2019-20Top 16Round 3
January 22, 2020 CET: 17:30
Local time: 19:30 BASKET HALL KAZAN
Russian Federation: MATCH!IGRA
Middle East: beIN MENA HD8
Turkey: SARAN SPORT
Bulgaria: MAX SPORT 4
Spain: DAZN
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Italy: EUROSPORT PLAYER
Georgia: SILK SPORT HD 2 (GMG)
United States of America: FLOHOOPS
Israel: SPORT 1
Internet: EUROLEAGUE.TV
Balkans: NOVA SPORT
Greece: NOVASPORTS 4HD
Africa: ESPN 1

Records

6-4 Regular Season 6-4
1-1 Top 16 1-1
7-5 Overall 7-5

Referees

Crew Chief
DIFALLAH, MEHDI
Umpire 1
KOLJENSIC, MILOS
Umpire 2
JURAS, MARKO

The Take

UNICS Kazan hosts Galatasaray Doga Sigorta Istanbul in a clash of former champions coming off Round 2 defeats, which they will try to stop from turning into a losing streak. UNICS struggled with its two-point shooting (43.2%) and committed 15 turnovers in falling to AS Monaco. Only six players scored for Galatasaray, which got just 12 points off the bench in losing to Rytas Vilnius. It will be a special game for UNICS players and Alex Tyus and Errick McCollum who both played for Galatasaray in the past and visit their old home with UNICS.

Marquee matchup

Three of the top five scorers in the EuroCup will take the floor in this game with Errick McCollum (second, 16.9 ppg.) and Jamar Smith (fourth, 16.7) suiting up for the hosts and Aaron Harrison (fifth, 16.7) for the visitors. McCollum and Harrison are both combo-guards who start alongside natural point guards (Jordan Theodore for UNICS and Tai Webster for Galatasaray), but will handle playmaking duties at times, too. A big game from either, which might include wearing down the other on defense, could shift the outcome of this game.  

History lesson

The past is all in UNICS's favor, which is 4-0 against Galatasaray in previous EuroCup encounters, all of which have come in the round of 16. UNICS swept Galatasaray in the 2009-10 season and again in 2012-13. Both those seasons saw Galatasaray end its season in the Last 16, which was also UNICS's fate in 2010. UNICS won their group in 2013 before getting ousted by Valencia Basket in the quarterfinals. UNICS is also 3-1 in past EuroLeague encounters, taking its record to 7-1 against Galatasaray.

Keys to victory: UNICS

UNICS is one of the worst rebounding teams in the EuroCup Top 16, ranking second-bottom in overall rebounds (32.6 rpg.) and tied for fourth-bottom in offensive rebounds (9.0). Galatasaray has a trio of big bodies averaging at least 5 rebounds per game and Alex Tyus and Raymar Morgan will be tasked with keeping the home team strong on the glass. UNICS has managed to win games while being badly outrebounded (Rytas Vilnius had 15 more rebounds when UNICS won in Vilnius two weeks ago), but that puts more pressure on the guards to score and get back fast on transition defense. Holding off Galatasaray on the glass would make things much easier.

Keys to victory: Galatasaray

Galatasaray has committed the second-most turnovers of all Top 16 teams (15.3), while UNICS has made the fewest (12.2). That difference on three extra possessions per game could not only make the difference in the outcome, but in a game between evenly-matched teams where the final score may have major tiebreaker implications, three more possessions could be huge. Tai Webster and Aaron Harrison must keep the offense flowing, but make sure that every offense counts in this tough road game.

