Galatasaray comes off a double-overtime loss against ratiopharm Ulm and hopes to bounce back in front of its fans, led by Nigel Hayes, the top scorer in the competition (22.5 ppg.). Brescia is still looking for its first EuroCup win after back-to-back losses against AS Monaco and Morabanc Andorra. Jordan Hamilton has been its best player thus far and is tied for 10th overall in performance index rating (20.5 PIR).
Tai Webster comes off a great game in Ulm with a double-double (17 points, 10 assists) and big plays for Galatasaray in crunch time. He will not have it easy against Bryon Allen, a scoring guard (16.5 ppg.) with good driving skills and plenty of determination.
Keys to victory: Galatasaray
Hayes has been unstoppable so far, but he will need plenty of help to beat Brescia. Zach Auguste delivered in Round 1 while Marko Arapovic and Webster played really well in Round 2. Consistency and offensive rebounding will be critical for Galatasaray to win this game.
Keys to victory: Brescia
Brescia allowed Andorra to score 110 points in Round 2 with a lot of easy baskets (79.4% 2FG), so being able to protect its rim will be vital. Slowing down the game tempo and letting Allen and Luca Vitaly control the game tempo will be very important, too.
Brescia and Galatasaray and set to face each other for the first time in European competitions, which adds even more anticipation to this exciting showdown.
Did you notice?
Both teams are struggling from the three-point line. Brescia ranks 21st overall (28.6%) and Galatasaray is just ahead (28.9%). The two teams combine for 27-of-94 three-point shooting after two rounds.