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FIBA Europe Cup Power Rankings: Volume 4
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FIBA Europe Cup Power Rankings: Volume 4

MUNICH (Germany) - FIBA Europe Cup action is back in action this week with the start of the Second Round, which also means that our Power Rankings are back, too. We will be checking up on the remaining 16 teams every two weeks, continuing with our fourth edition.


Here's the problem with CSM CSU Oradea. We are now in the part of the season when it's do-or-die. And of all the 16 teams that made it this far, Oradea have the worst efficiency differential, with their offensive rating at 106.1 and defensive at 105.0 after six games. That's a nerdy way to say that Oradea can't rely neither on their offense nor on their defense to bail them out - they need to be better on both ends if they want to take it to the next level here.


Speaking of advanced stats, Landstede Hammers Zwolle are the second best offensive team of the entire competition, putting up 120.7 points per 100 possessions, trailing only Ventspils in that department. But defense is a problem, that's why they are only 15th here.


Tsmoki-Minsk lost six straight games in all competitions, then finally won a game away at Kalev/Cramo in the VTB United League. However, that was their second longest losing streak this year, having previously lost eight straight in all competitions from January to March. They'll be happy to see 2019 go away once and for all. 


Egis Kormend since November 20: W-L-W-L-W-L. Sorry Ventspils, W is next in line.


One reason to keep an eye on ZZ Leiden: Tayler Persons. He leads the league in points per game (22.4) and assists per game (8.1), while racking up four double-doubles along the way. Also, he was just two rebounds shy of a triple-double in his last game in this competition. Good luck, opponents. 


So, over there in the Basketball Champions League, Telenet Giants Antwerp and Filou Oostende are the sweethearts of the competition. But, over there in Belgium, Spirou Basket defeated both of them over the course of last two weeks. Oh, both wins were away from home, too. Just take that kind of form from Belgium to FIBA Europe Cup, and you're going straight into the Top 10 and then into the Top 5 and then you win the whole thing.


Four wins in last five games, 7-3 over the last 10. Early season struggles are (finally) a distant memory when it comes to medi Bayreuth. Back to back games against Benfica and Bakken will be a good chance for us to see who wins the Best B-named Team of the FIBA Europe Cup trophy. It's a real thing.
(No, it's not.)


All of the teams that are set to meet Bahcesehir College in the Second Round will have two ways of looking at the matchup. You are either facing a mighty 5-1 FIBA Europe Cup team. Or you are up against a lowly 2-9 Turkish League squad. A good showing in this competition could be the building block for Bahcesehir to improve their domestic record, too, so don't count them out just yet.


Just here to tell you that Kyiv Basket are 7-1 in their last eight games in all competitions. Their only defeat? Overtime drama against Odessa that finished 76-76 after four...and 114-111 at the end of the game! They were up 90-84 with 13 seconds to play in OT1, but let it go as Odessa forced another OT at 92-92. Then it was 100-100 after OT2, and at 114-111 Kasey Shepherd got a good luck at a three at the buzzer...but was short. Understandable, short shots are what usually happens after three OTs...


The best offense and the best defense of the competition! Ventspils put up a staggering 129.4 points per 100 p