2020-21Top 16Round 3
January 27, 2021 CET: 17:30
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Records

8-2 Regular Season 6-4
0-2 Top 16 1-1
8-4 Overall 7-5

Referees

Crew Chief
PEREZ, MIGUEL ANGEL
Umpire 1
FOUFIS, IOANNIS
Umpire 2
LAURINAVICIUS, JURGIS

The Take

Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar (0-2) is in a critical situation and needs to start winning right away. Mindaugas Kuzminskas (16.5 ppg., 6.0 rpg.), Jordan Crawford (16.5 ppg.) and Kevin Hervey (12.5 ppg., 7.5 rpg.) are leading the team in the Top 16. Partizan NIS Belgrade (1-1) opened the Top 16 with a 28-point home victory, but lost against Boulogne Metropolitans 92 in Round 2. William Mosley (12.5 ppg., 6.0 rpg.), Codi Miller-McIntyre (11.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg.) and Rade Zagorac (9.5 ppg., 4.5 rpg.) are among its pillars.

Marquee matchup

Two very different playmakers are set to go against each other. Miller-McIntyre is a great on-the-ball defender with a great feel for steals, but is also an all-around scorer with great athleticism, character and a really quick first step. He should need all that against Mantas Kalnietis, the EuroCup's assists leader (7.6 apg.). A former EuroCup champion, Kalnietis has more experience and uses it to help his teammates as a pass-first playmaker with a great basketball IQ.

History lesson

These teams are set to face each other for the seventh time in European competitions. Lokomotiv has a 5-1 record against Partizan. The Serbian powerhouse's only victory came last season - Partizan beat Lokomotiv 80-71 on October 22, 2019, behind 16 points from Rashawn Thomas. In their last matchup, Lokomotiv defeated Partizan 83-76 at Basket Hall. Kuzminskas led the winners with 17 points off the bench.

Keys to victory: Lokomotiv

Lokomotiv is the highest-scoring team in the competition (89.4 ppg.), but has struggled a bit lately. Lokomotiv is averaging 81.5 points in the Top 16, ranking 12th in two-point shooting percentage at just 45.9% and 14th in three-pointers (30.2%). Lokomotiv needs to improve those percentages and should run its offense through its most effective players: Hervey, Kuzminskas and Crawford. Lokomotiv must improve its defensive numbers, too; it is allowing 89.5 points on 46.3% shooting from downtown in the Top 16.

Keys to victory: Partizan

Partizan was rock-solid on defense against Trento, allowing just 43 points on 18-of-70 field goal shooting (25.7%). It should need that strong, aggressive defense against a high-scoring team such as Lokomotiv. Partizan allowed just 9.9 offensive rebounds in the regular season, but that number is up to 15.5 in the Top 16. Partizan has to box out to get going in transition, making the most of its many athletic players such as Miller-McIntyre, Mosley and Thomas. Partizan has struggled from downtown (29.3%) in the Top 16, too.

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Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
# Player Pos. H. Age
3 CUMMINGS, WILL G 1.83 28
5 HERVEY, KEVIN F 2.07 24
6 MOTOVILOV, GRIGORY G 1.91 22
9 KALNIETIS, MANTAS G 1.95 34
11 ILNITSKIY, STANISLAV F 2.00 26
15 WILLIAMS, ALAN C 2.01 27
18 KALINOV, VALERII C 2.12 21
19 KUZMINSKAS, MINDAUGAS F 2.05 31
22 LYNCH, REGGIE C 2.08 26
23 DOLININ, SERGEI F 2.04 20
24 SEREDA, DANIIL G 1.96 19
25 MARTIUK, ANDREI F 2.11 20
27 CRAWFORD, JORDAN G 1.93 32
31 PAUNIC, IVAN G 1.95 34
34 SYCHKOV, EGOR F 2.08 19
35 EMCHENKO, VLADISLAV G 1.94 21
99 NIAGU, IAROSLAV C 2.12 17
Partizan NIS Belgrade
# Player Pos. H. Age
0 MILLER-MCINTYRE, CODI G 1.91 26
00 MIKA, ERIC C 2.09 26
3 ZAGORAC, RADE F 2.05 25
5 PAIGE, MARCUS G 1.83 27
6 DANGUBIC, NEMANJA F 2.04 27
9 STEFANOVIC, LAZAR G 1.96 18
10 JARAMAZ, OGNJEN G 1.93 25
11 ANGOLA, BRAIAN G 1.98 26
12 VELICKOVIC, NOVICA F 2.05 34
13 PERKINS, JOSHUA G 1.91 25
21 JANKOVIC, NIKOLA C 2.06 26
25 THOMAS, RASHAWN F 2.03 26
32 TRIFUNOVIC, UROS F 2.00 20
42 MOSLEY , WILLIAM C 2.03 31

