2019-20Top 16Round 3
January 22, 2020 CET: 18:00
Local time: 19:00 SIEMENS ARENA
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Records

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

Referees

Crew Chief
CORTES, CARLOS
Umpire 1
VYKLICKY, ROBERT
Umpire 2
ISGUDER, SINAN

The Take

Rytas Vilnius will try to tally its first home win in the Top 16 when it hosts AS Monaco, which also comes off a key road win. This is a rematch of last season's Top 16 decider, which Rytas won by 22 points to qualify for the quarterfinals. Rytas dominated the glass 20-39 in beating Galatasaray in Istanbul last week. Monaco scored a 78-84 victory in Kazan with stellar point guard play in which it dished 18 assists with just 8 turnovers.

Marquee matchup

Both teams play with two point guards on the floor for stretches, including at the start of games. Tu Holloway (7.8 ppg., 4.5 apg.) and Pako Cruz (13.1 ppg., 3.3 apg.) run the Rytas attack, while Dee Bost (10. 0 ppg., 4.8 apg.) and Norris Cole (12.7 ppg., 5.1 apg.) fuel Monaco. Whether it's their passing or scoring, these players are the guys who set the tempo for their respective teams and should be watched carefully.

Keys to victory: Rytas

These are the top two teams in offensive rebounds in the EuroCup; Rytas's 13.8 tops the charts with Monaco second at 12.9. Those put-backs are quite a weapon; Rytas scored 23 second-chance points in last week's road win. If Rytas can continue its prowess on the offensive glass and deny Monaco the same pleasure, it will be a big boost for the home team.  

Keys to victory: Monaco

Monaco arrives in Vilnius ranking at the bottom in three-point shooting, making EuroCup lows of just 6.1 triples per game on 29.1% accuracy, but that has not stopped the team from winning three out of its six road game this season. Monaco got 7 threes from five players at 43.8% last week and that helped keep the defense honest. Keeping the outside shot as a weapon this week would improve Monaco's chances.

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Rytas Vilnius
# Player Pos. H. Age
0 SIRVYDIS, DEIVIDAS F 2.00 19
2 BICKAUSKIS, DOVIS G 1.91 26
5 GIEDRAITIS, KAROLIS G 1.94 21
7 HOLLOWAY, TERRELL G 1.83 30
9 CRUZ, PAKO G 1.91 30
11 TUBELIS, AZUOLAS F 2.06 17
14 ECHODAS, MARTYNAS C 2.04 22
18 GIRDZIUNAS, MINDAUGAS G 1.88 31
22 BENDZIUS, EIMANTAS F 2.03 29
23 BLAZEVIC, MAREK C 2.07 18
32 KAIRYS, EVALDAS C 2.07 29
37 TUBUTIS, EINARAS F 2.04 21
41 BAIRSTOW, CAMERON F 2.06 29
51 BUTKEVICIUS, ARNAS F 1.97 27
AS Monaco
# Player Pos. H. Age
1 BOST, DEE G 1.88 30
5 CLEMMONS, ANTHONY G 1.88 25
6 LACOMBE, PAUL G 1.98 29
12 KELIKI, KEVIN C 2.08 19
14 TILLIE, KIM F 2.10 31
15 YEGUETE, WILFRIED F 2.01 28
19 PANTZAR, MELWIN G 1.90 19
22 O'BRIEN, JALEEL F 2.01 27
23 BUCKNER, ERIC C 2.13 29
24 OUATTARA, YAKUBA G 1.92 27
30 COLE, NORRIS G 1.88 31
32 SANE, LANDING C 2.07 29
91 KOVACS, BENEDEK F 2.01 18

Player Stats

Bendzius, E. / 13.1 Cruz, P. / 13.1 Echodas, M. / 10.2
Buckner, E. / 11.6 O'Brien, J. / 10.9 Clemmons, A. / 10.5
Buckner, E. / 5.9 Yeguete, W. / 4.9 Bost, D. / 4.5
Bost, D. / 4.8
Holloway, T. / 1.1
Clemmons, A. / 2.2 Bost, D. / 1.7 O'Brien, J. / 1.0
Echodas, M. / 0.7
Buckner, E. / 0.5
2PT
Kairys, E. / 75.0% Echodas, M. / 58.4% Butkevicius, A. / 57.5%
Buckner, E. / 80.6% Lacombe, P. / 55.8% Clemmons, A. / 54.0%
3PT
Girdziunas, M. / 44.8% Bendzius, E. / 44.8% Cruz, P. / 40.4%
Clemmons, A. / 33.3% Ouattara, Y. / 31.8% Tillie, K. / 25.0%
FT
Holloway, T. / 83.3% Bendzius, E. / 82.2% Bairstow, C. / 66.7%
Lacombe, P. / 81.8% Bost, D. / 76.1% Clemmons, A. / 71.1%
PIR
Buckner, E. / 14.0 O'Brien, J. / 11.4

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
81.3 Points 76.7
36.7 Rebounds 37.8
13.8 O. Rebounds 12.9
22.9 D. Rebounds 24.9
17.3 Assists 16.8
5.7 Steals 9.0
2.0 Blocks 1.7
50.6% 2PT 50.0%
36.6% 3PT 29.1%
75.5% FT 68.8%
89.6 PIR 80.6

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
81.3 Points 74.6
32.2 Rebounds 35.3
10.0 O. Rebounds 10.4
22.2 D. Rebounds 24.9
18.3 Assists 16.6
6.8 Steals 6.7
3.0 Blocks 2.3
55.7% 2PT 51.2%
38.0% 3PT 32.9%
69.2% FT 70.3%
88.1 PIR 77.9

Head Coaches

ADOMAITIS, DAINIUS
Rytas Vilnius
"We are going to face a really athletic opposition. The only way to beat this kind of opponent is to avoid our own mistakes. They have up to 9 steals almost every single game and convert most of it into some easy baskets. We also have to be ready to defend the boards ,as Monaco is very solid in rebounding."

