2019-20Regular SeasonRound 4
October 24, 2019 CET: 21:00
Local time: 21:00 ALEKSANDAR NIKOLIC HALL
Balkans: SPORTKLUB1
Italy: EUROSPORT PLAYER
Baltic: TVPLAY SPORTS, PREMIUM
Middle East: beIN FTA
Brazil: DAZN
Portugal: SPORT TV4 POR (Delayed)
Bulgaria: MAX SPORT 3
Spain: DAZN
China: CCTV5+
Turkey: beIN SPORTS HD 3
France: RMC SPORT LIVE 15
United Kingdom: EUROSPORT PLAYER
Greece: NOVASPORTS 4HD
United States of America: FLOHOOPS
Israel: 5LIVE
Internet: EUROLEAGUE.TV

Records

1-2 Regular Season 3-0
1-2 Overall 3-0

Referees

Crew Chief
LATISEVS, OLEGS
Umpire 1
BISSANG, JOSEPH
Umpire 2
KOWALSKI, MARCIN

The Take

FC Barcelona will try to keep its perfect record intact when it visits Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade in the legendary Aleksandar Nikolic Hall in the Serbian capital. Zvezda is coming off a tough overtime loss in Tel Aviv and goes back to protecting its home floor behind support of what will surely be a packed gym against undefeated Barcelona, which has won its first three games of the season by an average margin of 17.6 points.

Pesic returns

Barcelona head coach Svetislav Pesic returns to his native Serbia, and to Belgrade where he previously coached Crvena Zvezda on two occasions, first in the 2008-09 season, and again in the 2011-12 campaign. The Zvezda record holder in appearances, team captain Branko Lazic, played under Pesic during the second stint. A EuroLeague coaching great, Pesic has a legendary status in his native country, having led the Serbian national team to the EuroBasket gold in 2001, and a World Championship crown in 2002.

Last time in Belgrade

Barcelona holds 4-2 edge in head to head games this century, but each of the last four games has been won by the home team. The only previous time this century that Zvezda and Barcelona played at this venue, formerly known as Hala Pionir, Zvezda topped Barcelona 90-82. There are seven players from that game who are still on the rosters of two teams: Branko Lazic, Nikola Jovanovic and Ognjen Dobric took part in Zvezda win, while Pau Ribas, Pierre Oriola, Ante Tomic and Adam Hanga played in a loss.

Marquee matchup

Two veteran forwards, Stratos Perperoglou and Nikola Mirotic, have been pacing their respective teams so far this season. Perperoglou leads Zvezda in points (14.7) per game and minutes played (25:39) and facing Mirotic will be quite a test for 35-year old Perperoglou, a three-time EuroLeague champion. Mirotic has delivered for Barcelona as a star summer signing, using a hot start to post 19.7 points and 5.7 rebounds, both team highs. A lot of eyes will be looking at these two players on Thursday night.

Keys to victory: Zvezda

It is not a secret that fans give Zvezda a massive boost of energy when the team is playing on the home floor, and it will be of great importance in this game, too. Barcelona is not only unbeaten, but as deep and talented as any team in the competition, and Zvezda will need any edge it can get. Using high energy from the start, and taking care of its defensive glass – Zvezda allows the fewest 8.0 offensive rebounds per game – will be keys for Zvezda to develop its transition game, and increase its chances in this contest.

Keys to victory: Barcelona

With so many great scorers throughout its roster, it will be crucial for Barcelona to set the rhythm and pace of the game to its liking. Barcelona has had very few offensive issues early in the season, ranking third in scoring (88.0 ppg.) and third in assists (21.7 apg.). When the team led by Nikola Mirotic gets that offense going, it is hard to stop. This will be a tough test for Barcelona in the early part of the season, and the one they would love to pass with flying colors.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Euroleague.net
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
# Player Pos. H. Age
0 KUZMIC, OGNJEN C 2.13 29
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
FC Barcelona
# Player Pos. H. Age
0 DAVIES, BRANDON C 2.08 28
3 PANGOS, KEVIN G 1.86 26
5 RIBAS, PAU G 1.94 32
8 HANGA, ADAM F 2.00 30
10 SMITS, ROLANDS F 2.07 24
14 PUSTOVYI, ARTEM C 2.18 27
18 ORIOLA, PIERRE C 2.08 27
21 ABRINES, ALEX F 1.98 26
22 HIGGINS, CORY G 1.95 30
23 DELANEY, MALCOLM G 1.91 30
24 KURIC, KYLE F 1.93 30
30 CLAVER, VICTOR F 2.08 31
31 BOLMARO, LEANDRO G 1.98 19
32 MARTINEZ, SERGI F 2.02 20
33 MIROTIC, NIKOLA F 2.08 28
44 TOMIC, ANTE C 2.17 32

