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Barça against Unics Kazan / PHOTO: ARXIU FCB

The final challenge ahead of the Final Four, which will be played in Turkey, will begin this Tuesday. Barça Regal, with home-court advantage, will face off against the surprise team of the competition, Unics Kazan (19:00, Esport3). Returning to their winning ways this weekend in the Liga, the men led by Xavi Pascual will have to overcome the second best defence in the continental competition this evening.

The best defence of the Euroleague

Barça Regal will start off the quarter-finals of the Euroleague as the only undefeated team in the Top 16. After losing to Panathinaikos last season in the same round of the competition, Barça Regal are out to to correct the mistake against the Tatar side.

To get into the Final Four, the Barça manager will have all of his first team available, including Chuck Eidson, who played last Saturday against Blusens. Pascual will count on his team’s defence, the best in the competition with an average of conceding 61.4 point per match, to win the tie.

The Azulgranas, who got back to their winning ways in the Liga this week, are aware that they have to win both of their matches against Unics this week at the Palau Blaugrana in order to have a comfortable margin of error before the matches in Russia.

Unics Kazan, the surprise team of the Euroleague

This is the first time that the team led by Pashutin has been to the quarter-finals of the Euroleague. They’ve reached this round after winning 10 matches and losing 6. Along the way, Unics has eliminated Fenerbahçe and Emporio Armanu, in fact they had the chance to finish first going into the Top 16 up until the last week of the group stages. However, they lost to Panathinaikos, which relegated them to the second spot of their group.

The reigning champions of the Eurocup have the second best defence of the competition thanks to American players that have experience playing in Europe. Among them, is Henry Domercant, one of the most decisive power forwards of the competition.

Favorable results against Unics this year

Barça Regal and Unics have played against each other in two Euroleague group matches this season. The first one was on the Tatar court, the game ended with a 65-93 in favour of the Azulgrana thanks to great performances from Pete Mickeal (16 points), Navarro (19) and Lorbek (24). The second match was at the Palau Blaugrana, Barça won by 63-50. That match, however, was hard-fough - Unics Kazan managed to be ahead in the second and third quarter thanks to a splendid performance from Terrell Lyday.

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