Buducnost vs. Lokomotiv Kuban. EuroCup. Preview

On January 3rd, Lokomotiv Kuban holds its first EuroCup Top-16 game on the road against Buducnost. Loko came to the game as the best team of the tournament winning all 10 games of the regular season. However, in the second stage of qualification, Krasnodar has to start everything from scratch. Each team has 0-0 in the standings.

The Take

A duel between classic EuroCup teams will open Group G when Buducnost VOLI Podgorica welcomes the only undefeated team in the league at this point, Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar. 

The visitors are also undefeated in the historic series between these two sides, 0-4. Buducnost made the Top 16 from fourth place in Group B after a tremendous start (5-5) while Loko rolled with no opposition to win Group C (10-0). 

Buducnost, which had a few injury problems in the regular season, looks to Nikola Ivanovic (14.2 ppg.), together with Kyle Gibson (12.9 ppg.) and Nemanja Gordic (11.8 ppg.). 

The guests’ top scorers are Joe Ragland (13.0 ppg., 5.4 apg.), Ryan Broekhoff (12.1 ppg., 5.3 rpg.) and Trevor Lacey (9.9 ppg.). Loko outperforms Buducnost both in offense and defense and coming into the game, so the guests look like favorites to win this one. 

The difference in assists (13.4 to 20.1) and blocks (1.2 to 3.2) could be telling of what to expect, but the new start in the standings takes all the pressure off Buducnost, which is also playing at home. 


- Buducnost will be a very tough opponent and they are especially tough to beat at home in front of their passionate fans. They have talented players and good guard play. We will need to play our best to win.

The game takes place on December 3rd at 20:45 in Podgorica, Montenegro. 

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