Our team went to Munich to play against Bayern which set the season-high in points last week…
Meeting the record-beaters
Our team went to Munich to play against Bayern which set the season-high in points last week.

Pre-game breakdown

The Army Men practice in full strength within their normal schedule. The club finalizes the process of licensing Joel Bolomboy to play in all competitions.

Milan Macvan is out due to injury for Bayern.

Bayern comes off arguably one of its best games in EuroLeague history, as it set new club records in scoring (116), winning margin (+46), assists (28), three-point shots made (18) and PIR (156) against Darussafaka.

CSKA played against Bayern in September during the Zadar International Tournament. The Army Men won 79-73.

Pre-game quotes

Dimitris Itoudis, CSKA head coach:
Bayern has a momentum recently, they are winning games and look great especially at home. They are well-disciplined team that execute plays, has clear ideas and many weapons. We are healthy and practicing well, so we will come determined and focused, knowing what to expect. It is going to be a tough game and we are looking forward to play in front of the loud crowd that helps the home team.

Andrey Vorontsevich, CSKA forward:
Bayern is a good team, we met in preseason already, but the official game is different thing, and they are especially dangerous at home. We are studying their game and we are coming there to play CSKA style of basketball, to try to take the win home.

“Relativity” connections

CSKA forward Will Clyburn and Milan’s sharpshooter Dairis Bertans were teammates at Darussafaka Istanbul two seasons ago, they helped the team make the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague playoffs.

CSKA guard Daniel Hackett played with Milan for a season and a half. Hackett joined Milan in December of 2013 and stayed there until the summer of 2015. Hackett was a teammate there of Curtis Jerrells.

Vladimir Micov played for CSKA Moscow for two seasons from 2012 to 2014, during which he reached a pair of EuroLeague Final Fours and won a pair of VTB League titles with the club. He was a teammates there of current CSKA players Andrey Vorontsevich and Kyle Hines.

Important numbers

Andrei Lopatin is the only player on the CSKA roster without previous EuroLeague experience.

Sergio Rodriguez has hit at least 1 three-point shot in each of his last 13 EuroLeague games.

Sergio Rodriguez is sixth in EuroLeague history with 965 career assists. Former CSKA great and EuroLeague MVP Theo Papaloukas is fifth with 977 assists.

Cory Higgins has scored in double figures in 13 consecutive EuroLeague games.

Higgins has made 9 consecutive free throws in EuroLeague games.

Alec Peters has made multiple three-pointers in each of his last four games. He is shooting 12 for 22 from downtown (54.5%) over that stretch.

Cory Higgins and Nando De Colo are ranked fourth and fifth in the league, respectively, in scoring this season with 16.0 and 15.7 points per game.

De Colo is tied for third in the league in steals this season with 1.7 per game.

De Colo is the EuroLeague career leader in free throw accuracy at 93.69%.

Kyle Hines is ranked fourth in EuroLeague history with 187 blocked shots. Anadolu Efes Istanbul center Bryant Dunston is third with 192 blocks.

Hines is 12 points shy of reaching the 2,000-point milestone for his EuroLeague career.

Hines is ranked 12th in competition history with 1,049 rebounds. Former teammate Victor Khryapa is ranked 11th with 1,070 boards.

With his next appearance, Andrey Vorontsevich will overtake Victor Khryapa for the most games played in a CSKA uniform in EuroLeague history.

Past matchups

Wins/losses: 2-0
2013-14. Euroleague. Top 16. CSKA – Bayern: 61-86 (+25)
2013-14. Euroleague. Top 16. Bayern – CSKA: 77-70 (+7)

Short dossier

Bayern Munich, Germany
Founded: 1946
Colors: red, white
Home court: Audi Dome (6,700)
President: Uli Hoeness
Head coach: Vladan Radonjic
Website: www.fcb-basketball.de
Trophy case: 4-time German champion (1954, 1955, 2014, 2018), 2-time German Cup winner (1968, 2018)


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