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February 13, 2015 - Last 32 Round 6 MVP: Sharrod Ford, Paris Levallois

sharrod fordAnother season and another Last 32 that comes to an end. Sixteen teams have survived and will start playing the eighthfinals starting next March 3. One of those teams was Paris Levallois, as it was led this week to a crucial road win by Sharrod Ford and his big performance that earned him MVP honors. Ford reached a performance index rating of 37, the most by any player this round, thanks to his 35 points - including 16 of 24 two-point shots -, 11 rebounds - 8 of them offensive -, 1 assist, 1 steal, 2 blocks and 3 fould drawn. These numbers included career highs for Ford in performance index rating, points and offensive rebounds after two seasons in the Eurocup. Second in line was Virtus Rome's Rok Stipcevic with a performance index rating of 32, in a home win over CAI Zaragoza. Read more here.



February 10, 2015 - Last 32, Round 6: The last chance

The Eurocup Last 32 plays its final round this week to determine three group winners and the teams that will fill six spots still up for grabs in the eighthfinals. Vilnius in Lithuania, Sassari in Italy and Istanbul in Turkey are the sites of do-or-die battles from which only the winners will move on, while the losers will be eliminated from the Eurocup. The action on Tuesday will settle things in Group G - the only group with all four teams still in contention to go through – and will also feature a high-profile showdown between Limoges CSP and Khimki Moscow Region. Read more here.

Here is the schedule for Game 6:

GROUP G

Strasbourg vs. Zenit St Petersburg 61-73
CEZ Basketball Nymburk vs. Unics Kazan 79-84

GROUP H

Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari vs. Banvit Bandirma 72-89
Buducnost VOLI Podgorica vs. Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas 83-88

GROUP I

Virtus Rome vs. CAI Zaragoza 87-66
Cedevita Zagreb vs. Krasny Oktyabr Volgograd 92-101

GROUP J

Limoges CSP vs. Khimki Moscow Region 72-86
FoxTown Cantu vs. PAOK Thessaloniki 78-70


GROUP K

FC Bayern Munich vs. Brose Baskets Bamberg 87-63
Union Olimpija Ljubljana vs. JDA Dijon 73-76

GROUP L

Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius vs. Telenet Ostend 111-83
Baloncesto Seville vs. PGE Turow Zgorzelec 76-97

GROUP M

Neptunas Klaipeda vs. Pinar Karsiyaka Izmir 83-90
Besiktas Integral Forex Istanbul vs. Paris Levallois 71-77

GROUP N

CSU Asesoft Ploiesti vs. SLUC Nancy 88-81
Valencia Basket vs. Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar 89-90




February 5, 2015 - Last 32 Round 5 MVP: Damian Kulig, PGE Turow Zgorzelec

damian kuligWith just one round to go in the Last 32, Round 5 proved to be decisive as seven teams punched their Eighthfinals tickets. Among them was PGE Turow Zgorzelec, which also managed to win Group L thanks to a 104-93 home win over Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius. Crucial in that win was Damian Kulig, a player enjoying his breakthrough season, who also claimed MVP honors this week thanks to his 38 performance index rating. Kulig did it all for Turow on Wednesday as he scored 27 points, pulled 8 rebounds, had 4 steals, dished 3 assists and drew 7 fouls for a complete all-around performance. Right after Kulig came FC Bayern Munich's Dusko Savanovic, who also had a monster night with 29 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assists and 2 steals for a performance index rating of 34. Two players of Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar, Derrick Brown and Krunoslav Simon, helped the team set a new winning streak record in the competition, 16 straight wins, thanks to respective performance index ratings of 29 and 27. Read more here.



February 3, 2015 - Last 32, Round 5: Decision time!

Going into the penultimate week of play in the Last 32, three teams have already punched their tickets for the eighthfinals. While all three of those teams aim now to secure home-court advantage for the Eurocup Eighthfinals by clinching first place in their respective groups, as many as 10 teams can also qualify this week. On the flip side, 12 teams face elimination in Round 5, which starts with one game on Tuesday, before the remaining 15 games are scheduled for an action-packed and decisive Wednesday.

