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Home - Eurocup 2014-15 Eighthfinals

  Eurocup 2014-15 Eighthfinals

March 12, 2015 - Eighthfinals Game 2 MVP: Jon Diebler, Pinar Karsiyaka Izmir

jon dieblerThe 2015 Eurocup eighthfinals are in the history books, as eight teams advanced to the following round, the quarterfinals. In the second game of the eighthfinal series, wins became more valuable than ever as some of the series were decided in the last moments. Among all winning players, Jon Diebler of Pinar Karsiyaka Izmir had the best individual performance this week with a performance index rating of 31. Diebler led his team with 26 points (2 of 2 two-pointers, 5 of 8 threes, 7 of 8 free throws), 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal and 6 drawn fouls. Karsiyaka advanced to the quarterfinals. Next in line this week was Derrick Brown of Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar, with a performance index rating of 30, thenks to 22 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 drawn fouls. Michael Green of Paris Levallois led his team to the quarterfinals with a performance index rating of 28, just like Petteri Koponen of Khimki Moscow Region. Read more here.

March 10, 2015 - Eighthfinals Game 2: Decision time!

All is set for Game 2 of the 2014-15 Eurocup Eighthfinals. Teams that score more points during the home-and-away series will advance to the quarterfinals, and four home teams carry over advantages from their Game 1 road wins into this week’s do-or-die return legs. Among the 16 teams there are still five former champions that have lifted the Eurocup trophy in each of the last six seasons. One series concludes Tuesday, and the remaining seven on Wednesday. Read more here.

Here is the schedule for Game 2:

Eighthfinal A

Unics Kazan vs. FoxTown Cantu 75-72

Eighthfinal B

Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas vs. Cedevita Zagreb 75-72

Eighthfinal C

Virtus Rome vs. Banvit Bandirma 66-56

Eighthfinal D

Khimki Moscow Region vs. Zenit St Petersburg 89-70

Eighthfinal E

FC Bayern Munich vs. Valencia Basket 60-94

Eighthfinal F

PGE Turow Zgorzelec vs. Paris Levallois 78-87

Eighthfinal G

Pinar Karsiyaka Izmir vs. Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius 97-81

Eighthfinal H

Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar vs. Brose Baskets Bamberg 70-53

March 5, 2015 - Eighthfinals Game 1 MVP: Sammy Mejia, Banvit Bandirma

sammy mejiaThe first leg of the Eurocup eighthfinals came to an end, with some series looking more open than others. One of the games that was resolved with a double-digit margin was Banvit Bandirma's 71-55 home win over Virtus Rome, and the main factor in that win was guard Sammy Mejia, who also claimed MVP honors this week. Mejia led the way for the Turkish team with a performance index rating of 33, the most among all players this week, thanks to 18 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and 6 drawn fouls for a complete performance that could grant his team a ticket for the next round. Second in line was Bobby Dixon of Pinar Karsiyaka Izmir, who had a performance index rating of 27 behind his 20 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. Read more here.

March 3, 2015 - Eighthfinals, Game 1: Every point counts now

With the group stages behind us, the 2014-15 Eurocup enters the first of four phases of two-game elimination series, the eighthfinals. In each head-to-head series, the teams that score more points during the two games will advance to the quarterfinals. Among the 16 teams left in the competition there are five former champions that have lifted the Eurocup trophy in each of the last six seasons. Three teams will try to continue their unbeaten Last 32 runs into Game 1, as two series are scheduled to start Tuesday, and the remaining six on Wednesday. Read more here.

Here is the schedule for Game 1:

Eighthfinal A

FoxTown Cantu vs. Unics Kazan 64-70

Eighthfinal B

Cedevita Zagreb vs. Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas 76-84

Eighthfinal C

Banvit Bandirma vs. Virtus Rome 71-55

Eighthfinal D

Zenit St Petersburg vs. Khimki Moscow Region 84-86

Eighthfinal E

Valencia Basket vs. FC Bayern Munich 80-58

Eighthfinal F

Paris Levallois vs. PGE Turow Zgorzelec 74-71

Eighthfinal G

Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius vs. Pinar Karsiyaka Izmir 81-81

Eighthfinal H

Brose Baskets Bamberg vs. Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar 78-80

February 26, 2015 - Inside the eighthfinals

FC Bayern Munich - Valencia Basket

Both reigning Eurocup champion Valencia Basket and German League champion FC Bayern Munich started the 2014-15 season in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague. These teams now go against each other in the Eurocup Eighthfinals, in what promises to be a very exciting and balanced two-way series.

