It is a crucial clash between two teams fighting for a Top 16 spots. Tofas will book its place in the Top 16 with a win, while Rytas can do the same if it beats Tofas by at least 21 points in regulation time. Rytas can also qualify if it wins by at least 11 points in regulation time and if in the other Tuesday game, Umana Reyer Venice defeats Limoges CSP.
Earlier this season
In Round 4, Tofas pulled away in the fourth quarter and beat Rytas 91-81. Tofas forced 19 turnovers in setting a club record with 14 steals, while on offense it dished a club-record 31 assists. Devin Williams collected 16 points plus 10 rebounds in victory and Baris Ermis had 10 points and 10 assists, while Tarik Phillip finished with 11 points, 9 assists and 5 steals. Terrell Holloway scored 20 points in the losing effort.
Keys to victory: Rytas
Using its home floor, Rytas will need to get a fast start and take control of the game from the start. If Tofas’s offense gets going, it will be hard to stop, especially if Rytas does not improve on its shooting accuracy. Rytas is making only 49.0% two-point shots on the season and shot better than 40% from long range in only three games. The team must do better in this game.
Keys to victory: Tofas
Tofas leads the EuroCup with 21.5 assists per game and for an offense that posts a middle-of-the-pack 78.6 points, which speaks volumes about the teamwork behind their offensive production. On the road against Rytas, it will be necessary that Baris Ermis and Tarik Phillip, two main ball-handlers, control the rhythm to Tofas’s liking and set up a foundation to showcase that offensive teamwork.