2018-19Top 16Round 3
January 16, 2019 CET: 18:00
Local time: 19:00 SIEMENS ARENA
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Bulgaria: MTEL SPORT 2
Lithuania: TV6
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Turkey: TIVIBU SPOR 2HD

Records

5-5 Regular Season 7-3
1-1 Top 16 1-1
6-6 Overall 8-4

Referees

Crew Chief
PATERNICO, CARMELO
Umpire 1
BISSANG, JOSEPH
Umpire 2
UDYANSKYY, EDUARD

The Take

This clash of classic EuroCup teams in a group where all four teams sport 1-1 records is of great importance all around. Both ALBA and Rytas are coming off losses and will try to get back to their winning ways. Rytas will try to protect its home court against a visiting side averaging 87.2 points per game and which has won four road games this season, but was held to a season-low 66 points last week.

Marquee matchup

Rokas Giedraitis spent the last three seasons with Rytas and now goes to face his former team for the first time. Giedraitis spends almost 28 minutes per game on the floor, the most on ALBA, and in the absence of injured Peyton Siva is the team's leading scorer with 13.0 points per game. He is likely to be matched up against his former teammate Arnas Butkevicius, who does a little bit of everything for Rytas with his 6.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.3 steals per contest.

Loads of EuroCup history

ALBA and Rytas have combined to play 319 games in the competition. Their head-to-head series is split 3-3 and now they meet for the third consecutive season. No clash between them has been more memorable than ALBA's double-overtime 124-115 home win in 2016. It was the second highest single-game point total in competition history, second only to a memorable five-overtime game in which ALBA beat Bosna Sarajevo 141-127 in December 2007. Those 115 points are still Rytas's club record in the competition.

Keys to victory: Rytas

Rytas has a tough defense to go against ALBA's potent offense. Rytas is allowing a respectable 77.9 points per game and has kept opponents to below 75 points seven times in 12 games this season. Taking care of the ball and getting ALBA into a low-scoring affair will increase Rytas's chances in this contest.

Keys to victory: ALBA

ALBA is the best team in the competition at creating turnovers, forcing 16.7 per game. Rytas is usually not that turnover-prone, but is coming off a game in which it committed a season-high 20. ALBA loves to run and forcing Rytas into turnovers would create plenty of transition opportunities and turn this into the type of high-rhythm game ALBA would like to play.

Sunday, January 13, 2019
Eurocupbasketball.com
Rytas Vilnius
# Player Pos. H. Age
0 SIRVYDIS, DEIVIDAS F 2.00 18
2 SUTTON, DOMINIQUE F 1.96 32
3 KRAMER, CHRIS G 1.91 30
6 STIPCEVIC, ROK G 1.86 32
7 PARAKHOUSKI, ARTSIOM C 2.11 31
9 PILAUSKAS, AISTIS G 1.88 20
11 SEELEY, DENNIS F 1.93 29
13 NORMANTAS, MARGIRIS G 1.94 22
14 ECHODAS, MARTYNAS C 2.04 21
18 GIRDZIUNAS, MINDAUGAS G 1.88 29
22 BENDZIUS, EIMANTAS F 2.03 28
23 BLAZEVIC, MAREK C 2.07 17
25 KAIRYS, EVALDAS C 2.07 28
42 KVEDARAVICIUS, LUKAS F 2.07 21
51 BUTKEVICIUS, ARNAS F 1.97 26
ALBA Berlin
# Player Pos. H. Age
1 SAIBOU, JOSHIKO G 1.88 28
3 SIVA, PEYTON G 1.82 28
5 GIFFEY, NIELS F 2.00 27
6 HUNDT, BENNET G 1.78 20
9 MATTISSECK, JONAS G 1.95 19
10 SCHNEIDER, TIM F 2.08 21
11 BRENNEKE, LORENZ F 2.05 19
15 HERMANNSSON, MARTIN G 1.90 24
16 NIKIC, KRESIMIR C 2.15 19
22 WAGNER, FRANZ F 2.01 17
25 OGBE, KENNETH G 1.98 24
31 GIEDRAITIS, ROKAS F 2.00 26
32 THIEMANN, JOHANNES C 2.05 24
33 CLIFFORD, DENNIS C 2.13 26
35 NNOKO, LANDRY C 2.08 24
41 DRESCHER, HENDRIK C 2.06 18
43 SIKMA, LUKE F 2.03 29
44 PENO, STEFAN G 1.94 21

