Leningradka derby: now in Euroleague

Kyle Hines (photo: M. Serbin, cskabasket.com)
Our team opens the Euroleague Top 16 in Dynamo Palace of Sports in Krylatskoe where Khimki host the opponents in Group F.

We start the Top 16 in a very competitive group, and we start by playing against well-known rival Khimki, CSKA head coach Dimitris Itoudis. We understand that on this stage every possession, every rebound, every loose ball is very important, so we will prepare for the fight in every game.

Aaron Jackson (face bones) and Victor Khryapa (wrist) remain out for CSKA. Andrey Vorontsevich is questionable after leaving previous game in VTB League with chronical foot issue.

Important numbers

CSKA was the Euroleagues top scoring regular season team with an average of 91.1 points per game.

De Colo has made at least 1 three-pointer in 15 of his last 16 Euroleague games.

De Colo has scored in double figures in each of his last 15 Euroleague appearances.

De Colo is the Euroleagues career leader in free throw accuracy. Hes shooting 93.0 %, having made 213 free throws out of 229 attempts over 57 games for Valencia Basket and CSKA.

Milos Teodosic has made at least 1 three-pointer in 33 of his last 34 Euroleague games.

Teodosic has made 11 straight free throws in Euroleague games.

Andrey Vorontsevich has made at least 1 three-pointer in 11 of his last 12 Euroleague appearances.

Vitaly Fridzon has made 15 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Cory Higgins has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last six Euroleague appearances. He is shooting 10 for 17 from downtown (58.8%) over that stretch.

Past matchups

Wins-losses: 68-16
Biggest margin of CSKA victory: 104-64 (+40) (2002-03 Superleague Regular Season)
Worst loss: 85-67 (-18) (2007-08 Russian Cup Final)

Short dossier

Khimki Moscow Region
Founded: 1997
Colors: blue, yellow
Home court: Moscow Region Basketball Center (4.000)
President: Dmitry Golubkov
CEO: Pavel Astakhov
Head coach: Rimas Kurtinaitis
Website: www.bckhimki.ru
Trophy case: 2-time Eurocup winner (2012, 15), Russian Cup winner (2008), VTB United League winner (2011), 7-time Russian championship runner-up (2006, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13), Russian championship bronze winner (2007), Russian Cup finalist (2006), FIBA-Europe Cup finalist (2006), Eurocup finalist (2009)