2020-21Top 16Round 3
January 27, 2021 CET: 18:45
Local time: 18:45 TOPOLICA SPORTS HALL
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Records

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

Referees

Crew Chief
PERUGA, CARLOS
Umpire 1
ISGUDER, SINAN
Umpire 2
SILVA, SERGIO

The Take

Mornar Bar will try to get back to its winning ways when it hosts Group H leader UNICS Kazan on Wednesday. Appearing in the Top 16 for the first time in club history, Mornar has been involved in two dramatic finishes decided by a single basket, first beating Herbalife Gran Canaria in a shootout on the road and then losing a defensive battle at home against MoraBanc Andorra. UNICS has beaten both of those opponents so far and a win in Bar would bring the former EuroCup champs very close to a place in the quarterfinals.

History lesson

This is only Mornar's second season in the competition, but it already played against UNICS in the 2018-19 campaign. UNICS swept their regular-season series with a pair of double-digit victories, including a 74-97 rout in Bar. Three Mornar players remain from that contest, Uros Lukovic and Nemanja Vranjes who were starters in that game two seasons ago, as well as Radoje Vujosevic. On the other side, Jamar Smith, Pavel Sergeev, Evgeny Kolesnikov and Kostas Kaimakoglu are still with UNICS.

Marquee matchup

There could be fireworks in store when veteran guards Jacob Pullen and Jamar Smith square off in this contest. Playing in his fifth EuroCup campaign, Mornar's Pullen is averaging a career-high 17.7 points on 42.5% three-point shooting. Pullen ranks fifth in scoring this season and Smith is tied for sixth with 17.0 per game, also a career-best for the veteran of seven seasons in the competition. Smith is shooting 55.2% from long range, having knocked down 32 triples, one more than Pullen has this season.

Keys to victory: Mornar

Not turning the ball over is always important, but especially against UNICS which has forced 16.0 turnovers per game, tied for the most in the Top 16. Mornar will also need to find a way to compete with UNICS in rebounding. Mornar has only pulled down a Top 16-low 13 offensive rebounds, while UNICS has pulled down 33 through two games. Mornar must protect its defensive glass while trying to get as many second-chance possessions as possible.

Keys to victory: UNICS

UNICS has not shined on offense, but has played stellar defense the last two weeks, having held Andorra to 66 points and Gran Canaria to just 62. It would favor UNICS to play another low-scoring affair. To produce another similar defensive effort, UNICS must keep playing aggressively on the perimeter and force Mornar into playing more half-court basketball.

Sunday, January 24, 2021
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Mornar Bar
# Player Pos. H. Age
0 PULLEN, JACOB G 1.83 31
2 GABRIEL, KENNY F 2.05 31
4 ZIVANOVIC, BALSA G 1.90 19
5 NEEDHAM, DEREK G 1.80 30
6 JEREMIC, MARKO F 1.92 29
7 GORDIC, NEMANJA G 1.93 32
8 SEHOVIC, SEAD F 1.96 31
9 SMITH, TAYLOR F 1.99 29
10 MUGOSA, MARKO G 2.00 27
11 WHITEHEAD, ISAIAH F 1.91 25
13 LAZIC, ALEKSANDAR F 2.01 24
14 PAVIC, VUKOTA F 2.04 27
17 VUJOSEVIC, RADOJE C 2.10 31
41 VRANJES, NEMANJA G 1.87 32
51 BJELICA, MILKO F 2.07 36
55 LUKOVIC, UROS C 2.13 31
UNICS Kazan
# Player Pos. H. Age
00 BROWN, JOHN F 2.03 28
2 ANTIPOV, PAVEL F 2.02 29
3 CANAAN, ISAIAH G 1.83 29
5 KULESHOV, EGOR F 1.96 26
6 ZHBANOV, GEORGY F 1.97 23
7 WOLTERS, NATE G 1.93 29
9 WHITE, OKARO F 2.03 28
10 SERGEEV, PAVEL G 1.85 33
12 KLIMENKO, ARTEM C 2.14 27
13 UZINSKII, DMITRII F 2.00 27
15 SMITH, JAMAR G 1.91 33
19 MORGAN, JORDAN C 2.04 29
23 HOLLAND, JOHN G 1.96 32
25 THEODORE, JORDAN G 1.83 31
42 KOLESNIKOV, EVGENY G 1.95 35
88 KAIMAKOGLOU, KOSTAS F 2.06 37

