After a two-season hiatus, Lietkabelis Panevezys makes its 7DAYS EuroCup return against one of the best teams from last season, Virtus Segafredo Bologna. The Lithuanian club fortified its roster after another strong domestic campaign and will look to build on that with a good result in its home opener. Virtus, which reached the quarterfinals last season before the season was prematurely ended by the COVID-19 pandemic, knows how important a road win to start things can be. This will be the first meeting between the clubs.
Center Marin Maric was one of the main signings by Lietkabelis over the summer and the big man will be expected to make some noise in the EuroCup. Virtus will have a few options to try to contain Maric starting with Julian Gamble. The veteran Virtus center will be a challenge for Maric at both ends and it should make for one of the most exciting matchups in this contest.
Keys to victory: Lietkabelis Panevezys
Lietkabelis has several standout three-point shooters who could make a major impact when they get hot, including Vytenis Lipkevicius, Kyle Vinales and Margiris Normantas. In addition to needing a good shooting night, the hosts must hold off Virtus's outstanding rebounders with Maric teaming up with Gytis Masiulis to carry the load in that area.
Keys to victory: Virtus Segafredo Bologna
The Italian powerhouse brings back almost all of its stars from last season and even added some new weapons. The team is dynamite at scoring in transition and knocking down three-pointers and success in those two areas on the road would be the team in pole position to start the season with a victory.