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First ENBL playoff game in Belgium: Liège to host Uniclub Casino Juventus

Updated: Mar 14

The last two teams will enter the 2024 ENBL playoffs on Wednesday, March 13, as Liège Basket will host Uniclub Casino Juventus Utena.

Series history: Royal Liège Basket and Uniclub Casino Juventus will face each other for the first time.

Liège Basket finished fourth in the Group B with a 4-3 record.

Uniclub Casino Juventus finished first in the Group A with a 6-1 record.

Liège are 2-1 in the ENBL home games.

Juventus are 3-0 in the ENBL road games.

Liège Basket are eyeing their first Final Four.

Juventus are eyeing their first Final Four too.

Key matchup: Kevin Tumba averages 8.6 points, 10.1 rebounds and 1.7 blocks for Liège.

He shoots 70.3% from the floor and 40.0% from the free throw line.

Šarūnas Beniušis averages 11.6 points and 4.3 rebounds for Juventus.

He shoots 78.0% from the floor and 60.7% from the charity stripe.

National championships: Liège Basket are 0-1 in the Group C at the BNXT league.

Group C features ten teams – five best teams from Belgium and five best teams from the Netherlands.

Only Oostende and Antwerp have played more than one game in the Group C.

The other teams are – ZZ Leiden, Limburg, Groningen, Den Bosch, Zwolle, Charleroi and BAL Weerf.

Liège Basket will host Landstede Hammers Zwolle on March 15.

Juventus are 13-8 at the Betsafe LKL.

They trail to Žalgiris (18-2), Rytas Vilnius (18-3) and Wolves Vilnius (15-6).

There are 11 teams left in the league as Gargždai withdrew due to limited financial resources.

Juventus defeated Pieno Žvaigzdes, 119-78, on March 10.

Know your referees

Crew chief: Michal Chrakowiecki (Poland) – FIBA referee from 2019, PLK referee from 2012, has worked at many play-off games.

Umpire 1: Renaud Geller (Belgium) – FIBA referee 2005-2020, Euroleague referee 2008-2020, has worked at the EuroBasket 2011 (Lithuania), 2013 (Slovenia) and 2015 France; has worked at the 2014 World Championship for Women in Turkey.

Umpire 2: Andzej Urbanovic (Lithuania) – a Top 10 referee from Lithuania and a FIBA referee from 2019.

Observer: Oskars Lucis (Latvia).

ENBL access: follow the game on YouTube live stream


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