2019-20Regular SeasonRound 3
October 17, 2019 CET: 20:15
Local time: 21:15 MENORA MIVTACHIM ARENA
Balkans: SPORTKLUB1
Philippines: TAPSPORTS
Brazil: DAZN
Spain: DAZN
France: RMC SPORT LIVE 8
United Kingdom: EUROSPORT PLAYER
Greece: NOVASPORTS 3HD
United States of America: FLOHOOPS
Israel: 5SPORT
Internet: EUROLEAGUE.TV
Italy: EUROSPORT PLAYER
Turkey: beIN SPORTS HD

Records

0-2 Regular Season 1-1
0-2 Overall 1-1

Referees

Crew Chief
RYZHYK, BORYS
Umpire 1
VYKLICKY, ROBERT
Umpire 2
ISGUDER, SINAN

The Take

Two teams representing basketball-crazy countries meet at Menora Mivtachim Arena. Maccabi looks for its first win in its home opener, which adds more anticipation to this showdown. Scottie Wilbekin (15.5 ppg.), Omri Casspi (13.0) and Elijah Bryant (12.5) have led Maccabi so far. James Gist (16.5) is Zvezda's top scorer, followed by Stratos Perperoglou (13.0) and Billy Baron (9.0).

Marquee matchup

Two of the best shooters in the competition are testing their scoring skills against each other. Wilbekin comes off an outstanding performance – 22 points, 11 in the final 5 minutes – against Real Madrid. He hit one shot after another, including a would-be game-winner that was bettered seconds later by Jaycee Carroll. Baron is also a great scorer, both off the dribble and coming off screens, and can change any game with his accuracy from downtown. Both players can catch fire easily, so expect a big shootout.

History lesson

These teams faced each other for the first time back in 1973. Maccabi leads the all-time series 8-4 but Zvezda is 4-1 in the last five games between them. Zvezda has only beaten Maccabi once in Tel Aviv – 67-71 on January 19, 2017. Stefan Jovic led Zvezda that day with 14 points and 7 assists. Andrew Goudelock had 19 points for Maccabi.

Stats track

Zvezda ranks 16th in two-point shooting percentage (44.3%) and Maccabi leads the standings (62.3%), taking many more attempts per game than its opponent (24.0 to 19.5). Zvezda, however, excels at offensive rebounds, ranking second overall at 15.0 per game to Maccabi's 9.0. The Israeli powerhouse has to improve their three-point accuracy (28.6%), much lower than Zvezda's (39.5%).

Keys to victory: Maccabi

The battle in the paint will be critical in this game, as both teams have deep, strong frontcourts. Tarik Black and Othello Hunter need to stay out of foul trouble and power the boards, while Quincy Acy will have use his quickness against Gist, one of the most experienced power forwards in the competition. With Casspi back in action, Maccabi has another good option at both forward spots.

Keys to victory: Zvezda

Zvezda needs to keep powering the offensive glass, looking for second-chance opportunities to raise its two-point shooting percentage. Gist is ranked second with 6 offensive rebounds per game, but needs more help from Mouhammad Faye and Michael Ojo. The guests look to Dejan Davidovac, Derrick Brown and Perperoglou to provide versatility, especially if Maccabi opts to switch on defense. Baron and Ognjen Dobric will be counted on provide the fireworks from downtown.

