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.
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.