In the first of eight games on Wednesday, Cluj (4-1) faces Ulm (4-1) for a big showdown at the top of Group 4. It's a clash of styles because Cluj has based its success on defense, allowing just 72.6 points per game - third-best in the competition. Ulm, on the other hand, boasts the fourth-ranked offense with an average of 92 points per game. That attack is powered by Dakota Mathias, who is averaging 18 points per game, and whose talents will be challenged this week by the ball thief skills of DJ Seeley, who has bagged 2.0 steals per game.
Pre-game quotes: Cluj vs. Ulm
Mihai Silvasan, Cluj head coach
"We are ahead of a new EuroCup game. It will be a tough match against a really good team. We are talking about the champions of Germany. They have replaced some of the players, but still have a great roster. They have the same coach and share the same winning mentality. Ulm has one of the best offensive games, and a key for us will be defense. We need to play tough and stop their easy shots. For sure we want to celebrate another victory with our fans!"
Mareks Mejeris, Cluj player
"The last couple of months have been really good. We are building our chemistry and we have a strong direction from our coach. We want to be an aggressive defensive team. That's what we will try to do tomorrow, against a very good offensive team. If we are able to keep them scoring down, it will be beneficial for us."