2020-21Regular SeasonRound 6
October 29, 2020 CET: 18:00
Local time: 20:00 MEGASPORT ARENA
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Records

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

Referees

Crew Chief
LATISEVS, OLEGS
Umpire 1
MOGULKOC, EMIN
Umpire 2
GKONTAS, SPIROS

The Take

CSKA Moscow has lost its last two games and hopes to bounce back at home. Will Clyburn (19.2 ppg.) has been its top scorer until now, followed by Mike James (17.6 ppg.) and Daniel Hackett (10.4 ppg.). Valencia Basket is undefeated on the road after big victories in Madrid and Kaunas. Bojan Dubljevic (14.8 ppg., 5.0 rpg.), Nikola Kalinic (10.8 ppg., 3.3 rpg.) and Klemen Prepelic (8.8 ppg., 3.8 apg.) have been Valencia's pillars until now. Expect a fun-to-watch game at Megasport Arena.

Marquee matchup

Two of the best forwards in the competition are set to face each other. Clyburn is proving that his injuries are a thing of the past by scoring 18 points or more in each of his team's last four games. He must use his explosiveness and athleticism against Kalinic, who is seeing more responsibilities on offense this season. Kalinic has a high basketball IQ and very good post skills, which he tries to use often. Both of them are experienced and have played against each other many times, which adds more anticipation to this matchup.

History lesson

These teams have faced each other six times and CSKA has a 4-2 record against Valencia. It is also undefeated against Valencia at home. Last season, CSKA beat Valencia twice in regular-season action. It registered a 71-96 road win in the teams' season opener behind 22 points from Darrun Hilliard and defeated Valencia in Moscow 81-70 with 19 points and 10 rebounds from Johannes Voigtmann.

Keys to victory: CSKA

Valencia will try to spread the floor with its big men who can pull the trigger from downtown. That will force players like Nikola Miluitnov, Johannes Voigtmann and Nikita Kurbanov to stay alert in all pick-and-pop situations, as well as preventing Valencia from taking quick shots early in each possession. On offense, CSKA must rely on James and Clyburn to make the difference with their all-around skills and expect Toko Shengelia to have a strong game at power forward against Louis Labeyrie and Derrick Williams.

Keys to victory: Valencia

Valencia needs to bring Nikola Milutinov out of the paint to generate space for others to attack the basket and expects Dubljevic and Mike Tobey to do so with their shots from downtown. It needs to find a way to prevent James from running CSKA's up-tempo offense. As such, Sam Van Rossom and Guillem Vives must be ready to make Valencia play at the right rhythm and look for anyone who generates an advantage on offense. From Prepelic to Williams to Fernando San Emeterio, Valencia has a lot of potential mismatches.

Monday, October 26, 2020
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CSKA Moscow
# Player Pos. H. Age
3 BOLOMBOY, JOEL F 2.04 26
4 KHOMENKO, ALEXANDER G 1.92 21
5 JAMES, MIKE G 1.85 30
6 HILLIARD, DARRUN G 1.98 27
7 UKHOV, IVAN G 1.93 25
10 HACKETT, DANIEL G 1.93 32
11 ANTONOV, SEMEN F 2.02 31
13 STRELNIEKS, JANIS G 1.91 31
17 VOIGTMANN, JOHANNES F 2.11 28
21 CLYBURN, WILL F 2.01 30
23 SHENGELIA, TORNIKE F 2.06 29
28 LOPATIN, ANDREI F 2.08 22
32 UMRIKHIN, YURY G 1.88 21
33 MILUTINOV, NIKOLA C 2.13 25
41 KURBANOV, NIKITA F 2.02 34
Valencia Basket
# Player Pos. H. Age
2 MARINKOVIC, VANJA G 1.98 23
3 PREPELIC, KLEMEN G 1.91 28
4 PRADILLA, JAIME C 2.05 19
6 PUERTO, JOSEP G 2.00 21
7 LABEYRIE, LOUIS F 2.09 28
9 VAN ROSSOM, SAM G 1.88 34
10 TOBEY, MIKE C 2.13 26
12 KALINIC, NIKOLA F 2.02 28
14 DUBLJEVIC, BOJAN C 2.05 29
16 VIVES, GUILLEM G 1.92 27
19 SAN EMETERIO, FERNANDO F 1.99 36
21 WILLIAMS, DERRICK F 2.03 29
24 HERMANNSSON, MARTIN G 1.90 26
30 SASTRE, JOAN G 2.01 28
42 JIMENEZ, MILLAN G 1.98 18
43 PAVELKA, TOMAS C 2.14 20
45 FERRANDO, GUILLEM G 1.85 18

Player Stats

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
78.4 Points 79.5
33.6 Rebounds 33.8
10.0 O. Rebounds 9.8
23.6 D. Rebounds 24.0
14.6 Assists 19.0
6.0 Steals 6.3
3.2 Blocks 2.0
47.4% 2PT 58.7%
38.3% 3PT 35.6%
79.1% FT 73.9%
82.8 PIR 90.5

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
80.8 Points 73.3
35.2 Rebounds 30.5
12.4 O. Rebounds 8.3
22.8 D. Rebounds 22.3
16.2 Assists 17.8
8.4 Steals 5.8
2.6 Blocks 3.5
49.8% 2PT 57.8%
34.4% 3PT 32.7%
91.3% FT 77.8%
84.2 PIR 82.0
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CSKA Moscow vs. Valencia Basket

· CSKA leads the head-to-head series between these teams 4-2. Last season in Moscow, CSKA downed Valencia 81-70 behind 19 points plus 10 rebounds from Johannes Voigtmann who shot a personal-best 5-for-5 from long range in that game.

