Trento seeks to protect its home floor against banged-up Zenit, which targets a first road win. Trento started the season by beating Partizan Nis Belgrade before falling at LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne last week. Nikola Radicevic (13 ppg.) and Dustin Hogue (12.5 ppg) have stood out for Trento. Zenit bested Turk Telekom Ankara in the opener and lost at Partizan in Round 2. Only two players – Jalen Reynolds and Vladislav Trushkin – have started twice for Zenit.
Nikola Radicevic joined Herbalife Gran Canaria in January of last season and by the time the elimination rounds began in the EuroCup, he was starting alongside Gal Mekel in the backcourt. Now Radicevic has the reins to run the show in Trento and Mekel recently joined Zenit and started at point guard in his debut last week. These former backcourt mates will square off in a key matchup in Round 3.
Keys to victory: Trento
Trento is tied for the second most turnovers (17 per game) in the EuroCup this season and the second-fewest assists (15 per game), which generally speaking is not a recipe for success. Reducing the former number while increasing the latter is crucial for Trento to compete against the best teams in the EuroCup.
Keys to victory: Zenit
First and foremost, Zenit needs to have its best players on the floor to be at its best. After flirting with a triple-double in Round 1, Brandon Jennings missed Round 2 with a hand injury. Scorers Sergey Karasev and Sean Armand also sat in Round 2, while Jarrod Uthoff and Philip Scrubb stepped up. The more of his prime weapons Coach Karasev has in uniform, the tougher Zenit becomes.
Just last year...
These two teams split a pair of regular season contests just last year. First Trento won convincingly at home 103-81 with Toto Forray pouring in 20 points and Zenit scored an 81-70 victory in Russia as Drew Gordon posted a double-double.
Sergey Karasev, Sean Armand and Brandon Jennings of Zenit are injured and won't play in this game.