Regular Season Round 2: more big games ahead!
The 2017-18 7DAYS EuroCup comes off an exciting start of the season and enters Round 2 with a lot of big games. To begin with, Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem and Buducnost VOLI Podgorica face each other for the first time after 284 EuroCup games combined. From showdowns between EuroCup newcomers to European powerhouses going against each other, Round 2 will have a little bit of everything. Four games get Round 2 rocking on Tuesday, followed by eight more on Wednesday. Expect a ton of excitement!
In a battle between EuroCup newcomers, FIAT Turin (1-0) takes on Morabanc Andorra (0-1) on Tuesday. Turin comes off a road win and wants to keep its momentum going, but Andorra needs to bounce back from its opening home loss right away. Unics Kazan (1-0) hosts Levallois Metropolitans (0-1) on Wednesday. It is a chance to see two of most talented big men in the competition, 2016 EuroCup Finals MVP Stephane Lasme of Unics against Boris Diaw of Levallois, as well as two of the best shooters, Jamar Smith of Unics and Klemen Prepelic of Levallois. Darussafaka Istanbul (1-0) welcomes Cedevita Zagreb (0-1) in another high-profile showdown. Darussafaka plays its first EuroCup home game since January 2005 against a dangerous squad like Cedevita, which stole three regular season road wins last season.
In a much-anticipated showdown, Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem (0-1) and Buducnost VOLI Podgorica (1-0) finally meet on a EuroCup court on Tuesday. The two teams combine for 26 EuroCup seasons and 284 games, but have never faced each other in an official game. Buducnost is on a 15-game road losing streak and has not registered consecutive wins in the EuroCup since the 2012-13 season. FC Bayern Munich (1-0) takes on Lietkabelis Panevezys (1-0) in a battle between undefeated teams on Wednesday. Bayern beat Lietkabelis twice in last year's Top 16. Lietkabelis was really effective inside the arc (65.9%, 29-of-44) last week and Bayern comes off a great, long-range shooting night (10-of-17, 58.8% 3FG). Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia (0-1) hosts Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul (0-1), as both teams look for their first win on Wednesday. Reggio Emilia swingman Manuchar Markoishvili goes against his former team.
Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar (1-0) faces ALBA Berlin (1-0), as both teams try to stay undefeated. ALBA comes off a 111-point effort against Partizan NIS Belgrade (0-1) but Lokomotiv only allowed 61 in its win against Limoges CSP (0-1). Lokomotiv head coach Sasa Obradovic goes against his former team. Partizan faces Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (0-1) for the first time since the 2014-15 season. Both teams are looking for their first win, which makes this anticipated showdown even more interesting. RETAbet Bilbao Basket (1-0) welcomes Limoges (0-1) at Bilbao Arena. Limoges won its last two EuroCup road games in Spain, against Valencia Basket and Herbalife Gran Canaria. All three games in Group C are set to be played on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, EuroCup newcomers Tofas Bursa (0-1) take on experienced Herbalife Gran Canaria (1-0). Tofas plays its first-ever EuroCup home game. Gran Canaria travels to Turkey for the first time since its EuroCup semifinal against Galatasaray back in the 2015-16 season. Also on Tuesday, ASVEL Villeurbanne (0-1) hosts ratiopharm Ulm (1-0) in a very interesting showdown. Ulm has been very competitive against French teams in EuroCup action over the years - 10 games, eight wins. ASVEL hosts its first EuroCup game in three years. On Wednesday, Zenit St. Petersburg (0-1) takes on Dolomiti Energia Trento (1-0). It is Trento's first-ever trip to Russia, which makes this game even more exciting. In fact, Zenit has only hosted one other Italian team - Umana Reyer Venice - in its previous six seasons in the competition.
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