With something to prove

Asker 	Barcho (photo: M. Serbin, cskabasket.com)
Two hottest teams in Europe will meet again after month. The Army Men went to Krasnodar for the second game vs Loko this season.

VTB League game in Moscow will feature two best team of top European tournaments: CSKA hosts Lokomotiv-Kuban.

Pre-game breakdown

Kyle Hines, Othello Hunter and Pavel Korobkov remain out for the Army Men. CSKA-2 big man Alexander Gankevich also went to Krasnodar.

CSKA and Lokomotiv-Krasnodar met in Moscow on Christmas, the visitors took the victory. Though the Railways team already have their winning streak broken last week by Avtodor at home. So while the champions are thinking revenge, the newly crowned Russian Cup winners hope to get back into winning path.

Word to the coach

Dimitris Itoudis, CSKA head coach:
Loko is a good team so we prepare for the tough game. We need everybodys contribution, we have to be focused, mobile and determined.

Past matchups

Wins/losses: 51-10,
In Moscow: 29-3, in Rostov: 9-1, in Krasnodar: 12-5, on neutral arena (Berlin): 1-0.
Game of 2017-18 season:
07-Jan-2017. VTB United League. Regular Season: CSKA Lokomotiv Kuban: 79-90 (-11)

Short dossier

Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar, Russia
Founded: 1946
Colors: red, green, white
Home court: Basket Hall (7,500)
President: Andrey Vedishchev
Head coach: Sasa Obradovic
Website: www.lokobasket.com
Trophy case: Euroleague bronze winner (2016), EuroCup winner (2013), VTB United League runner-up (2013), BEKO PBL bronze winner (2011/12), Eurochallenge runner-up (2011), FIBA Europe Cup runner-up (2005), Russian Cup winner (2018)

Alan Makiev and Semen Antonov (photo: M. Serbin, cskabasket.com)
Nikita Kurbanov (photo: M. Serbin, cskabasket.com)
Andrey Vorontsevich and Victor Khryapa (photo: M. Serbin, cskabasket.com)
CSKA (photo: M. Serbin, cskabasket.com)
Vitaly Fridzon (photo: M. Serbin, cskabasket.com)
Leo Westermann (photo: M. Serbin, cskabasket.com)
Dimitris 	Itoudis (photo: M. Serbin, cskabasket.com)
Cory Higgins (photo: M. Serbin, cskabasket.com)