Here is the schedule for Game 5:

GROUP G

Zenit St Petersburg vs. CEZ Basketball Nymburk 63-84
Unics Kazan vs. Strasbourg 60-82

GROUP H

Banvit Bandirma vs. Buducnost VOLI Podgorica 87-74
Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas vs. Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari 90-74

GROUP I

CAI Zaragoza vs. Cedevita Zagreb 84-85
Krasny Oktyabr Volgograd vs. Virtus Rome 86-88

GROUP J

Khimki Moscow Region vs. FoxTown Cantu 75-62
PAOK Thessaloniki vs. Limoges CSP 68-79


GROUP K

Brose Baskets Bamberg vs. Union Olimpija Ljubljana 91-90
JDA Dijon vs. FC Bayern Munich 74-84

GROUP L

PGE Turow Zgorzelec vs. Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius 104-93
Telenet Ostend vs. Baloncesto Seville 72-84

GROUP M

Pinar Karsiyaka Izmir vs. Besiktas Integral Forex Istanbul 73-64
Paris Levallois vs. Neptunas Klaipeda 88-79

GROUP N

SLUC Nancy vs. Valencia Basket 73-75
Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar vs. CSU Asesoft Ploiesti 92-79




January 29, 2015 - Last 32 Round 4 MVP: Mardy Collins, PGE Turow Zgorzelec

mardy collinsMardy Collins did it all for PGE Turow Zgorzelec on Wednesday night; he stuffed the stat sheet and made the game-winning jumper in a 79-80 victory at Telent Ostend, which was the team’s third straight win, first on the road this season and took it a step closer to the Eurocup Eighthfinals. He can celebrate all of that with the knowledge that he is the Eurocup Last 32 Round 4 MVP too. Collins starred with 28 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals, which gave him a performance index rating of 40. His index rating was not only the highest of any Eurocup player all week, but it tied for the highest in the competition this season. Bobby Dixon of Pinar Karsiyaka Izmir and Marius Runkauskas of CSU Asesoft Ploiesti tied for the second-highest index rating of Last 32 Round 4 with 35. Dixon flirted with a triple-double with 16 points, 9 rebounds, 11 assists and 3 steals as Karsiyaka stopped Paris Levallois 86-79. Read more here.



January 27, 2015 - Last 32, Round 4

The second half of the 2014-15 Eurocup Last 32 begins Tuesday and Wednesday with all the opponents from Round 3 turning around to play each other again in Round 4, this time with the stakes rising even higher in all eight groups. Three teams are still undefeated in the Last 32, and all three – Bayern Munich, Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar and Pinar Karsiyaka Izmir – will advance to the next round, the eighthfinals, with victories this week. Meanwhile, two teams need to win to avoid elimination. The action starts with one game in the Croatia capital on Tuesday, before the remaining 15 games are scheduled for Wednesday.

Here is the schedule for Game 4:

GROUP G

CEZ Basketball Nymburk vs. Strasbourg 72-66
Zenit St Petersburg vs. Unics Kazan 65-77
GROUP H

Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas vs. Banvit Bandirma 91-80
Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari vs. Buducnost VOLI Podgorica 87-70

GROUP I

CAI Zaragoza vs. Krasny Oktyabr Volgograd 71-82
Cedevita Zagreb vs. Virtus Rome 91-90


GROUP J

FoxTown Cantu vs. Limoges CSP 68-57
Khimki Moscow Region vs. PAOK Thessaloniki 102-68

GROUP K

JDA Dijon vs. Brose Baskets Bamberg 56-86
FC Bayern Munich vs. Union Olimpija Ljubljana 90-84

GROUP L

Baloncesto Seville vs. Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius 88-82
Telenet Ostend vs. PGE Turow Zgorzelec 79-80


GROUP M

Besiktas Integral Forex Istanbul vs. Neptunas Klaipeda 80-78
Pinar Karsiyaka Izmir vs. Paris Levallois 86-79

GROUP N

Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar vs. SLUC Nancy 85-70
CSU Asesoft Ploiesti vs. Valencia Basket 84-100




January 22, 2015 - Last 32 Round 3 MVP: Martynas Gecevicius, Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius

martynas geceviciusMartynas Gecevicius is already one of the most decorated players in the Eurocup and now the Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius guard has another accolade to his name. Gecevicius recorded one of the best games of his career on Wednesday to claim Eurocup Last 32 Round 3 MVP honors. In leading Rytas to a 100-78 blowout win over Baloncesto Seville, he posted Eurocup career highs of 26 points, 7 three-pointers made, 7 rebounds and a performance index rating of 38 in 26 minutes played. Gecevicius also had 9 assists and committed just 1 turnover. His index rating was the highest of any player in Last 32 Round 3 and tied for the fourth best all season. Suad Sehovic of Buducnost VOLI Podgorica also had a career night in leading his side to a 93-86 win over Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari. Sehovic posted a 37 index after going for career highs of 27 points and 13 boards. Read more here.