Familiar faces

It will be a special series for Bayern head coach Svetislav Pesic and power forward Dusko Savanovic, who return to Valencia to play against their former team for the first time since leaving the club. Pesic and Savanovic worked together in Valencia in the 2010-11 season and led the team to the Euroleague playoffs and within one win of the Final Four. Read more here.

Unics Kazan - FoxTown Cantu

Last season’s runner-up Unics Kazan will attempt to reach the quarterfinals for its fourth consecutive Eurocup campaign, but standing in the way is former continental champion FoxTown Cantu and its young squad that enters the eighthfinals riding a dominant run on its home floor.

Journey to the eighthfinals

Unics has had the longest season of any team so far. It first survived three Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds games in late September, then battled in the Euroleague regular season to a 5-5 record, which ended up not being enough to qualify for the Top 16. After such a heartbreaking Euroleague exit, Unics joined the Eurocup Last 32 and shifted its focus on pursuing Eurocup glory once again. Read more here.

Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas - Cedevita Zagreb

Cedevita Zagreb started the season in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague and wants to repeat its 2011 success when it reached the Eurocup semifinals. Gran Canaria is 15-1 in the Eurocup this season and 8-0 at home. But only of them will advance to the Eurocup Quarterfinals.

The tallest matchup

Walter Tavares of Gran Canaria and Stanko Barac of Cedevita are the tallest players remaining in the competition along with Andrei Desyatnikov, who was registered by Zenit St. Petersburg, but hasn't played this season. Tavares and Barac are really different, which adds more anticipation to this matchup. Read more here.

Pinar Karsiyaka Izmir – Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius

Expect offensive fireworks when two of the best offenses and three-point shooting sides in the competition - two-time Eurocup champion Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius and Pinar Karsiyaka Izmir, which went undefeated in the Last 32 - go head to head in the eighthfinals.

Ready for some fun?

If Karsiyaka and Rytas continue what they have been doing during the Last 32, three-pointers will be raining and baskets will be scored in bunches during this series. A look at the Last 32 stats tells the story: Karsiyaka ranked third in points (89.7), second in assists (22), second in three-point accuracy (47.1%), while making fourth-most three-pointers (10.8). Read more here.

Khimki Moscow Region – Zenit St. Petersburg

An all-Russian showdown between former champion Khimki Moscow Region and Zenit St. Petersburg promises to be a great battle, especially since the two teams already faced each other in the regular season, and now are set to meet three times within eight days.

Here we go again

This is not only an all-Russian showdown, but these two teams have played each other three times already this season, including splitting their Eurocup regular season games. Moreover, Khimki and Zenit are scheduled to play each other over the weekend between the two legs of this series. So, there is little these two foes don't already know about one another, and there won’t be much room for the element of surprise in the return leg, which will be their sixth clash of the season. Read more here.

PGE Turow Zgorzelec – Paris-Levallois

The two best scorers from the Last 32 – Sharrod Ford of Paris-Levallois and Damian Kulig of PGE Turow Zgorzelec – square off as their teams search for a place in the quarterfinals and the chance to make what has already been a historic season for both even more memorable.

Clubs exploring the unknown territory

After making its Turkish Airlines Euroleague debut earlier this season, Turow is now in its fifth Eurocup appearance, but the reigning Polish champs haven't made it this far in the competition for seven years. Back in the 2007-08 season, Turow passed through a pair of elimination rounds and reached the Eurocup Final Eight, but none of the players from back then are still with the team.
Read more here.

Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar - Brose Baskets Bamberg

Both Brose Baskets Bamberg and Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar have lofty goals after playing in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague just last season. Lokomotiv seeks its third Eurocup Quarterfinals appearance in four years, while Bamberg hunts its first ever.

A winning tradition

Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar has already set a Eurocup record for most consecutive games won (17) and most won to start a season (16). And it will continue to add on to each record with each successive win. That streak dates back to the 2013 Eurocup Championship Games. Read more here.

Banvit Bandirma - Virtus Rome

Banvit Bandirma is one of the fastest-rising clubs in Turkish and European basketball; Virtus Rome is a one-time Euroleague champion and three-time continental trophy-winner working its way back to glory. Only one of them will make it to the Eurocup Quarterfinals.

Experience matters

Banvit is a club built largely around players who have remained with the team for several years. In fact, 60.7% of the team’s points this season come from players who are at least in their second Eurocup campaign with Banvit. Another 27% of the Banvit offense comes from Vladimir Dragicevic and Vladimir Veremeenko, who boast a combined 15 Eurocup seasons between them.
Read more here.

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