Frutti Extra Bursaspor will make not only its 7DAYS EuroCup debut, but its entre into continental play when it hosts EuroCup regular Dolomiti Energia Trento. Bursaspor went all out to build a talented and experienced team to compete at this level. Trento, which has reached at least the Top 16 stage in three of its previous four EuroCup campaigns, will be looking to end a six-game losing streak carrying over from last season.
There is a matchup on the wings between a pair of EuroCup rookies that could be the determining factor in this game. Bursaspor's Malik Newman has been a lights-out scorer at every stop of his career to date. Trento can counter with defensive ace Kelvin Martin, who has been shutting down go-to scorers for years now. It will be Newman's elite offense and youth against Martin's lockdown defense and experience in a marquee matchup.
Keys to victory: Frutti Extra Bursaspor
The hosts have a significant height advantage with Oguz Savas, Perry Jones and Kenny Kadji, who should come together to clean up on the glass. Bursaspor also has experience at the point guard spots with Xavier Munford and Ender Arslan; that duo must control the game and make sure the players new to continental play get comfortable quickly to boost their chances of starting with a win.
Keys to victory: Dolomiti Energia Trento
Trento will come into the game more battle-tested thanks to its six games in the Italian SuperCup even before domestic league play opened. So far, the team has not thrived in rebounding nor three-point shooting and those are both important aspects on the road. JaCorey Williams and Davide Pascolo are two of the players needed to make an impact on the glass, while Victor Sanders could be a difference-maker with his shooting.