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UNICS Kazan
# Player Pos. H. Age
1 SERGEEV, PAVEL G 1.85 32
2 MORGAN, RAYMAR C 2.02 31
3 MCCOLLUM, ERRICK G 1.88 32
9 TYUS, ALEX C 2.03 32
11 LIKHODEI, VALERII F 2.04 33
12 KLIMENKO, ARTEM C 2.14 26
13 UZINSKII, DMITRII F 2.00 26
15 SMITH, JAMAR G 1.91 32
24 PALSSON, HAUKUR G 1.97 27
25 THEODORE, JORDAN G 1.83 30
27 KOSHCHEEV, ANDREY F 2.05 32
33 ANOSHIN, KIRILL F 1.94 19
42 KOLESNIKOV, EVGENY G 1.95 34
88 KAIMAKOGLOU, KOSTAS F 2.06 36
99 WILSON, JAMIL F 2.01 29
Galatasaray Doga Sigorta Istanbul
# Player Pos. H. Age
0 WEBSTER, TAI G 1.93 24
1 WHITTINGTON, GREG F 2.06 26
2 HARRISON, AARON G 1.98 25
3 ARAPOVIC, MARKO C 2.06 23
4 GOKALP, EMIR G 1.87 24
5 POYTHRESS, ALEX F 2.06 26
7 ARSLAN, YIGIT F 1.98 23
8 KORKMAZ, CAN G 1.87 27
10 JONES, LAZERIC G 1.82 29
11 ARAR, EGE F 2.08 23
12 ERDENIZ, CANER F 1.98 32
22 OLMAZ, AYBERK C 2.10 23
30 AUGUSTE, ZACH C 2.08 26
35 TUGSAL, UTKU F 1.98 19
61 KOKSAL, GOKSENIN F 1.96 29
63 AYDIN, SERKAN G 2.00 19

Player Stats

McCollum, E. / 16.9 Smith, J. / 16.7 Morgan, R. / 11.8
Tyus, A. / 6.5 Morgan, R. / 5.6
Jones, L. / 4.0 Webster, T. / 3.6 Harrison, A. / 2.9
Morgan, R. / 1.4 McCollum, E. / 1.0 Smith, J. / 1.0
Tyus, A. / 1.5 McCollum, E. / 0.6
2PT
Tyus, A. / 63.5% Smith, J. / 54.1% McCollum, E. / 48.0%
Auguste, Z. / 70.0% Whittington, G. / 57.1% Harrison, A. / 50.0%
3PT
Smith, J. / 56.9% Sergeev, P. / 39.1% Palsson, H. / 38.9%
Whittington, G. / 48.4% Koksal, G. / 40.6% Jones, L. / 38.9%
FT
McCollum, E. / 81.3% Morgan, R. / 74.0% Tyus, A. / 60.5%
Harrison, A. / 90.5% Auguste, Z. / 45.5%
PIR
McCollum, E. / 20.3 Tyus, A. / 15.8 Smith, J. / 15.5

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
79.3 Points 81.6
32.6 Rebounds 35.6
9.0 O. Rebounds 10.8
23.6 D. Rebounds 24.8
14.6 Assists 17.1
6.3 Steals 7.1
3.0 Blocks 2.6
53.5% 2PT 56.2%
38.2% 3PT 37.0%
74.7% FT 72.4%
85.8 PIR 89.3

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
78.8 Points 80.1
34.5 Rebounds 31.3
11.3 O. Rebounds 11.0
23.2 D. Rebounds 20.3
16.5 Assists 16.5
5.8 Steals 7.8
1.7 Blocks 2.4
50.6% 2PT 47.7%
35.9% 3PT 38.3%
77.5% FT 79.0%
84.5 PIR 83.0

Head Coaches

PRIFTIS, DIMITRIS
UNICS Kazan
"It is definitely a very crucial game for both teams. I would say that it is more important for us because we play at home and there is no room for mistakes. Galatasaray as a team is very serious, athletic mostly in the lineup of bigs, and well organized. It will be a tough game. We have to show competitiveness, hustling spirit, and play team basketball."

Players

MCCOLLUM, ERRICK
UNICS Kazan
"To me it is a special game for many reasons. My respect for the Galatasaray organization and fans, the importance of seeding and advancement, and my history there as a player. I won a championship there, created great memories, friendships, I was treated excellent by the fans and club, and embraced the Turkish culture. Turkey is like a second home for me. It will also be my birthday on the day of this game, so I will have a lot of motivation. We will be ready."

