Our team will face Barcelona in the game of two high-scoring teams…
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Our team will face Barcelona in the game of two high-scoring teams.

Pre-game breakdown

CSKA leads the EuroLeague in scoring (87.3) after 9 games. Barcelona is a bit behind (82.9) but leads the tournament in assists (22.2).

Leo Westermann is on rehab after left hip surgery. Pavel Korobkov started practicing with the team.

Semen Antonov, Mikhail Kulagin and Vitaly Fridzon are back from the National Team and started practicing with their CSKA teammates.

Pre-game quotes

Dimitris Itoudis, CSKA head coach:
Another tough game ahead of us. Barcelona is in the top four both in points scored and allowed and this facts says a lot about the team’s quality. We have to be concentrated and motivated. We also need the support of our fans that really helps on our home court.

Will Clyburn, CSKA forward:
Barcelona is a team that wants to put points on the board. They like to run up and down so you can expect a high-scoring game.

“Relativity” connections

Sergio Rodriguez and Barcelona big man Ante Tomic were teammates at Real Madrid from 2010 to 2012.

Leo Westermann and Barcelona forward Adrien Moermann were teammates at Limoges CSP during the 2014-15 season.

Westermann signed with Barcelona in the summer of 2014, but never played a game for the Spanish powerhouse; he was immediately loaned to Limoges CSP.

Nando De Colo of CSKA and Victor Claver of Barcelona were teammates for three seasons from 2009 until 2012 at Valencia Basket. They won the 2010 EuroCup title together and in the 2010-11 season made their respective EuroLeague debuts together.

Sharpshooters Petteri Koponen of Barcelona and Vitaly Fridzon of CSKA were teammates at Khimki during the 2012-13 campaign.

Will Clyburn and Moerman were teammates at Darussafaka Istanbul last season.

Important numbers

Kyle Hines has not missed a EuroLeague game since January 2014 and appeared in 120 consecutive games for CSKA in that span.

Coach Dimitris Itoudis has used 11 different players in the CSKA starting lineup so far this season. No player has started every game.

Nando De Colo has made 43 consecutive free throws in EuroLeague action. The competition record is 58, which was set by Igor Rakocevic with Baskonia in the 2008-09 season. Nando is the EuroLeague career leader in free throw accuracy at 93.75%.

Nando De Colo is ranked second among qualified EuroLeague players this season in average performance index rating with 19.4 per game.

De Colo is third in the EuroLeague in scoring with 16.1 points per contest this season.

De Colo ranks second in the league in three-point shooting at 55.0% this season.

Kyle Hines is tied for fourth in the EuroLeague this season with 1.6 steals per game.

Hines is fourth in the EuroLeague in blocks with 1.2 per game.

Hines ranks third among all qualified EuroLeague players this season in two-point shooting at 68.0%.

Othello Hunter leads the league in offensive rebounds with 3.7 per game this season.

Sergio Rodriguez leads the EuroLeague with 2.56 three-pointers per game.

Vitaly Fridzon needs 2 three-pointers to reach 200 for his EuroLeague career.

Sergio Rodriguez is tied with Juan Carlos Navarro of Barcelola for ninth place on the all-time EuroLeague assists charts with exactly 800. Pablo Prigioni is eighth with 804.

Kyle Hines is ranked fifth on the all-time EuroLeague charts with 403 offensive rebounds total for his career. He needs 18 more to catch Kerem Gonlum (421) for fourth place.

Victor Khryapa is ranked 10th on the all-time EuroLeague charts with 1,060 rebounds for his career. Mike Batiste is in the ninth place with 1,117.

Khryapa is ranked eighth on the all-time charts with 240 steals total for his career. Real Madrid’s Jonas Maciulis is seventh with 242 and counting.

Khryapa is ranked fifth on the all-time charts with 161 blocks total for his career. He needs 1 more to catch Mirza Begic (162) for fourth place.

Past matchups

Win-loss record: 16-13

Short dossier

Barcelona, Spain
Founded: 1926
Colors: balaustine, violet, gold
Home court: Palau Blaugrana (8,250)
President: Josep Maria Bartomeu
Head coach: Sito Alonso
Website: www.fcbarcelona.cat
Trophy case:
- 2-time Euroleague champion (2003, 2010);
- 2-time Saporta Cup winner (1985, 1986);
- 2-time Korac Cup winner (1987, 1999);
- 18-time Spanish champion (1959, 1981, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014);
- 23-time Copa Del Rey winner (1943, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1959, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1994, 2001, 2003, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2013)
- 6-time Spanish Supercup winner (1988, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2015)


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