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Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
# Player Pos. H. Age
0 BRYANT, ELIJAH G 1.96 24
1 WILBEKIN, SCOTTIE G 1.88 26
2 ACY, QUINCY F 2.01 29
5 HUNTER, OTHELLO C 2.03 33
6 COHEN, SANDY G 1.98 24
7 CASSPI, OMRI F 2.05 31
8 AVDIJA, DENI G 2.05 18
11 DORSEY, TYLER G 1.96 23
12 DIBARTOLOMEO, JOHN G 1.83 28
14 WOLTERS, NATE G 1.93 28
15 COHEN, JAKE F 2.10 29
28 BLACK, TARIK C 2.06 27
50 ZOOSMAN, YOVEL G 2.00 21
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
# Player Pos. H. Age
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 28
13 DOBRIC, OGNJEN G 2.00 24
15 GIST, JAMES F 2.04 32
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

Player Stats

Wilbekin, S. / 15.5 Casspi, O. / 13.0 Bryant, E. / 12.5
Gist, J. / 16.5 Perperoglou, S. / 13.0 Baron, B. / 9.0
Hunter, O. / 7.5 Casspi, O. / 6.0 Acy, Q. / 5.5
Gist, J. / 7.5 Brown, D. / 4.5 Faye, M. / 4.5
Wilbekin, S. / 3.5 Casspi, O. / 3.0 Avdija, D. / 1.5
Baron, B. / 3.0 Brown, L. / 3.0 Perperoglou, S. / 1.5
Wilbekin, S. / 2.0 Acy, Q. / 1.5 Dorsey, T. / 1.0
Avdija, D. / 1.5 Wilbekin, S. / 0.5 Black, T. / 0.5
Faye, M. / 1.0 Jenkins, C. / 0.5 Baron, B. / 0.5
2PT
Cohen, J. / 100.0 % DiBartolomeo, J. / 100.0 % Casspi, O. / 80.0 %
Dobric, O. / 80.0 % Brown, D. / 75.0 % Jenkins, C. / 57.1 %
3PT
Bryant, E. / 50.0 % DiBartolomeo, J. / 44.4 % Wilbekin, S. / 35.3 %
Davidovac, D. / 66.7 % Faye, M. / 60.0 % Brown, L. / 50.0 %
FT
Wilbekin, S. / 100.0 % DiBartolomeo, J. / 100.0 % Wolters, N. / 100.0 %
Baron, B. / 100.0 % Faye, M. / 100.0 % Ojo, M. / 83.3 %
PIR
Casspi, O. / 20.0 Wilbekin, S. / 16.0 Hunter, O. / 15.0
Gist, J. / 13.5 Perperoglou, S. / 10.5 Brown, L. / 9.5

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
84.0 Points 75.0
36.0 Rebounds 37.0
9.0 O. Rebounds 15.0
27.0 D. Rebounds 22.0
12.0 Assists 13.0
6.5 Steals 6.0
2.5 Blocks 3.0
62.3 % 2PT 44.3 %
28.6 % 3PT 39.5 %
76.9 % FT 77.1 %
90.0 PIR 72.5

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
87.5 Points 71.5
38.0 Rebounds 31.0
13.5 O. Rebounds 9.0
24.5 D. Rebounds 22.0
18.0 Assists 14.0
7.0 Steals 6.5
0.5 Blocks 3.5
43.3 % 2PT 50.0 %
39.4 % 3PT 33.3 %
79.6 % FT 69.0 %
96.0 PIR 76.5

Head Coaches

SFAIROPOULOS, IOANNIS
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
"On behalf of the team, I want to wish Shimon Mizrahi a happy birthday. I hope that his 80th birthday will bring with it health, success, and titles to Maccabi. Red Star Belgrade has an experienced team that is strong defensively. We need to read their defense and play smart. It's our first home game in the EuroLeague, and we will give extra effort. Our fans will be with us, we want them to be our sixth player, supporting us and helping us get the win."
TOMIC, MILAN
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
"Maccabi is always a tough oponent, especially in front of their 12,000 suporters. They are a very good team with experienced NBA and EuroLeague players with the ability to create and score a lot of points. Maccabi is the favorite in this game, their first home game after Moscow and Madrid, where they played very good games. But on the other side, we are not travelling to Israel only to show up, to be spectators in this game, but to try to win this game."