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
89.4 Points 78.6
40.9 Rebounds 35.4
13.8 O. Rebounds 12.8
27.1 D. Rebounds 22.6
18.7 Assists 14.5
6.2 Steals 6.9
3.2 Blocks 2.3
52.8% 2PT 53.3%
38.7% 3PT 36.3%
69.1% FT 69.4%
101.4 PIR 82.1

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
82.5 Points 75.5
37.0 Rebounds 31.9
13.1 O. Rebounds 10.8
23.9 D. Rebounds 21.1
16.8 Assists 17.3
6.3 Steals 6.5
3.8 Blocks 2.8
47.8% 2PT 52.2%
37.2% 3PT 34.2%
72.0% FT 79.6%
83.8 PIR 82.9

Head Coaches

PASHUTIN, EVGENY
Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
"Partizan is an aggressive and physically tough team. The main threat comes from Perkins and Paige, who attack with over fifty percent from the field. Thomas, Mika and Mosley, who are in charge of rebounds, are very dangerous. Serbian young players know their roles and attack sharply from a distance. We need to impose pressure on the opponent, play very carefully with their shooters. We have to be very attentive and focused, we need to pick up the rebounds that we lost in the last games. It is necessary to communicate as much as possible on the court, to establish communication. In offense we must organize a quick transition, fast ball movement, force the opponent to commit fouls, find their weaknesses. We will play with maximum concentration for the entire forty minutes. We will give our best to please the fans with the game and victory!"
FILIPOVSKI, SASO
Partizan NIS Belgrade
"After two defeats, Lokomotiv is in a result crisis and they are also looking for a way out. The team has an individual quality, where Kalnietis is the intiator, who creates good play for his team from pick and roll. At positions 3 and 4 is Kuzminskas who knows how to attack players at low post, they also have strong players at positions 2 and 3, and high center players with good jump. We are preparing as much as possible for this match, working on team defense, but also on playing as a team offensively. I expect a reaction from my team and a much better game. We can play against individual quality only with the system, because without discipline and systemic game, chaos appears. A good team is one that gives the most of itself when it matters the most."

Players

LYNCH, REGGIE
Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
"We have a very strong equal group in the EuroCup. Partizan defeated Trento by almost thirty points at home, and then lost to Metropolitan by twenty points in France. We must take our frustrations from the recent losses and put them together in to our best defense. We need to slow their scoring guards and limit interior scoring. We hope to continue fighting for the upper places in group with a good win against Partizan."
JARAMAZ, OGNJEN
Partizan NIS Belgrade
"Lokomotiv is in an unenviable situation after two defeats at the beginning of the Top 16, and that’s why they are certainly very motivated for this game. On the other hand, we strive to get to the Top 8 so we want this win, too. I expect a strong, even agressive game, but I think we can respond to their play and we can achieve victory. The last days in the gym, we tried to make a step forward in our game and to correct the segments in which we earlier made mistakes. Their team consists of quality players, and as a special threat I would point out Cummings, Kuzminskas and Kalnietis who play great for the team."

Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar vs. Partizan NIS Belgrade

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

· Loko currently dominates their series, 3-1.

· Last season both teams met in the regular season and each won their home game.

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Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar

Roster
Alan Williams will miss the rest of the season due to injury.

Streaks
Jordan Crawford has scored at least 13 points in his last 8 EuroCup games.
Crawford has racked up a PIR of at least 10 in his last 8 EuroCup games.
Kevin Hervey has collected at least one steal in his last 7 EuroCup games.
Hervey has hit at least one-three pointer in his last 6 EuroCup games.

Player Records
Jordan Crawford posted his career high in defensive rebounds with 4 for Lokomotiv against Trento on January 20, 2021.
Crawford posted his career high in total rebounds with 5 for Lokomotiv against Trento on January 20, 2021.
Crawford posted his career high in minutes with 32 for Lokomotiv against Trento on January 20, 2021.
Will Cummings posted his career high in steals with 4 for Lokomotiv against Partizan on December 11, 2019.
Alan Williams posted his career high in steals with 3 for Lokomotiv against Partizan on December 11, 2019.

