It will be a pivotal game for quarterfinals qualification when Dolomiti Energia Trento hosts Partizan NIS Belgrade. Both teams come into the game with 2-2 records and can advance with a win and some help. Trento qualifies if it beats Partizan by more than 28 points in regulation and Boulogne Metropolitans 92 beats Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar. However, Trento will be eliminated if it loses and Metropolitans wins. Partizan qualifies if it beats Trento and Metropolitans wins. Likewise, Partizan is eliminated if it loses by more than 28 points and Metropolitans wins. If Lokomotiv wins, everything in Group F will come down to Round 6.
Last time they met
Partizan dominated Trento 71-43 in their Top 16 opener in January. The hosts amassed a double-digit lead, 15-5, early in the first quarter and held the visitors to only 14 points in the second and third quarters combined to cruise to an overwhelming win. Partizan was led by William Mosley, who collected 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks for a PIR of 22, while Josh Perkins tallied 11 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. JaCorey Williams led Trento with 15 points and 8 rebounds.
The centers were the top performers when these teams last met and figure to be pivotal this time, too. Trento's Williams has been dominant in the Top 16 for Trento with 16.3 points on 60% shooting plus 7.8 rebounds per game. Partizan's Mosley has done most of his damage on the defensive end and is averaging 1.8 blocks in this phase. Their matchup will be crucial to this game’s outcome.
Keys to victory: Trento
Trento is among the weaker teams in the competition in three-point shooting, nonetheless, the discrepancy between its shot-making in wins and losses is astounding. Trento has made just 24.5% of its threes in its six losses this season compared to 38.7 % in wins. If the likes of Gray Browne, Luke Maye and Jeremy Morgan heat up from downtown, it could change everything for the home team.
Keys to victory: Partizan
Partizan has outrebounded its opponents by 3.2 per game, while Trento has been outrebounded by an average of 1.2 per game. Dominating the glass on the road is always critical and Partizan has the big men to do so with Mosely, Rashawn Thomas and Eric Mika. If they control the glass, Partizan could be in position to claim the victory.