With Allen Iverson to join the TBL’s Beşiktaş Cola Turka, BallinEurope reckons the team will be getting a little (read: a lot) of extra attention from all parts. And so today, a brief look at the team’s current state in the 2010-11 season.
After two games, Beşiktaş stands at 1-1: The club won an away opener at Türk Telecom in a 94-82 shootout while succumbing to visiting Banvit, one of the league’s better teams, 74-61 in week two.
Thanks to consecutive wins against Deutsche Bank Skyliners in the qualifying rounds, Beşiktaş is also competing in the 2010-11 Eurocup competition, the team’s sixth straight bid. Eurocup ball tips off on November 16th with Beşiktaş in a tough group containing last year’s Serbian Superleague finalists Hemofarm Stada, 2009-10 Euroleague team Asvel Basket, and BC Goettingen in the mix.
Earlier this month, Beşiktaş defeated Oyak Renault to earn itself a spot in the Turkish Cup tournament as well; the four-team tourney will be played in 2011.
Two other Turkish squads – Banvit and Galatsaray Café Crown – are participating in the 32-team Eurocup. Along with the perpetually domestically dominant Euroleague teams Fenerbahçe Ülker and Efes Pilsen Istanbul, these five are/should be the class of the 2010-11 TBL.
Confirmed dates on Beşiktaş Cola Turka’s schedule run below; Iverson is expected to join the team by the November 6 match against Bornova.
As for how to watch the games, well, BiE’s working on it…
Oct 31 at Aliağa Petkim, 2pm CET/9am EST
Nov 6 vs. Bornova Bld., 4pm CET/11am EST
Nov 13 at Oyak Renault, 4.30pm CET/10.30am EST
Nov 16 vs. KK Hemofarm Stada
Nov 20 vs. Fenerbahçe Ülker, 4pm CET/10am EST
Nov 23 at BG Goettingen
Nov 27 vs. Trabzonspor, 4pm CET/10am EST
Nov 30 at Asvel Basket
Dec 4 at Olin Edirne Gençlik, 4pm CET/10am EST
Dec 7 vs. Asvel Basket
Dec 11 vs. Antalya Büyükşehir Bld., 4pm CET/10am EST
Dec 14 at KK Hemofarm Stada
Dec 18 at Erdemir, 4.30pm CET/10.30am EST
Dec 21 vs. BG Goettingen
Dec 25 vs. Pınar Karşıyaka, 4pm CET/10am EST
Dec 29 at Tofaş, 4.30pm CET/10.30am EST
Jan 01 vs. Galatasaray Cafe Crown, 4pm CET/10am EST
Jan 08 at Efes Pilsen, 4pm CET/10am EST
Jan 15 vs. Mersin Büyükşehir Bld., 4pm CET/10am EST