January 20, 2015 - Last 32, Round 3: Here comes the heart of the matter!

As the Eurocop Last 32 reaches its halfway point in Round 3, all teams enter a crucial stretch that starts with a first of the two consecutive games against the same opponent, home and away. Interestingly, all seven 2-0 teams play on the road this week knowing that another win puts them in full control of their respective groups. Among those teams, two of them - Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar and Herbalilfe Gran Canaria Las Palmas – are hoping to extend what have been perfect 12-0 records, including the regular season, so far. Meanwhile, seven 0-2 teams are entering desperation mode, and face must-win games. Action in Last 32 Round 3 starts with three games on Tuesday, and the remaining 13 games are scheduled for Wednesday.

Here is the schedule for Game 3:

GROUP G

Unics Kazan vs. Zenit St Petersburg 103-67
Strasbourg vs. CEZ Basketball Nymburk 87-80

GROUP H

Banvit Bandirma vs. Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas 80-70
Buducnost VOLI Podgorica vs. Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari 93-86

GROUP I

Krasny Oktyabr Volgograd vs. CAI Zaragoza 71-66
Virtus Rome vs. Cedevita Zagreb 73-66

GROUP J

Limoges CSP vs. FoxTown Cantu 81-70
PAOK Thessaloniki vs. Khimki Moscow Region 78-82


GROUP K

Brose Baskets Bamberg vs. JDA Dijon 81-86
Union Olimpija Ljubljana vs. FC Bayern Munich 80-90

GROUP L

PGE Turow Zgorzelec vs. Telenet Ostend 99-71
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius vs. Baloncesto Seville 100-78

GROUP M

Neptunas Klaipeda vs. Besiktas Integral Forex Istanbul 62-69
Paris Levallois vs. Pinar Karsiyaka Izmir 75-85

GROUP N

Valencia Basket vs. CSU Asesoft Ploiesti 87-92
SLUC Nancy vs. Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar 57-66




January 15, 2015 - Last 32 Round 2 co-MVPs: Anthony Randolph of Lokomotiv and Halil Kanacevic of Olimpija

anthony randolphThe second round of the Last 32 started to put things in place in the standings as only four more games are ahead of us in this phase. When the dust from all battles settled however, two players with great performances emerged as the best of the week, as Anthony Randolph of Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar and Halil Kanacevic of Union Olimpija Ljublana earned weekly MVP honors with a performance index rating of 36 each. Randolph led Loko with 18 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 steals, 3 blocks and 4 drawn fouls in a very complete performance that granted his team an important home win over Valencia Basket. Olimpija won on the road against Telenet Ostend as Kanacevic led the team with his 27 points, 13 rebounds and 2 steals. Third in the race this week was Paris Levalloi's Blake Schilb with his performance index rating of 33 thanks to 24 points and 6 rebounds. Read more here.



January 13, 2015 - Last 32, Round 2: Last two champions face off

The heat rises going into Round 2 of the Last 32 on Tuesday and Wednesday as 16 opening-game winners look to take strong positions atop their groups while 16 first-week losers look to strike back quickly so as not to slip in the standings. Among many high-profile matchups, it’s the clash between the last two champions, Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar and Valencia Basket that stands out. Action starts with three games on Tuesday, and the remaining 13 games are scheduled for Wednesday.

Here is the schedule for Game 2:

GROUP G

Unics Kazan vs. CEZ Basketball Nymburk 75-67
Zenit St Petersburg vs. Strasbourg 87-82

GROUP H

Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas vs. Buducnost VOLI Podgorica 92-69
Banvit Bandirma vs. Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari 74-75

GROUP I

Krasny Oktyabr Volgograd vs. Cedevita Zagreb 65-83
CAI Zaragoza vs. Virtus Rome 67-53

GROUP J

PAOK Thessaloniki vs. FoxTown Cantu 78-77
Khimki Moscow Region vs. Limoges CSP 79-70


GROUP K

JDA Dijon vs. Union Olimpija Ljubljana 77-81
Brose Baskets Bamberg vs. FC Bayern Munich 52-90

GROUP L

Telenet Ostend vs. Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius 75-69
PGE Turow Zgorzelec vs. Baloncesto Seville 87-84

GROUP M

Paris Levallois vs. Besiktas Integral Forex Istanbul 93-83
Pinar Karsiyaka Izmir vs. Neptunas Klaipeda 99-85

GROUP N

Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar vs. Valencia Basket 74-62
SLUC Nancy vs. CSU Asesoft Ploiesti 84-67




