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

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

Referees

Crew Chief
RADOVIC, SRETEN
Umpire 1
PASTUSIAK, PIOTR
Umpire 2
VYKLICKY, ROBERT

The Take

Zenit St Petersburg returns to the competition after a three-round absence hoping to remain undefeated. Kevin Pangos (19.0 ppg.), K.C. Rivers (12.5 ppg.) and Alex Poythress (11.5 ppg.) have been its top scorers so far. Panathinaikos OPAP Athens comes off a brilliant home win against Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul and wants to keep its momentum going. Nemanja Nedovic (14.8 ppg.), Marcus Foster (13.8 ppg.) and Howard Sant-Roos (9.3 ppg.) must step up if forward Ioannis Papapetrou (12.7 ppg.) remains sidelined.

Marquee matchup

Two very good scorers will test their shooting skills in this game. Nedovic earned Round 5 MVP honors with a stellar performance - 28 points on 7-of-12 shooting from downtown. He can use his experience and quickness against Billy Baron, who has been off-target until now (9.0 ppg., 44.4% 2FG, 33.3% 3FG). Baron is a great scorer with unlimited range eager to bounce back against a tough opponent who has found his scoring rhythm.

History lesson

Panathinaikos and Zenit meet for the third time ever. Panathinaikos beat Zenit twice in the 2019-20 campaign. The Greens defeated Zenit 79-89 in St Petersburg on October 24, 2019, behind 22 points from Jimmer Fredette and 15 assists from Nick Calathes. Panathinaikos also beat Zenit in the Greek capital, 96-81, on February 6. DeShaun Thomas led Panathinaikos with 27 points as the Greens outrebounded Zenit 40-24.

Keys to victory: Zenit

Pangos and Dmitry Khvostov must set the right game tempo to allow Zenit to play in transition and make the most of its many scorers. Baron and Austin Hollins will make sure that Zenit has a scoring threat in its backcourt at all times. Mateusz Ponitka and Poythress are natural mismatches due to their size, ball-handling and athleticism. If Zenit reads the game the right way and looks for its many advantages, especially at the '2' and '3' positions, it will have a better chance to win the game.

Keys to victory: Panathinaikos

Panathinaikos outrebounded Fenerbahce 38-29 and powering the boards will be key against Zenit, too. Panathinaikos has a size advantage in the paint with Georgios Papagiannis, Dinos Mitoglou and Ben Bentil, and must make the most of it. If Papapetrou remains sidelined, Sant-Roos could see most of the playing time at small forward. Spacing on offense is also critical when you have shooters like Nedovic, Foster and Keifer Sykes. Finding extra passes and giving these players open looks is a must for the Greens.

Monday, October 26, 2020
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Zenit St Petersburg
# Player Pos. H. Age
1 RIVERS, KC G 1.96 33
3 ZAKHAROV, DENIS G 1.92 27
4 PANGOS, KEVIN G 1.86 27
7 FRIDZON, VITALY G 1.94 35
8 VOLKHIN, IGOR F 1.99 22
9 HOLLINS, AUSTIN G 1.93 28
10 THOMAS, WILL F 2.03 34
12 BARON, BILLY G 1.88 29
13 KHVOSTOV, DMITRY G 1.90 31
14 PUSHKOV, ANTON C 2.08 31
16 TRUSHKIN, VLADISLAV F 2.01 27
17 KARVANEN, MAKSIM F 2.04 20
20 ZUBKOV, ANDREY F 2.06 29
22 POYTHRESS, ALEX F 2.06 27
25 PONITKA, MATEUSZ F 1.98 27
77 GUDAITIS, ARTURAS C 2.08 27
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
# Player Pos. H. Age
6 PAPAGIANNIS, GEORGIOS C 2.20 23
7 BOCHORIDIS, ELEFTHERIOS G 1.96 26
8 AUGUSTE, ZACH C 2.08 27
10 PAPAPETROU, IOANNIS F 2.03 26
12 DIPLAROS, NIKOS G 1.90 23
14 KASELAKIS, LEONIDAS F 2.00 30
15 VOUGIOUKAS, IAN C 2.11 35
16 KALAITZAKIS, GEORGIOS G 2.01 21
17 FOSTER, MARCUS G 1.91 25
18 PERSIDIS, NIKOLAOS F 2.00 25
26 NEDOVIC, NEMANJA G 1.92 29
28 SYKES, KEIFER G 1.83 26
30 WHITE, AARON F 2.06 28
44 MITOGLOU, KONSTANTINOS F 2.10 24
50 BENTIL, BEN F 2.04 25
74 SANT-ROOS, HOWARD G 2.01 29

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
73.5 Points 80.0
34.0 Rebounds 38.0
8.5 O. Rebounds 13.5
25.5 D. Rebounds 24.5
14.0 Assists 15.8
3.5 Steals 5.5
3.5 Blocks 3.0
54.4% 2PT 52.0%
34.1% 3PT 31.9%
84.8% FT 71.6%
82.5 PIR 83.5

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
69.5 Points 79.8
28.0 Rebounds 37.0
6.0 O. Rebounds 11.3
22.0 D. Rebounds 25.8
15.5 Assists 17.5
3.5 Steals 4.5
4.0 Blocks 2.8
56.9% 2PT 54.4%
28.0% 3PT 30.5%
79.3% FT 76.3%
72.0 PIR 87.5
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Zenit St Petersburg vs. Panathinaikos OPAP Athens

· Panathinaikos swept Zenit last season, including beating Zenit in St. Petersburg 79-89 in Round 4.

