History is not so rich. But with something to remember

08.11.2017
Othello Hunter (photo: M. Serbin, cskabasket.com)
Valencia plays in EuroLeague for the fourth time in clubs history and meets CSKA for the second time. The rare meeting of the teams will take place at Megasport tomorrow.

Pre-game breakdown


Leo Westermann stays in GMS Clinic to rehab after left hip surgery.

Latavious Williams is out for Valencia. Joan Sastre promised to come back for the game in Moscow.

Pre-game quotes


Dimitris Itoudis, CSKA head coach:
We have another tough game ahead of us. Valencia is a very good team, Spanish champion, one of the leaders of the Spanish League. They play very aggressive basketball both offensively and defensively. We call our fans to come and help us. I hope they liked the team attitude and we will try hard to please them even more.

Nando De Colo, CSKA guard:
We expect a tough game. Valencia has a great team, we followed them last and this year, they show good team basketball. We have to be ready. But most importantly we have to focus on our game, on what we do on the court as we did in our last game against Khimki.


Relativity connections


Nando De Colo played at Valencia for three years, from 2009 to 2012. He helped the team win 2010 EuroCup and made his EuroLeague debut there, De Colo was a teammate of Rafa Martinez for all three seasons.

Kyle Hines and his Valencia counterpart Tibor Pleiss were frontcourt partners during the 2010-11 season with Brose Bamberg. For both of them it was their debut EuroLeague season. They won the German League and Cup double together.

CSKA center Othello Hunter was a teammate of Valencia guard Erick Green during the 2013-14 campaign at Montepaschi Siena.

Important numbers


Kyle Hines has not missed a EuroLeague games since January 2014 and appeared in 116 consecutive games for CSKA in that span.

CSKA Moscow has won 13 consecutive EuroLeague home games. Its last loss came at the hands of Fenerbahce in December of last season.

Nando De Colo has made 30 consecutive free throws in EuroLeague action. He is the EuroLeague career leader in free throw accuracy at 93.59%. His next free throw attempted will be the 500th of De Colos EuroLeague career. He will become the 33rd player to reach that number.

Sergio Rodriguez has made at least 1 three-pointer in 13 of his last 14 EuroLeague games.

Sergio Rodriguez is ranked 10th all-time on the EuroLeague assists charts with 776, behind his former Spanish national teammate Juan Carlos Navarro (798 and counting) of FC Barcelona Lassa.

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

Will Clyburn is ranked second among qualified EuroLeague players this season in average index rating with 22.2 per game.

Will Clyburn is ranked third among EuroLeague players this season in rebounds with 7.4 per game.

Othello Hunter leads the league offensive rebounds with 3.8 per game this season.

Andrey Vorontsevich needs 2 offensive rebounds to reach 200 for his EuroLeague career.

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

Past matchups


Wins/losses: 1-1
2010-11 Euroleague Regular Season
Valencia CSKA: 82-57 (-25)
CSKA Valencia: 73-63 (+10)

Short dossier


Valencia Basket, Spain
Founded: 1986
Colors: orange, white, black
Home court: Pabellon Fuente De San Luis (9,000)
President: Vicente J. Solà Sanz
Head coach: Txus Vidorreta
Website: www.valenciabasket.com
Trophy case: EuroCup winner (2002/03, 2009/10, 2013/14), Spanish League champion (2016/17), Spanish Cup winner (1998), Spanish SuperCup winner (2017)