Monaco faces a significant test against Fenerbahce.

Monaco faces a significant test against Fenerbahce.

For the third consecutive time and only the third time in its history, the Monaco advances to the Euroleague playoffs, a highly anticipated segment of the season for fans. Facing off against them is the formidable Fenerbahce Istanbul, a major contender in the Euroleague, having clinched the title once and reaching the finals twice, boasting a strong roster. It’s yet another formidable challenge for the Roca Team as they aim to overcome obstacles and secure a spot in the Final Four in Berlin. Expect a spectacle brimming with emotion.

Monaco vs. Fenerbahce Quarter-final Schedule (Best of 5 Legs):

  • Match 1: Monaco vs. Fenerbahce, Wednesday, April 24, at 5 p.m. (UTC) in the Gaston-Médecin Arena
  • Match 2: Monaco vs. Fenerbahce, Friday, April 26, at 5 p.m. (UTC) in the Gaston-Médecin Arena
  • Match 3: Fenerbahce vs. Monaco, in Istanbul
  • Potential Match 4: In Istanbul
  • Potential Match 5: In Monaco

Current Form:

Monaco:

The Roca Team leads the BetClic Elite championship with an impressive record of 27 victories and 4 defeats in 31 matches. In the Euroleague, Sasa Obradovic’s squad achieved its best-ever record in the regular season with 23 wins and 11 losses, securing the 3rd position. The team enters the playoffs riding a remarkable streak of 12 wins and only one defeat in their last 13 matches. They are undeniably strong.

Fenerbahce:

Fenerbahce holds the 2nd position in the national “Super Lig” championship with 21 victories and 5 losses, trailing behind Anadolu Istanbul (1st, 24 wins, 3 losses). Since Sarunas Jasikevicius assumed the helm on December 14, Fenerbahce has garnered a Euroleague record of 14 wins and 7 losses. Notably, they secured a victory against Real Madrid with a score of 89-79 on March 16, becoming the only team to defeat Real twice in the regular season, including a 100-99 victory in the first leg. Fenerbahce finished 5th in the regular season with 20 wins and 14 losses.

The Matchups:

The head-to-head record between the Roca Team and Fenerbahce this season stands at 1-1. Fenerbahce claimed victory with a score of 86-74 at the Ulker Sports and Event Hall in the first encounter on December 15, while the Roca Team retaliated with a 76-69 win in the return fixture at Gaston-Médecin on February 2. Since the 2021-22 season, Fenerbahce holds a 4-2 lead in victories in the Euroleague series:

  • EuroLeague 2023-24: Fenerbahce – Monaco 86-74 / Monaco – Fenerbahce 76-69
  • EuroLeague 2022-23: Fenerbahce – Monaco 98-94 / Monaco – Fenerbahce 93-96
  • EuroLeague 2021-22: Monaco – Fenerbahce 92-78 / Fenerbahce – Monaco 96-86

Strengths:

Fenerbahce Istanbul:

Fenerbahce boasts the highest 3-point scoring average in the Euroleague (28.7 pts/game). They also lead in 3-point attempts per game with an average of 11.3, shooting 39.5% from beyond the arc, the best percentage in the league.

Marko Guduric, the Serbian international guard who honed his skills at Red Star, ranks 4th among Euroleague players in free throw percentage (92.9%).

Scottie Wilbekin, the former American Maccabi guard, is the 2nd highest scorer in the Euroleague from beyond the arc, averaging 3.0 three-pointers per game.

Tarik Biberovic, the Bosnian-born winger and Turkish international, boasts the highest 3-point percentage in the Euroleague at 57.1%.

Nigel Hayes-Davis, the American winger who transitioned from Barça to Fener in 2022, holds the all-time Euroleague record for most points scored in a single match: 50. He achieved this feat against Alba Berlin this season in Istanbul during the 32nd fixture. Hayes-Davis is Fener’s top scorer this season with an average of 14.5 points and also leads in rebounds with 4.7 per game. Jonathan Motley, the Texan pivot formerly of the Dallas Mavericks, is Fener’s most efficient rebounder in terms of playing time, averaging 11 points and 4.3 rebounds.

