FC Bayern Munich will be going for its second win of the season as it welcomes undefeated LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne. Bayern will try to bounce back on its home floor after going down against the defending champions CSKA Moscow last week, while ASVEL will try to take its home-floor mojo to Munich. This will be the first road game for ASVEL this season, after hosting – and beating – Panathinaikos OPAP Athens and Olympiacos Piraeus.
Two head coaches from Montenegro, Bayern's Dejan Radonjic and ASVEL's Zvezdan Mitrovic, are very close long-time friends. Born 17 days apart in 1970, the two not only got into basketball together as teenagers, but were together with Buducnost from their hometown of Podgorica on two occasions – in 1998-99 and 2001-02 -- with Mitrovic as an assistant coach and Radonjic as a player. Now, they will go head to head for the first time in the EuroLeague.
Not only have the two teams never met never before, but they have not played in the same Turkish Airlines EuroLeague season until now. Bayern made its EuroLeague debut in 2013, and ASVEL is back this season after a decade away. This is the fifth time Bayern is competing in the EuroLeague, and for ASVEL it is sixth appearance this century.
Veteran guard Nihad Dedovic has had a good start to the season, and has been Bayern's driving force on both ends of the floor in the first two weeks, using his size and playmaking ability. On the other side, David Lighty has been ASVEL's leader, posting 17.0 points, 3.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game in two victories. Bayern needs Dedovic and ASVEL depends a lot on Lighty, and the two guards will see plenty of each other in this game.
Keys to victory: Bayern
So far this season, Bayern has faced the top two offensive teams from a year ago, AX Armani Exchange Milan and CSKA Moscow. Its defense has held them to 44.3% two-point shooting – second-best in the competition – and a very stingy 28.6% from three-point distance. Bayern will need its frontcourt to maintain its strong inside play on defense, and keep ASVEL's big men in check.
Keys to victory: ASVEL
ASVEL has been relying on its defense and its ability to control the rebounds, and will need to excel in both again. ASVEL is ranked fourth after two weeks with 13.5 offensive boards per game, while Bayern is at the bottom with 8.0 per contest. Getting those extra possessions, but also forcing the opponents to put extra bodies to protect their own glass and hindering their transition, could be of big importance to ASVEL.