Sole possession of second place in Group C will be at stake on Wednesday when AS Monaco hosts Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar, with the winner potentially even matching the record of group-leader Virtus Segafredo Bologna if the latter falls in its game on Tuesday. Monaco will look to bounce back from its first loss of the season, 94-85 at Virtus last week. Damien Inglis scored a career-high 17 off the bench in the loss. Lokomotiv rolled to a 76-61 victory at MoraBanc Andorra in which Kevin Hervey and Alan Williams both posted double-doubles.
Shooting guards Marcos Knight of Monaco and Jordan Crawford of Lokomotiv are key pieces for their respective teams and their head-to-head matchup will be something to watch. Knight is second on the team in scoring (14.3 ppg.), assists and steals (1.5 sp.g). Crawford leads Lokomotiv in scoring (15.8 ppg.) and his 11 If this game becomes a scoring battle, Knight and Crawford will be at the fore.
Keys to victory: Monaco
Monaco is tied for the league lead in steals (8.5 apg.) and has committed the second-fewest turnovers (9.8 per game). An aggressive defense that generates easy buckets and an efficient offense that does not turn the ball over is crucial against Lokomotiv. Where Monaco could use a boost is its three-point shooting, where its 32.2% is subpar. Knight (9.1%), J.J. O'Brien (22.2%) and Darral Willis (26.7%) are among those charged with raising that number knowing that a great night from downtown could make the difference this week.
Keys to victory: Lokomotiv
No team has frontcourt depth quite like Lokomotiv, which thanks to Williams, Hervey, Andrei Martiuk and Reggie Lynch, leads the EuroCup in rebounds (42.3 rpg.) and is tied for the most blocks (5.0 bpg.). Their intimidation has caused opposing teams to make only 38.4% of their two-pointers. The only shortcoming has been that by challenging so many shots, Lokomotiv has allowed a competition-high 16.0 offensive rebounds per game. With Mathias Lessort and Darral Willis lingering in the Monaco paint, cleaning up those offensive boards will be as important as ever.