The Unicaja He has already finished meeting the three rivals that will make up the Group K of the Round of 16 of the Basketball Champions League and there will be a historic reunion. Galatasaray, AEK Athens and Limoges CSP These are the teams that the compositor team will have to beat starting next week to reach the quarterfinals as first place and have the home court factor in the playoffs.
The French team -ranked seventh in the LNB with 9 wins and 8 losses- defeated MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg -theoretical favorite- in the last game of the play-in. After losing the first match in Germany (85-81), they won at home with a generous advantage (82-62) and this Wednesday, despite being 20 points below, managed to certify their presence in the next continental phase in a match that they won in extra time (94-96) with a masterful Bryce Jones (26 points and 9 assists) who scored the game-winning basket and who also forced overtime.
Turkey, Greece and France They will be the three countries that those of Ibon Navarro will have to visit. Three countries with pavilions in which Unicaja must be ready to win with suffering. However, it will be the rivals who will be forced to sweat against a team that has been practically invincible at the Martín Carpena in front of their fans.
This is the schedule for the Round of 16 of the Basketball Champions League for Unicaja:
– January 25: Unicaja-AEK Athens (8:30 p.m.).
– January 31: Limoges CSP-Unicaja (time yet to be confirmed).
– February 8th: Unicaja vs Galatasaray (8:30 p.m.).
– March 8: Galatasaray-Unicaja (6:00 p.m.).
– March 14: Unicaja-Limoges CSP (8:30 p.m.).
– March 21st: AEK Athens-Unicaja (6:30 p.m.).
From now on, Ibon Navarro’s team faces a second phase of a very high level. Each game will count towards the quarterfinals and Being first will be key so that the typesetters can have the support of Martín Carpena even twice in the next tie. After a few weeks off in Europe, the moment of truth arrives.