Euroleague Final Four: Five burning questions on the CSKA Moscow-Olympiacos match (plus Official Fearless Prediction™)

BallinEurope is sorry that CSKA Moscow and Olympiacos, finalists of that memorable 2012 Euroleague Final Four (one of this association’s best tournaments ever – and readers know just how much BiE hates sports-historical hyperbole) won’t get to repeat their matchup in the climactic game again this year, but at least we get a heckuva revenge game on Thursday.

Once again, Olympiacos goes in as underdog of both this match and to take the tourney – but this out, media members (by which BiE means an overwhelming majority, including BiE) won’t be expecting a bunch of overachievers to be steamrolled by squads apparently more talented on paper. Doesn’t it still seem like the factors are all in Moscow’s favor, though? Here are BiE’s five key questions going into the London grudge match…

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Maroussi out of Euroleague, maybe Greece for 2010-11; Olympiacos appeals penalty

Yet more bad news coming out of Greek basketball … last night, Euroleague officials announced that Maroussi BC will not be allowed to play in the big league’s qualifying round games to start on Tuesday. “Euroleague Basketball has been forced to take this decision,” read the official statement from officials in part, “after not having received any of the registration documents from Maroussi BC as required in the competition by-laws.”

EΣAKE officials have reportedly not yet granted Maroussi a license to compete in the domestic league, either, and the club is in a bit of a shambles. Greece’s coach of the year Giorgos Bartzokas has left along with most of last season’s roster, and the league will decide today whether to grant the surprise of 2009-10 an extension to file for a license to compete in 2010-11.

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