Quarterfinals at a Glance: Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar vs. Zenit St. Petersburg

Feb 10, 2017 by Eurocupbasketball.com Print
Quarterfinals at a Glance: Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar vs. Zenit St. Petersburg

Group E winner Lokomotiv and Group G runner up Zenit meet for the first time ever in European competition, though the Russian clubs know each other well from games at home. Lokomotiv bested Zenit 62-68 when they met in December in the VTB United League as Vladimir Ivlev scored 14 points in 17 minutes off the bench. Lokomotiv marks the fourth time in as many EuroCup campaigns that it has reached the quarterfinals, but the only time it advanced past this stage was 2013, when it claimed the title. Zenit has already made club history by reaching this stage after bowing out after the round of 16 in its past three EuroCup seasons. The game figures to be a clash of styles with Lokomotiv having allowed the third-fewest points per game (74.5) in the EuroCup this season, while Zenit allowed the most points among playoff teams (84.9). Likewise, Lokomotiv allowed the fewest rebounds per game (28.4) and Zenit had the second-most rebounds allowed (37.4). Lokomotiv enjoys a balanced attack with four players averaging double figures in points: Mardy Collins (11.8 ppg., 5.8 rpg, 3.7 apg.), who also leads the team in rebounds and assists; shooter Matt Janning (11.8 ppg.); point guard Taylor Rochestie (12.2 ppg.) and forward Kevin Jones (10.8 ppg., 5.5 rpg.). Zenit leads the competition in scoring (89.3 ppg.), three-pointers made (10.9 per game) and assists (22.4 apg.) thanks in part to playmaker Stefan Markovic (9.4 apg.), who leads all players in assists, and shooting guard Ryan Toolson (21.2 ppg.), who is second in scoring. Janis Timma (16.8 ppg.) is also a prime weapon. Zenit has been aggressive on defense as it leads the EuroCup in blocked shots (3.7 bpg.) and fouls committed (25.3 per game).