Despite loss, first place all but clinched

Despite loss, first place all but clinched

Thurday's home loss to Fenerbahçe has little effect on Euroleague group C, with Barça still favourites

Nobody ever wants to lose at home, but if it comes in a meaningless game then it isn't so bad. On Thursday, Barça fell 91-89 in overtime to Fenerbahçe for their first Euroleague defeat of the season. The two-point loss has will probably have no negative effects on the standings as Barça previously won in Istanbul, also by two points, and would win first place in a hypothetical tiebreaker based on aggregate point differential.

Xavi Pascual's team has an 8-1 record, while Obradovic's team is 7-2. If Barça win the last game of this phase at Panathinaikos they'll be all set. The only way Barça would fall out of first is with a series of results by unlikely margins of victory.

A good average

Barça currently has one more victory and is +110 in scoring differential (781 points for and 671 against). Fenerbahçe, meanwhile, is at +50 (756 for and 706 against) making it very difficult, if not virtually impossible, for them to make up the difference. They would need a big win over Bayern Munich combined with a huge Barça loss to Panathinaikos, which is already resigned to third in the group.

For Barça, first place is little more than a formality at this point.

 

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