This will be a game between two teams in opposite situations. Cedevita (4-3) is the only Group B team this week that can advance to the Top 16 if it wins and either Tofas Bursa or Limoges CSP lose. On the other hand, Arka could be eliminated this week if it loses and either Tofas or Limoges win. Cedevita has won the lasrt two games, last week against ALBA Berlin with 20 points and 9 assists by Justin Cobbs. Arka dropped its last two games and lost the last one to Tofas Bursa despite 21 points apiece by Robert Upshaw and Josh Bostic.
Earlier this season
In their only other previous matchup ever in the EuroCupin Round 3, Cedevita won on the road, 61-78, with 13 points by Justin Cobbs. For Arka, Josh Bostic led the way with 17 points. Arka just hit 12 2-point shots that game, whil it allowed Cedevita to pull 54 rebounds.
Cobbs ans Bostic will surely draw attention in this game. Both guards have been leading their teams since the start of the season. Cobbs averages 13.4 points, 2.4 rebounds and 5.6 assists for Cedevita, while Bostic averages 16.9 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists plus 1.3 steals. The latter is also second in most three-pointers made this season. It will be an explosive duel in the backcourt between two players who like to take responsibility with the ball.
Keys to victory: Cedevita
After the coaching change, things are looking better for Cedevita. A new win would be timely and with a bit of lcuk, it would also punch a ticket to the Top 16. Jacob Pullen has proven to be a leader on the court and the team has to benefit from that effect to clinch as soon as possible. The hosts average 11 points more than Arka going into this game, so they have a bit of an edge before tip-off.
Keys to victory: Arka Gdynia
The Polish team is on the brink of elimination. Arka can only look ahead and try to pull a win that would be a breath of fresh air. Survival is on the line, so at this point, the team will have to play with heart and rely on Bostic, Upshaw and James Florence for points. Arka has the second weakest offense in the league (73.9 ppg.) so it will have to nail the shot selection if it wants to stay around in the race for the Top 16.