Two teams still with options face each other in Round 8 when Brescia (2-5) hosts Galatasaray (3-4). A loss combines with a Zvezda win in another game would leave the hosts out of the Top 16. Brescia comes from a loss to Andorra last week in which Jordan Hamilton had 13 points and 7 boards. Galatasaray snapped a lsoing streak last week over Ulm, thanks to 17 points apiece by Aaron Harrison and Zach Auguste.
Earlier this season
In their only previous matchup ever in the EuroCup in Round 3, Galatasaray won at home, 84-76, thanks to 21 points by Goksenin Koksal. For Brescia, Hamilton had 18 points. Brescia got stuck at 5 of 30 triples and Galatasaray dominated in rebounds, assists and turnovers to take the home win.
Bryon Allen and Harrison will surely have many hopes put on them in this game. Allen has been leading the Italian squad this season with 15.0 points, 1.7 rebounds and 2.6 assists. Harrison is the main man at Galatasaray with 15.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists. The head to head duel between these two players in the backcourt will have a direct impact on the final outcome.
Keys to victory: Brescia
Brescia needs to win, plain and simple. A loss would make the team depend on other results to stay alive, so the fact of playing at home must be one more incentive to pull the third win of the season. On paper, Brescia has better numbers than the guests in many aspects, but Galatasaray is coming from an importan win and will look to get the momentum going. It's all or nothing for Brescia.
Keys to victory: Galatasaray
Galatasaray won last week and is closer to the Top 16. A win in Italy would practically seal its fate to advance. It is a game between two balanced teams so anything can happen. However, if the guests manage to play the same defense on the Brescia shooters as they did in Round 3, the win will be closer than ever.