Brescia registered a home win in its Top 16 opener, downing Promitheas Patras 63-57, and is 5-1 in front of its fans this season. Oldenburg started the season with three consecutive losses but has won seven of its next nine games, including over Umana Reyer Venice in the Top 16. Awudu Abass (12.0 ppg.) is Brescia's top scorer this season, followed by DeAndre Lansdowne (11.3 ppg.) and Luca Vitali (8.1 ppg.). Rasid Mahalbasic (15.9 ppg., 7.1 rpg.), Tyler Larson (14.2 ppg.) and Rickey Paulding (10.8 ppg.) are leading Oldenburg.
Two very different point guards are ready to test their skills. Luca Vitali is a tall playmaker who can use his size to score in the low post, but is also a good ballhandler always ready to take it to the basket to kick the ball out for a good shot. Tyler Larson is a lightning-quick scoring guard with outstanding penetration skills. Controlling the game tempo will be critical for both.
These teams face each other for the first time. Oldenburg is 0-4 against Italian teams in EuroCup action. Brescia lost its only EuroCup home game against a German team: 80-97 against ratiopharm Ulm in the 2018-19 season.
Keys to victory: Brescia
Brescia is the lowest-scoring team in the Top 16 (61.5 ppg.), hitting just 44.4% of its two-point shots and 26.2% from downtown. Improving those shooting percentages is mandatory for Brescia to be more competitive. Brescia has been outrebounded in both Top 16 games, so boxing out and getting the defensive boards to find easier points in transition would help Brescia have a more fluid offense and make the most of Awudu Abass's athleticism.
Keys to victory: Oldenburg
Raside Mahalbasic leads the Top 16 in index rating (31.0 PIR) and that is a golden rule in basketball: run the offense through the player who is in the best shape. Mahalbasic is a threat to score in the low post, but is also an outstanding ball distributor in either the low- or high post. Oldenburg ranks 14th in rebounds (29.5 rpg.) and must improve those numbers to make the most out of its transition game, in which Tyler Larson and Rickey Paulding can be unstoppable.