2020-21Top 16Round 3
January 27, 2021 CET: 18:45
Local time: 18:45 MARTIN CARPENA
Balkans: SPORTKLUB
Finland: EUROSPORT PLAYER
Spain: DAZN
Norway: EUROSPORT PLAYER
Italy: EUROSPORT PLAYER
Sweden: EUROSPORT PLAYER
United Kingdom: EUROSPORT PLAYER
Internet: EUROLEAGUE.TV
Ireland: EUROSPORT PLAYER
France: RMC SPORT 4
Denmark: EUROSPORT PLAYER

Records

7-3 Regular Season 4-6
0-2 Top 16 0-2
7-5 Overall 4-8

Referees

Crew Chief
ROSSI, MICHELE
Umpire 1
JURAS, MARKO
Umpire 2
CELIK, HUSEYIN

The Take

In a virtual must-win game for both teams, Unicaja Malaga hosts Nanterre 92 on Wednesday. Both teams have started the Top 16 with 0-2 records and a third loss would almost be a death blow to their quarterfinals hopes. Unicaja comes into the game with a new man on the sidelines after Fotis Katsikaris has been handed the reins from Luis Casimiro. The Spanish side had won its first four home games this season before losing the last two. Nanterre is 1-5 on the road after losing 95-90 at Joventut Badalona last week.

 Marquee matchup

 French national teammates Axel Bouteille of Unicaja and Isaia Cordinier are among their respective team leaders and will meet on the wings in one of this game's key matchups. Bouteille (11.9 ppg., 50% 3FG) is a prime scoring weapon for the home side, while Cordinier (15.1 ppg., 5.4 rpg., 1.9 spg.) has been one of the best all-around performers in the competition this season.  

 History lesson

 This will be the first meeting between these teams. Nanterre has lost in its last four trips to Spain, but had previously defeated FC Barcelona in the 2013-14 EuroLeague and Bilbao Basket in the EuroCup two years later. Unicaja is 14-1 all-time in home games against French clubs – including a 96-88 victory over Boulogne Metropolitans 92 earlier this season. Unicaja's only loss at home to a French club was against Orleans in the 2009-10 EuroLeague.  

 Keys to victory: Unicaja

 Unicaja can be expected to play with more energy with a new coach on the bench, but may also have a different rotation. One of the areas it must improve on quickly is three-point defense; Unicaja has allowed opponents to make 43.7% of their triples, which is the most in the EuroCup.

 Keys to victory: Nanterre

 Nanterre must make its play in the paint stronger in Malaga; the team has made only 50.1% of its two-pointers this season and has been outrebounded by an average of 2.0 rebounds per game. Alpha Kaba (8.3 rpg.) has been a pillar inside, but when he is sitting, the combination of Brian Conklin and Tyler Stone must push Unicaja's frontline to give the team a better chance.

Sunday, January 24, 2021
Eurocupbasketball.com
Unicaja Malaga
# Player Pos. H. Age
2 THOMPSON, DEON C 2.04 32
3 FERNANDEZ, JAIME G 1.86 27
4 FERRARI, FRANCO G 1.85 25
6 SANTOS, RAFA G 1.87 17
7 SENE, PIERRE G 2.00 17
8 BRIZUELA, DARIO G 1.87 26
9 DIAZ, ALBERTO G 1.88 26
10 ALONSO, FRANCIS G 1.93 24
12 MILOSAVLJEVIC, DRAGAN F 1.98 31
16 SANCHEZ, PABLO G 1.89 18
21 WACZYNSKI, ADAM F 1.99 31
23 ABROMAITIS, TIM F 2.03 31
32 GUERRERO, RUBEN C 2.13 25
33 NZOSA, YANNICK F 2.08 17
43 SUAREZ, CARLOS F 2.03 34
52 GERUN, VOLODYMYR C 2.08 26
83 BOUTEILLE, AXEL F 2.01 25
99 MEKEL, GAL G 1.92 32
Nanterre 92
# Player Pos. H. Age
0 REED, MARCQUISE G 1.90 25
1 BERHANEMESKEL , JOHNNY G 1.88 28
3 FORTAS, FLORIAN G 1.93 20
7 FEVRIER, IVAN F 2.05 21
8 BOUQUET, DAMIEN F 1.99 26
10 CORDINIER, ISAIA F 1.97 24
11 KABA, ALPHA C 2.09 24
14 CONKLIN, BRIAN C 2.03 31
16 EYANGO-DINGO, SAMUEL C 2.05 19
22 DUSSOULIER, LUCAS F 2.07 24
32 WEMBANYAMA, VICTOR C 2.20 17
33 STONE, TYLER F 2.03 29
44 REBIC, NIKOLA G 1.88 26
69 WARREN, CHRIS G 1.78 32

Player Stats

Brizuela, D. / 13.1 Alonso, F. / 12.8 Bouteille, A. / 11.9
Warren, C. / 16.1 Cordinier, I. / 15.1 Stone, T. / 13.8
Kaba, A. / 8.3 Cordinier, I. / 5.4 Stone, T. / 4.9
Diaz, A. / 6.3 Brizuela, D. / 3.3
Diaz, A. / 1.7
Thompson, D. / 0.5
Kaba, A. / 1.3
2PT
Abromaitis, T. / 62.5% Brizuela, D. / 62.1% Guerrero, R. / 61.7%
Cordinier, I. / 58.7% Stone, T. / 57.3% Conklin, B. / 55.1%
3PT
Bouteille, A. / 50.0% Abromaitis, T. / 48.3% Alonso, F. / 47.8%
Berhanemeskel, J. / 58.5% Warren, C. / 50.8% Cordinier, I. / 42.5%
FT
Warren, C. / 83.9% Cordinier, I. / 83.8% Conklin, B. / 72.5%
PIR
Diaz, A. / 14.4 Thompson, D. / 12.3 Brizuela, D. / 12.0
Cordinier, I. / 19.3 Warren, C. / 14.7 Stone, T. / 14.1

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
86.0 Points 82.0
32.0 Rebounds 34.3
10.0 O. Rebounds 10.6
22.0 D. Rebounds 23.7
18.0 Assists 16.3
5.9 Steals 6.3
1.8 Blocks 2.5
53.3% 2PT 50.1%
41.9% 3PT 39.6%
76.8% FT 67.6%
93.3 PIR 86.7

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
83.0 Points 85.9
31.1 Rebounds 36.3
8.3 O. Rebounds 10.4
22.8 D. Rebounds 25.9
17.3 Assists 19.0
5.7 Steals 5.3
1.4 Blocks 2.8
54.5% 2PT 57.9%
43.7% 3PT 36.8%
77.0% FT 76.1%
89.8 PIR 96.1
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Unicaja Malaga vs. Nanterre 92

· This will be the first time ever that these two teams play each other in the EuroCup.

Sunday, January 24, 2021
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Unicaja Malaga

Streaks
Dario Brizuela has hit at least one three-pointer in his last 13 EuroCup games.
Alberto Diaz has hit at least one three-pointer in his last 12 EuroCup games.
Diaz has dished at least 3 assists in his last 7 EuroCup games.
Diaz has racked up a PIR of at least 11 in his last 9 EuroCup games.
Axel Bouteille has hit at least one three-pointer in his last 7 EuroCup games.

Player Records
Franco Ferrari posted his career high in index rating with 11 for Gran Canaria against Nanterre on October 7, 2020.
Ferrari posted his career high in points with 12 for Gran Canaria against Nanterre on October 7, 2020.
Deon Thompson posted his career high in offensive rebounds with 4 for Unicaja against Monaco on January 19, 2021.

Season Rankings
Alberto Diaz is ranked fourth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average Assists with 6.33 per game.
Diaz is ranked ninth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average Steals with 1.67 per game.
Diaz is ranked second among qualified EuroCup players this season in average Assist-Turnover ratio with 518.18%.
Axel Bouteille is ranked 13th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 3-pointers % with 50.00%.
Francis Alonso is ranked fifth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 3-pointers made with 2.75 per game.
Ruben Guerrero is ranked 11th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average Field goals % with 61.70%.

All-Time Rankings
Alberto Diaz ranks first on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 304.1% assist-turnover ratio total for his career.

Nanterre 92

Streaks
Isaia Cordinier has hit at least one three-pointer in his last 11 EuroCup games.
Cordinier has collected at least one steal in his last 12 EuroCup games.
Chris Warren has hit at least one three-pointer in his last 11 EuroCup games.

Player Records
Johnny Berhanemeskel posted his career high in offensive rebounds with 3 for Nanterre against Joventut on January 20, 2021.
Tyler Stone posted his career high in points with 26 for Nanterre against Joventut on January 20, 2021.

Season Rankings
Alpha Kaba is ranked fifth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average Blocks with 1.27 per game.
Kaba is ranked ninth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average Defensive Rebounds with 4.73 per game.
Kaba is ranked second among qualified EuroCup players this season in average Total Rebounds with 8.27 per game.
Kaba is ranked third among qualified EuroCup players this season in average Offensive Rebounds with 3.55 per game.
Brian Conklin is ranked ninth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average True Shooting % with 58.67%.
Chris Warren is ranked 11th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average points with 16.0 per game.
Warren is ranked 12th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 3-pointers % with 50.82%.
Warren is ranked eighth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 3-pointers made with 2.58 per game.
Warren is ranked ninth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average Field goals made with 5.67 per game.
Damien Bouquet is ranked eighth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average Assist-Turnover ratio with 281.82%.
Isaia Cordinier is ranked 12th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average Free throws made with 3.44 per game.
Cordinier is ranked 13th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average points with 15.1 per game.
Cordinier is ranked fifth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average index rating with 19.3 per game.
Cordinier is ranked fifth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average Steals with 1.89 per game.
Cordinier is ranked ninth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average Fouls Drawn with 4.78 per game.
Johnny Berhanemeskel is ranked 12th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average True Shooting % with 57.39%.
Berhanemeskel is ranked third among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 3-pointers % with 58.54%.
Tyler Stone is ranked 14th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average Field goals made with 5.50 per game.

Sunday, January 24, 2021
Eurocupbasketball.com

Head-to-head records

There are no previous games between these two teams.