Regular Season, Round 3: exciting games ahead!
After two intriguing weeks to get the 7DAYS EuroCup Regular Season started, Round 3 brings a lot more excitement. A rematch of a key Top 16 game from last season and two showdowns between former EuroCup champions are some of the highlights in this round. Four games will be played on Tuesday, followed by eight more on a busy Wednesday.
In the only Group A game on Tuesday, Segafredo Virtus Bologna (2-0) takes on MoraBanc Andorra (1-1) in their first meeting ever. Virtus has won both of its games so far by double figures, but Andorra reached the semifinals last season and is ready to fight for its first road win. On Wednesday, Maccabi Rishon LeZion (0-2) hosts AS Monaco (2-0). Rishon looks for its first-ever win in the competition and Monaco looks to remain undefeated. This game will also be the first between those clubs, too. Also on Wednesday, in another first-time showdown, ratiopharm Ulm (0-2) takes on Promitheas Patras (1-1). Ulm had a 0-2 regular season start for the first time in seven EuroCup seasons. Promitheas already won on the road and looks for more.
In a rematch from last year's Top 16, Rytas Vilnius (1-1) hosts Partizan NIS Belgrade (2-0) on Tuesday. Rytas survived their group last season to reach the quarterfinals for the first time since 2012. Art Parakhouski, who led Rytas past the Top 16 last season, including with a memorable game-winner in Belgrade, is now with Partizan. Also on Tuesday, Umana Reyer Venice (0-2) takes on Tofas Bursa (1-1). Reyer is the only team without a win in Group B and Tofas looks for a road win that will point it past the regular season for the first time. In the only game on Wednesday, Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar (1-1) hosts Limoges CSP (1-1). Lokomotiv is undefeated in four previous games against Limoges, but the French powerhouse comes off a strong home win and wants to keep its momentum going.
All three Group C games will be played on Wednesday at 20:45 CET. Germani Brescia Leonessa (1-1) welcomes Cedevita Olimpija Ljubljana (0-2), as both teams face each other for the first time ever. Olimpija looks for its first EuroCup win since merging with Cedevita, and Brescia hopes to stay strong after downing UNICS Kazan (1-1) in its previous home game. UNICS visits Nanterre 92 (1-1) for the first time ever. UNICS bounced back with a convincing home win in Round 2, but Nanterre already won in front of its fans in this EuroCup season. Joventut Badalona (1-1) hosts Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul (0-2), in both teams' first showdown since the 2004-05 EuroCup season. Darussafaka looks to remain undefeated and Joventut wants to keep protecting its home court.
In the only showdown between undefeated teams in Round 3, and the only Group D game on Tuesday, Unicaja Malaga (2-0) welcomes Galatasaray Doga Sigorta Istanbul (2-0). Deon Thompson of Unicaja faces his former team. In all of their four previous matchups, the home teams have won, the last of those during the 2013-14 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season. On Wednesday, Dolomiti Energia Trento (1-1) hosts EWE Baskets Oldenburg (0-2) for the first time since the 2015-16 season. Back then, Trento beat Oldenburg twice. Oldenburg looks for a first win to avoid matching its worst start in the competition, back in the 2014-15 season. Also on Wednesday, Buducnost VOLI Podgorica (0-2) takes on Asseco Arka Gdynia (1-1) in another first. Buducnost plays against a Polish team for the first time since 2014 and it is Arka's first game against a Montenegrin team.
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