Players

LAZIC, BRANKO
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
"We need to control the tempo of the game, because we know that Maccabi always play a fast transition game. Scottie Wilbekin in the first place. They are a very good team, with many experienced players. They started with two losses, so their motivation to win this first home game will be very high. But we have our plans, not just to participate in this game, we want to win on Thursday. If we stick to our plan, keep confidence and play this game with energy, we will have our chance."

Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv vs. Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade

· Maccabi and Zvezda are tied 4-4 in their EuroLeague meetings this century.

· Zvezda matched its EuroLeague club record with 47 rebounds in an 89-76 home win over Maccabi in March 2015.

· Crvena Zvezda registered its largest-ever Turkish Airlines EuroLeague win when it routed Maccabi 83-58 in Round 12 of the 2016-17 season. That game marked the first time in a EuroLeague game that a team – in this case, Maccabi - did not shoot a single free throw.

· Maccabi playmaker Nate Wolters made his EuroLeague debut wearing Crvena Zvezda's jersey in the 2016-17 season. He was a teammate of current Zvezda players Branko Lazic, Borisa Simanic, Ognjen Dobric, Charles Jenkins and Ognjen Kuzmic.

· Zvezda forward Derrick Brown had a career-high 12 rebounds and matched a personal best PIR with 38 playing for Anadolu Efes Istanbul against Maccabi on December 1, 2016. He won MVP of the Round honors for that game.

· Branko Lazic posted his career-high in rebounds (7) and offensive rebounds (5) against Maccabi in October 2017.

· Scottie Wilbekin posted his career-high in steals with 4 playing for Darussafaka Istanbul against Crvena Zvezda in April 2017.

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Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv

Roster
Sandy Cohen is in line to make his EuroLeague debut.
Angelo Caloiaro missed the first two games of the season with a muscle injury.

Streaks
John DiBartolomeo has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last nine appearances.
Scottie Wilbekin has made at least 1 three-pointer in seven of his last eight games.

Rankings
Tarik Black was third in two-point accuracy last season at 69.88%.

Records/Milestones
Othello Hunter is 4 steals shy of reaching 100 for his career.
Scottie Wilbekin is closing in on 1,000 career EuroLeague points. He enters this game with 970.

Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade

Roster
Nemanja Nenadic is the only player on the Zvezda roster without previous EuroLeague experience.

Rankings
Branko Lazic has made 14 consecutive free throws.
Charles Jenkins has recorded at least 1 steal in seven of his last eight games.
Stratos Perperoglou has made at least 1 three-point shot in four of his last five appearances.

Rankings
Michael Ojo ranked second in the 7DAYS EuroCup in field goal accuracy last season at 70.7% (41 for 58).

Records/Milestones
James Gist needs 23 rebounds to reach 1,000 for his career.
Gist ranks 15th all-time with 977 career rebounds. Jan Vesely is 14th with 1,007.
Gist ranks 15th all-time with 136 blocks. He needs 2 more to catch D'Or Fischer in 14th place.
Charles Jenkins needs 4 points to reach 1,000 for his career.
Stratos Perperoglou needs 6 more three-pointers to reach 200 for his career.

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Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
4 - 4
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
* overall record in EuroLeague since 2000
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
Home record vs. Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade: 3-1
Away record vs. Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade: 1-3
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
Home record vs. Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv: 3-1
Away record vs. Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv: 1-3

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2017-18 18 January 2018 Regular Season Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv 89 - 75 Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
2017-18 26 October 2017 Regular Season Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade 87 - 84 Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
2016-17 19 January 2017 Regular Season Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv 67 - 71 Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
2016-17 15 December 2016 Regular Season Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade 83 - 58 Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
2014-15 05 March 2015 Top 16 Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade 89 - 76 Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
2014-15 08 January 2015 Top 16 Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv 78 - 67 Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
2013-14 28 November 2013 Regular Season Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade 76 - 78 Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
2013-14 24 October 2013 Regular Season Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv 96 - 82 Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade