Lokomotiv is taking its perfect 6-0 road record into Round 3 as it travels to face Ulm, which has been rock-solid at ratiopharm Arena, having won five of six games and four in a row in front of its fans. Both teams hold 1-1 records in Group F before this key clash, each having beaten Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt, but suffering a loss against LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne.
Power forward Dwayne Evans, Ulm's leading rebounder (6.4 rpg.), missed last week's game through illness, but should be ready to help fortify Ulm's interior which, faces a Lokomotiv frontline led by last week's MVP of the Round, Jamel McLean. Ulm has lost all three games Evans has missed this season and he could be an answer to slow down undersized big man McLean, who has come up huge lately. McLean is averaging 18.0 points on 64.3% two-point shooting along with 5.5 rebounds in Top 16 action.
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Lokomotiv is the team with the best winning percentage in EuroCup history, having won an impressive 81 of its 103 games in the competition (78.6%), but it is visiting a rare opponent it is yet to beat. Ulm won both of its previous games against Lokomotiv, sweeping their regular season series in the 2016-17 season.
Keys to victory: Ulm
Ulm's backcourt duo of Javonte Green and Patrick Miller averages an impressive 28.4 points per game and comes up with 4.1 steals per game. Miller also contributes 5.3 rebounds per contest and both players have been very successful when aggressive and taking the ball to the basket. They have been a handful on both sides of the court for all opponents they have faced this season. If Miller and Green are on top of their games on Wednesday, Ulm will have a good shot at keeping its home-court streak alive.
Keys to victory: Lokomotiv
Lokomotiv has lost just two games this season and ranks sixth in the EuroCup posting 84.9 points per game despite, a little surprisingly, averaging the second-most turnovers among teams still in the competition (14.8). Against an opponent that features premier bawl-hawks in the likes of Green, Miller and Ryan Thompson, Lokomotiv will have to make sure to take care of the basketball.