Lietkabelis Panevezys is coming off a successful 2021-22 7DAYS EuroCup campaign in which the team exceeded expectations. Lietkabelis won all of its key games and added notable home victories against Joventut Badalona and Partizan NIS Belgrade en route to securing a place in the playoffs, where it lost against Virtus Segafredo Bologna by a narrow margin. Here are some key dates in the EuroCup calendar for Coach Nenad Canak's team to look forward to.
2022-23 Games to Watch: Lietkabelis Panevezys
Round 1: Getting started in Latvia
Its first road trip of the season should be the shortest, as Lietkabelis travels to Riga, Latvia, to face Prometey Slobozhanske. Prometey is a EuroCup newcomer, which gives Lietkabelis an advantage in terms of know-how. Lietkabelis opened the 2021-22 EuroCup campaign with a road victory against Slask Wroclaw and will want to start a new season the same way against a relatively inexperienced squad.
Round 4: A new opponent
Lietkabelis is set to face three new teams in Group A. One of them is U-BT Cluj-Napoca, which is set to visit Cido Arena on November 2. It is Cluj's first-ever visit to Lithuania, and it is also the first time that Lietkabelis will host a Romanian team. In fact, only one Romanian team has visited Lithuania in European history - CSU Asesoft Ploiesti, which registered a 79-72 road loss against Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius in the 2014-15 regular season.
Round 8: Visiting the finalists
This is one of the games that Lietkabelis fans should circle in their calendars. Frutti Extra Bursaspor made it to the 2022 EuroCup Championship Game and has managed to keep part of its core of players together. Of course, Lietkabelis will face a potentially intimidating basketball atmosphere, as Bursaspor fans will know this could be a pivotal game for their team.
Round 18: A tough way to finish
Lietkabelis finishes the regular season with arguably the most difficult game possible – on the road against Joventut Badalona. Last season, Joventut topped Lietkabelis 65-50 in Round 15. Joventut returned to the EuroCup after a 10-year absence and is 23-4 at home in the last three seasons.