Players

BENDZIUS, EIMANTAS
Rytas Vilnius
"We played some solid games recently. So, we want to keep the momentum. To stop the duo of Dee Bost and Norris Cole is a must thing to do for us. We also have to find some ways to limit Eric Buckner in the paint."

Rytas Vilnius vs. AS Monaco

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

· The record between both sides stands at a tied 1-1. Both won at home last season also in the Top 16.

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Rytas Vilnius

Streaks
Eimantas Bendzius has hit at least one three-pointer in his last 18 EuroCup games.
Bendzius has racked a PIR of at least 10 in his last 7 EuroCup games.
Bendzius has scored at least 10 points in his last 5 EuroCup games.

Player Records
Terrell Holloway posted his career high in steals with 4 for Rytas against Galatasaray on January 15, 2020.
Cameron Bairstow posted his career high in offensive rebounds with 3 for Rytas against Galatasaray on January 15, 2020.
Cameron Bairstow posted his career high in total rebounds with 5 for Rytas against Galatasaray on January 15, 2020.
Arnas Butkevicius posted his career high in offensive rebounds with 4 for Rytas against Galatasaray on January 15, 2020.

Season Rankings
Rytas Vilnius Dovis Bickauskis is ranked fourth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average assist-turnover ratio with 309.0% .
Rytas Vilnius Eimantas Bendzius is ranked sixth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 3-pointers made with 2.5 per game.
Rytas Vilnius Evaldas Kairys is ranked fourth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 2-pointers % with 73.8% .
Rytas Vilnius Evaldas Kairys is ranked second among qualified EuroCup players this season in average field goal % with 75.0% .
Rytas Vilnius Martynas Echodas is ranked 11th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average true-shooting % with 59.5% .
Rytas Vilnius Martynas Echodas is ranked 13th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average total rebounds with 6.0 per game.
Rytas Vilnius Martynas Echodas is ranked fifth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average offensive rebounds with 2.8 per game.
Rytas Vilnius Terrell Holloway is ranked 12th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average assist-turnover ratio with 245.4% .
Rytas Vilnius Terrell Holloway is ranked 14th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average free throws % with 83.3% .
Rytas Vilnius Terrell Holloway is ranked 15th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average assists with 4.5 per game.

AS Monaco

Streaks
Dee Bost has dished at least 3 assists in his last 16 EuroCup games.
Norris Cole has dished at least 3 assists in his last 6 EuroCup games.
Anthony Clemmons has hit at least one three in his last 5 EuroCup games.
Eric Buckner has racked a PIR of at least 16 in his last 5 EuroCup games.
Buckner has grabbed at least 7 rebounds in his last 5 EuroCup games.
Buckner has scored at least 12 points in his last 5 EuroCup games.

Player Records
Eric Buckner posted his career high in defensive rebounds with 7 for Monaco against UNICS on January 14, 2020.
Eric Buckner posted his career high in total rebounds with 10 for Monaco against UNICS on January 14, 2020.
Eric Buckner posted his career high in minutes with 32 for Monaco against UNICS on January 14, 2020.
Yakuba Ouattara posted his career high in steals with 3 for Monaco against UNICS on January 14, 2020.
Norris Cole posted his career high in index rating with 17 for Monaco against UNICS on January 14, 2020.
Norris Cole posted his career high in assists with 7 for Monaco against UNICS on January 14, 2020.

Season Rankings
AS Monaco Anthony Clemmons is ranked third among qualified EuroCup players this season in average steals with 2.1 per game.
AS Monaco Dee Bost is ranked 12th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average assists with 4.8 per game.
AS Monaco Dee Bost is ranked ninth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average steals with 1.6 per game.
AS Monaco Eric Buckner is ranked 14th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average total rebounds with 5.9 per game.
AS Monaco Eric Buckner is ranked eighth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 2-pointers made with 4.8 per game.
AS Monaco Eric Buckner is ranked first among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 2-pointers % with 80.5% .
AS Monaco Eric Buckner is ranked first among qualified EuroCup players this season in average field goal % with 80.5% .
AS Monaco Eric Buckner is ranked first among qualified EuroCup players this season in average true-shooting % with 73.1% .

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Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
1 - 1
Rytas Vilnius AS Monaco
* overall record in EuroCup since 2002
Rytas Vilnius
Home record vs. AS Monaco: 1-0
Away record vs. AS Monaco: 0-1
AS Monaco
Home record vs. Rytas Vilnius: 1-0
Away record vs. Rytas Vilnius: 0-1

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2018-19 06 February 2019 Top 16 Rytas Vilnius 90 - 68 AS Monaco
2018-19 09 January 2019 Top 16 AS Monaco 75 - 70 Rytas Vilnius