February 11, 2016
After the EuroLeague women completed their regular season last night the teams that would drop down and play in the EuroCup quarter-finals were determined. Teams that finished in fifth and six place in Group’s A and B of the EuroLeague were entered into the lottery with the four remaining teams from the EuroCup. The drawing was held Thursday afternoon in FIBA’s Munich offices. Here are the results;
Besiktas Istanbul v Agu Spor Kayseri
Aluinvent Miskolc v Basket Landes
ESBVA-LM v Good Angels Kosice
Tango Bourges Basket v Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje
The quarter-finals will be played with the same format that determined the current final four teams from the EuroCup. There will be a home and away game with the side having the better aggregate score moving on to the Semi-Finals. The Semi-Finals and Finals will be played with the same format. The first leg of the Quarter-Finals is scheduled to be played on March 8th and the return leg on the 11th of March. The two teams that play in the finals will have the change to compete in the EuroLeague next season.
One of the most interesting match-ups will be between cross country rivals Besiktas and Agu Spor Kayseri. In their domestic league Agu currently sits in fourth place while Besiktas is in eighth. However, Agu Spor were the biggest letdown in EuroLeague competition losing the last six games of their campaign after having a solid start while Besiktas won three of their last four and knocked off higher seeded Reyer to punch their ticket to the final four in the Eurocup Competition. Agu Spor beat Besiktas in Round 6 of the Turkish league and they face each other again on the 13th of this month. I have a feeling this game will have a higher level of importance and could be a confidence booster for either side going in the the quarter-finals.
Two EuroLeague teams will face each other with Good Angels taking on Villeneuve d’Ascq. Villeneuve were EuroCup champions last season and will look to defend their title. Good Angels and Villeneuve split their EuroLeague matchup with both teams winning once against the other. Good Angels won more recently defeating Villeneuve on their home court by 30 points! This should give Good Angels a lot of confidence going up against the French squad.
Bourges and Spartak should be an interesting matchup. An experienced Bourges with Celine Dumerc leading the way will be a tough matchup for the youthful Russian team. Leading the way for Spartak will be Emma Meesseman who is averaged 14.4 points, 9.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game in EuroCup play thus far! Spartak will have to play the first leg of the competition in France. If they can at least keep the game close, anything is possible once they return to Russia.
The last two teams both competed in the EuroCup competition this season. Hungarian squad Aluinvent Miskolc will take on Basket Landes in the quarter-finals. Miskolc was the only team in the competition to finish the regular season undefeated. Landes finished with a record of 8-2. Miskolc are probably the favorites of this series but I wouldn’t count Landes out as they finished their season on a high note winning their last three games of the competition. Landes will play their first game of the series at home so hopefully they can pull out a win in front of their home crowd. Get a win at home, and anything is possible when you go into the second game with the advantage.