UNICS Kazan vs. Galatasaray Doga Sigorta Istanbul

· This is the fifth time ever that these two teams meet in the EuroCup.

· UNICS currently dominates the series with a perfect 4-0.

· These teams have only played before in the Last 16 stage of the competition, in 2009-10 and 2012-13.

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UNICS Kazan

Streaks
Jamar Smith has hit at least one three in his last 11 EuroCup games.
Smith has scored at least 11 points in his last 7 EuroCup games.
Errick McCollum has made his last 11 free throw attempts in the EuroCup.
McCollum has scored at least 13 points in his last 5 EuroCup games.
McCollum has racked a PIR of at least 19 in his last 5 EuroCup games.

Player Records
Alex Tyus posted his career high in offensive rebounds with 5 for UNICS against Monaco on January 14, 2020.

Season Rankings
UNICS Kazan Alex Tyus is ranked 10th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average field goal % with 63.5% .
UNICS Kazan Alex Tyus is ranked 11th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average offensive rebounds with 2.4 per game.
UNICS Kazan Alex Tyus is ranked 13th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 2-pointers made with 4.5 per game.
UNICS Kazan Alex Tyus is ranked 15th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 2-pointers % with 63.5% .
UNICS Kazan Alex Tyus is ranked ninth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average total rebounds with 6.5 per game.
UNICS Kazan Alex Tyus is ranked sixth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average true-shooting % with 62.9% .
UNICS Kazan Alex Tyus is ranked third among qualified EuroCup players this season in average blocks with 1.5 per game.
UNICS Kazan Errick Mccollum is ranked first among qualified EuroCup players this season in average free throws made with 5.4 per game.
UNICS Kazan Errick Mccollum is ranked second among qualified EuroCup players this season in average points with 16.9 per game.
UNICS Kazan Errick Mccollum is ranked third among qualified EuroCup players this season in average index rating with 20.2 per game.
UNICS Kazan Jamar Smith is ranked 15th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average true-shooting % with 56.4% .
UNICS Kazan Jamar Smith is ranked first among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 3-pointers made with 3.3 per game.
UNICS Kazan Jamar Smith is ranked fourth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average points with 16.7 per game.
UNICS Kazan Jamar Smith is ranked third among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 3-pointers % with 56.9% .
UNICS Kazan Jamar Smith is ranked third among qualified EuroCup players this season in average field goals made with 6.3 per game.
UNICS Kazan Raymar Morgan is ranked 15th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average defensive rebounds with 4.1 per game.
UNICS Kazan Raymar Morgan is ranked ninth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average free throws made with 3.7 per game.

All-Time Rankings
UNICS Artem Klimenko ranks 10th on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 64.5% 2-pointers % total for his career.
UNICS Artem Klimenko ranks fifth on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 64.5% field goals % total for his career.
UNICS Errick Mccollum ranks eighth on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 1151 points total for his career.
UNICS Errick Mccollum ranks eighth on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 1261 index rating points total for his career.
UNICS Errick Mccollum ranks first on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 373 free throws made total for his career.
UNICS Jamar Smith ranks 12th on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 374 field goals made total for his career.
UNICS Jamar Smith ranks third on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 196 3-pointers made total for his career.
UNICS Kostas Kaimakoglou ranks ninth on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 429 rebounds total for his career.
UNICS Kostas Kaimakoglou ranks seventh on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 334 defensive rebounds total for his career.
UNICS Raymar Morgan ranks 11th on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 308 2-pointers made total for his career.

Galatasaray Doga Sigorta Istanbul

Streaks
Aaron Harrison has hit at least one three in his last 14 EuroCup games.
Harrison has scored at least 12 points in his last 12 EuroCup games.
Greg Whittington has racked a PIR of 12 in his last 8 EuroCup games.

