AS Monaco vs ratiopharm Ulm
AS Monaco will attempt to become the first team from Group A to clinch a berth in the Top 16 when its hosts Ulm on Tuesday. A victory sends Monaco through the next round. However, Ulm is also in the hunt for a Top 16 win and needs to win to remain in control of its destiny. Monaco has won four of its last five games, but is also 1-2 at home. Ulm has won two of its last three games, but is winless in its last 13 road games dating back to October 2016.
Earlier this season
Monaco bested Ulm 65-75 in Germany when they met in Round 3. Yakuba Outtara paced Monaco with 15 points and Ian Hummer collected 13 points and 10 rebounds - 7 off the offensive glass – against his former team. David Kraemer came off the Ulm bench to score a career-high 14 points in 17 minutes.
Both Monaco and Ulm have versatile swingmen who have become focal points of their respective offenses. After a slow start to the season, Yak Ouattara has averaged 18.6 points on 43.2 % three-point shooting and 5.2 rebounds for a performance index rating of 19.0 for Monaco. Javonte Green leads Ulm with 14.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and an index rating of 20.3, which is best in the league. If one of them can outproduce the other in a meaningful way, he will give his team an important advantage.
Keys to victory: Monaco
Monaco is ranked in the bottom half of the EuroCup in rebounding (32.7 rpg.) and is facing an Ulm squad that is ranked second (37.3 rpg.) overall and third in offensive rebounding (13.7 orpg.). Ian Hummer will need to keep his team active on the boards to deny Ulm taking advantage of its rebounding prowess. If Monaco can control the glass, it will be in a good position for the win.
Keys to victory: Ulm
Ulm ranks near the bottom of the competition in three-point shooting (32.1%) and is facing one of the toughest defenses in the EuroCup; Monaco has allowed only 74.0 points per game, which is the third-fewest this season. To be able to crack the Monaco defense, Ulm will need its top shooters, including Ismet Akpinar, Katin Reinhardt and Isaac Fotu to open things up with a few daggers from downtown.