· Zenit's single-game record for two-pointers made is 10, which Gustavo Ayon tied against Panathinaikos OPAP Athens on February 7, 2020.

· Zenit head coach Xavi Pascual spent more than two seasons on the Panathinaikos bench, leading the team to EuroLeague playoff appearances in 2017 and 2018 with home-court advantage in each.

· Zenit veteran swingman K.C. Rivers played for Panathinaikos from 2016 to 2018. He made 64 EuroLeague appearances with the Greens and averaged a career-best 11.2 points in the 2016-17 season

· Panathinaikos guard Nemanja Nedovic and Zenit forward Will Thomas were teammates at Unicaja Malaga during the 2015-16 season.

· Panathinaikos center Ian Vougioukas and Khimki forward Andrey Zubkov were teammates at Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar during the 2016-17 season.

· Panathinaikos forward Aaron White played for Zenit during the 2016-17 season. He was a teammate of Anton Pushkov.

· White and Zenit point guard Kevin Pangos were teammates at Zalgiris Kaunas during the 2017-18 season. They helped Zalgiris reach the 2018 Final Four.

· Zenit veteran sharpshooter Vitaly Fridzon set his career-high with 7 assists playing for Khimki Moscow Region against Panathinaikos in December 2009.

· Zenit center Arturas Gudaitis matched his career-high in scoring with 20 points in an 83-86 road win for AX Armani Exchange Milan over Panathinaikos in December 2018.

· Zenit's forward Andrey Zubkov had career-highs of 5 assists and 3 steals playing for Khimki Moscow Region against Panathinaikos in February 2019.

· Last season in St. Petersburg, Panathinaikos forward Ioannis Papapetrou posted a career-high 11 rebounds, including a career-best 8 defensive rebounds, in a Panathinaikos win.

· In St. Petersburg last season, Panathinaikos big man Ian Vougioukas matched his career-high with 3 blocks.

· Dinos Mitoglou set his career-high with 3 steals in the Green's 96-81 win over Zenit in February last season.

· Zenit forward Mateusz Ponitka posted his career-high in defensive rebounds with 10 playing for Zielona Gora against Panathinaikos in November 2015.

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Zenit St Petersburg

Roster
Zenit did not play its Round 3, 4 or 5 games after eight players, four coaches and one masseur tested positive for COVID-19.

Streaks
Austin Hollins has made at least 1 three-pointer in nine of his last 10 games.
Hollins has at least 1 steal in 13 of his last 14 games.
Rivers has hit at least 1 three-point shot in seven of his last eight games.

Rankings
Austin Hollins ranked fifth in steals last season with 1.4 per game.
Billy Baron was tied for seventh last season with 56 three-pointers.
K.C. Rivers ranked eighth last season with 2.22 triples made per game and Baron was 10th with 2.15 on average.

Records/Milestones
K.C. Rivers needs 65 points to reach 1,500 for his career.
Arturas Gudaitis needs 5 more blocked shots to reach 100 for his career.
Andrey Zubkov needs 6 rebounds to reach 200 for his career.

Panathinaikos OPAP Athens

Roster
Ten different players have started for Panathinaikos so far this season. Dinos Mitoglou is the only player to start every game.
Nikos Diplaros and Nikolaos Persidis are set to make their respective EuroLeague debuts.

Streaks
Marcus Foster has collected at least 1 steal in each of his four games this season.
Nemanja Nedovic has made at least 1 three-point shot in each of his four games this season.

Rankings
Dinos Mitoglou ranks fourth this season with 7.5 rebounds and is tied for third with 3.0 offensive rebounds per game.
Georgios Papagiannis ranks second this season with 1.5 blocks per game.
Nemanja Nedovic leads the league this season with 3.5 three-point shots made per game.

Records/Milestones
Ioannis Papapetrou needs 2 steals to reach 100 for his career.
Keifer Sykes needs 2 points to reach 100 for his career.
Howard Sant-Roos needs 17 points to reach the 100-point milestone.

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Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
0 - 2
Zenit St Petersburg Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
* overall record in EuroLeague since 2000
Zenit St Petersburg
Home record vs. Panathinaikos OPAP Athens: 0-1
Away record vs. Panathinaikos OPAP Athens: 0-1
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
Home record vs. Zenit St Petersburg: 1-0
Away record vs. Zenit St Petersburg: 1-0

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2019-20 07 February 2020 Regular Season Panathinaikos OPAP Athens 96 - 81 Zenit St Petersburg
2019-20 24 October 2019 Regular Season Zenit St Petersburg 79 - 89 Panathinaikos OPAP Athens