After Maccabi Tel Aviv's away win over Villeurbanne in the previous round, the Yellows came into the meeting with Virtus Bologna and will try to keep the momentum going, but will again do so with a missing squad with captain John DiBartolomeo absent another evening due to a groin injury. He will also be joined by the ailing James Webb.
He knew Virtus Bologna's previous coach, Lorenzo Brown, well, but Sergio Scalorio was fired just before the start of the season, and was replaced by a name that will surely remind yellow fans of forgotten ones, Luca Banchi, who was Milan's coach the last time Maccabi won the Final Four. The one who will stand by the Italian is Finnish national team coach Lassi Tobi.
But despite the change of coach just before the start of the season, Bologna is off to a particularly surprising start to the season, sitting third in the Euroleague table, with eight wins to four losses. The significant challenge facing Oded Ketch tonight will probably be Toko Shengelia. After a poor year last season, the Georgian is back to good form, averaging 16.5 points per game, along with 6.2 rebounds and 3.9 assists. The Yellows, who are sixth in the table with 7 wins and 5 losses, know that a win would be worth moving up at least one place in the table, at Virtus' expense.
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