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Home - Eurocup 2015-16 Eighthfinals

  Eurocup 2015-16 Eighthfinals

March 3, 2016 - Eurocup Eighthfinals, Game 2 MVP: Errick McCollum, Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul

errick mccollumThe first of the elimination rounds is already behind us. As always, the series were packed with thrilling games, upsets and surprises. At the end of it all, when the dust settled, Errick McCollum of Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul emerged as the weekly MVP thanks to his index rating performance of 29, the highest among all winning players this week. McCollum scored 21 points (10 of 10 free throws), pulled 5 boards, dished 7 assists and drew 8 fouls to lead his team into the quarterfinals in Game 2. Julian Wright of Dolomiti Energia Trento was next this week as he also led his team to a win and the next round with his index rating performance of 27 (21 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 blocks). Completing the best performances of the week, Dee Bost of Stelmet Zielona Gora and Jamel McLean of EA7 Emporio Armani Milan had performances of 25 apiece. Read more here.

March 1, 2016 - Eighthfinals Game 2: Only eight teams will be left standing

The Eurocup eighthfinals come to an end this week. All eight teams which plays on the road return home - some to defend a lead in their two-way series, some other to try to rally and advance to the quarterfinals, and two archrivals - FC Bayern Munich and ALBA Berlin - which tied in the German capital and are in a do-or-die, winner-takes-all showdown. Four games will be played on Tuesday, followed by four more on Wednesday. Read more here.

Here is the schedule for Game 2:


FC Bayern Munich vs. ALBA Berlin 84-75


Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas vs. Limoges CSP 77-78


EWE Baskets Oldenburg vs. Strasbourg 64-93


EA7 Emporio Armani Milan vs. Banvit Bandirma 79-76


Dolomiti Energia Trento vs. CAI Zaragoza 79-65


Zenit St Petersburg vs. Nizhny Novgorod 89-74


Unics Kazan vs. Stelmet Zielona Gora 54-71


Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul vs. Pinar Karsiyaka 93-65

February 25, 2016 - Eighthfinals, Game 1 MVP: Victor Rudd, Nizhny Novgorod

victor ruddThe Eighthfinals started with a bang this week with half the games being won by visitors. It was not the case, however, of Nizhny Novgorod, who managed to thrash Zenit St. Petersburg at home to gain a 26-point advantage for Game 2 next week. The main contributor in Nizhny Novgorod's win was Victor Rudd, who earned weekly MVP honors thanks to his index rating performance of 32, the highest among all winning players this week. Rudd netted 28 points - including 5 of 8 threes -, pulled 8 rebounds, dished 4 assists, had 1 steal and drew 4 fouls for a great all-around performance. The game marked personal bests for Rudd in three categories: index rating, points and offensive rebounds (2). Errick McCollum of Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul also racked up a 32 index rating, but he was not eligible for the accolade because of his team losing. Read more here.

February 24, 2016 - Eighthfinals, Game 1: Series openers to be crucial

The Eurocup Eighthfinals, the first step on the now fully marked path to a title at season's end, begins with the openers in all of its two-game series on Wednesday, February 24. The winners of each series will be the teams that have better aggregate scores after playing home and away games against the same opponent in successive weeks. The team that finished higher in the Last 32 plays the second game at home in each series.

Here is the schedule for Game 1:


ALBA Berlin vs. FC Bayern Munich 82-82


Limoges CSP vs. Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas 65-82


Strasbourg vs. EWE Baskets Oldenburg 76-78


Banvit Bandirma vs. EA7 Emporio Armani Milan 69-72


CAI Zaragoza vs. Dolomiti Energia Trento 85-83


Nizhny Novgorod vs. Zenit St Petersburg 102-76


Stelmet Zielona Gora vs. Unics Kazan 68-72


Pinar Karsiyaka Izmir vs. Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul 67-64

February 23, 2016 - Inside the eighthfinals

EWE Baskets Oldenburg vs. Strasbourg

It is undeniable that Oldenburg has done really well against French teams this season. The club started the Eurocup regular season with a 0-3 record, but bounced back with an 84-81 home win against JSF Nanterre. In the penultimate regular season game, Oldenburg upset Nanterre 83-92 in what eventually became the go-ahead win for the German side. Oldenburg opened the Last 32 with a 78-87 road win against Limoges CSP in which Chris Kramer had 8 steals. Oldenburg also beat Limoges 92-88 to book its place in the eighthfinals for the first time ever. Brian Qvale is averaging a team-high 14.8 points this season, but his numbers jumped to 16.5 in his team's four wins against French teams. Will Oldenburg be able to keep it going? Read more here.

Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul - Pinar Karsiyaka Izmir

Looking back at its last couple of games, you can tell Karsiyaka is a very competitive team, as it set defensive and offensive records in do-or-die situations. Entering the game with a 1-3 Last 32 record, Karsiyaka allowed 43 points, the third-best defensive effort ever in the Eurocup, on the road against Trabzonspor Medical Park. Then, in a need of a win, Karsiyaka went on to score a Eurocup season-high 109 points against Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia. Most importantly, Karsiyaka not only won both games, but did it by an average margin of 38 points, so it faces Galatasaray in very good form. Read more here.

Zenit St. Petersburg - Nizhny Novgorod

Zenit has had impressive success on the road this season. On the way to winning first place in both regular season Group E and Last 32 Group L, Zenit went 6-2 on the road. Zenit also picked up a road win in the VTB League clash at Nizhny in mid-December, when it won 84-88 behind 23 points and 7 assists from Ryan Toolson. Nizhny and Zenit (or its predecessor Triumph Lyubertsy) have played each other 17 times in official games since 2011 in the VTB League, Russian League and Russian Cup, with Zenit holding a 10-7 edge. Zenit also won five of the last six times it visited Nizhny, but that one Nizhny home win, came last season in the VTB League playoff quarterfinals. The team from Novgorod clinched that series with a road win in St. Petersburg in a deciding fifth game. Read more here.

Unics Kazan - Stelmet Zielona Gora

These teams face each other for the fourth consecutive season. Their first-ever matchup came in the 2012-13 Eurocup, in which they traded road wins - Zielona Gora won 67-74 in Kazan and Unics returned the favor with a 76-91 road win. The following season, Zielona Gora and Unics did not meet until the Eurocup Last 32. Unics won in Poland 72-77 behind 17 points from Andrew Goudelock and downed Zielona Gora 82-64 at home led by 19 points from Ian Vougioukas. Last season, Unics and Zielona Gora played in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Round. Unics prevailed 90-86 and went on to qualify for the Euroleague. Once again, Zielona Gora and Unics meet in a make-or-break situation. Read more here.

Dolomiti Energia Trento - CAI Zaragoza

Both teams are shining in the Eurocup and only one of them will write an even better page in the club's history books. CAI Zaragoza needed three Eurocup seasons to advance to the eighthfinals for the first time. CAI had made it to the Last 32 in the last two seasons, but a combined 3-9 record stopped it from going further. This time, CAI won four Last 32 games – or more than it its last two seasons combined! Trento is in its first Eurocup season and qualified for the eighthfinals in style by winning a tough Last 32 group that featured more-experienced teams like Karsiyaka, Trabzonspor and Reggio Emilia. It is a golden opportunity for both teams! Read more here.

EA7 Emporio Armani Milan - Banvit Bandirma

No team that qualified for the eighthfinals had two players score more in the Last 32 than Banvit with power forward Adrien Moerman (113 points) and shooting guard Dominique Johnson (104). However, as much as these two players carried the extra load in the Last 32, Banvit actually has five different players – all of whom played in all 16 games – who average double digits in scoring. Alongside Johnson (15.1 ppg.) and Moerman (13.9 ppg., 8.5 rpg.), Banvit relies heavily on do-it-all point guard Courtney Fortson (13.8 ppg., 5.6 apg., 4.2 rpg.), while big man Gasper Vidmar (10.1 ppg., 6.2 rpg.) is a force inside and A.J. Slaughter (10.9 ppg.) brings scoring punch off the bench. Read more here.

Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas - Limoges CSP

Two legendary coaches meet for the first time since 2009 in this series. Dusko Vujosevic joined Limoges early in the Last 32 and led the club to the eighthfinals by knocking off mighty Valencia Basket in the process. Vujosevic has led Partizan to 22 domestic titles plus the 1989 Korac Cup plus Euroleague Final Four appearances in 1988 and 2010. Aito has won four different European club competitions in his career - Saporta Cup, Korac Cup, FIBA Eurocup and ULEB Cup - and reached three Euroleague finals with Barcelona (1990, 1996 and 1997). Aito also won nine Spanish League titles with Barcelona. Expect a great tactical battle in both games with these great coaches. Read more here.

FC Bayern Munich – ALBA Berlin

Two of the glamour teams of German basketball, Bayern and ALBA are classic rivals for all the trophies in their country and could potentially clash for another before this series! Bayern has gotten the best of ALBA in the recent German League playoffs; it won the 2014 finals 3-1 and outlasted ALBA 3-2 in last season’s semifinals by winning Game 5 in overtime in the German capital behind 30 points from Nihad Djedovic. ALBA took out Bayern in the 2013 German Cup semifinals and last season’s quarterfinals. They have met only once this season; ALBA won 90-74 in the German League in November led by Elmedin Kikanovic’s double-double. They are next scheduled to meet in domestic action on February 28 – smack in between their two eighthfinals games – and could potentially meet in the German Cup final this weekend; both play other teams in the semifinals on Saturday and would clash in Sunday’s final if both win. Read more here.

