At a glance: Regular Season Group B

Jul 14, 2020 by Print
At a glance: Regular Season Group B

There is some familiarity in Group B of the 7DAYS EuroCup Regular Season. Unicaja Malaga and Buducnost VOLI Podgorica met in their regular season group last season, as did both Maccabi Rishon LeZion and ratiopharm Ulm. Germani Brescia and Ulm were drawn to the same regular-season group the season before. One of Buducnost's prime signings so far this summer was Melvin Ejim from Unicaja, while the only two Israeli-born players in the competition aside from its own, Gal Mekel of Unicaja Malaga and Tomer Ginat of Boulogne Metropolitans 92, will both pay visits to Rishon.

Unicaja Malaga

The 2017 EuroCup champion has been to at least the quarterfinals in each of its three seasons in the EuroCup and Unicaja Malaga was hoping for even more last season as the Group H winner before the season came to a premature end. Coach Luis Casimiro returns this season for his third year at the helm and will have much of the core from the club's recent successes with him. All signs point to Unicaja being a serious contender for the crown again in 2021.

Buducnost VOLI Podgorica

A tough start to the season sank Buducnost VOLI Podgorica early last year as the team lost its first six games – including four by just a single basket. A three-game winning streak gave it a more respectable record, but the Top 16 was not in the cards. This season will be Buducnost's 14th in the EuroCup and Coach Petar Mijovic and his charges are eager to at least match the team's top performances from the past by reaching the quarterfinals. With several stars from last year returning and a few key enforcements in place, things are looking good in the Montenegrin capital.

Maccabi Rishon LeZion

Last season was the Israeli club's debut in the EuroCup and despite a 2-8 record, Maccabi Rishon LeZion proved that it belonged and now comes back for a second season better than ever. Bolstered by some of the top young players in Israel, Rishon starts the season with modest goals, however, its string of impressive successes in the Israeli League over the past five years prove that once it gets going, this is a tough team to beat.

Germani Brescia

In just its second season in the EuroCup last season, Germani Brescia reached the Top 16 for the first time. It was no slam dunk as Brescia needed to win its regular-season finale to advance and went into the final round of the Top 16 with a chance to get to the quarterfinals. Brescia, which was tied for third in the Italian League when the season was ended, was eager to rebuild for 2020-21 and will surely come out of the gate swinging in hope of making this season its best in memory.

ratiopharm Ulm

ratiopharm Ulm readies for its sixth consecutive EuroCup campaign – and eighth in the last nine years; its second game this season will mark its 100th appearance in the EuroCup. The club comes off a tough season, which was only the second time Ulm failed to advance from its regular-season group. The team finished the season strong and reached the semifinals in Germany's end-of-season tournament. Ulm will look to build on that success this season in the EuroCup.

Boulogne Metropolitans 92

A EuroCup Quarterfinalist in 2015, Boulogne Metropolitans 92 returns to the competition after two years away and is hoping to become an instant challenger. Last season Metropolitans reached the semifinals in the French Leaders Cup and sat in fourth place in the French League when the season came to an end. Now back in the EuroCup, the club from the Parisian suburb looks to continue its rise to become a force both at home and in Europe.