Battle of capitals. Now at Megasport

02.03.2020
Kosta Koufos (photo: M. Serbin, cskabasket.com)
Our team opens another EuroLeague double-week at home against Zenit.

Pre-game breakdown


After tough game against Barcelona the Army Men got one day off and continued working out at Megasport.

Will Clyburn remains sidelined. Andrey Vorontsevich and Mikhail Kulagin are practicing individually.

Pre-game quotes


Dimitris Itoudis, CSKA head coach:
Weve seen on the film the team that is highly motivated. Theyve changed the style of the game, they run more, they look for more situations in the open court, they load more balls to Ayon and Thomas as well as to all post players, they use the post game more. They have our respect for what they are doing so far, and we expect a tough, equal EuroLeague game.

Kosta Koufos, CSKA center:
They play hard, we cant take them lightly. We have to establish ourselves defensively and play CSKA basketball. They got a lot of great players from guards to bigs and they play well on the road.

Close relations


Zenit guard and team captain Evgeny Voronov played for CSKA Moscow from 2011 to 2014 and finished his rookie season as a EuroLeague runner-up at the 2012 Final Four. He played alongside current CSKA stars Andrey Vorontsevich, Nikita Kurbanov and Kyle Hines.

Anton Ponkrashov had three stints with CSKA, in 2006-07 season, in 2009-10 and from 2011 to 2013. He helped CSKA reach Final Fours in 2007, 2012 and 2013. During his time there he was a teammate of Andrey Vorontsevich and Nikita Kurbanov.

Zenits Andrey Zubkov was a teammate on the Russian national team with Semen Antonov, Andrey Vorontsevich, Nikita Kurbanov and Mikhail Kulagin at EuroBasket 2017.

Mike James of CSKA played under Zenit coach Xavi Pascual during the entire 2016-17 season and the last half of the next one when both were with Panathinaikos OPAP Athens.

Important numbers


Coach Itoudis has used 12 different players in his starting lineups this season. Only Nikita Kurbanov has started every game.

Mike James has made at least 1 three-point shot in 19 straight games. James ranks fifth this season with 2.8 three-point shots made per game.

James has scored in double figures in each of his last 24 games. James ranks third in scoring this season with 20.96 points per game.

James has recorded a performance index rating in double figures in six of his last seven games. He ranks third this season in average PIR with 20.7 per game.

Kyle Hines ranks sixth in offensive rebounds this season with 2.4 per game. He ranks second all-time with 574 offensive rebounds. Felipe Reyes of Real Madrid is the all-time leader with 696.

Hines ranks seventh all-time with 1,277 rebounds. Mirsad Turkcan is sixth with 1,287.

Kyle Hines ranks third all-time with 231 blocked shots. Injured Anadolu Efes center Bryant Dunston is second with 242 career rejections.

Hines ranks fifth all-time with 954 two-pointers made. Paulius Jankunas of Zalgiris Kaunas is fourth with 962 and counting.

Kyle Hines needs 5 more steals to reach 200 for his career.

Howard Sant-Roos has at least 1 steal in five of his last six games.

Janis Strelnieks ranks seventh all-time in free-throw accuracy at 90.8%.

Past matchups


Wins-losses: 13-4 (18-0 against Triumph Lyubertsy)

Games of the 2019-20 season:
07-Oct-2019. VTB League. Regular season. CSKA Zenit: 79-82 (-3)
01-Nov-2019. EuroLeague. Regular season. Zenit CSKA: 70-87 (+17)
20-Jan-2020. VTB League. Regular season. Zenit CSKA: 63-82 (+19)

Short dossier


Founded: 2014
Colors: dark-blue, white, light-blue
Homecourt: SIBUR Arena (7,120)
CEO: Alexander Tserkovny
Head coach: Xavi Pascual
Website: basket.fc-zenit.ru

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