2018-19Regular SeasonRound 9
December 11, 2018 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 ASTROBALLE
Internet: EUROLEAGUE.TV
Balkans: SPORTKLUB1

Records

6-2 Regular Season 2-6
6-2 Overall 2-6

Referees

Crew Chief
ZAMOJSKI, JAKUB
Umpire 1
PAPAPETROU, PETROS
Umpire 2
ISGUDER, SINAN

The Take

Already qualified LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne (6-2) welcomes Partizan NIS Belgrade (2-6) in Round 9. Partizan will be eliminated from the Top 16 race if it loses regardless of other outcomes. ASVEL won its last game against Turk Telekom Ankara thanks to 23 points and 7 rebounds from veteran big man Miro Bilan. Partizan has dropped its last two games, most recently against Valencia, despite Vanja Marinkovic's 15 points.

Earlier this season

In the only other previous encounter between the teams in the EuroCup, ASVEL triumphed 78-89 on the road in Round 4. Charles Kahudi had 21 points and Amine Noua contributed 14 to the winning effort. For Partizan, Jock Landale led the way with 12 points. ASVEL's 25 assists with only 9 turnovers allowed the visitors to take a valuable win.

Marquee matchup

One of the main duels in the backcourt will be highlighted by Mantas Kalnietis and Vanja Marinkovic. The veteran Kalnietis has only gotten stronger with time for ASVEL and is now averaging12.1 points, 6.8 assists and 1.3 steals in leading the team into the Top 16. Marinkovic is the main contributor for Partizan, with 14.3 points, 2.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists.

Keys to victory: ASVEL

ASVEL is in the Top 16, so the pressure levels won't be critical for this game. The hosts average less than 80 points per game, but they are playing against the weakest offense in the league (73.8 ppg.). ASVEL also receives almost 6 points less than Partizan per game, so on paper, things look good for the hosts. Maybe a different rotation of players could shake things up a bit.

Keys to victory: Partizan

Partizan is in a dire situation. It has the weakest offense in the league, the worst numbers from behind the arc (31.5%) and also the fewest steals in the competition (4.1 spg.) so the visitors have a lot to work on at both ends of the court. The fact that Partizan also depends on the result of this game to stay alive doesn't make things any easier, but the perennial mix of youth, experience and talent in this team can wield any results, especially since Coach Trinchieri arrived to inject a new philosophy.

Sunday, December 9, 2018
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LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne
# Player Pos. H. Age
6 MALEDON, THEO G 1.92 17
7 KABA, ALPHA C 2.08 22
8 SLAUGHTER, AJ F 1.91 31
9 KALNIETIS, MANTAS G 1.95 32
11 GALLIOU, CHARLES F 2.02 22
12 NOUA, AMINE C 2.02 21
14 SOW, KHADIM C 2.10 19
15 BILAN, MIRO F 2.13 29
17 JEAN-CHARLES, LIVIO F 2.05 25
20 NELSON, DEMARCUS G 1.93 33
21 BUCKNER, ERIC C 2.13 28
23 LIGHTY, DAVID F 1.95 30
24 BRIKI, SOFIANE F 1.93 19
55 KAHUDI, CHARLES F 1.96 32
Partizan NIS Belgrade
# Player Pos. H. Age
2 PAIGE, MARCUS G 1.85 25
3 TRIFUNOVIC, UROS F 2.00 18
5 SY, BANDJA F 2.04 28
7 ARANITOVIC, ALEKSANDAR G 1.96 20
9 MARINKOVIC, VANJA G 1.98 21
11 GEGIC, AMAR F 2.10 20
12 VELICKOVIC, NOVICA F 2.05 32
15 PECARSKI, MARKO C 2.08 18
17 GAVRILOVIC, STRAHINJA F 2.04 25
25 ZAGORAC, RADE F 2.06 23
33 JANKOVIC, STEFAN F 2.11 25
34 LANDALE, JOCK C 2.11 23
41 GAGIC, DJORDJE C 2.10 27
77 NIKOLIC, ALEKSEJ G 1.91 23

Player Stats

Kahudi, C. / 13.8 Kalnietis, M. / 12.1 Noua, A. / 11.6
Marinkovic, V. / 14.3 Paige, M. / 12.1 Landale, J. / 11.1
Bilan, M. / 5.6 Kahudi, C. / 5.3
Landale, J. / 6.9 Zagorac, R. / 5.0
Kalnietis, M. / 6.8 Lighty, D. / 3.4 Nelson, D. / 2.9
Nelson, D. / 1.5 Kalnietis, M. / 1.3 Kahudi, C. / 1.2
Zagorac, R. / 1.4
Noua, A. / 1.2 Bilan, M. / 0.9 Buckner, E. / 0.9
Jankovic, S. / 1.4 Landale, J. / 0.6 Sy, B. / 0.6
2PT
Kahudi, C. / 62.5 % Lighty, D. / 58.5 % Buckner, E. / 57.6 %
Landale, J. / 62.3 % Gagic, D. / 52.5 % Paige, M. / 47.1 %
3PT
Kalnietis, M. / 50.0 % Noua, A. / 46.2 % Slaughter, AJ / 38.5 %
Paige, M. / 37.1 % Nikolic, A. / 34.8 % Marinkovic, V. / 34.1 %
FT
Marinkovic, V. / 76.7 %
PIR
Kalnietis, M. / 17.0 Kahudi, C. / 15.5 Bilan, M. / 12.8
Landale, J. / 14.9 Zagorac, R. / 12.0 Paige, M. / 10.6