January 8, 2015 - Last 32 Round 1 MVP: Walter Tavares, Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas

walter tavaresThe biggest man in the Eurocup brought all his skill and talent to the floor on Wednesday. Walter Tavares dominated at both ends of the court to lead Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas to a 76-91 road win at Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari. That dominance translated into Tavares being named the Eurocup’s Last 32 Round 1 MVP. The 22-year old center set a career high with 26 points on 11-of-14 shooting. He also made all 4 of his free throw attempts, collected 12 rebounds, dished 1 assist and blocked 1 shot, which resulted in a performance index rating of 40, which was not only the highest in Last 32 Round 1, but tied for the highest in the Eurocup this season and tied for the highest in ever for a Gran Canaria player in the Eurocup. Banvit Bandirma big man Chuck Davis had the second-highest index rating for the week with 37 in his team’s 68-74 victory at Buducnost VOLI Podgorica. Stevan Jelovac of CAI Zaragoza was next with a 36 index. He went for 28 points and 9 rebounds in an 83-80 loss at Cedevita Zagreb. Read more here.



January 6, 2015 - Last 32, Round 1: a fresh start!

eurocup last 32Everything is set for the start of the Last 32 action. For the second season in a row, the best 24 teams from the Eurocup regular season are joined by 8 teams eliminated from the Turkish Airlines Euroleague. Field features five former champions, and both of last season’s finalist. The reigning champion Valencia Basket has the honor to open the Last 32 when it hosts SLUV Nancy on Tuesday. The remaining 15 games are scheduled for Wednesday, when both still undefeated teams – Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar and Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas – will put their perfect records on the line.

Here is the schedule for Game 1:

GROUP G
     
CEZ Basketball Nymburk vs. Zenit St Petersburg 72-84
Strasbourg vs. Unics Kazan 72-61


GROUP H
          
Buducnost VOLI Podgorica vs. Banvit Bandirma 68-74

Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari vs. Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas 76-91

GROUP I
          
Cedevita Zagreb vs. CAI Zaragoza 83-80

Virtus Rome vs. Krasny Oktyabr Volgograd 82-66

GROUP J
          
FoxTown Cantu vs. Khimki Moscow Region 99-88

Limoges CSP vs. PAOK Thessaloniki 71-59


GROUP K
          
FC Bayern Munich vs. JDA Dijon 93-84

Union Olimpija Ljubljana vs. Brose Baskets Bamberg 65-71

GROUP L
          
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius vs. PGE Turow Zgorzelec 98-86

Baloncesto Seville vs. Telenet Ostend 63-94

GROUP M
      
Neptunas Klaipeda vs. Paris Levallois 82-73

Besiktas Integral Forex Istanbul vs. Pinar Karsiyaka Izmir 77-105


GROUP N
      
Valencia Basket vs. SLUC Nancy 77-46

CSU Asesoft Ploiesti vs. Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar 59-85



January 2, 2015 - Last 32 analysis: Group N

The reigning Eurocup champion is back to defend its crown. Valencia Basket started the season in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague, where it posted a winning record at home, but came up short on the road – even though three of those loses came by a combined 11 points. Coach Velimir Perasovic has several stars from last season’s championship side to lean on again, including All-Eurocup Second Team center Bojan Dubljevic, forward Romain Sato and guards Sam van Rossom and Pau Ribas. Forward Luke Harangody, a Eurocup finalist last season with Unics Kazan, and guard Nemaja Nedovic give Valencia fans plenty of reasons to be confident. With stars, depth and experience, all signs point to Valencia challenging for what would be its fourth Eurocup crown! Read more here.

January 1, 2015 - Last 32 analysis: Group M

Neptunas Klaipeda impressed often during its debut Turkish Airlines Euroleague campaign and finished just a tiebreaker short of reaching the Top 16. Coach Kazys Maksvytis’s men were fantastic at home – going 4-1 with the only loss coming after overtime to Olympiacos – and will hope to continue that and steal some road wins to make a deep run in the Eurocup Last 32. The team relies heavily on players from Klaipeda, who have given their maximum efforts this season led by Deividas Gailius and Donatas Zavackas. Point guard Mustafa Shakur is another one of the team’s key players and Simas Galdikas and Keith Benson provide an inside presence for a team that goes 10 deep. This will be Neptunas’s first Last 32 appearance and it is poised to make it memorable. Read more here.

