Calendar countdown: Round 9

Aug 19, 2019 by Print
Calendar countdown: Round 9

The countdown is on for the start of the 2019-20 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague season on October 3! The new EuroLeague season once again promises great matchups, week in and week out, but also more teams and games to enjoy than ever before in European club basketball. Season-long drama is in store, that's for certain. Just check out the matchups in Round 9!

Zalgiris Kaunas vs. Panathinaikos OPAP Athens

Personal best recalled

Zalgiris forward Edgaras Ulanovas posted his career high in rebounds with 11 in an 80-74 home win over Panathinaikos in December 2017.

ALBA Berlin vs. Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade

True trivia

The best individual performance ever by a Zvezda player, Boban Marjanovic's PIR of 40 in March of 2015, came in Berlin vs. ALBA, however the visitors lost that game, 73-68.

FC Bayern Munich vs. Olympiacos Piraeus

Olympiacos had its highest-scoring road game ever and highest-scoring game this decade in Munich, winning a 103-105 shootout over Bayern in December of 2013. Bayern's total was its highest, too, until last season.

LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne vs. Anadolu Efes Istanbul

Visitors advantage

Efes is already 8-0 on French soil in EuroLeague games this century, including two wins over ASVEL in the 2003-04 season, and this time brings with it two Frenchmen: guard Rodrigue Beaubois and forward Adrien Moerman.

Real Madrid vs. Khimki Moscow Region

See-saw series

Madrid now holds a 7-5 edge in head to head meetings with Khimki, but only after winning five of their last six clashes. Madrid's two wins last season marked the first season sweep between them. In the first half of the decade, Khimki had a 4-2 advantage over Madrid.

Valencia Basket vs. Zenit St Petersburg

Right back at you

Zenit forward Will Thomas will make his return to Valencia after playing three seasons there that culminated in the 7DAYS EuroCup title last spring, when he was named Finals MVP.

AX Armani Exchange Milan vs. Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv

Friendly confines

Maccabi won its last EuroLeague title at Mediolanum Forum in 2014 a month after flipping home-court advantage in the playoffs there by beating Milan 99-101 in overtime in Game 1.

FC Barcelona vs. Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul

Night to remember

Barcelona's Victor Claver set career highs in points (21), rebounds (12), offensive rebounds (7) and PIR (24) while playing for Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar against Fenerbahce in 2016.

KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz vs. CSKA Moscow

Happy place

CSKA won four games in a month at Fernando Buesa Arena to claim the 2018 EuroLeague title, first beating Baskonia on the road in Games 3 and 4 of the playoffs, then surviving Final Four showdowns against Real Madrid and Anadolu Efes Istanbul, respectively.