Group leader Tofas Bursa will visit Joventut Badalona for a Round 3 game in which the visitors could significantly boost their chances for a quarterfinals ticket with a win. Joventut dropped the last game in Malaga against Unicaja, 90-84, and it will have to get back to the winning path if it wants to stay in the race for the quarterfinals. Nenad Dimitrijevic will likely see an uptick in playing time as the Joventut point guard with Nikos Zisis no longer with the team. Despite several injuries, Tofas triumphed in Andorra last week, 63-69, and is the only undefeated team in Group H.
Alen Omic and Devin Williams are big men who are also important pillars for their respective teams and will now meet each other in the paint. Omic has averaged 11.9 points and 6.9 rebounds for Joventut as a starter, while Williams has led Tofas Bursa with 14.4 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. The outcome of this duel will have a big impact on the final result of the game.
This will be the first time ever that these two teams play each other in the EuroCup.
Keys to victory: Joventut
Joventut is having a hit-or-miss season, with many ups and downs. To defeat Tofas, the team will surely have to show its best face, especially the one that makes it be the second-best scoring team in the league. On paper, the hosts trump the visitors in offense, but this will require that Klemen Prepelic starts hot and has one of his good shooting nights, especially with playmaker Nikos Zisis no longer with the team. On defense, Joventut will have to watch for the good numbers that Tofas features from beyond the arc.
Keys to victory: Tofas
Tofas achieved a feat in Andorra with just seven players scoring. Repeating that against Joventut might be a tall order, so getting back a couple of injured players could go a long way. Also, defense will be the key against a team that likes to run and score fast. If the visitors manage to dominate the rebounds, Joventut might see its wings clipped a bit and that could help Tofas win its third game in this Top 16 and stay undefeated.