Player Stats

Pullen, J. / 17.7 Whitehead, I. / 14.5 Gabriel, K. / 9.9
Smith, J. / 17.0 Canaan, I. / 16.8 Morgan, J. / 11.4
Smith, T. / 7.0 Gabriel, K. / 6.1
Morgan, J. / 6.9 Brown, J. / 6.2 White, O. / 5.9
Smith, J. / 4.8 Canaan, I. / 3.8 Wolters, N. / 2.6
Brown, J. / 1.7 Smith, J. / 1.4 Canaan, I. / 1.0
Smith, T. / 1.5 Lukovic, U. / 0.8
Morgan, J. / 0.5
2PT
Smith, T. / 70.5% Lukovic, U. / 59.5% Whitehead, I. / 53.0%
Morgan, J. / 58.0% Canaan, I. / 55.9% Brown, J. / 55.9%
3PT
Gabriel, K. / 45.3% Whitehead, I. / 43.1% Pullen, J. / 42.5%
Smith, J. / 55.2% Holland, J. / 42.9% Canaan, I. / 40.9%
FT
Vranjes, N. / 80.0% Pullen, J. / 76.3% Smith, T. / 52.8%
Canaan, I. / 93.3% Morgan, J. / 81.6%
PIR
Pullen, J. / 15.3 Smith, T. / 14.1 Gabriel, K. / 12.0
Smith, J. / 19.2 Canaan, I. / 16.6 Morgan, J. / 15.0

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
80.8 Points 81.8
32.5 Rebounds 35.3
7.1 O. Rebounds 11.9
25.4 D. Rebounds 23.3
15.8 Assists 17.6
5.5 Steals 7.2
3.4 Blocks 1.5
53.7% 2PT 51.3%
36.6% 3PT 38.1%
74.5% FT 80.3%
84.3 PIR 89.9

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
82.3 Points 78.0
39.6 Rebounds 32.3
12.0 O. Rebounds 8.3
27.6 D. Rebounds 24.0
18.1 Assists 15.6
7.5 Steals 5.5
2.9 Blocks 2.3
50.2% 2PT 53.8%
36.9% 3PT 36.9%
74.5% FT 80.9%
90.8 PIR 84.3

Head Coaches

PRIFTIS, DIMITRIS
UNICS Kazan
"It's a crucial game. Mornar Bar is very strong this year. They have very talented scorers mostly in the perimeter that they have multiple ways to threat. We have to approach the game defensively in order to have chances to win the game."

Players

MORGAN, JORDAN
UNICS Kazan
"This is a key game for our team this week. Mornar Bar is a talented team who has played well all season. We must approach this game with a championship mentality because it can be very important in deciding the future of our season. Winning on the road will take 40 minutes of our best effort and best focus."

Mornar Bar vs. UNICS Kazan

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

· In 2018-19 both played each other in the regular season and UNICS managed to sweep the series to dominate, 0-2.

Sunday, January 24, 2021
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Mornar Bar

Streaks
Kenny Gabriel has hit at least one three-pointer in his last 15 EuroCup games.
Jacob Pullen has scored at least 14 points in his last 5 EuroCup games.
Pullen has hit at least 2 three-pointers in his last 5 EuroCup games.
Pullen has racked up a PIR of at least 14 in his last 5 EuroCup games.

Player Records
Uros Lukovic of Mornar recorded 34 index rating in EuroCup play this century, against UNICS on November 7, 2018.
Lukovic of Mornar recorded 8 2-pointers made in EuroCup play this century, against UNICS on November 7, 2018.

