Best basketball in Europe

03.02.2020
(photo: M. Serbin, cskabasket.com)
Our team to face EuroLeague-leading Anadolu Efes in its first game of the double week.

Pre-game breakdown


The Army Men had a rare off-weekend after the game at Mytishchi. The team was busy with preparations for two upcoming games.

Will Clyburn (ACL) and Andrey Vorontsevich (ankle) are out. Janis Strelnieks who has missed the last five games is expected to be on 12-man roster.

Pre-game quotes


Dimitris Itoudis, CSKA head coach:
We start the double week with the game against current tournament leader. They are a good team, they have everything on each and every position, we know what Efes represents lately and we expect a tough game.

Janis Strelnieks, CSKA guard:
My hamstring is feeling better and I had a good practice. Efes is in good shape, in good momentum, they have 7 straight wins. It will be tough game but good for the fans. It will be interesting game and the fans will watch best basketball in Europe.

Relativity connections


Efes forward Alec Peters arrived from CSKA this summer, where he won the EuroLeague title in this rookie 2018-19 season.

Efes center Chris Singleton and CSKA guard Mike James were teammates at Panathinaikos from 2016 to 2018.

CSKA forward Will Clyburn was a teammate of current Efes players James Anderson and Adrien Moerman at Darussafaka Istanbul during the 2016-17 season.

Nikita Kurbanov was a teammate of Efes guard Krunoslav Simon at Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar during the 2014-15 campaign.

Kyle Hines and his Efes counterpart Tibor Pleiss were EuroLeague rookies together during the 2010-11 season with Brose Bamberg.

Johannes Voigtmann was a teammate of Efes duo Rodrigue Beaubois and Shane Larkin at Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz. Voigtmann and Beaubois were teammates for two seasons, from 2016 to 2018, while Larkin was there with them in the 2016-17 campaign.

Important numbers


Coach Itoudis has used 11 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 15 straight games. He ranks fifth this season with 2.9 three-point shots made per game.

James has scored in double figures in each of his last 20 games. He ranks third in scoring this season with 21.1 points per game.

James has recorded a performance index rating in double figures in 19 of his last 20 games. He ranks third this season in average PIR with 21.4 per game.

Kyle Hines has blocked at least 1 shot in seven of his last eight games. Kyle ranks third all-time with 228 blocked shots. Injured Anadolu Efes center Bryant Dunston is second with 242 career rejections.

Hines ranks second all-time with 562 offensive rebounds. Felipe Reyes is the all-time leader with 696.

Hines ranks sixth all-time with 943 two-pointers made. Mike Batiste is fifth with 949.

Hines ranks seventh all-time with 1,249 rebounds. Mirsad Turkcan is sixth with 1,287.

Kyle Hines needs 6 more steals to reach 200 for his career.

Johannes Voigtmann has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last eight games; he is shooting 17 for 32 (53.1%) from downtown over that stretch.

Nikita Kurbanov has made 10 consecutive free throws.

Darrun Hilliard has made 10 consecutive free throws.

Janis Strelnieks ranks fifth all-time in free-throw accuracy at 91.2%.

Daniel Hackett needs 7 rebounds to reach 500 for his career.

Past matchups


Wins/losses: 19-9
1992-93 European Cup. Group stage: Efes Pilsen CSKA: 85-82 (-3)
1992-93 European Cup. Group stage: CSKA Efes Pilsen: 87-96 (-9)
1997-98 Euroleague. Preliminary Round: CSKA Efes Pilsen: 77-73 (+4)
1997-98 Euroleague. Preliminary Round: Efes Pilsen CSKA: 71-63 (-8)
1998-99 Euroleague. 1/8 finals: Efes Pilsen CSKA: 73-58 (-15)
1998-99 Euroleague. 1/8 finals: CSKA Efes Pilsen: 98-105 2 (-7)
2000-01 Suproleague. Third place game: Efes Pilsen CSKA: 91-85 (-6)
2002-03 Euroleague. Top 16: Efes Pilsen CSKA: 71-69 (-2)
2002-03 Euroleague. Top 16: CSKA Efes Pilsen: 66-54 (+12)
2005-06 Euroleague. Quarterfinals: CSKA Efes Pilsen: 66-57 (+9)
2005-06 Euroleague. Quarterfinals: Efes Pilsen CSKA: 71-75 (+4)
2008-09 Euroleague. Regular season: CSKA Efes Pilsen: 90-68 (+22)
2008-09 Euroleague. Regular season: Efes Pilsen CSKA: 55-74 (+19)
2010-11 Euroleague. Regular season: Efes Pilsen CSKA: 86-72 (-14)
2010-11 Euroleague. Regular season: CSKA Efes Pilsen: 78-69 (+9)
2011-12 Euroleague. Regular season: CSKA Anadolu Efes: 96-68 (+28)
2011-12 Euroleague. Regular season: Anadolu Efes CSKA: 65-82 (+17)
2012-13 Euroleague. Top 16: CSKA Anadolu Efes: 90-71 (+19)
2012-13 Euroleague. Top 16: Anadolu Efes CSKA: 63-60 (-3)
2014-15 Euroleague. Top 16: Anadolu Efes CSKA: 69-78 (+9)
2014-15 Euroleague. Top 16: CSKA Anadolu Efes: 88-81 (+6)
2016-17 Euroleague. Regular season: Anadolu Efes CSKA: 87-93 (+6)
2016-17 Euroleague. Regular season: CSKA Anadolu Efes: 80-77 (+3)
2017-18 Euroleague. Regular season: Anadolu Efes CSKA: 80-98 (+18)
2017-18 Euroleague. Regular season: CSKA Anadolu Efes: 110-79 (+31)
2018-19 Euroleague. Regular season: CSKA Anadolu Efes: 102-84 (+18)
2018-19 Euroleague. Regular season: Anadolu Efes CSKA: 78-80 (+2)
2018-19 Euroleague. Final. Anadolu Efes CSKA: 83-91 (+8)
2019-20 Euroleague. Regular season: Anadolu Efes CSKA: 80-81 (+1)

Short dossier


Anadolu Efes Istanbul, Turkey
Founded: 1976
Colors: white, blue
Home Court: Sinan Erdem Dome (16,000)
President: Tuncay Ozilhan
Head Coach: Ergin Ataman
Website: www.efesbasket.org
Trophy case:
- Korac Cup winner (1996);
- 14-time Turkish champion (1979, 83, 84, 92, 93, 94, 96, 97, 2002, 03, 04, 05, 09, 19);
- 11-time Turkish Cup winner (1994, 96, 97, 98, 2001, 02, 06, 07, 09, 15, 18);
- 9-time Turkish President Cup winner (1986, 92, 93, 96, 98, 2000, 06, 09, 10)

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