A rough week doesn’t get any easier for Ratiopharm Ulm in its inaugural Eurocup Last 16 game tonight, with the Bundesliga side playing host to Red Star Belgrade after losing an 80-78 heartbreaker to FC Bayern Munchen on the weekend.
Sport Eagle TV got a few minutes with Ulm head coach Thorsten Liebenath and player Philipp Schwethelm after the Munich game to discuss the prospects of taking on one of this season’s European success stories; naturally, the focus is on Igor Rakočević, who was good for 18.7 points per game in the first phase of Eurocup 2012-13.
Aside from going 5-1 in the Eurocup’s first round, Red Star currently occupies second place in the Adriatic League at 11-5, two games behind surprising Igokea. In the biggest news of the week, the club’s rumored signing of Ali Traore won’t be happening due to a failed physical; team doctors estimated Traore to be at least a month away from game shape, and Crvena Zvezda GM Davor Ristovic stated that “We don’t have that much time with a tense rhythm ahead of us in next weeks in ABA League and in Eurocup…”
Here’s to thinking Red Star still has enough weaponry to handle Ulm tonight … and now, the fight song!