The two teams tied for second place in Group A meet in Istanbul for a pivotal clash. Galatasaray is unbeaten at home, while Monaco boasts a perfect record on the road. Galatasaray's 86.7 points scored per game is fifth-best in the competition, while Monaco has the EuroCup's best defense thus far with only 66.3 points allowed per game.
The power forwards in this game are two of the top performers in the EuroCup so far this season. Galatasaray's Nigel Hayes has scored more points than any player through three games (57) and is tied for the second-most rebounds (27). The only player with more rebounds in his counterpart Ian Hummer from Monaco with 30. Hummer has also scored in double figures in all three games.
Monaco center Elmedin Kikanovic trails Petr Benda by 8 two-point baskets for third place in EuroCup history in that category. He enters Round 4 with 348 career two-pointers and passed Vladimir Veremeenko (347) last week. Chuck Davis, whose last EuroCup season was with Galatasaray, is the all-time leader with 388. Kikanovic is 16th with 353 baskets scored and needs 12 more to catch Marko Popovic for 10th place.
Keys to victory: Galatasaray
Galatasaray has six different players averaging double figures in points and the fact that multiple capable scorers are on the floor at once makes things difficult for opposing defenses. Five Galatasaray players are also averaging multiples assists. Keeping the ball moving and getting many players to score could keep Monaco's defense on its heels and be the difference for the home side this round.
Keys to victory: Monaco
Monaco is ranked last in the league in both three-pointers made (4.7 per game) and three-point accuracy (22.6%). Lazeric Jones, Derek Needham and Gerald Robinson are all players with accurate shots from downtown and if they can pick up their outside shooting, the team as a whole will be even more dangerous.