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Bayern visits playoff bound Ulm on Tuesday
The Bayern basketball team just barely escaped the meteorological phenomenon Tristan on Sunday night, with the Munich team reaching the Audi Dome in the early hours. The BBL duel in Bamberg was also decided at the last second (93-92), "but with our schedule, only the victory counts," head coach Andrea Trinchieri soberly summed up.
The FCBB is currently rushing through the calendar in a two-day rhythm - game, regeneration, game - with the next stop being Ulm on Tuesday (in addition to MagentaSport, also live on free TV on SPORT1). In view of the stresses and strains, the Munich team has opted for a rather unusual schedule: in the morning, it's off to the shootaround at the ratiopharm Arena in Neu-Ulm, with the game kicking off at 7 p.m. The evening after they will have a rest period in the hotel. The FCBB will also maintain this schedule over the weekend despite the break in the EuroLeague: Friday evening (Feb. 12, 20:30), eighth-place Frankfurt will come to the Audi Dome, and on Sunday, the Munich team will make its first guest appearance in Chemnitz (20:30/ MagentaSport live).
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The hosts around Osetkowski are 4-1 in their last five and are shooting 41% from three.
Bayern, regardless of the burden of the EuroLeague, remain as expected n the top group of the easyCredit BBL (5th place, 24-6 points), but Ulm has not lost sight of the same after a 5-0 start to the season. In sixth place, they are neighbors in the standings (20-12) with good playoff prospects, but twice as many losses. They had won four in a row before a 94-92 loss in Braunschweig on Sunday. Ulm does not have to cope with a double burden, in the EuroCup since they missed the second round.
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In the offensively strong team of coach Jaka Lakovic, which hits 41% of its threes, center Dylan Osetkowski (14.1 ppg, 5.5 rpg) continues to be the central figure. The American with a German passport, national player Andreas Obst, also 24, also delivers consistently on offense (14.1 ppg). Thomas Klepeisz (9.8) and US guard Troy Caupain (12.1), who came from Ostend in Belgium, also regularly get into double figures.
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Andrea Trinchieri will probably only know on gameday what players he will have available. In Bamberg, in addition to Zan Mark Sisko, Robin Amaize and Matej Rudan (in the build-up), Nick Weiler-Babb was also missing due to a foot injury.
The FCBB can rely on their impressive fighting spirit as twelve times this season - seven times in the Euroleague and five times in the BBL, as on Sunday - they have been able to turn a deficit of ten or more points into a victory. However, they should not rely on their comeback mentality, thinks not only Diego Flaccadori, who had shown a good performance in Bamberg with ten points and seven assists: "We should just start a game better!"
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