Nick Calathes, the leader of Fenerbahce and a native of Florida (USA) who represents Greece internationally, holds the record for most assists in Euroleague history with 2,046. He also holds the record for most assists in a season, with 286 in 2018/19. Additionally, Calathes ranks 2nd in Euroleague history for steals, with a total of 439.

AS Monaco:

The Roca Team is the team with the fewest turnovers per game (10.9). They also lead in forcing turnovers from opponents, averaging 13.5 per game. Additionally, they excel in offensive rebounding with 11.5 per game, ranking 3rd in the Euroleague in this category.

Playmaker Mike James has become the all-time leading scorer in Euroleague history this season, amassing 4,558 career points. He also ranks 2nd in this season’s competition rating (20.1), 2nd in scoring (18.7 pts), and 8th in assists (5.1). James surpassed Greek legend Diamantis (1,255) on the final day, claiming 8th place among the best assisters in history. He scored in double figures in all 34 matches this season.

International guard Elie Okobo has made at least one 3-pointer in 7 of his last 8 matches, while American pivot Donta Hall has recorded numerous offensive rebounds in recent days, tallying 16 in the last 8 fixtures.

American winger Jaron Blossomgame reached double figures in scoring six times in the last 8 matches of the regular season, with a high of 17 points against Valencia on March 22 (79-78).

American power forward John Brown III has recorded at least one interception in 8 of his last 10 games.

Yakuba Ouattara, the international guard and captain of the Roca Team, boasts a 48.9% shooting accuracy from beyond the arc, ranking 6th in the Euroleague in three-point percentage.

American winger Alpha Diallo matched his best scoring performance (20 points) on the final day against Bayern Munich (89-85). Diallo averages 10.5 points (41.9% on 3-pointers), 4.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.2 steals per game.

Lithuanian international pivot Donatas Motiejunas averages 8.1 points and 3.4 rebounds per game, shooting 60.5% from two-point range, 33.3% from three-pointers, and 70.9% from free throws. Motiejunas made 33 out of 44 two-point attempts (75%) in the last 10 matches.

Coaches:

AS Monaco: Sasa Obradovic

As a player, Obradovic won the 1995 Korac Cup with Alba Berlin, was three times champion of Yugoslavia, champion of Germany, and a 1998 world champion with Serbia. He also won three European championships in 1995, 1997, and 2001 and was an Olympic vice-champion in 2002. As a coach, Obradovic won the German championship in 2006, Ukrainian championship in 2012, German Cup four times, Russian Cup in 2018, EuroCup finalist in 2018, French championship in 2023, Coupe de France in 2023, and finished 3rd in the Euroleague in 2023.

Fenerbahce: Sarunas Jasikevicius

Jasikevicius, as a player, won the Euroleague four times (2003, 2004, 2005, 2009), was twice champion of Spain, twice champion of Israel, three times champion of Greece, and champion of Turkey. He also won seven National Cups and was a European champion in 2003 with Lithuania, and bronze medalist at the 2000 Olympics and Euro 2007. As a coach, he won the Spanish championship in 2021 and 2023 with Barça, the Copa del Rey twice, Lithuanian championship six times, and the Lithuanian Cup three times.

Results:

AS Monaco Basket clinched the French championship for the first time in 2023 and won its first Coupe de France in the same year. Monaco also secured three Leaders Cups in 2016, 2017, and 2018, and won the EuroCup in 2021. The team reached the Final Four of the 2023 Euroleague, finishing 3rd in the competition.

Fenerbahce Istanbul has been crowned Turkish champions 13 times, from 1957 to 2022. Fenerbahce won the Euroleague in 2017 and reached the finals twice in 2016 and 2018. They have also won the Turkish Cup 8 times, most recently this year.

Source: AS Monaco

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