2019-20Regular SeasonRound 26
February 27, 2020 CET: 18:00
Local time: 20:00 SIBUR ARENA
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Records

7-18 Regular Season 7-18
7-18 Overall 7-18

Referees

To be announced soon

The Take

The two teams tied at the bottom of the standings will face each other in Round 26 when Zenit St Petersburg hosts FC Bayern Munich on Thursday. Both teams are currently in the middle of four-game losing streaks. Zenit fell at home against ALBA Berlin last week by just 2 points as the team settles in the new system brought in by new head coach Xavi Pascual. Bayern also lost at home against league leader Anadolu Efes and will look to get back to its winning ways, something it has only managed to do once in the last 11 games.

Earlier this season

This will be just the second time ever that these two teams meet in the EuroLeague. In their previous encounter, Bayern pulled out a home win  77-69 in Round 13. Vladimir Lucic led the winners with 17 points and 5 rebounds with five players scoring 11 or more points for the winners. Former Bayern star Alex Renfroe led Zenit with 18 points in defeat.

Marquee matchup

Gustavo Ayon and Greg Monroe are two big men that lead their respective teams and will be the protagonists of one of the main duels on the court. Ayon has averaged 12.7 points and 5.3 rebounds for Zenit in 23 appearances this season. Monroe is in his EuroLeague debut season and leads Bayern with 11.9 points and 6.7 rebounds as a starter in 21 of his 25 appearances. They are the main contributors and will also look to be the ones to get their teams back to the winning ways.

Keys to victory: Zenit

This game against a direct opponent is a golden last chance for Zenit to try to catch the playoff train, which is just four wins away, with nine games left. The hosts have slightly better numbers than Bayern both in offense and defense, but they will also be still adapting to a new coach. Zenit shows more accuracy in field goals, but it will have to watch for Bayern's better numbers from beyond the arc. The hosts also have the worst numbers from the free-throw line in the league, so they will have to pay close attention to that if the game is a close one.

Keys to victory: Bayern

Bayern is in the same position as Zenit: this win could be the last chance to stay in the playoff race, plus it won in the first game so it has that little edge over the hosts. The visitors shoot better from behind the arc and the stripe, but Zenit does a bit better everywhere else, so Bayern will have to play a serious game after a long, tough trip which never helps.

Monday, February 24, 2020
Euroleague.net
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 20
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
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 35
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 27
14 DEDOVIC, NIHAD G 1.99 30
16 ZIPSER, PAUL F 2.03 26
21 FLACCADORI, DIEGO G 1.93 23
22 BARTHEL, DANILO F 2.08 28
26 LESSORT, MATHIAS C 2.06 24
31 SISKO, ZAN G 1.89 22
34 HUESTIS, JOSHUA F 2.01 28
43 RADOSEVIC, LEON C 2.08 30
44 GRANT, SASHA F 1.98 18
66 RUDAN, MATEJ F 2.05 18

Player Stats

Ayon, G. / 12.7 Thomas, W. / 10.8 Ponitka, M. / 9.7
Monroe, G. / 11.9 Lucic, V. / 11.7 Lo, M. / 8.6
Ayon, G. / 5.3 Iverson, C. / 4.8 Ponitka, M. / 4.6
Monroe, G. / 6.7
Renfroe, A. / 4.8 Albicy, A. / 3.3
Lo, M. / 3.2
Hollins, A. / 1.4 Ayon, G. / 1.1 Thomas, W. / 1.0
Monroe, G. / 1.3 Lucic, V. / 1.0 Djedovic, N. / 1.0
Iverson, C. / 0.6
Monroe, G. / 0.6
2PT
Thomas, W. / 63.5% Ayon, G. / 60.6% Ponitka, M. / 59.5%
Lucic, V. / 62.3% Barthel, D. / 57.5% Lessort, M. / 52.3%
3PT
Abromaitis, T. / 42.4% Voronov, E. / 37.5% Hollins, A. / 35.5%
Koponen, P. / 50.0% Lucic, V. / 45.1% Lo, M. / 41.3%
FT
Hollins, A. / 90.3% Thomas, W. / 75.0% Abromaitis, T. / 73.3%
Lucic, V. / 87.9% Zipser, P. / 79.4% Barthel, D. / 75.0%
PIR
Ayon, G. / 14.4 Thomas, W. / 14.2 Ponitka, M. / 13.3
Monroe, G. / 15.8 Lucic, V. / 15.0

