“It’s like a nightmare, isn’t it? It just keeps getting worse and worse.” – Tom Cruise as Vincent Lauria, The Color of Money
“I’ll be back.” – Arnold “The Governator” Schwarzenegger, any number of movies
Here they come again: For the eighth time this season, Real Madrid attempts to defeat the beast that is 2009-10 FC Barcelona: It’s a feat the Blaugrana have resisted all but once this season on their way to their current 47-4 aggregate record. And oh yes, it gets worse.
Thus far this season, Barcelona has managed to eliminate Spain’s second-best club from Euroleague play and top Madrid in the Copa del Rey final. This week, another Barça win would knock Real’s record down to 23-6; presuming Baskonia manages to defeat 16th-place Meridiano Alicante, they would knot up Madrid in second place with six games to play thereafter.
The brief on the match posted over at the ACB’s official website, somewhat liberally translated, runs like so.
The quote: “Our immediate goal is to at least finish second” – Ettore Messina.
The celebration: This ACB match will be Ricky Rubio’s 150th overall and Sergio Llull’s 100th with Real Madrid.
The question: Will Regal Barça show fallibility or extend their ACB winning streak against Real Madrid?
The stat: The ACB’s best offense (Real Madrid, at 81.6 points per game) meets its best defense (FC Barcelona, allowing just 64.5 per).
You can catch the game online live or thereafter at the official site. ¡Andale!