Benetton Basket and ALBA Berlin meet in Euro Cup Last 16 on Tuesday.
Benetton Basket and ALBA Berlin lock horns in Group L of the Euro Cup Last 16 tonight.
Battles between these two teams go back to the 1999-00 Euroleague season, with Benetton getting the better of them. The Italian side won that first year and took five of six Euroleague match-ups from 2001-02 to 2003-04. They met also in the 2010-11 Eurocup Last 16 and Benetton won both times.
History favors the Italian side, but Alba had a better regular season, winning their group. Benetton made important changes since the regular season, adding swingman Jeff Viggiano, and big men Ben Ortner and Marcus Goree, who had previously played two seasons in Treviso.
It will be a special game for Dashaun Wood, who played 12 games for Benetton in the 2008-09 Eurocup campaign, averaging 5.3 points ad 3.3 assists.
Alba will look to score in the paint – it ranked third in two-pointers made during the regular season – while Benetton has more weapons from three-point range with Massimo Bulleri, Vlad Moldoveanu and Alessandro Gentile. Defensively, Alba has to shut down Benetton’s outside game, and the Italian side will have to fight hard under the boards, where the German side has plenty of power and size.
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