2020-21Regular SeasonRound 1
September 30, 2020 CET: 18:00
Local time: 19:00 CIDO ARENA
Spain: DAZN
Internet: EUROLEAGUE.TV
Balkans: SPORTKLUB
Lithuania: LRT

Records

0-0 Overall 0-0

Referees

Crew Chief
PANTHER, ANNE
Umpire 1
ZAMOJSKI, JAKUB
Umpire 2
HALLIKO, AARE

The Take

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.  

Marquee matchup

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. 

Friday, September 25, 2020
Eurocupbasketball.com
Lietkabelis Panevezys
# Player Pos. H. Age
0 VINALES, KYLE G 1.85 28
2 NORMANTAS, MARGIRIS G 1.94 23
7 MARIC, MARIN C 2.11 26
9 VAICIUNAS, TADAS F 2.00 21
10 LIPKEVICIUS, VYTENIS F 1.95 31
11 POSKA, PAULIUS F 2.06 21
12 MALDUNAS, GABRIELIUS C 2.06 27
13 VENSKUS, ERIKAS F 2.05 20
15 BARNIES, TROY F 2.01 31
21 MASIULIS, GYTIS F 2.06 22
66 VALINSKAS, PAULIUS G 1.91 24
94 GINTVAINIS, JOKUBAS G 1.92 26
99 VALINSKAS, MARIUS G 1.87 21
Virtus Segafredo Bologna
# Player Pos. H. Age
0 TESSITORI, AMEDEO C 2.08 25
1 DERI, LORENZO G 1.88 19
3 ABASS, AWUDU F 1.98 27
6 PAJOLA, ALESSANDRO G 1.94 20
7 ALIBEGOVIC, AMAR F 2.05 25
9 MARKOVIC, STEFAN G 1.98 32
11 RICCI, GIAMPAOLO F 2.01 29
14 ADAMS, JOSH G 1.88 26
32 HUNTER, VINCE F 2.03 26
34 WEEMS, KYLE F 1.98 31
35 NIKOLIC, STEFAN F 1.97 23
44 TEODOSIC, MILOS G 1.95 33
45 GAMBLE, JULIAN C 2.08 31

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
0 Points 0
0 Rebounds 0
0 O. Rebounds 0
0 D. Rebounds 0
0 Assists 0
0 Steals 0
0 Blocks 0
0 2PT 0
0 3PT 0
0 FT 0
0 PIR 0

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
0 Points 0
0 Rebounds 0
0 O. Rebounds 0
0 D. Rebounds 0
0 Assists 0
0 Steals 0
0 Blocks 0
0 2PT 0
0 3PT 0
0 FT 0
0 PIR 0

Head Coaches

DJORDJEVIC, SASA
Virtus Segafredo Bologna
"In the first EuroCup game we will face a team that has proved to be in shape and that has raised its fitness by winning away against Zalgiris. After the two initial defeats, in the last game it played with the intensity typical of Lithuanian teams and for this reason we will have to be very careful. They are very physical, they play classic Lithuanian basketball, with many shooters, a lot of running and a lot of energy; I expect a very physical game. We will have to respond with our weapons, playing our basketball. If we want to win tomorrow, we will have to be mentally ready to face a tough competition for all 40 minutes."

Players

TESSITORI, AMEDEO
Virtus Segafredo Bologna
"It will be a game not to be taken lightly, we will have to be very careful and do our own thing. Try to be a solid team and stay together in times of difficulty."

Lietkabelis Panevezys vs. Virtus Segafredo Bologna

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

Friday, September 25, 2020
Eurocupbasketball.com

Virtus Segafredo Bologna

Roster
Milos Teodosic won't be available for the opening game against Lietkabelis due to a slight injury.

All-Time Rankings
Stefan Markovic ranks first on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 187 steals total for his career.
Markovic ranks first on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 584 assists total for his career.
Markovic ranks seventh on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 1320 index rating points total for his career.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Euroleague.net

Head-to-head records

There are no previous games between these two teams.