Calendar countdown: Round 33

Sep 26, 2019 by Print
Calendar countdown: Round 33

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 33!

FC Barcelona vs. Real Madrid

MVP precedents

Three Real players have been MVP of the Round in games against Barcelona: Rudy Fernandez, with a career-high PIR of 38 in February of 2015; Sergio Llull, with a career-high PIR of 32 in March of 2017; and Anthony Randolph, with his personal best of 28 points playing in Game 4 of the 2016 playoffs, while playing for Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar.

Zalgiris Kaunas vs. CSKA Moscow

A Clyburn masterpiece

Final Four MVP Will Clyburn set his career-highs of 13 total rebounds and 11 defensive rebounds in last season’s 99-97 overtime home win over Zalgiris.

KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz vs. Valencia Basket

Perasovic takes on his former team

Baskonia head coach Velimir Perasovic led Valencia to the EuroCup crown in 2014. He coached the team for a total of four seasons from 2011 to 2015. 

Panathinaikos OPAP Athens vs. Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv

Back to Athens

A pair of key Maccabi personalities return to a city they know well this week. Coach Ioannis Sfairopoulos hails from Greece and has spent nearly a decade coaching in the Greek capital. Maccabi big man Othello Hunter played two seasons at Olympiacos Piraeus, from 2014 to 2016. Both men worked with Panathinaikos forward Ioannis Papapetrou.

ALBA Berlin vs. LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne

Making a return to Berlin

ASVEL's guard Jordan Taylor played for ALBA during the 2015-16 season and was a teammate of Niels Giffey.

FC Bayern Munich vs. Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade

A record memory

The only previous time Zvezda visited Bayern in the EuroLeague was in November 2015, when point guard Stefan Jovic (who is now with Khimki Moscow Region) set the EuroLeague single-game record with 19 assists.

Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul vs. Olympiacos Piraeus

A Spanoulis special

One of just five players with more than 300 appearances, Vassilis Spanoulis posted his career-high with a performance index rating of 39 against Fenerbahce in January 2014.

Khimki Moscow Region vs. Anadolu Efes Istanbul

Balbay’s Moscow moment

Last season in Moscow, Efes rallied to beat Khimki 84-85 on a Dogus Balbay three-pointer with 2 seconds to go. Apart from hitting the game-winner, Balbay dished a career-best 6 assists in that win in October 2018. Balbay previously set his career-high with 5 steals against Khimki in March of 2018.

Zenit St Petersburg vs. AX Armani Exchange Milan

A scorer and coach reunion

Milan's Nemanja Nedovic played under current Zenit coach Joan Plaza at Unicaja Malaga for three seasons, from 2015 to 2018. They won the 2017 7DAYS EuroCup title together.