
Loyd, J. / 18.1 O'Bryant, J. / 12.3
Mirotic, N. / 23.7 Higgins, C. / 14.1 Davies, B. / 12.6

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
74.8 Points 81.6
31.3 Rebounds 34.5
10.3 O. Rebounds 10.4
21.1 D. Rebounds 24.1
14.3 Assists 18.9
6.7 Steals 5.9
2.2 Blocks 2.3
49.4% 2PT 55.7%
36.5% 3PT 40.7%
84.6% FT 80.1%
75.6 PIR 92.8

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
78.6 Points 73.7
31.8 Rebounds 29.9
9.7 O. Rebounds 10.4
22.1 D. Rebounds 19.5
17.8 Assists 16.9
6.1 Steals 6.8
3.2 Blocks 2.6
54.8% 2PT 48.9%
38.6% 3PT 33.8%
80.4% FT 80.1%
89.3 PIR 77.0

Head Coaches

RADONJIC, DEJAN
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
"Barcelona is the toughest possible opponent at this moment. They play great basketball, they have a huge quality. We know that a physically very demanding match awaits us, in which we must respond with great energy to the athleticism that Barcelona has. We also need maximum concentration in order to respond to the quality of the game that Barcelona has been showing all season."

Players

DAVIDOVAC, DEJAN
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
"Barcelona is a great opponent, one of the candidates for the Final Four and title, and they are playing great this season. A brief look at the roster and the standings in the EuroLeague speaks for itself. It's a team that is physically extremely strong, has great quality, they are led by very experienced players and we will have to play this game with exceptional energy and concentration."

Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade vs. FC Barcelona

· Barcelona has a 7-2 record in EuroLeague games against Zvezda, and has won the last four games. Three of those four wins were by at least 11 points, including a 76-65 decision in Round 10.

· Zvezda tied its EuroLeague club-record with 28 assists in a 76-65 home win against Barcelona in October 2016.

· Zvezda center Ognjen Kuzmic was a teammate of Barcelona playmaker Nick Calathes at Panathinaikos Athens during the 2015-16 season.

· Barcelona guard Kyle Kuric and Zvezda forward Marko Simonovic were teammates during the 2017-18 season at Zenit St Petersburg.

· Barcelona forward Victor Claver tied his career-high in PIR with 24 playing for Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar against Crvena Zvezda in January 2016.

· Barcelona center Brandon Davies matched his career-high in blocks with 3 against Crvena Zvezda in October of last season.

· Barcelona point guard Nick Calathes set his career high with 6 steals in a 91-71 win over Crvena Zvezda in March 2018.

· Barcelona guard Leo Westermann posted his career-high in rebounds with 7 playing for Zalgiris Kaunas against Zvezda in December 2016.

· Barcelona guard Alex Abrines tied his career-high with 3 steals against Crvena Zvezda in January 2015.

· Barcelona swingman Cory Higgins set his career-high with 9 rebounds for CSKA Moscow against Crvena Zvezda in Game 3 of the 2016 EuroLeague Playoffs.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Euroleague.net

Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade

Roster
Fourteen different players have started games for Zvezda so far this season. No player has started every game.
Marko Simonovic has missed the last four games with an injury.
Jordan Loyd has missed Zvezda's last five games with an illness.
Landry Nnoko is set to make his Zvezda debut.

Streaks
Jordan Loyd has made at least 1 steal in six consecutive games.
Loyd has made 15 consecutive free throws.
Loyd has scored in double figures in five straight games.
Loyd has made at least 3 three-pointers in three of his last four games.
Johnny O'Bryant has collected at least 1 steal in seven of his last eight games.
Ognjen Dobric has collected at least 1 steal in eight of his last nine games.
Dobric has made 13 consecutive free throws.
Quino Colom has made at least 1 three-pointer in five of his last six games.

Rankings
Jordan Loyd ranks second in scoring this season with 18.7 points per game.
Loyd ranks sixth this season in average PIR with 18.1 per game.
Loyd is tied for fifth in steals this season with 1.4 per game.
Loyd ranks fourth in the league in free-throw accuracy at 95.7%.
Loyd leads the league in fouls drawn with 5.4 per game.
Duop Reath ranks fifth in the EuroLeague in two-point accuracy this season at 72.2%.

Records/Milestones
Borisa Simanic needs 1 point to reach 100 for his career.
Jordan Loyd needs 20 more points to reach 500 for his career.
Johnny O'Bryant needs 7 points to reach 500 for his career.

FC Barcelona

Roster
Ten different players have started games for Barcelona so far this season; Cory Higgins is the only player to start every game.
Brandon Davies has missed Barcelona's last six games.
Nikola Mirotic has missed Barcelona's last four games.

Streaks
Nikola Mirotic has scored in double figures in 31 of his last 32 EuroLeague appearances.
Mirotic has posted a performance index rating of 13 or more in 43 of his last 44 appearances dating back to the 2014 EuroLeague Playoffs.
Cory Higgins has scored in double figures in eight straight games.
Higgins has posted double-digit PIRs in seven of his last eight games.
Alex Abrines has made 22 consecutive free throws.
Victor Claver has made 14 consecutive free throws dating back to the 2018-19 season.

Rankings
Nikola Mirotic is the league leader this season in average PIR with 23.7 per game.
Mirotic ranks fourth in scoring this season with 16.8 points per game.
Mirotic ranks third this season with 6.6 rebounds per game.
Mirotic ranks sixth in the EuroLeague in two-point accuracy this season at 71.7%.
Mirotic ranks second in the league in fouls drawn at 5.1 per game.
Cory Higgins ranks fifth in the league in free-throw accuracy at 94.8%.
Nick Calathes ranks second this season with 7.6 assists per game.
Alex Abrines is tied for fifth this season with 2.3 three-point shots made per game.
Kyle Kuric leads the league in three-point accuracy this season at 61.0%.

Records/Milestones
Nick Calathes set the EuroLeague single-season record in the 2018-19 season with 286 total assists.
Calathes ranks fourth all-time time with 313 steals; Pablo Prigioni is third with 322.
Calathes is in second place all-time with 1,411 assists; Vassilis Spanoulis of Olympiacos Piraeus is the all-time leader with 1,565 and counting.
Calathes is ranked ninth on the all-time charts with 189 games started.
Higgins ranks 14th all-time in three-point accuracy at 45.0%.
Brandon Davies needs 25 more rebounds to reach 500 for his career.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Euroleague.net

Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
2 - 7
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade FC Barcelona
* overall record in EuroLeague since 2000
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
Home record vs. FC Barcelona: 2-2
Away record vs. FC Barcelona: 0-5
FC Barcelona
Home record vs. Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade: 5-0
Away record vs. Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade: 2-2

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2020-21 20 November 2020 Regular Season FC Barcelona 76 - 65 Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
2019-20 23 January 2020 Regular Season FC Barcelona 86 - 82 Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
2019-20 24 October 2019 Regular Season Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade 65 - 73 FC Barcelona
2017-18 09 March 2018 Regular Season FC Barcelona Lassa 88 - 54 Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
2017-18 20 October 2017 Regular Season Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade 90 - 82 FC Barcelona Lassa
2016-17 24 March 2017 Regular Season FC Barcelona Lassa 67 - 54 Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
2016-17 26 October 2016 Regular Season Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade 76 - 65 FC Barcelona Lassa
2014-15 19 March 2015 Top 16 Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade 73 - 77 FC Barcelona
2014-15 23 January 2015 Top 16 FC Barcelona 92 - 77 Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade