2020-21Regular SeasonRound 5
October 28, 2020 CET: 17:00
Local time: 19:00 BASKET HALL KAZAN
Balkans: NOVA SPORT
Norway: EUROSPORT PLAYER
Spain: DAZN
Sweden: EUROSPORT PLAYER
Internet: EUROLEAGUE.TV
Greece: NOVASPORTS 3HD
Italy: EUROSPORT PLAYER
Portugal: SPORT TV POR
United Kingdom: EUROSPORT PLAYER
Bulgaria: MAX SPORT 2
Ireland: EUROSPORT PLAYER
Turkey: S SPORT
Denmark: EUROSPORT PLAYER
Hungary: ANTENNA
Finland: EUROSPORT PLAYER

Records

2-1 Regular Season 4-0
2-1 Overall 4-0

Referees

Crew Chief
MOGULKOC, EMIN
Umpire 1
KOLJENSIC, MILOS
Umpire 2
JURAS, MARKO

The Take

UNICS Kazan has won its last two games and is undefeated at home. Jamar Smith (21.0 ppg., 66.7% 3FG), Isaiah Canaan (18.0 ppg., 4.7 rpg., 5.0 apg.) and John Brown (11.0 ppg., 9.3 rpg.) have been leading the team until now. Joventut is one of the three undefeated teams left in the competition. Ante Tomic (15.8 ppg.) has been its top scorer until now, followed by Pau Ribas (13.3 ppg.) and Neno Dimitrijevic (12.5 ppg.). Expect a high-profile showdown between former EuroCup champions at Basket Hall Kazan.

Marquee matchup

UNICS has to find a way to stop Ante Tomic, who has been outstanding with Joventut. Tomic has been effective in the paint (64.1% 2FG), powering the offensive glass (2.8 orpg.) and using his size and high basketball IQ to pass the ball (3.5 apg.) when double-teamed. He ranks second in average PIR (24.0) behind only Jamar Smith (24.3). John Brown has a size disadvantage against him but his aggressiveness and character can give him a plus. He ranks second in rebounds (9.3 rpg.) and seems ready to play physical against a more experienced opponent.

History lesson

It will be the fifth showdown between these teams. They split the first four meetings and have beaten each other at home and on the road in EuroCup action. In their first showdown, UNICS downed Joventut 71-82 on December 1, 2009, behind 24 points from Kresimir Loncar. Last season, they split home wins; Joventut downed UNICS 90-73 at home and registered an 86-74 loss in Kazan. Errick McCollum had career-highs of 32 points and 41 PIR in UNICS's home win.

Keys to victory: UNICS

Stopping Tomic down low, preventing him from getting the ball in the paint, is mandatory for the hosts. Joventut run its offense through him, as he generates space for shooters such as Ribas, Dimitrijevic, Xabi Lopez-Arostegui and Conor Morgan, who get better shots when he is on the court. UNICS must play with great physicality on defense, and power the defensive boards to get going in transition. Players like Canaan and John Holland thrive in run-and-gun situations. Of course, if the game is close, Smith is expected to be UNICS's go-to guy in crunch time.

Keys to victory: Joventut

Joventut has to make the most out of its depth at point guard, with Dimitrijevic, Ferran Bassas, Arturs Zagars and even Ribas. Coach Carles Duran's team must dictate the game tempo, preventing UNICS from running the floor and trying to get Tomic involved on offense. Ribas, an elite on-the-ball defender, faces a key matchup against Smith, a great shooter with deep range. Joventut has a size advantage in the paint with Tomic, Simon Birgander and Vladimir Brodziansky and has to make the most out of it.

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UNICS Kazan
# Player Pos. H. Age
00 BROWN III, JOHN F 2.03 28
2 ANTIPOV, PAVEL F 2.02 29
3 CANAAN, ISAIAH G 1.83 29
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 26
13 UZINSKII, DMITRII F 2.00 27
15 SMITH, JAMAR G 1.91 33
19 MORGAN, JORDAN C 2.04 29
22 RAZUMOV, ALEKSANDR C 2.03 28
23 HOLLAND, JOHN G 1.96 31
33 ANOSHIN, KIRILL G 1.94 20
42 KOLESNIKOV, EVGENY G 1.95 34
88 KAIMAKOGLOU, KOSTAS F 2.06 37
Joventut Badalona
# Player Pos. H. Age
0 DIMITRIJEVIC, NENAD G 1.86 22
1 DAWSON, SHAWN F 1.97 26
4 RIBAS, PAU G 1.94 33
6 LOPEZ-AROSTEGUI, XABI F 2.00 23
9 MORGAN, CONOR F 2.06 26
10 BRODZIANSKY, VLADIMIR F 2.11 26
11 DOMENECH, ADRIA G 2.08 18
12 KRAAG, YANNICK G 2.02 18
13 PARRADO, ARNAU G 2.00 20
14 VENTURA, ALBERT G 1.91 28
16 DA SILVA, VINICIUS C 2.12 19
17 HELMANIS, KRISS G 2.10 18
20 BASSAS, FERRAN G 1.81 28
24 MARTI, ROGER G 1.80 18
32 ZAGARS, ARTURS G 1.90 20
35 BIRGANDER, SIMON C 2.09 23
44 PARRA, JOEL F 2.02 20
55 MARONKA, ZSOMBOR G 2.08 18
88 TOMIC, ANTE C 2.17 33

Player Stats

Smith, J. / 21.0 Canaan, I. / 18.0 Holland, J. / 14.3
Tomic, A. / 15.8 Ribas, P. / 13.3 Dimitrijevic, N. / 12.5
Brown, J. / 9.3 Canaan, I. / 4.7
Tomic, A. / 7.0
Smith, J. / 5.3 Canaan, I. / 5.0
Brown, J. / 2.0 Holland, J. / 1.0 Smith, J. / 1.0
2PT
Smith, J. / 55.6% Brown, J. / 52.4% Canaan, I. / 47.4%
Tomic, A. / 64.1% Dimitrijevic, N. / 57.1%
3PT
Smith, J. / 66.7% Canaan, I. / 50.0% Holland, J. / 40.0%
Ventura, A. / 50.0% Bassas, F. / 44.4% Brodziansky, V. / 42.9%
FT
Holland, J. / 75.0% Brown, J. / 73.3%
Ribas, P. / 94.7% Tomic, A. / 59.1%
PIR
Smith, J. / 24.3 Brown, J. / 19.0 Canaan, I. / 18.3
Tomic, A. / 24.0 Brodziansky, V. / 15.8 Ribas, P. / 15.5

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
86.7 Points 88.0
36.3 Rebounds 39.8
11.7 O. Rebounds 14.5
24.7 D. Rebounds 25.3
17.0 Assists 23.3
6.0 Steals 6.3
1.3 Blocks 2.3
49.1% 2PT 60.1%
44.0% 3PT 30.3%
80.4% FT 70.2%
92.0 PIR 113.5

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
81.0 Points 77.3
33.3 Rebounds 32.0
8.7 O. Rebounds 10.3
24.7 D. Rebounds 21.8
14.0 Assists 14.3
7.0 Steals 8.0
1.3 Blocks 1.5
53.0% 2PT 51.3%
34.3% 3PT 37.0%
82.0% FT 67.1%
86.3 PIR 69.0

Head Coaches

PRIFTIS, DIMITRIS
UNICS Kazan
"It will be a tough game. Looks that Badalona is the most stable team in our group. They play good basketball, they have very good results so far and they are in a very good rhythm. They have a lot of talented young players and some experienced guys that give them quality. We have to put energy and be in maximum concentration because there are a lot of aspects of the game that we have to control."

Players

MORGAN, JORDAN
UNICS Kazan
"They are a very good team. They play with high energy and they play together both offensively and defensively. They are definitely one of the biggest challenges we will face in our group. This game will require 40 minutes of high energy and high focus from everyone."

UNICS Kazan vs. Joventut Badalona

· This will be the fifth time that these two teams meet in the EuroCup.

· So far, their head to head record is tied at 2-2. Last season each won its home game in the regular season.

· Jamar Smith of UNICS is second with 218 three-pointers made and is just 6 threes away from becoming first (Rafa Martinez, 223).

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UNICS Kazan

Season Rankings
Isaiah Canaan is ranked 10th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 3-pointers % with 50.0% .
Canaan is ranked 14th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average index rating with 18.3 per game.
Canaan is ranked fifth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average field goals made with 6.3 per game.
Canaan is ranked fifth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average points with 18.0 per game.
Canaan is ranked fourth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 3-pointers made with 3.3 per game.
Jamar Smith is ranked 10th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average assists with 5.3 per game.
Smith is ranked first among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 3-pointers % with 66.6% .
Smith is ranked first among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 3-pointers made with 4.0 per game.
Smith is ranked first among qualified EuroCup players this season in average field goals made with 7.3 per game.
Smith is ranked first among qualified EuroCup players this season in average index rating with 24.3 per game.
Smith is ranked first among qualified EuroCup players this season in average points with 21.0 per game.
Smith is ranked fourth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average true-shooting % with 64.2% .
Smith is ranked seventh among qualified EuroCup players this season in average field goal % with 61.1% .
John Brown is ranked 11th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average index rating with 19.0 per game.
Brown is ranked 14th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average free throws % with 73.3% .
Brown is ranked 14th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average free throws made with 3.6 per game.
Brown is ranked fourth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average offensive rebounds with 3.0 per game.
Brown is ranked second among qualified EuroCup players this season in average total rebounds with 9.3 per game.
Brown is ranked sixth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average steals with 2.0 per game.
Brown is ranked third among qualified EuroCup players this season in average defensive rebounds with 6.3 per game.
John Holland is ranked 13th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average free throws % with 75.0% .

All-Time Rankings
Artem Klimenko ranks 11th on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 63.4% field goals % total for his career.
Jamar Smith ranks 12th on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 1105 points total for his career.
Smith ranks second on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 218 3-pointers made total for his career.
Smith ranks sixth on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 413 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.

Joventut Badalona

Streaks
Pau Ribas has hit at least one three-pointer in his last 9 EuroCup games.

Player Records
Pau Ribas posted his career high in offensive rebounds with 3 for Joventut against Reyer on October 20, 2020.
Xabi Lopez-Arostegui posted his career high in defensive rebounds with 6 for Joventut against Reyer on October 20, 2020.
Xabi Lopez-Arostegui posted his career high in total rebounds with 8 for Joventut against Reyer on October 20, 2020.
Conor Morgan posted his career high in index rating with 13 for Joventut against Reyer on October 20, 2020.
Nenad Dimitrijevic posted his career high in defensive rebounds with 4 for Joventut against UNICS on December 11, 2019.
Nenad Dimitrijevic posted his career high in total rebounds with 4 for Joventut against UNICS on December 11, 2019.
Xabi Lopez-Arostegui posted his career high in assists with 4 for Joventut against UNICS on December 11, 2019.
Kristaps Valters of Joventut recorded 14 assists in EuroCup play this century, against UNICS on December 1, 2009.

Season Rankings
Ante Tomic is ranked 11th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 2-pointers % with 64.1% .
Tomic is ranked 13th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average points with 15.7 per game.
Tomic is ranked eighth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average offensive rebounds with 2.7 per game.
Tomic is ranked first among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 2-pointers made with 6.2 per game.
Tomic is ranked fourth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average field goal % with 64.1% .
Tomic is ranked ninth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average total rebounds with 7.0 per game.
Tomic is ranked second among qualified EuroCup players this season in average index rating with 24.0 per game.
Tomic is ranked sixth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average field goals made with 6.2 per game.
Tomic is ranked sixth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average true-shooting % with 63.0% .
Ferran Bassas is ranked 12th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average assists with 5.0 per game.
Nenad Dimitrijevic is ranked 12th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average assists with 5.0 per game.
Dimitrijevic is ranked 13th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average assist-turnover ratio with 333.3% .
Pau Ribas is ranked second among qualified EuroCup players this season in average free throws % with 94.7% .
Ribas is ranked sixth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average free throws made with 4.5 per game.
Simon Birgander is ranked 12th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average blocks with 1.0 per game.

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Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
2 - 2
UNICS Kazan Joventut Badalona
* overall record in EuroCup since 2002
UNICS Kazan
Home record vs. Joventut Badalona: 1-1
Away record vs. Joventut Badalona: 1-1
Joventut Badalona
Home record vs. UNICS Kazan: 1-1
Away record vs. UNICS Kazan: 1-1

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2019-20 11 December 2019 Regular Season Joventut Badalona 90 - 73 UNICS Kazan
2019-20 23 October 2019 Regular Season UNICS Kazan 86 - 74 Joventut Badalona
2009-10 12 January 2010 Regular Season Unics 75 - 78 DKV Joventut
2009-10 01 December 2009 Regular Season DKV Joventut 71 - 82 Unics