The first round of the group stage of the Basketball Champions League has concluded this week (in which Group A of Unicaja has rested) and only 5 teams have managed to close this matchday 3 of the first phase undefeated.
In addition to Unicaja, in Group A, they have also scored 3 out of 3 in this first month and a half of competition. French JDA Dijon (Group B), Greek AEK (Group D), SIG Strasbourg (Group E) and Italian Derthona (Group H). There is another team that does not know defeat, Hapoel Holon from Israel in Group F, but in this case it has only played two games, since its visit to the Ottomans Bursaspor has been postponed.
It is evident that there are other teams like the same UCAM Murcia, Lenovo Tenerife, Pinar-Karsiyaka, Hapoel Jerusalem, Darussafaka or the current champion, Terlekom Bonn, who despite having already lost a game will also be fighting until the end to get into the play off of the quarterfinals and even in the Final Four itself, but for now the big favorites, along with the green box, are the other four undefeated in the competition.
Special mention for AEK trained this season by Joan Plaza and which has Mindaugas Kuzminskas on its staff. The Greeks are playing at a high level and have a well-rounded squad that will surely give a fight this season in the Champions League.
The Italian Derthona, raging
We must also take into account the Italians of Bertran Derthona, a team unknown to the general public, which rules with a firm hand in a group with two other roosters, such as UCAM and the Turkish Tofas Bursa. Even before the competition started, they were already being talked about as a serious option to fight and they are proving it.
Starting next week the second round of this BCL will begin, in which Ibon Navarro’s team will debut on Wednesday, on the French Le Mans field. A consistent victory in France will place Los Guindos’ team virtually classified for the second phase directly as group champions, without the need to play in the play-in next January, in which the teams that are classified in the tournament will take part. second and third place in each of the 8 groups of this first phase of the continental competition.