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
79.0 Points 73.9
31.5 Rebounds 35.6
9.5 O. Rebounds 10.1
22.0 D. Rebounds 25.5
19.5 Assists 17.8
7.3 Steals 4.1
3.4 Blocks 3.0
53.8 % 2PT 53.5 %
39.9 % 3PT 31.5 %
69.5 % FT 73.7 %
89.6 PIR 77.5

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
72.5 Points 78.0
31.6 Rebounds 33.0
9.1 O. Rebounds 9.8
22.5 D. Rebounds 23.3
17.3 Assists 18.3
5.6 Steals 8.0
1.5 Blocks 3.0
49.8 % 2PT 53.9 %
36.1 % 3PT 32.8 %
76.3 % FT 69.9 %
78.1 PIR 90.0

Head Coaches

MITROVIC, ZVEZDAN
LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne
"We can imagine that this game will not be easy for us. We just did a long trip, playing away on Sunday in the French League. And Partizan plays much better than it did one month ago. They changed the coach, they play very aggressive now, and it's a very important game for them for the qualification. But we have to do the job. With a win, we could finish first or second, and that's very important for the future."
TRINCHIERI, ANDREA
Partizan NIS Belgrade
"They're a great team. They came to Belgrade and defeated us with smart play, and now we have to answer. We have to position ourselves. We have to know that there is only one result, and at the same time we must know that we have to play our game. Having only one result shouldn't become a problem, but a goal. It's win or go home."

Players

JEAN-CHARLES, LIVIO
LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne
"I'm very excited to be back in this competition. I feel in a good shape, ready to play. The team has done a great job since the beginning of the season, but we have to win another game to be in the best position possible for the Top 16."
GEGIC, AMAR
Partizan NIS Belgrade
"We've already played against them, we know they play physical basketball. We have to try to beat them by playing smart basketball. We aim to win in every game. Those are our expectations before every game."

LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne vs. Partizan NIS Belgrade

· In their only previous encounter ever in the EuroCup, ASVEL won away, 78-89, with 21 points by Charles Kahudi.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018
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LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne

Roster
Big man Alpha Kaba is expected to be out one more month with elbow injury.
Streaks
Mantas Kalnietis has dished at least 3 assists in his last 10 EuroCup games.
Kalnietis has hit at least one three-pointer in his last 10 EuroCup games.
Kalnietis has collected at least one steal in his last 6 EuroCup games.
Rankings
David Lighty ranks seventh on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 258.4% assist-turnover ratio total for his career.
Miro Bilan ranks 20th on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 62.3% true shooting % total for his career.
Amine Noua is ranked seventh among qualified EuroCup players this season in average blocks with  1.2 per game.
David Lighty is ranked first among qualified EuroCup players this season in average assist-turnover ratio with  900.0% .
Mantas Kalnietis is ranked 14th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 3-pointers made with  2.2 per game.
Kalnietis is ranked ninth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 3-pointers % with  50.0% .
Kalnietis is ranked second among qualified EuroCup players this season in average assists with  6.7 per game.
Miro Bilan is ranked 10th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 2-pointers made with  4.6 per game.

Partizan NIS Belgrade

Streaks
Marcus Paige has hit at least one three in his last 8 EuroCup games.
Vanja Marinkovic has dished at least 3 assists in his last 7 EuroCup games.
Marinkovic has scored at least 10 points in his last 5 EuroCup games.
Jock Landale has pulled at least 5 rebounds in his last 8 EuroCup games.
Rankings
Jock Landale is ranked fourth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average defensive rebounds with  5.1 per game.
Landale is ranked seventh among qualified EuroCup players this season in average total rebounds with  6.8 per game.
Stefan Jankovic is ranked third among qualified EuroCup players this season in average blocks with  1.4 per game.
Vanja Marinkovic is ranked 12th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average free throws % with  76.6% .

Wednesday, December 5, 2018
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Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
1 - 0
LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne Partizan NIS Belgrade
* overall record in EuroCup since 2002
LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne
Home record vs. Partizan NIS Belgrade: 0-0
Away record vs. Partizan NIS Belgrade: 1-0
Partizan NIS Belgrade
Home record vs. LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne: 0-1
Away record vs. LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne: 0-0

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2018-19 23 October 2018 Regular Season Partizan NIS Belgrade 78 - 89 LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne