2018-19Top 16Round 3
January 16, 2019 CET: 17:00
Local time: 19:00 BASKET HALL KAZAN
Balkans: SPORTKLUB2
Africa: FOX SPORTS 2

Records

9-1 Regular Season 5-5
1-1 Top 16 0-2
10-2 Overall 5-7

Referees

Crew Chief
SHEMMESH, SEFFI
Umpire 1
FRITZ, CLEMENS
Umpire 2
KARTAL, ERSAN

The Take

UNICS comes off its second loss in the entire EuroCup season and needs to bounce back right away to get closer to the playoffs. Regular Season MVP Pierria Henry has been its main pillar until now, but UNICS is getting solid contributions from Jamar Smith and Errick McCollum as part of a high-scoring perimeter. Cedevita must bounce back right away to keep its playoffs options alive. Jacob Pullen is its main scorer, followed by Justin Cobbs and Elgin Cook. It will be an already pivotal game at Basket Hall Kazan on Wednesday.

Marquee matchup

Both teams heavily rely on their guards, but the difference may be in the paint in this game. Cedevita features experienced big man Andrija Stipanovic, a good finisher around the hoop, who is averaging 8.3 points and 4.6 rebounds as the team's starting center. UNICS is without Raymar Morgan, but Maurice Ndour (10.7 ppg., 4.5 rpg.) and the recently-signed Jackie Carmichael (7.8 ppg., 3.8 rpg.) have the physicality and know-how to battle against him in the paint.

Did you know?

UNICS and Cedevita faced each other in the 2011 EuroCup semifinals in Treviso, Italy. UNICS downed Cedevita 87-66 behind 27 points from an inspired Terrell Lyday and 18 from Kelly McCarty. Damjan Rudez led Cedevita with 16 points. None of the players from that game remain on these teams today. UNICS went on to defeat Cajasol Sevilla 92-77 to lift its first - and to date only – EuroCup trophy.

Keys to victory: UNICS

UNICS went from averaging 85.6 points in the regular season to just 74 in the Top 16, so it needs to find its spark on offense. The team has shot a very low 44% inside the arc and needs to lift those numbers by circulating the ball and finding good shots and scoring options around the basket. Erick McCollum and Pierria Henry must dominate the game tempo and stop Jacob Pullen, who can be a decisive factor in this game.

Keys to victory: Cedevita

If UNICS is struggling to score in the Top 16, Cedevita has the opposite issue. Cedevita has allowed 92.5 points per game, far more than anyone else, partly because it has given up 15.5 offensive rebounds per game. Locking down its defensive boards must be the first step to getting better, as it will allow Jacob Pullen, Justin Cobbs and Elgin Cook to be more creative on offense, with more space.

Sunday, January 13, 2019
Eurocupbasketball.com
UNICS Kazan
# Player Pos. H. Age
1 SERGEEV, PAVEL G 1.85 31
2 MORGAN, RAYMAR C 2.02 30
3 EJIM, MELVIN F 2.01 27
4 LOCKETT, TRENT G 1.96 28
5 NDOUR, MAURICE F 2.06 26
6 MCCOLLUM, ERRICK G 1.88 30
7 PONKRASHOV, ANTON G 2.00 32
12 KLIMENKO, ARTEM C 2.14 25
15 SMITH, JAMAR G 1.91 31
17 CARMICHAEL, JACKIE F 2.06 29
20 BILLE, ALEKSANDR C 2.03 22
27 KOSHCHEEV, ANDREY F 2.05 31
42 KOLESNIKOV, EVGENY G 1.95 33
45 SHELEKETO, MAKSIM F 2.05 32
49 HENRY, PIERRIA G 1.93 25
88 KAIMAKOGLOU, KOSTAS F 2.06 35
Cedevita Zagreb
# Player Pos. H. Age
0 PULLEN, JACOB G 1.86 29
1 COBBS, JUSTIN G 1.91 27
2 KRUSLIN, FILIP G 1.90 29
3 PERKOVIC, TONI G 1.89 20
6 KATIC, TONI G 1.85 26
7 BAJO, DARKO F 2.06 19
11 ZGANEC, KARLO F 2.06 23
12 BULJEVIC, LOVRO C 2.10 20
13 STIPANOVIC, ANDRIJA C 2.09 32
15 BANIC, MARKO C 2.04 34
19 BOSNJAK, DOMAGOJ G 1.98 23
23 COOK, ELGIN F 1.96 26
27 RAMLJAK, IVAN F 2.03 28
29 MUSTAPIC, JAKOV G 1.92 24
88 MURIC, EDO F 2.02 27

Player Stats

Henry, P. / 13.1 Smith, J. / 12.7 McCollum, E. / 11.9
Pullen, J. / 17.6 Cobbs, J. / 14.9 Cook, E. / 12.2
Henry, P. / 4.9
Cook, E. / 5.4 Ramljak, I. / 5.1 Stipanovic, A. / 4.6
Henry, P. / 5.7 Smith, J. / 2.7
Cobbs, J. / 5.9 Pullen, J. / 3.1
Henry, P. / 1.8 Lockett, T. / 1.3 Ndour, M. / 1.0
Ramljak, I. / 1.2 Cobbs, J. / 1.1
Ndour, M. / 1.1 Klimenko, A. / 0.6
Ramljak, I. / 0.6
2PT
Lockett, T. / 68.2 % Ndour, M. / 51.9 % Henry, P. / 51.4 %
Cook, E. / 55.7 % Stipanovic, A. / 54.7 % Cobbs, J. / 54.4 %
3PT
Smith, J. / 46.3 % Henry, P. / 42.1 % McCollum, E. / 33.3 %
Benite, V. / 41.5 % Pullen, J. / 40.0 % Cook, E. / 35.7 %
FT
Ndour, M. / 89.5 % McCollum, E. / 81.8 % Henry, P. / 77.1 %
Cobbs, J. / 83.6 % Stipanovic, A. / 47.2 %
PIR
Henry, P. / 18.9 Ndour, M. / 12.8 Lockett, T. / 11.3
Cobbs, J. / 17.9 Pullen, J. / 13.1 Cook, E. / 10.8

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
83.7 Points 84.8
35.7 Rebounds 35.7
12.3 O. Rebounds 11.6
23.4 D. Rebounds 24.1
17.6 Assists 18.9
7.8 Steals 7.3
2.5 Blocks 2.3
52.4 % 2PT 55.2 %
37.1 % 3PT 35.9 %
80.3 % FT 69.7 %
96.4 PIR 91.9

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
76.3 Points 84.7
31.7 Rebounds 35.2
9.9 O. Rebounds 11.5
21.8 D. Rebounds 23.7
14.3 Assists 18.8
4.8 Steals 7.6
2.5 Blocks 3.6
50.0 % 2PT 53.2 %
38.2 % 3PT 37.2 %
73.4 % FT 78.9 %
75.4 PIR 94.6

Head Coaches

PRIFTIS, DIMITRIS
UNICS Kazan
"It is a crucial game that we must win. There is no room for other results as it is a home game. It is a team with two very good guards and a very experienced big plus some very talented players around. There are no secret, maximum speed and energy and the highest level of concentration."

Players

KOLESNIKOV, EVGENY
UNICS Kazan
"Cedevita is a very interesting opponent. They have some very strong players, but we should be able to handle them. Also, we should remember that Balcan basketball is very tenacious. It is going to be a very tough game. We should do all that our coaching staff will say to us, concentrate on defense and play all together in offense. I’m sure that in that case, we will achieve our goals."
BOSNJAK, DOMAGOJ
Cedevita Zagreb
"UNICS is a great team. We lost our first two games in the Top 16, but we will fight until the end. We need to limit their strengths and our mistakes. This will be a tough game, but I believe we have a chance to win."

UNICS Kazan vs. Cedevita Zagreb

· This will be the sixth time that these two teams play each other in the EuroCup.

· UNICS dominates their series, 3-2, as both teams split home wins in their two games last season.

Friday, January 11, 2019
Eurocupbasketball.com

UNICS Kazan

Roster
Aleksandr Bille is set to make his EuroCup debut.
Raymar Morgan is out indefinitely.
Streaks
Jamar Smith has scored at least one three-pointer in his last 49 EuroCup games.
Pierria Henry has dished at least 3 assists in his last 12 EuroCup games.
Henry has racked a PIR of at least 11 in his last 9 EuroCup games.
Henry has scored at least 13 points in his last 6 EuroCup games.
Raymar Morgan has hit his last 11 free throws in the EuroCup.
Career Highs
Jackie Carmichael posted his career high in Defensive rebounds with 8 for Bilbao against Cedevita on November 19, 2013.
Jackie Carmichael posted his career high in Total rebounds with 10 for Bilbao against Cedevita on November 19, 2013.
Rankings
UNICS Anton Ponkrashov ranks 11th on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 285 assists total for his career.
UNICS Errick Mccollum ranks 31th on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 815 points total for his career.
UNICS Errick Mccollum ranks fourth on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 267 free throws made total for his career.
UNICS Jamar Smith ranks 13th on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 139 3-pointers made total for his career.
UNICS Kostas Kaimakoglou ranks 11th on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 289 defensive rebounds total for his career.
UNICS Kostas Kaimakoglou ranks 18th on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 370 rebounds total for his career.
UNICS Kazan Errick Mccollum is ranked 13th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average free throws % with  81.8% .
UNICS Kazan Errick Mccollum is ranked fourth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average free throws made with  4.0 per game.
UNICS Kazan Jamar Smith is ranked 14th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average assist-turnover ratio with  246.1% .
UNICS Kazan Jamar Smith is ranked seventh among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 3-pointers made with  2.5 per game.
UNICS Kazan Maurice Ndour is ranked 14th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average true-shooting % with  58.1% .
UNICS Kazan Maurice Ndour is ranked seventh among qualified EuroCup players this season in average blocks with  1.0 per game.
UNICS Kazan Maurice Ndour is ranked sixth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average free throws % with  89.4% .
UNICS Kazan Pierria Henry is ranked 10th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average assist-turnover ratio with  272.0% .
UNICS Kazan Pierria Henry is ranked 13th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average defensive rebounds with  4.1 per game.
UNICS Kazan Pierria Henry is ranked fifth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average assists with  5.6 per game.
UNICS Kazan Pierria Henry is ranked fourth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average index rating with  18.9 per game.
UNICS Kazan Pierria Henry is ranked sixth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average steals with  1.8 per game.
UNICS Kazan Trent Lockett is ranked sixth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 2-pointers % with  68.1% .

Cedevita Zagreb

Roster
Cedevita just signed guard Jakov Vladovic.
Streaks
Jacob Pullen has scored at least 15 points in his last 7 EuroCup games.
Pullen has hit at least 2 threes in his last 7 EuroCup games.
Justin Cobbs has hit his last 17 free throws in the EuroCup.
Career Highs
Toni Katic posted his career high in Defensive rebounds with 5 for Cedevita against UNICS on November 1, 2017.
Toni Katic posted his career high in Total rebounds with 5 for Cedevita against UNICS on November 1, 2017.
Karlo Zganec posted his career high in Points with 14 for Cedevita against UNICS on December 20, 2017.
Andrija Stipanovic posted his career high in Minutes with 36 for Trabzonspor against UNICS on November 11, 2015.
Marko Banic posted his career high in Steals with 2 for UNICS against Trabzonspor on November 11, 2015.
Marko Banic posted his career high in Blocks with 2 for UNICS against Buducnost on December 9, 2015.
Rankings
Cedevita Marko Banic ranks 10th on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 308 2-pointers made total for his career.
Cedevita Marko Banic ranks 26th on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 310 field goals made total for his career.
Cedevita Marko Banic ranks first on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 67.9% 2-pointers % total for his career.
Cedevita Marko Banic ranks second on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 66.7% true shooting % total for his career.
Cedevita Marko Banic ranks third on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 65.4% field goals % total for his career.
Cedevita Zagreb Andrija Stipanovic is ranked 13th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average offensive rebounds with  2.1 per game.
Cedevita Zagreb Jacob Pullen is ranked fifth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average field goals made with  5.8 per game.
Cedevita Zagreb Jacob Pullen is ranked first among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 3-pointers made with  3.1 per game.
Cedevita Zagreb Jacob Pullen is ranked second among qualified EuroCup players this season in average points  with  17.5 per game.
Cedevita Zagreb Justin Cobbs is ranked 10th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average points  with  14.9 per game.
Cedevita Zagreb Justin Cobbs is ranked 11th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average free throws % with  83.6% .
Cedevita Zagreb Justin Cobbs is ranked 13th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average field goals made with  5.2 per game.
Cedevita Zagreb Justin Cobbs is ranked eighth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average index rating with  17.9 per game.
Cedevita Zagreb Justin Cobbs is ranked fifth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average free throws made with  3.8 per game.
Cedevita Zagreb Justin Cobbs is ranked fourth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average assists with  5.9 per game.
Cedevita Zagreb Justin Cobbs is ranked ninth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 2-pointers made with  4.6 per game.
Cedevita Zagreb Vitor Benite is ranked eighth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 3-pointers made with  2.4 per game.

Friday, January 11, 2019
Eurocupbasketball.com

Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
3 - 2
UNICS Kazan Cedevita Zagreb
* overall record in EuroCup since 2002
UNICS Kazan
Home record vs. Cedevita Zagreb: 2-1
Away record vs. Cedevita Zagreb: 1-1
Cedevita Zagreb
Home record vs. UNICS Kazan: 1-1
Away record vs. UNICS Kazan: 1-2

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2017-18 20 December 2017 Regular Season UNICS Kazan 78 - 61 Cedevita Zagreb
2017-18 01 November 2017 Regular Season Cedevita Zagreb 94 - 74 UNICS Kazan
2010-11 16 April 2011 Finals Unics 87 - 66 Cedevita Zagreb
2010-11 01 March 2011 Last 16 Unics 84 - 88 Cedevita Zagreb
2010-11 25 January 2011 Last 16 Cedevita Zagreb 76 - 94 Unics