· CSKA blew past Valencia 71-96 in the season opener last season. Mike James, making his CSKA debut, tallied 20 points and 5 assists for a PIR of 28 to earn MVP of the Round honors. Darrun Hilliard netted career-high 22 points for CSKA.

· Valencia tied a club-record in free throws made with 27 in a 103-99 home win against CSKA Moscow on February 8, 2018.

· Valencia's Vanja Marinkovic and CSKA center Nikola Milutinov both grew up with Partizan Belgrade. They played together for two seasons, from 2013 to 2015.

· Milutinov and Valencia forward Nikola Kalinic have been teammates on the Serbian national team.

· Milutinov set his career-high with 8 offensive rebounds playing for Olympiacos Piraeus against Valencia in October 2019.

· Valencia swingman Fernando San Emeterio and CSKA guard Mike James were teammates at Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz during the 2014-15 season.

· Valencia sharpshooter Klemen Prepelic played under current CSKA head coach Dimitris Itoudis at Banvit Bandirma during the 2013-14 season.

· CSKA forward Tornike Shengelia played at Valencia for two seasons, from 2008 to 2010, and helped Valencia win the 2010 EuroCup title.

· In his EuroLeague debut in Moscow versus CSKA a year ago, Mike Tobey had a PIR of 18 and 3 blocked shots. Both remain career-highs.

· CSKA forward Will Clyburn scored a career-high 27 points in a loss against Valencia in February 2018.

· Valencia swingman San Emeterio had a career-best 5 offensive rebounds playing for Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz against CSKA in April 2010.

· San Emeterio posted a career-high 3 steals twice, both times playing for Baskonia against CSKA - first in January 2010, and then again in April 2013.

· The last time these two teams played, Valencia point guard Sam Van Rossom set his career-high with 16 points.

· In that same game, Valencia forward Louis Labeyrie tied his career-best with 8 rebounds.

Monday, October 26, 2020
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CSKA Moscow

Roster
Janis Strelnieks tested positive for COVID-19 and missed CSKA's last four games. Andrei Lopatin also tested positive before Round 3.
Yury Umrikhin is set to make his EuroLeague debut.
Ten different players have appeared in CSKA's starting lineups so far this season. Only Nikita Kurbanov has started in every game.

Streaks
Mike James has made at least 1 three-point shot in 25 of his last 26 games.
James has scored in double figures in 30 of his last 31 games.
Tornike Shengelia has recorded double-digit PIRs in 12 of his last 13 games.
Will Clyburn has recorded at least 1 steal in six of his last seven games.
Daniel Hackett has made 17 consecutive free throws.
Hackett has recorded at least 1 steal in five straight games.

Rankings
Will Clyburn ranks third in scoring this season with 19.2 points per game.
Mike James ranks fourth in scoring this season with 17.6 points per game.
Tornike Shengelia ranks fifth this season with 7.2 total rebounds per game and seventh with 3.0 offensive rebounds per game.
Joel Bolomboy ranks fourth this season with 1.3 blocks per game.

Records/Milestones
Will Clyburn needs 19 points to reach 1,500 for his career.
Janis Strelnieks ranks sixth all-time in free-throw accuracy at 90.9%.
Nikola Milutinov ranks 12th all-time with 377 offensive rebounds. Former CSKA great Mirsad Turkcan is 11th with 385.
Darrun Hilliard needs 1 more three-pointer to reach 100 in the EuroLeague.
Tornike Shengelia needs 5 more three-pointers to reach 100 in the EuroLeague.

Valencia Basket

Roster
Tomas Pavelka is set to make his EuroLeague debut.
Joan Sastre will be sidelined for several weeks with a partial tear to the internal lateral ligament of his right knee.
Bojan Dubljevic and Nikola Kalinic are the only Valencia players to have started every game this season.

Streaks
Sam Van Rossom has made 15 consecutive free throws.
Derrick Williams has made at least 1 three-pointer in six of his last seven games.
Bojan Dubljevic has made 10 consecutive free throws.

Rankings
Bojan Dubljevic ranked seventh last season with 6.5 rebounds and sixth with 2.4 offensive rebounds per game.

Records/Milestones
Fernando San Emeterio needs 5 more steals to reach 100 for his career.
Sam Van Rossom ranks eighth all-time with a 2.63-to-1 career assist-to-turnover ratio.

Monday, October 26, 2020
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Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
4 - 2
CSKA Moscow Valencia Basket
* overall record in EuroLeague since 2000
CSKA Moscow
Home record vs. Valencia Basket: 3-0
Away record vs. Valencia Basket: 1-2
Valencia Basket
Home record vs. CSKA Moscow: 2-1
Away record vs. CSKA Moscow: 0-3

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2019-20 23 January 2020 Regular Season CSKA Moscow 81 - 70 Valencia Basket
2019-20 04 October 2019 Regular Season Valencia Basket 71 - 96 CSKA Moscow
2017-18 08 February 2018 Regular Season Valencia Basket 103 - 99 CSKA Moscow
2017-18 09 November 2017 Regular Season CSKA Moscow 94 - 67 Valencia Basket
2010-11 08 December 2010 Regular Season CSKA Moscow 73 - 63 Power Electronics Valencia
2010-11 03 November 2010 Regular Season Power Electronics Valencia 82 - 57 CSKA Moscow