December 31, 2014 - Last 32 analysis: Group L

PGE Turow Zgorzelec impressed often during its maiden Turkish Airlines Euroleague season. Despite a 1-9 record, the team was in a number of close games and gained invaluable experience by going up against giants like FC Barcelona, Fenerbahce Ulker and Panathinaikos. Now the club looks to cash that experience in with a deep run in the Eurocup, starting from the Last 32. Led by the backcourt of Tony Taylor, Mardy Collins and Nemanja Jaramaz, the Polish champs have playmakers to get the ball to its other scorers, whether it b Damian Kulig inside, Chris Wright for alley-oops or Michal Chylinski for threes. Turow was a surprise ULEB Cup quarterfinalist in 2008, but has not had much success in the competition since. That could change this season. Read more here.

December 29, 2014 - Last 32 analysis: Group K

After a respectable performance in arguably the toughest of this season’s Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season groups, FC Bayern Munich turns its attention to the Eurocup, where it will compete for the second time. Bayern will have many of the injured players that hurt its Euroleague chances back for the Last 32. Among them are forward Paul Zipser, swingman Bryce Taylor and playmaker Anton Gavel. So far the team has bene able to rely on the power of rebounding stud John Bryant inside and the scoring ability of forward Dusko Savanovic. Nihad Djedovic and Heiko Schaffartzik pack punch at both ends of the floor in the backcourt. With veteran coach Svetislav Pesic roaming the sidelines, Bayern will be a very difficult foe the rest of the way. Read more here.

December 26, 2014 - Last 32 analysis: Group J

Limoges CSP marked its return to top flight European hoops with a good run in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague regular season and now turns its focus to the Eurocup Last 32. The French champs played well at home, where despite facing some of the giants of Europe, Limoges won two games and did not lose by more than 10 in any game. Sixth man and three-point ace Jamar Smith is Limoges’s top offensive threat, while forwards Nobel Boungou-Colo and Adrien Moerman also pack some punch at both ends of the floor. Point guard Leo Westermann, who is nearing his top form after returning from knee surgery, could be Limoges’s most-important player going forward. With a healthy roster and strong play at home, Limoges could make a deep Eurocup run. Read more here.

December 26, 2014 - Last 32 analysis: Group I

Cedevita Zagreb narrowly missed reaching the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 after playing a strong regular season, which included road wins at reigning champion Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv and ALBA Berlin. Now Coach Jasmin Repesa turns his team’s attention to the Eurocup, where it will compete in the Last 32 for the second season in a row. The Croatian champs built their attack around center Miro Bilan dominating in the paint, Fran Pilepic drilling three-pointer and point guards Roko Ukic and Nemanja Gordic carving up defenses and finding the open man. The anticipated return of Marko Tomas from injury only strengthens an already deep perimeter game. With a healthy lineup, Cedevita will look to go deep and threaten its best ever Eurocup campaign, a semifinals appearance in 2011. Read more here.

December 24, 2014 - Last 32 analysis: Group H

Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari will compete in the Eurocup Last 32 for the second straight season; last year Coach Meo Sacchetti’s men reached the eighthfinals before falling to ALBA Berlin. Sassari made a splash in its debut Turkish Airlines Euroleague season this year, even though it only won one game. The team lost two games by a single basket and five of its defeats came by less than 8 points. The team’s style breeds excitement and so it was in the Euroleague, where Sassari led the competition in steals and three-pointers attempted and was second in offensive rebounds. Center Shane Lawal and forward Jeff Brooks were the team’s top producers, but Sassari benefitted from a multitude of weapons; six different players averaged at least 9 points per game in the Euroleague regular season. Read more here.

December 23, 2014 - Last 32 analysis: Group G

eurocup last 32The 2014 Eurocup runner-up returns to the competition after coming within a few points of a spot in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16. Unics Kazan stormed through the Euroleague Qualifying Rounds and made quite an impact in Group A, where it recorded victories over European powerhouses Real Madrid and Anadolu Efes Istanbul. Guard Keith Langford and big man D’Or Fischer stood out most among four Unics players to average in double figures in scoring this season. Both Langford, the outgoing Alphonso Ford Top Scorer Trophy winner, and Fischer ranked among the Euroleague’s top 10 in performance index rating this season. Fans in Kazan have reasons to be optimistic heading into the Last 32; head coach Evgeny Pashutin guided this club to the 2011 Eurocup crown and the current squad has plenty of experience with two former Euroleague champions (Kostas Kaimakoglou and Nikos Zisis) and two former Eurocup winners (Sergey Bykov and Valeriy Likhody) on the roster. Read more here.



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