Season Rankings
Alan Williams is ranked 11th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average Field goals made with 5.63 per game.
Williams is ranked fifth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average Turnovers with 3.13 per game.
Williams is ranked first among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 2-pointers made with 5.63 per game.
Williams is ranked first among qualified EuroCup players this season in average Defensive Rebounds with 8.13 per game.
Williams is ranked first among qualified EuroCup players this season in average Offensive Rebounds with 4.38 per game.
Williams is ranked first among qualified EuroCup players this season in average Total Rebounds with 12.5 per game.
Williams is ranked seventh among qualified EuroCup players this season in average Fouls Drawn with 5.00 per game.
Williams is ranked sixth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average Blocks with 1.25 per game.
Williams is ranked third among qualified EuroCup players this season in average index rating with 21.1 per game.
Jordan Crawford is ranked 14th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 3-pointers made with 2.33 per game.
Crawford is ranked eighth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average points with 16.8 per game.
Crawford is ranked fifth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average Field goals made with 5.83 per game.
Kevin Hervey is ranked 10th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average Defensive Rebounds with 4.70 per game.
Hervey is ranked 12th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average Total Rebounds with 6.60 per game.
Hervey is ranked first among qualified EuroCup players this season in average Steals with 2.20 per game.
Mantas Kalnietis is ranked 15th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average Turnovers with 2.55 per game.
Kalnietis is ranked first among qualified EuroCup players this season in average Assists with 7.64 per game.
Kalnietis is ranked seventh among qualified EuroCup players this season in average Assist-Turnover ratio with 300.00%.
Reggie Lynch is ranked seventh among qualified EuroCup players this season in average Blocks with 1.17 per game.
Will Cummings is ranked fifth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average Fouls Drawn with 5.42 per game.
Cummings is ranked sixth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average Free throws made with 3.83 per game.

All-Time Rankings
Mantas Kalnietis ranks 12th on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 302 assists total for his career.

Partizan NIS Belgrade

Streaks
Codi Miller-McIntyre has racked up a PIR of at least 11 in his last 7 EuroCup games.
Marcus Paige has hit at least one three-pointer in his last 14 EuroCup games.
William Mosley has pulled at least 5 rebounds in his last 6 EuroCup games.

Player Records
Rade Zagorac posted his career high in offensive rebounds with 3 for Partizan against Metropolitans on January 19, 2021.
William Mosley posted his career high in points with 13 for Partizan against Metropolitans on January 19, 2021.
Nikola Jankovic posted his career high in points with 16 for Olimpija against Lokomotiv on October 12, 2016.

Team Records
Partizan recorded its highest team blocks in EuroCup play this century, 9, against Lokomotiv on October 22, 2019.

Season Rankings
Codi Miller-Mcintyre is ranked 11th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average Turnovers with 2.58 per game.
Miller-Mcintyre is ranked 14th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average Assists with 4.50 per game.
Miller-Mcintyre is ranked ninth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average Steals with 1.67 per game.
Marcus Paige is ranked eighth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 3-pointers made with 2.58 per game.
Nikola Jankovic is ranked 13th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average Offensive Rebounds with 2.25 per game.
Ognjen Jaramaz is ranked 14th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average Fouls Drawn with 4.43 per game.
Rade Zagorac is ranked 10th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 2-pointers % with 64.86%.
Rashawn Thomas is ranked fourth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average Steals with 1.91 per game.
William Mosley is ranked ninth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average Blocks with 1.10 per game.

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Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
3 - 1
Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar Partizan NIS Belgrade
* overall record in EuroCup since 2002
Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
Home record vs. Partizan NIS Belgrade: 2-0
Away record vs. Partizan NIS Belgrade: 1-1
Partizan NIS Belgrade
Home record vs. Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar: 1-1
Away record vs. Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar: 0-2

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2019-20 11 December 2019 Regular Season Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar 83 - 76 Partizan NIS Belgrade
2019-20 22 October 2019 Regular Season Partizan NIS Belgrade 80 - 71 Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
2017-18 27 December 2017 Regular Season Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar 99 - 64 Partizan NIS Belgrade
2017-18 08 November 2017 Regular Season Partizan NIS Belgrade 83 - 93 Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar