Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
After a deep run to the 7DAYS EuroCup Semifinals, former champion Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar is looking for more success. Each time the team has competed in the EuroCup since making its debut in 2011, Lokomotiv has made it at least to the quarterfinals. Add to the streak a trip to the 2016 EuroLeague Final Four, too, and Lokomotiv seems to be making a deep run regardless of a competition. With a stacked squad for the coming campaign, expect nothing different this EuroCup season, too.
ALBA Berlin is ready to start its 11th EuroCup season with high ambitions. Its great structure has been strengthened by signing legendary coach Aito Garcia Reneses, who won the competition with Joventut Badalona in 2008. ALBA reached the EuroCup Championship Game in 2010 and made it to the quarterfinals in 2014, though it lost in both opportunities against Valencia Basket. Expect ALBA to be more ambitious and fun-to-watch than ever, because Aito always brings the best out of his players.
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius
Two-time competition champion Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius is always ready to compete for EuroCup glory. Add to that notion that no one knows better how to get all the way in the competition than Rytas head coach Rimas Kurtinaitis, who is the only coach to win the EuroCup three times. Rytas will use its proven formula of loading the team with local talent and bolstering it with a few arrivals to create a blend that will make this team a tough nut to crack.
RETAbet Bilbao Basket
In its seventh EuroCup season, RETAbet Bilbao Basket hopes to use its valuable experience to go far in the competition. RETAbet has an impressive 58-29 EuroCup record, has reached the semifinals three times and went all the way to the title game in 2013 before losing to Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar. It did not advance past the EuroCup regular season a year ago, which will motivate the Spanish powerhouse even more to bounce back and please its fans with a solid run.
The proud French club is not a newcomer to the competition, but will appear in the EuroCup Regular Season for the first time ever. In each of its two previous appearances, Limoges joined EuroCup in the stage of Last 32 after its Turkish Airlines EuroLeague campaign ended. Now with a new head coach and a fully reconstructed team, Limoges hopes to get to a quick start in a new situation.
Partizan NIS Belgrade
After three down seasons, Serbian powerhouse Partizan NIS Belgrade is looking to restore some of the glory that as recently as 2010 saw the team reach the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four. With a young squad that plays with a lot of heart for its fans, the Partizan home court will always be a tough test for any team in the competition.