Season Rankings
Derek Needham is ranked 10th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average Turnovers with 2.75 per game.
Needham is ranked 11th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average Assists with 5.00 per game.
Isaiah Whitehead is ranked 14th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average Field goals made with 5.50 per game.
Whitehead is ranked third among qualified EuroCup players this season in average Turnovers with 3.33 per game.
Jacob Pullen is ranked 15th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average Fouls Drawn with 4.25 per game.
Pullen is ranked eighth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 3-pointers made with 2.58 per game.
Pullen is ranked eighth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average Free throws made with 3.75 per game.
Pullen is ranked fifth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average points with 17.6 per game.
Pullen is ranked ninth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average Field goals made with 5.67 per game.
Kenny Gabriel is ranked second among qualified EuroCup players this season in average Defensive Rebounds with 5.50 per game.
Taylor Smith is ranked fourth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average Blocks with 1.50 per game.
Smith is ranked second among qualified EuroCup players this season in average Field goals % with 70.49%.
Smith is ranked seventh among qualified EuroCup players this season in average Total Rebounds with 7.00 per game.
Smith is ranked third among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 2-pointers % with 70.49%.
Smith is ranked third among qualified EuroCup players this season in average Defensive Rebounds with 5.42 per game.

UNICS Kazan

Streaks
Isaiah Canaan has hit at least one three-pointer in his last 7 EuroCup games.
Jamar Smith has scored at least 10 points in his last 10 EuroCup games.
Smith has hit at least one three-pointer in his last 10 EuroCup games.
Smith has racked up a PIR of at least 12 in his last 10 EuroCup games.
John Brown has collected at least one steal in all his 12 EuroCup games.

Player Records
John Brown posted his career high in offensive rebounds with 4 for UNICS against Gran Canaria on January 20, 2021.
Artem Klimenko posted his career high in offensive rebounds with 4 for UNICS against Gran Canaria on January 20, 2021.

Season Rankings
Isaiah Canaan is ranked 15th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average index rating with 16.5 per game.
Canaan is ranked eighth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average points with 16.8 per game.
Canaan is ranked second among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 3-pointers made with 3.00 per game.
Canaan is ranked second among qualified EuroCup players this season in average Free throws % with 93.33%.
Canaan is ranked seventh among qualified EuroCup players this season in average Field goals made with 5.75 per game.
Jamar Smith is ranked 10th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average Assist-Turnover ratio with 266.67%.
Smith is ranked 12th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average Assists with 4.80 per game.
Smith is ranked first among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 3-pointers made with 3.20 per game.
Smith is ranked fourth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average Field goals made with 6.10 per game.
Smith is ranked sixth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 3-pointers % with 55.17%.
Smith is ranked sixth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average index rating with 19.2 per game.
Smith is ranked sixth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average points with 17.0 per game.
John Brown is ranked 10th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 2-pointers made with 4.33 per game.
Brown is ranked 13th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average Offensive Rebounds with 2.25 per game.
Brown is ranked ninth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average Steals with 1.67 per game.
Jordan Morgan is ranked 12th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 2-pointers made with 4.27 per game.
Morgan is ranked 14th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average Defensive Rebounds with 4.45 per game.
Morgan is ranked eighth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average Offensive Rebounds with 2.45 per game.
Morgan is ranked eighth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average Total Rebounds with 6.91 per game.
Morgan is ranked fifth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average True Shooting % with 62.50%.
Nate Wolters is ranked fifth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average Assist-Turnover ratio with 383.33%.
Okaro White is ranked 15th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average Defensive Rebounds with 4.44 per game.

All-Time Rankings
Jamar Smith ranks fifth on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 1212 points total for his career.
Smith ranks first on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 238 3-pointers made total for his career.
Smith ranks second on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 452 field goals made total for his career.
Kostas Kaimakoglou ranks ninth on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 435 rebounds total for his career.
Kaimakoglou ranks seventh on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 338 defensive rebounds total for his career.

Sunday, January 24, 2021
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Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
0 - 2
Mornar Bar UNICS Kazan
* overall record in EuroCup since 2002
Mornar Bar
Home record vs. UNICS Kazan: 0-1
Away record vs. UNICS Kazan: 0-1
UNICS Kazan
Home record vs. Mornar Bar: 1-0
Away record vs. Mornar Bar: 1-0

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2018-19 07 November 2018 Regular Season UNICS Kazan 90 - 73 Mornar Bar
2018-19 03 October 2018 Regular Season Mornar Bar 74 - 97 UNICS Kazan