Undefeated Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar (5-0) welcomes Limoges CSP (2-3) for a Group C duel. For the home team, a victory is worth a Top 16 spot. When these two sides met in Round 1, Loko took the road win, 61-63, thanks to Joe Ragland's 19 points.
In fact, Ragland has been the solid leader for Loko through five rounds (18.6 ppg. and 5.2 apg.), helped by backcourt mate Chris Babb (14.7 ppg.) and Trevor Lacey (11.5 ppg.).
For Limoges, Axel Bouteille is the main pillar (14.2 ppg.), followed by Mam Jaiteh (12.6 ppg. and 6.8 rpg.) and Kenny Hayes (12.0 ppg.). Loko features the third best defense in the league (74.8 ppg.) and is also fifth best under the glass (35.2 rpg.).
The hosts also outpace Limoges in assists and steals, and overall have better shooting percentages except from the free-throw line. Limoges is struggling this season to find a rhythm that lets it sit on the winning path, and this long trip to Krasnodar probably doesn't arrive at the ideal moment. T
The regular season starts its second leg and, while it still retains many options to make the Top 16, Limoges would need positive results fast to secure its position.
Sasa Obradovic, Head Coach for Lokomotiv Kuban:
- Limoges is a serious opponent and we had a bit of luck in the first game against them. It's a well-structured team who plays organized basketball with great perimeter shooters and good creators at guard. To win the game we need to control their offensive rebounds and play our aggressive basketball at home.
Vladimir Ivlev, Center of PBC Lokomotiv Kuban:
- They play fast basketball so we’ll try to do the same. Offenses should be organized. If we commit unnecessary turnovers, it let them gather speed. It won’t be easy for them to catch the rhythm without their home support. But our fans should give us momentum. I hope it will let us extend our undefeated streak in EuroCup.