The host city of the 2021 Basketball Champions League Final 8 has been announced. Nizhny Novgorod in Russia will host the season finale between May 5th and May 9th.
Nizhny Novgorod is the sixth largest city in Russia, and of course, the city plays host to a basketball team. Nizhny Novgorod will hope home advantage counts for a lot in May, but with the season concluding via a single-game knock-out format, the action will come thick and fast.
Big names will be in action in May
The following teams will take part in the Final 8 in Nizhny Novgorod, as the BCL concludes for the 2020/21 season:
- Casademont Zaragoza from Spain
- ERA Nymburk from Czech Republic
- Hapoel Unet-Credit Holon from Israel
- Hereda San Pablo Burgos from Spain
- Lenovo Tenerife from Spain
- Nizhny Novgorod from Russia
- Pinar Karsiyaka from Turkey
- SIG Strasbourg from France
Gleb Nikitin, the Governor of Nizhny Novgorod region, said;
“We in Nizhny Novgorod love basketball and are doing our best to improve this sport in our city. We would like to thank the Basketball Champions League for the honour to name Nizhny Novgorod as Final 8 host city. I am sure that this event will be conducted at the highest level with all respect to the COVID-19 protocol.”Gleb Nikitin
The hosts have enjoyed a strong season this year, and they finished top of their Play-Off Group. The 4-2 record means they will be a force to be reckoned with, and many teams would prefer to avoid the hosts in the latter stage of the tournament.
The hosts will fancy their chances
So far this season, Nizhny Novgorod hold a 66.7%-win rate, and this is the strongest percentage they have ever hold. Also, to date, they have scored an average of 83.5 points per game, which is their highest scoring average at this point of a campaign.
The hosts also boast of the top scorer in the BCL so far this season. Kasey Shepherd has bagged a total of 217 points. A few more will help the hosts in the business end of the European basketball season.
The Quarter-Finals of the Final 8 take place on the 5th and 6th of May. The first-placed teams from the Play-Offs will take on teams who ranked second. The Semi-Final matches will be played on 7th of May while the Third-Placed game, and the Final, takes place on 9th of May.
The draw for the BCL Final 8 takes place on Friday 16th April, and we look forward to sharing the draw with you. There will be some time between the draw and the event starting, but we’ll make sure you are fully informed about the event.
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