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
75.0 Points 73.6
32.4 Rebounds 31.1
12.2 O. Rebounds 9.3
20.2 D. Rebounds 21.8
18.7 Assists 16.5
7.2 Steals 6.3
2.4 Blocks 2.1
53.0% 2PT 49.9%
33.3% 3PT 38.5%
69.6% FT 76.6%
81.3 PIR 74.9

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
80.9 Points 82.2
34.4 Rebounds 33.6
11.0 O. Rebounds 10.9
23.5 D. Rebounds 22.7
18.4 Assists 18.4
6.6 Steals 7.8
2.5 Blocks 3.6
53.3% 2PT 55.6%
40.3% 3PT 37.0%
81.9% FT 77.9%
90.8 PIR 95.3
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Zenit St Petersburg vs. FC Bayern Munich

· In Round 13, Bayern beat Zenit 77-69 behind 17 points from Vladimir Lucic.

· 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 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.

Sunday, February 23, 2020
Euroleague.net

Zenit St Petersburg

Roster
Zenit has used 14 different players as starters this season. No player has appeared in every game.
Alex Renfroe has missed the last two rounds with a knee injury.

Streaks
Austin Hollins has made at least 1 three-pointer in six straight and 12 of his last 13 games.
Hollins has at least 1 steal in 10 straight games.
Will Thomas has recorded at least 1 steal in nine of his last 10 games.
Colton Iverson has posted a performance index rating of at least 10 in five of his last six games.
Gustavo Ayon has posted a performance index rating in double figures and scored at least 12 points in each of his last five games.

Rankings
Gustavo Ayon ranks sixth in offensive rebounds this season with 2.4 per game.
Austin Hollins is tied fourth in steals this season with 1.4 per game.

Records/Milestones
Gustavo Ayon set the Final Four record last season by making 11 of 11 two-pointers without a miss playing for Real Madrid against Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul in the third-place game.
Ayon is the all-time leader in steals among centers with 188.

FC Bayern Munich

Roster
No Bayern player has started every game this season.
Bayern has registered 17 players for the EuroLeague, so there will be several scratches every week.

Streaks
Petteri Koponen has made at least 1 three-pointer in nine of his last 10 games.
Maodo Lo has made at least 1 three-point shot in six of his last seven games.
Greg Monroe has pulled down at least 5 rebounds in nine of his last 10 games.
Monroe has posted a performance index rating of more than 10 in nine straight games.
Nihad Dedovic has made 12 consecutive free throws.

Rankings
Greg Monroe ranks sixth this season with 6.7 rebounds per game.

Records/Milestones
Petteri Koponen ranks 11th all-time in free-throw accuracy at 90.1%.
Koponen ranks 11th all-time in three-point accuracy at 46.2%.
Leon Radosevic needs 4 offensive rebounds to reach 200 for his career.

Sunday, February 23, 2020
Euroleague.net

Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
0 - 1
Zenit St Petersburg FC Bayern Munich
* overall record in EuroLeague since 2000
Zenit St Petersburg
Home record vs. FC Bayern Munich: 0-0
Away record vs. FC Bayern Munich: 0-1
FC Bayern Munich
Home record vs. Zenit St Petersburg: 1-0
Away record vs. Zenit St Petersburg: 0-0

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2019-20 13 December 2019 Regular Season FC Bayern Munich 77 - 69 Zenit St Petersburg