Maccabi Fox Tel Aviv will face off against Barcelona on Friday evening, as part of the 10th EuroLeague fixture (22:00, live on channel 55). The Yellow & Blue come into Palau Blaugrana with a 6:3 record, while the hosts hold a 7:2 record in the top European competition. Scottie Wilbekin is questionable for the contest, and his availability will be a game-time decision.
Maccabi and Barcelona have met 23 times since 2000, Barca holds a 15-8 advantage in their head-to-head matchup. In Spain, the Yellow & Blue won only once in 10 contests, and that occurred in December 2005, Tal Burstein led the visitors with 24 points and 7 rebounds. Last season, the teams split wins as each club protected its home court.
"Barcelona is an entirely different team from before, they have a great roster, and they have the same coach from last season, so they know how to play that system", Said coach Giannis Sfairopoulos about the opponent. "We will try to do our best, we have a good team, and we will battle. We had two days to prepare for this game, Barcelona had one day less, but they play at their home court, and they also have their advantages. The most important thing is basketball, and we need to focus on our duties on both sides of the court".
"It's definitely our goal to end the road trip with a victory", Said Nate Wolters, who's averaging 10.1 points and 3.1 assists per night. "It's a tough week playing Milan and Barcelona on the road, and we did a pretty good job battling in Milan. Barcelona is a really good team, especially at home, they have a lot of good offensive players, and we need to lock in defensively, so we have to play well to get a win. We need to get off to a good start, follow the game plan, and see what happens".