The week starts with the trip

Victor Khryapa (photo: T. Makeeva,
Our team took Aeroflot charter flight to start its 4-day away trip. Nizhny Novgorod will be our first stop.

Pre-game breakdown

The Army Men will play two games. They will leave directly to Tallinn after the game in Nizhny.

Pavel Korobkov and Mikhail Kulagin are still absent. They are joined by Kyle Hines who injured his calf in the game vs Crvena Zvezda.

The coaching staff added Victor Rudd to away roster. The forward is not available to participate in the VTB League games but he will practice with the team during the trip.

Word to the coach

Dimitris Itoudis, CSKA head coach:
We play another two games in VTB League competition. We start from Nizhny, the team that defends the spot in playoffs. They have good marriage of young and experienced players. We have to be ready and motivated to play the game.

Past matchups

Win-loss record: 19-3
First leg game:
22.01.2018. CSKA – N.Novgorod: 97-80 (+17)

Short dossier

Nizhny Novgorod
Founded: 2000
Colors: white, black
Homecourt: Labor Unions Palace of Sports (5,000)
President: Dmitry Svatkovsky
Head coach: Zoran Lukic
Accomplishments: VTB United League runner-ups (2014), Russian Championship runner-up (2014), Superleague B champion (2010), Russian Cup finalists (2011)

Darryl Middleton (photo: T. Makeeva,
(photo: T. Makeeva,
Cory Higgins (photo: T. Makeeva,
Leo Westermann (photo: T. Makeeva,
Nando De Colo (photo: T. Makeeva,
Victor Rudd (photo: T. Makeeva,
Dimitris Itoudis (photo: T. Makeeva,
Othello Hunter (photo: T. Makeeva,
Will Clyburn (photo: T. Makeeva,
Andrey Vorontsevich (photo: T. Makeeva,
Leo Westermann (photo: T. Makeeva,
Dimitris Itoudis (photo: T. Makeeva,
Aleksandr Selyavkin (photo: T. Makeeva,
Semen Antonov (photo: T. Makeeva,
Cory Higgins (photo: T. Makeeva,