The start of a new season tips off in the Montenegrin capital where Buducnost and Brescia meet for the first time in what could very well be a defensive battle. Buducnost retained the core of the team that played at a high-level last season and will be looking for a strong start after getting past the regular season only once in the last five attempts. Brescia returns to the competition for the third straight season and has an advantage ahead of this season's opener having already played a series of official games in Italy.
Veteran playmakers and team leaders, Brescia's Luca Vitali and Justin Cobb of Buducnost are very different players who do the same thing very well – make their respective teams better. Vitali has 2.01 meters of height, which he uses well to see the floor. He can also hurt teams with his long-range shooting and unselfishly looks for his teammates. Meanwhile, Cobbs at 1.91 meters takes it more often to the hoop and scores more, but he has still found ways to dish more assists than any other player in the EuroCup over the past two seasons.
Keys to victory: Buducnost
Buducnost has a lot of experience in the backcourt and it will be important for the team to set the tempo to its liking and play to its strengths. Buducnost does not shy away from playing five-on-five basketball, but also has a team full of capable three-point shooters. If Buducnost finds its range, it would give it a great advantage in the season opener against Brescia's stingy defense.
Keys to victory: Brescia
Brescia was one of the best teams on defense last season and would like to carry over that characteristic into this season as well. Brescia has great size, even on the perimeter and on the wings, and should try to impose its physical style of play and be aggressive on both ends of the floor. If it does that and takes control of the glass, the visitors will be on the right path to success in this clash.