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.
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.