Mornar is back in the competition for just the second time in club history and will be looking to make a winning start in its return when it pays a visit to Ulm. The German side is playing in the EuroCup for the sixth consecutive season. Ulm has won its season opener only once in the past four years and will want to change that scenario, but faces a tough opponent with players who bring plenty of experience at this level.
Even though Thomas Klepeisz is set to make his debut on this stage in Round 1, he will be in a main role for Ulm. Klepeisz was successful at running Ulm's offense during the season-ending German League tournament in June and he will surely be up to the task on this occasion, too. On the other side, he will be seeing a lot of Jacob Pullen. The Mornar guard brings as large an offensive arsenal as imaginable. If he gets going, Pullen is unstoppable and Klepeisz will need to find a way to keep him in check and make Pullen worry about focusing on defense, too.
Keys to victory: ratiopharm Ulm
Ulm likes to play up-tempo basketball, but in the first official game of the season, it will be a must for this team to limit its turnovers. No team averaged more turnovers last season than Ulm (16.9 per game), which was more than what the team averaged in assists (16.6 apg.). That will be especially important against a team with as much firepower as Mornar.
Keys to victory: Mornar Bar
This club might have learned in mid-September that it will play in the EuroCup, but it is ready for this stage and is poised to show it in the season opener. Mornar needs to use the experience of players such as Jacob Pullen, Kenny Gabriel and Milko Bjelica to play to its strengths. Mornar has size inside and great shooting range from the perimeter, a combination that they need to use from the start in this clash.