Player Records
Aaron Harrison posted his career high in minutes with 37 for Galatasaray against Rytas on January 15, 2020.
Alex Poythress posted his career high in index rating with 22 for Galatasaray against Rytas on January 15, 2020.
Alex Poythress posted his career high in points with 19 for Galatasaray against Rytas on January 15, 2020.

Season Rankings
Galatasaray Doga Sigorta Istanbul Aaron Harrison is ranked 13th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average index rating with 16.6 per game.
Galatasaray Doga Sigorta Istanbul Aaron Harrison is ranked fifth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average points with 16.6 per game.
Galatasaray Doga Sigorta Istanbul Aaron Harrison is ranked fourth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 3-pointers made with 2.5 per game.
Galatasaray Doga Sigorta Istanbul Aaron Harrison is ranked second among qualified EuroCup players this season in average free throws % with 90.4% .
Galatasaray Doga Sigorta Istanbul Aaron Harrison is ranked second among qualified EuroCup players this season in average free throws made with 4.7 per game.
Galatasaray Doga Sigorta Istanbul Ben Moore is ranked 14th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average offensive rebounds with 2.2 per game.
Galatasaray Doga Sigorta Istanbul Greg Whittington is ranked 10th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average total rebounds with 6.3 per game.
Galatasaray Doga Sigorta Istanbul Greg Whittington is ranked 11th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 3-pointers % with 48.3% .
Galatasaray Doga Sigorta Istanbul Greg Whittington is ranked 15th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average index rating with 16.5 per game.
Galatasaray Doga Sigorta Istanbul Greg Whittington is ranked fourth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average defensive rebounds with 5.2 per game.
Galatasaray Doga Sigorta Istanbul Lazeric Jones is ranked eighth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average assist-turnover ratio with 280.0% .
Galatasaray Doga Sigorta Istanbul Zach Auguste is ranked 11th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average field goals made with 5.2 per game.
Galatasaray Doga Sigorta Istanbul Zach Auguste is ranked 12th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average index rating with 16.8 per game.
Galatasaray Doga Sigorta Istanbul Zach Auguste is ranked fifth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 2-pointers % with 70.5% .
Galatasaray Doga Sigorta Istanbul Zach Auguste is ranked fifth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 2-pointers made with 5.2 per game.
Galatasaray Doga Sigorta Istanbul Zach Auguste is ranked fifth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average true-shooting % with 63.4% .
Galatasaray Doga Sigorta Istanbul Zach Auguste is ranked seventh among qualified EuroCup players this season in average defensive rebounds with 4.7 per game.
Galatasaray Doga Sigorta Istanbul Zach Auguste is ranked seventh among qualified EuroCup players this season in average offensive rebounds with 2.5 per game.
Galatasaray Doga Sigorta Istanbul Zach Auguste is ranked sixth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average field goal % with 69.2% .
Galatasaray Doga Sigorta Istanbul Zach Auguste is ranked sixth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average total rebounds with 7.3 per game.

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Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
4 - 0
UNICS Kazan Galatasaray Doga Sigorta Istanbul
* overall record in EuroCup since 2002
UNICS Kazan
Home record vs. Galatasaray Doga Sigorta Istanbul: 2-0
Away record vs. Galatasaray Doga Sigorta Istanbul: 2-0
Galatasaray Doga Sigorta Istanbul
Home record vs. UNICS Kazan: 0-2
Away record vs. UNICS Kazan: 0-2

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2012-13 13 February 2013 Last 16 Unics Kazan 64 - 57 Galatasaray Medical Park
2012-13 09 January 2013 Last 16 Galatasaray Medical Park 74 - 80 Unics Kazan
2009-10 02 March 2010 Last 16 Unics 92 - 89 Galatasaray Cafe Crown
2009-10 26 January 2010 Last 16 Galatasaray Cafe Crown 79 - 85 Unics