The final four teams in the inaugural season of the Eastern European basketball association known as the VTB United League are set, with playoffs scheduled for January 21 and 22 at the Kaunas Sports Arena.
The quartet is comprised of group winners UNICS Kazan and CSKA Moscow plus runners-up Khimki Moscow region and Zalgiris Kaunas. Though Kaunas and Moscow both posted 5-1 records in the pool play portion of the season, CSKA took the group based on point differential earned in the October opener with a 90-74 win over the Lithuanian squad.
Teams eliminated as of the final games this weekend were Kalev Tallinn, VEF Riga, Azovmash and Mariupol Donetsk.
Beyond homecourt advantage, the Zalgiris club is also hoping to sell locals on various Lithuanian connections in the Final Four’s other three teams such as Kazan head coach Valdemaras Chomičius and his former Zalgiris/Team Lithuania player Saulius Štombergas; national teamer Robertas Javtokas with Khimki; and of course Ramunas Šiškauskas.