Nizhny Novgorod returns to the Eurocup eager to keep its great run going. Last season, Nizhny defeated Maccabi FOX in Tel Aviv to advance to the eighthfinals and beat Zenit St. Petersburg before stepping down after a double-overtime instant quarterfinals classic against Strasbourg. Nizhny also reached the VTB League playoffs, where it lost to Unics Kazan. Founded in 2000 by acquiring the rights from Volzhsky Engineer-Pedagogical Institute, the club started to compete in the Russian third division. Its founder was Alexander Khairetdinov, who is arguably the most important figure in club history. He was the club's general director, head coach and team doctor. Nizhny managed to reach the second division and from 2006 to 2009 the team finished fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively, at that level. In October of 2008, significant changes took place at the club, with former Olympic gold medalist Dmitri Svatkovskiy coming aboard as its president and Euroleague winner Sergey Panov joining as general manager. In May of 2010, Nizhny won the Russian second division and a year later, the club reached the Russian Cup final for the first time. A fifth place finish in its Russian League debut paved the way for Zoran Lukic to win the Coach of the Year award in Russia. Nizhny kept growing and reached the VTB League playoffs by the 2012-13 season. Everything clicked for Nizhny in the 2013-14 season, in which the team went all the way to the VTB League finals and the Eurocup semifinals before losing to CSKA Moscow and Valencia Basket, respectively. Nizhny went all the way to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 and defeated Unics in a do-or-die showdown to reach that round. Taylor Rochestie was the 2014-15 Alphonso Ford Trophy winner as the Euroleague’s top scorer and Trey Thompkins, Tarence Kinsey and Art Parakhouski had great seasons, too. Nizhny also reached the VTB League semifinals. And by reaching the Eurocup quarterfinals last season, Nizhny showed itself to be a rising poser in this competition.