Player Stats

Sutton, D. / 12.1 Seeley, D.J. / 11.3 Echodas, M. / 10.8
Echodas, M. / 5.4 Sutton, D. / 5.3
Seeley, D.J. / 3.5
Peno, S. / 5.0 Hermannsson, M. / 4.3 Sikma, L. / 3.8
Sikma, L. / 2.1 Giedraitis, R. / 1.8 Giffey, N. / 1.0
Kairys, E. / 1.3 Echodas, M. / 0.6
Chapman, C. / 0.8
2PT
Echodas, M. / 64.3 % Kairys, E. / 64.1 % Sutton, D. / 48.9 %
Giffey, N. / 62.0 % Sikma, L. / 58.7 % Chapman, C. / 56.9 %
3PT
Girdziunas, M. / 45.5 % Sirvydis, D. / 44.8 % Bendzius, E. / 33.3 %
Hermannsson, M. / 44.0 % Giffey, N. / 42.9 % Sikma, L. / 39.4 %
FT
Seeley, D.J. / 80.0 % Sutton, D. / 63.6 % Echodas, M. / 58.3 %
Giedraitis, R. / 84.4 % Thiemann, J. / 73.5 %
PIR
Sutton, D. / 14.2 Echodas, M. / 13.5 Seeley, D.J. / 11.2

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
77.8 Points 87.2
35.8 Rebounds 35.6
12.1 O. Rebounds 11.7
23.8 D. Rebounds 23.9
15.1 Assists 23.7
8.2 Steals 9.5
2.3 Blocks 2.3
51.0 % 2PT 52.0 %
32.5 % 3PT 40.4 %
73.8 % FT 76.9 %
86.7 PIR 101.8

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
77.9 Points 83.0
32.5 Rebounds 32.3
8.7 O. Rebounds 9.1
23.8 D. Rebounds 23.3
16.4 Assists 20.8
6.0 Steals 8.0
2.1 Blocks 2.9
53.5 % 2PT 54.3 %
36.5 % 3PT 37.6 %
78.9 % FT 76.3 %
81.2 PIR 91.0
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Rytas Vilnius vs ALBA Berlin

· This will be the seventh time that these two teams meet in EuroCup action.

· Their record is currently at 3-3. Last season, both teams won their respective home games.

Friday, January 11, 2019
Eurocupbasketball.com

Rytas Vilnius

Roster
Chris Kramer was on the bench last week but still did not play.
Streaks
Chris Kramer has dished at least 3 assists in his last 26 EuroCup games.
Dominique Sutton has collected at least one steal in his last 10 EuroCup games.
Mindaugas Girdziunas has hit his last 10 free throws in the EuroCup.
Career Highs
Margiris Normantas posted his career high in Points with 5 for Rytas against ALBA on December 20, 2017.
Margiris Normantas posted his career high in Minutes with 7 for Rytas against ALBA on December 20, 2017.
Arnas Butkevicius posted his career high in Points with 18 for Neptunas against ALBA on January 13, 2016.
Rankings
Rytas Chris Kramer ranks 13th on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 234.5% assist-turnover ratio total for his career.
Rytas Chris Kramer ranks 16th on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 251 assists total for his career.
Rytas Rok Stipcevic ranks 21th on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 122 3-pointers made total for his career.
Rytas Rok Stipcevic ranks ninth on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 89.1% free throws % total for his career.
Rytas Vilnius Dennis Seeley is ranked 12th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average steals with  1.5 per game.
Rytas Vilnius Dominique Sutton is ranked fourth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average steals with  2.0 per game.
Rytas Vilnius Evaldas Kairys is ranked 10th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average field goal % with  64.1% .
Rytas Vilnius Evaldas Kairys is ranked fifth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average blocks with  1.2 per game.
Rytas Vilnius Martynas Echodas is ranked 11th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average offensive rebounds with  2.2 per game.
Rytas Vilnius Martynas Echodas is ranked 12th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 2-pointers made with  4.5 per game.
Rytas Vilnius Martynas Echodas is ranked 15th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 2-pointers % with  64.2% .
Rytas Vilnius Martynas Echodas is ranked eighth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average field goal % with  64.2% .
Rytas Vilnius Martynas Echodas is ranked sixth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average true-shooting % with  63.2% .
Records/Milestones
Rytas recorded its highest team points total in EuroCup play this century, 115 , against ALBA Berlin on November 2, 2016.

