Three of its teams have already punched their Top 16 tickets, but plenty of drama still awaits in Group D of the 7DAYS EuroCup Regular Season.
There are two simultaneous battles to keep track of: one atop of the standings for first place, and one for the last remaining Top 16 spot.
It is hard to find a game that has a more do-or-die feeling than the Round 9 clash between two 3-5 teams, Asseco Arka Gdynia and Dolomiti Energia Trento. The visitors can secure fourth place if they win by 21 points; otherwise, they need help, or to wait until Round 10, in order to advance.
On the other hand, Arka would eliminate Trento with a win, but to qualify would also need a surging Buducnost VOLI Podgorica (2-6) to lose at home against Galatasaray Doga Sigorta Istanbul (5-3).
Meanwhile, Galatasaray is one of three teams with a chance to win this group. The other two – Unicaja Malaga (6-2) and EWE Baskets Oldenburg (5-3) – square off in Round 9 over a victory that would give either an inside track for clinching first place.
Unicaja is the only one of those three teams that can win the group before the final round, but Oldenburg is red-hot with its five-game winning streak. And while all eyes are on their Round 9 matchup, Galatasaray has a tie-break advantage against both teams and could sneak its way to the top.
Unicaja Malaga vs. EWE Baskets Oldenburg, December 10
Buducnost VOLI Podgorica vs. Galatasaray Doga Sigorta Istanbul, December 11
Asseco Arka Gdynia vs. Dolomiti Energia Trento, December 11
Unicaja (6-2) will clinch first place if it beats Oldenburg (5-3) AND Buducnost (2-6) beats Galatasaray (5-3).
Oldenburg (5-3) will finish third if it loses against Unicaja (6-2) AND Galatasaray (6-2) beats Buducnost (2-6).
Trento (3-5) qualifies in fourth place with a win against Arka (3-5) by 21 or more points.
Trento (3-5) qualifies in fourth place with a win against Arka (3-5) by more than 11 points IF Buducnost (2-6) loses against Galatasaray.
Trento is eliminated with a loss.
Arka (3-5) qualifies in fourth place if it beats Trento (3-5) AND Buducnost (2-6) loses against Galatasaray.
Buducnost (2-6) is eliminated with a loss.
Buducnost (2-6) is eliminated if Trento wins by 21 or more points.