February 13, 2016 - Eurocup Eighthfinals at a glance

Eighthfinal A: FC Bayern Munich (G1) vs. ALBA Berlin (J2)

FC Bayern Munich is back in the Eurocup Eighthfinals for the second straight season and eager to make club history by advancing one step further. Bayern entered the Last 32 after starting the season in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague and narrowly missing the Top 16. Coach Svetislav Pesic’s men rebounded well to win Group G with a 4-2 record.

Eighthfinal B: Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas (H1) vs. Limoges CSP (I2)

After making it to the Eurocup Finals last season, Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas has the ambition to reach even further this time. Gran Canaria led the Last 32 in index rating (104 per game) and assists (21.5 apg.), while tying for first place in scoring (88.5 ppg.). It was also first in two-point shooting (59.2%). Gran Canaria lost sharp shooter Kyle Kuric during the season, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

Eighthfinal C: EWE Baskets Oldenburg (I1) vs. Strasbourg (H2)

After a strong Last 32 in which EWE Baskets Oldenburg won Group I with a 4-2 record, this team will play in the Eurocup Eighthfinals for the first time. Oldenburg raised virtually all of its offensive statistics from the regular season to the Last 32, which it finished fifth in scoring (82.3 ppg.). Coach Mladen Drijencic enjoys a balanced attack with four players at different spots contributing big numbers in the Last 32.

Eighthfinal D: EA7 Emporio Armani Milan (J1) vs. Banvit Bandirma (G2)

Playing in the Eurocup for the first time in a decade, EA7 Emporio Armani Milan used a four-game winning streak in the midst of the Last 32 to win Group J with a 4-2 record. Milan started its season in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague before joining the Eurocup for the Last 32. Coach Jasmin Repesa’s team was perfect at home in the Last 32 and its 67.7 points allowed in home games rank third in the competition.

Eighthfinal E: Dolomiti Energia Trento (K1) vs. CAI Zaragoza (N2)

After displaying offensive fireworks in the regular season by posting a second-best 87.5 points, newcomer Dolomiti Energia Trento’s offense slowed down in the Last 32 to 78.3 points per game, but it still clinched first place in its group before final round. Trento has had its ups and downs, having made three streaks of at least three consecutive wins, but also three of its five losses this Eurocup season have been by 13 points or more.

Eighthfinal F: Zenit St. Petersburg (L1) vs. Nizhny Novgorod (M2)

In the Last 32, Zenit was ranked among the top five in rebounding (37 rpg.) and scoring on the road (82.7 ppg.). Zenit needed only five games to clinch first place in Group L, and for those games averaged above 40% three-point accuracy; the competitions’ top three-point marksman Ryan Toolson (3.2 made triples on 54.6% shooting) and Janis Timma went on to make a combined 29 triples in the Last 32.

Eighthfinal G: Unics Kazan (M1) vs. Stelmet Zielona Gora (L2)

The only team that was undefeated in the Last 32, Unics Kazan is currently on an eight-game winning streak and will have home-court advantage throughout the remaining rounds. Led by Last 32 scoring leader Keith Langford (22 ppg.) and assists leader Quino Colom (7.8 apg.), Unics got itself in this position thanks to the defense that allowed just 68.7 points on its home floor and an offense that put up 87 points away from home in the Last 32.

Eighthfinal H: Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul (N1) vs. Pinar Karsiyaka Izmir (K2)

By winning both its regular season and Last 32 groups, Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul has been spectacular so far. Galatasaray leads all qualified teams in performance index rating (98.4 per game) and is second in scoring (85 ppg.), free throw shooting percentage (80.9%) and blocks (3.06 bpg.). The team kept winning despite losing scoring leader Errick McCollum (19.3 ppg.), who is expected to return soon. Read more here.

February 11, 2016 - Eurocup Eighthfinals pairings

After a strong finish to the Last 32, the pairings for the Eurocup Eighthfinals are highlighted by a trio of national derbies, assuring that Germany, Russia and Turkey will all have teams in the quarterfinals. Each of those countries has third eighthfinals qualifiers, as well, while pairs from Italy, France and Spain play in separate series, and Poland has one representative, too. Only one former champion, Unics Kazan, is left among the final 16 teams and its 6-0 record in the Last 32 assures it home-court advantage in all two-game series going forward. The two games of the eighthfinals will be held on consecutive weeks starting Tuesday, February 23 and ending Wednesday, March 2. All teams that finished first in their Last 32 groups will play the second game of each series on their home courts. Check out the eighthfinals pairings below. Read more here.

2015-16 eurocup eighthfinals bracket

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