ALBA Berlin

Roster
Peyton Siva will be out mid-term due to a new injury.
Lorenz Brenneke, Khristopher Lane-Burrell and Hendrik Drescher are set to make their EuroCup debuts.
Streaks
Stefan Peno has dished at least 3 assists in his last 9 EuroCup games.
Peyton Siva has dished at least 6 assists in his last 6 EuroCup games.
Siva has scored at least 10 points in his last 5 EuroCup games.
Siva has hit at least 2 threes in his last 5 EuroCup games.
Luke Sikma has scored at least 10 points in his last 6 EuroCup games.
Sikma has dished at least 4 assists in his last 6 EuroCup games.
Sikma has racked a PIR of at least 15 in his last 6 EuroCup games.
Martin Hermannsson has hit his last 12 free throws in the EuroCup.
Career Highs
Peyton Siva posted his career high in Minutes with 34 for ALBA against Rytas on November 2, 2016.
Niels Giffey posted his career high in Defensive rebounds with 6 for ALBA against Rytas on November 2, 2016.
Niels Giffey posted his career high in Total rebounds with 9 for ALBA against Rytas on November 2, 2016.
Niels Giffey posted his career high in Minutes with 30 for ALBA against Rytas on November 2, 2016.
Rokas Giedraitis posted his career high in Index rating with 31 for Rytas against Partizan on October 18, 2017.
Rokas Giedraitis posted his career high in Points with 28 for Rytas against Partizan on October 18, 2017.
Rokas Giedraitis posted his career high in Assists with 6 for Rytas against Zenit on January 3, 2018.
Rokas Giedraitis posted his career high in Blocks with 4 for Rytas against Zenit on January 31, 2018.
Rokas Giedraitis posted his career high in Minutes with 37 for Rytas against Besiktas on November 18, 2015.
Dennis Clifford posted his career high in Blocks with 2 for ALBA against Rytas on November 1, 2017.
Rankings
ALBA Luke Sikma ranks 15th on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 387 rebounds total for his career.
ALBA Luke Sikma ranks 29th on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 244 defensive rebounds total for his career.
ALBA Luke Sikma ranks eighth on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 143 offensive rebounds total for his career.
ALBA Peyton Siva ranks 22th on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 44.9% 3-pointers % total for his career.
ALBA Berlin Luke Sikma is ranked 11th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average defensive rebounds with  4.5 per game.
ALBA Berlin Luke Sikma is ranked 12th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average index rating with  17.4 per game.
ALBA Berlin Luke Sikma is ranked 12th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average total rebounds with  6.2 per game.
ALBA Berlin Luke Sikma is ranked fourth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average steals with  2.0 per game.
ALBA Berlin Rokas Giedraitis is ranked ninth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average free throws % with  84.3% .
ALBA Berlin Rokas Giedraitis is ranked sixth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average steals with  1.8 per game.
ALBA Berlin Stefan Peno is ranked ninth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average assists with  5.0 per game.
Records/Milestones
ALBA recorded its highest team 2-pointers made total in EuroCup play this century, 32 , against Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius on November 2, 2016.

Friday, January 11, 2019
Eurocupbasketball.com

Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
3 - 3
Rytas Vilnius ALBA Berlin
* overall record in EuroCup since 2002
Rytas Vilnius
Home record vs. ALBA Berlin: 2-1
Away record vs. ALBA Berlin: 1-2
ALBA Berlin
Home record vs. Rytas Vilnius: 2-1
Away record vs. Rytas Vilnius: 1-2

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2017-18 20 December 2017 Regular Season Rytas Vilnius 94 - 73 ALBA Berlin
2017-18 01 November 2017 Regular Season ALBA Berlin 93 - 86 Rytas Vilnius
2016-17 07 December 2016 Regular Season Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius 97 - 99 ALBA Berlin
2016-17 02 November 2016 Regular Season ALBA Berlin 124 - 115 Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius
2011-12 07 February 2012 Last 16 Alba Berlin 62 - 79 Lietuvos Rytas
2011-12 31 January 2012 Last 16 Lietuvos Rytas 86 - 75 Alba Berlin