Group C: All four Top 16 spots pending

Dec 02, 2019 by Eurocupbasketball.com Print
Group C: All four Top 16 spots pending

Although nine teams have punched tickets to the 7DAYS Top 16, not one of them is from regular season Group C, which is among the most competitive ever in the seven-year history of the current format. Indeed, this marks the first time in those seven seasons that no team in a group has more than five wins and all have at least three victories after eight rounds. The options for how things can play out are many, to say the least.

The only sure thing is that one of two 5-3 teams – UNICS Kazan or Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul – will qualify. Each can do so either winning or losing in Round 9. Darussafaka must simply make sure not to lose by 35 points or more. UNICS needs to keep any loss under 20 points and get help from other games. Darussafaka and UNICS will not have it easy in Round 9, however, because their respective opponents, Joventut Badalona and Germani Brescia Leonessa, both with 4-4 records, can combine a victory with other results to advance early.

Cedevita Olimpija Ljubljana (3-5), which opened the season with five losses and is currently on a three-game winning streak, not only can still qualify, but could finish as high as second place. The case is similar with Olimpija's next opponent, Nanterre 92, which also has a 3-5 record. However, the loser of their game could be eliminated, too, depending on other results. It is certain that at least one Top 16 spot will still be up for grabs going into Roun 10, but there is a slim option that all four qualifying spots will remain open with five teams battling for them. Stay tuned!

Round 9

Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul vs. Germani Brescia Leonessa, December 10
Joventut Badalona vs. UNICS Kazan, December 11
Nanterre 92 vs. Cedevita Olimpija Ljubljana, December 11

Scenarios:

Darussafaka (5-3) qualifies with a win on Tuesday.
Darussafaka (5-3) qualifies if it loses by fewer than 35 points.
Darussafaka (5-3) qualifies if Nanterre (3-5) beats Olimpija (3-5).
Darussafaka qualifies if UNICS (5-3) beats Joventut (4-4).

UNICS (5-3) qualifies with a win.
UNICS (5-3) qualifies, win or lose, IF Darussafaka (5-3) beats Brescia (4-4) AND Nanterre (3-5) beats Olimpija (3-5).
UNICS (5-3) qualifies with a defeat by fewer than 20 points IF Olimpija (3-5) beats Nanterre (3-5).
UNICS (5-3) qualifies with a defeat by fewer than 43 points IF Olimpija (3-5) beats Nanterre (3-5) AND Darussafaka (5-3) beats Brescia (4-4).

Joventut (4-4) qualifies with a win IF Darussafaka (5-3) beats Brescia (4-4) AND Nanterre (3-5) beats Olimpija (3-5).
Joventut (4-4) qualifies with a win of 2 or more points in regulation time IF Nanterre (3-5) beats Olimpija (3-5).

Brescia (4-4) qualifies with a win IF UNICS (5-3) beats Joventut (4-4) AND Olimpija (3-5) beats Nanterre (3-5).
Brescia (4-4) qualifies with a win of 35 or more points in regulation time IF Joventut beats UNICS (5-3) by more than 44 points in regulation time AND Olimpija (3-5) beats Nanterre (3-5).

Olimpija is eliminated if it loses AND Joventut wins.
Olimpija is eliminated if it loses AND Brescia wins.

Nanterre is eliminated if it loses AND Brescia wins.