The team with the best record in the competition, Unics Kazan, has its sights set on returning to the top of the Eurocup podium when it faces off Valencia Basket in the home-and-away finals series May 1 and May 7. Unics got this far in the campaign by winning 20 out of 22 games by an average margin of 18.4 points. Unics had close calls in the season's first couple of weeks, opening its Eurocup campaign with a 67-75 road win against Maccabi Haifa Bazan, then needing a buzzer-beating triple from Andrew Gaudelock to pull-out an improbable victory against Banvit Bandirma in regular season Round 2. Unics dominated after that, however, compiling a perfect 10-0 record in the regular season by riding the Eurocup' best defense, which allowed a mere 62.5 points per game. Unics continued its winning ways in the Last 32, too, with its only slip-up coming on the road against Telenet Ostend in Round 3. But the team finished that stage with three consecutive wins, the last coming away from home against fellow finalist Valencia. Unics then stormed through the eighthfinals against CEZ Basketball Nymburk with 167-117 aggregate victory. Unics also went on to sweep its quarterfinals series, downing Aykon TED Ankara Kolejliler 68-81 in the first leg, before dismantling its opponent 88-52 one week later. The true test came in the semifinals. After falling 63-52 in Game 1 versus Crvena Zvezda Telekom in front of more than 20,000 fans in Belgrade, Unics went home and punched a ticket for the finals with an 84-67 return-leg victory behind veteran guard Nikos Zisis. Now, Unics looks to its balanced offense and ferocious defense to carry the club to a repeat of its 2011 Eurocup title.
Unics Kazan facts:
Andrew Goudelock's buzzer-beating triple in regular season Round 2 was good for a 72-71 win over Banvit Bandirma.
Unics home wins against Kalev Cramo Tallin (94-44) and VEF Riga (98-51) were the widest margins of victory in the Eurocup this season.
Unics was the only team with a perfect 10-0 regular season record.
With two wins to start the Last 32, the team opened the Eurocup campaign 12 consecutive victories.
Unics beat Valencia twice in the Last 32, including 73-76 on the road, which helped it advantage of playing Game 2 on its home court in every series through to the finals.
Goudelock scored 36 points in a 58-91 eighthfinals Game 1 win at Nymburk. No player scored more in a single Eurocup game this season.
Unics swept both its eighthfinals and quarterfinals series by a combined margin of 99 points.
Nikos Zisis scored all of his Eurocup career-high 26 points in the second half of semifinals Game 2, as Unics overcame an 11-point loss from Game 1.
Unics allows opponents just 64.4 points per game, making it the only Eurocup team this season to give up fewer than 70 points on average.
No player accumulated more points this Eurocup season than Andrew Goudelock (420 in 22 games).
Unics held its opponents to the lowest index rating (59.9), three-point shooting percentage (30.8%) and true shooting percentage (44.0%) in the competition.