Player Stats

Perperoglou, S. / 14.7 Gist, J. / 11.7 Baron, B. / 8.7
Mirotic, N. / 19.7 Higgins, C. / 12.5 Kuric, K. / 10.7
Gist, J. / 5.3 Faye, M. / 5.0 Perperoglou, S. / 3.3
Mirotic, N. / 5.7 Claver, V. / 5.0 Tomic, A. / 4.7
Baron, B. / 2.3 Brown, L. / 2.3 Covic, F. / 2.0
Delaney, M. / 4.3 Davies, B. / 4.3 Hanga, A. / 4.0
Higgins, C. / 1.5 Mirotic, N. / 1.3 Claver, V. / 1.0
Faye, M. / 1.0 Jenkins, C. / 0.7 Baron, B. / 0.3
Davies, B. / 1.3 Mirotic, N. / 1.0 Hanga, A. / 0.7
2PT
Brown, D. / 75.0 % Ojo, M. / 66.7 % Dobric, O. / 60.0 %
Smits, R. / 100.0 % Abrines, A. / 100.0 % Oriola, P. / 83.3 %
3PT
Faye, M. / 60.0 % Dobric, O. / 50.0 % Davidovac, D. / 50.0 %
Smits, R. / 100.0 % Higgins, C. / 83.3 % Oriola, P. / 66.7 %
FT
Baron, B. / 100.0 % Jenkins, C. / 100.0 % Davidovac, D. / 87.5 %
Mirotic, N. / 100.0 % Claver, V. / 100.0 % Higgins, C. / 100.0 %
PIR
Perperoglou, S. / 12.3 Gist, J. / 8.3 Faye, M. / 8.0
Mirotic, N. / 20.3 Higgins, C. / 13.5 Davies, B. / 12.7

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
73.0 Points 88.0
36.7 Rebounds 42.0
13.3 O. Rebounds 13.7
23.3 D. Rebounds 28.3
12.3 Assists 21.7
5.3 Steals 7.3
2.7 Blocks 3.3
41.0 % 2PT 50.4 %
36.5 % 3PT 44.0 %
82.0 % FT 83.0 %
67.0 PIR 108.7

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
75.7 Points 70.3
33.3 Rebounds 31.3
8.0 O. Rebounds 10.3
25.3 D. Rebounds 21.0
15.7 Assists 19.7
8.7 Steals 6.7
3.7 Blocks 2.0
55.8 % 2PT 41.7 %
31.7 % 3PT 32.0 %
64.7 % FT 84.9 %
84.3 PIR 70.3

Head Coaches

GAVRILOVIC, ANDRIJA
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
"Everybody knows the strength of Barcelona, also their goals for this season, with new signings and deep roster. But our task for every game is the same - try to win every game. I strongly believe that we are capable of that, at the other side, every opponent must earn their victory. I hope that our supporters recognize this moment, so we expect even louder support from the stands on Thursday night."

Players

DOBRIC, OGNJEN
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
"We will be prepared for this game and the arrival of Barcelona. One of the favorites to win the EuroLeague. They invest a lot in new players Mirotic, Abrines, Davies, Higgins, Delaney. Also, coach Svetislav Pesic is there. All these moves show their ambitions for this season. But, we working hard, we have a good team, and with loud support from the stands on our home court, I believe we have a chance."

Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade vs. FC Barcelona

· Barcelona has a 4-2 record in EuroLeague games against Crvena Zvezda this century. The home team has won the last four meetings between them.

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

· Barcelona head coach Svetislav Pesic coached Crvena Zvezda on two occasions, in the 2008-09 and 2011-12 seasons. The Zvezda record holder in appearances, team captain Branko Lazic, played under Pesic during the second stint.

· Zvezda guard Charles Jenkins had a career-best 7 assists against Barcelona in October 2016.

· Jenkins hit a career-best 5 triples from 6 attempts playing for Khimki Moscow Region against Barcelona in April 2018.

Monday, October 21, 2019
Euroleague.net

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 eight of his last nine games.
Stratos Perperoglou has made at least 1 three-point shot in five of his last six appearances.

Rankings
James Gist ranks second this season in offensive rebounding with 4.0 per game.

Records/Milestones
James Gist needs 22 rebounds to reach 1,000 for his career. He is ranked 15th all-time in that category. Reigning EuroLeague MVP Jan Vesely is 14th with 1,014.
Gist ranks 10th all-time with 360 offensive rebounds.
Gist ranks 15th all-time with 136 blocks. He needs 2 more to catch D'Or Fischer for 14th place.
Stratos Perperoglou needs 3 more three-pointers to reach 200 for his career.

FC Barcelona Lassa

Roster
Thomas Heurtel is sidelined with a knee injury.
Kevin Pangos has been sidelined at the start of the season with a toe injury.

Streaks
Cory Higgins has scored in double figures and made at least 1 three-pointer in 15 of his last 16 appearances.
Alex Abrines has made at least 1 three-point shot in seven straight and 12 of his last 13 appearances.

Rankings
Nikola Mirotic ranks third this season with 19.7 points per game.
Brandon Davies is tied for fourth this season with 1.3 blocks per game.

Records/Milestones
Ante Tomic ranks fourth all-time with 1,447 rebounds. Ioannis Bourousis is third with 1,603.
Tomic ranks fourth all-time with 490 offensive rebounds. Zalgiris big man Paulius Jankunas is third with 500 and counting.
Tomic ranks fourth all-time with 957 defensive rebounds.
Tomic is the competition’s all-time leader in two-point baskets with 1,081.
Ante Tomic ranks 10th all-time with 148 blocks.
Tomic ranks 10th all-time with 2,646 points scored.
Tomic ranks sixth all-time with 3,547 index rating points.
Thomas Heurtel ranks third all-time in assists with 1,173. Dimitris Diamantidis is second with 1,255.
Cory Higgins ranks sixth all-time in three-point sooting accuracy at 47.9%.

Monday, October 21, 2019
Euroleague.net

Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
2 - 4
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade FC Barcelona
* overall record in EuroLeague since 2000
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
Home record vs. FC Barcelona: 2-1
Away record vs. FC Barcelona: 0-3
FC Barcelona
Home record vs. Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade: 3-0
Away record vs. Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade: 1-2

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
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