Preview: FIATC Joventut (12-4) vs. Baloncesto Sevilla (3-13)

Goran Suton scored 19 points in Joventut's 77-70 win over UCAM Murcia last Sunday | Photo courtesy of www.gigantes.com

Sevilla is enduring perhaps the toughest season in club history as they sit at the bottom of the ACB standings with a 3-13 record.

Scott Roth’s crew will look to turn things around Saturday night, when they take their 6-game losing streak to Badalona.

There they will face FIATC Joventut, one of the strongest teams in the league.

Date: Saturday, Jan. 17 at 20:00 CET (2 p.m. ET)

Location: Palau Olímpic – Badalona, Spain

Last 5 Games: Joventut (4-1), Sevilla (0-5)

NBA Prospect Watch: Willy Hernangomez (C, Sevilla), Kristaps Porzingis (PF, Sevilla), Alberto Abalde (SF, Joventut)

Preview

Despite suiting up two sought-after NBA prospects and Spanish legend Berni Rodríguez, Sevilla is struggling through a nightmarish season.

The club started the year 0-5, and after several flashes of hope — including a victory over FC Barcelona — the team is once again in the midst of an extended losing streak. Sevilla has lost six consecutive ACB games, including three double-digit losses to teams with losing records.

After a playoff appearance last season, the team has been a mess this year. Earlier this month, a blowout home loss in EuroCup play prompted coach Scott Roth to unleash a 15-minute post-game rant.

With Rodríguez serving as his translator, Roth addressed the criticisms of media and fans, saying “I appreciate the fans’ passion about wanting me the fuck out.”

Things won’t get any easier for Roth and company this week, as they travel to face a quality Joventut club.

With a balanced attack led by Demond Mallet, Goran Suton, Sitapha Savané, Clevin Hannah and Tariq Kirksay, Joventut has been excellent. They’ve beaten Unicaja (1st place), Bilbao (3rd) and Barcelona (5th). They lost to 2nd-place Real Madrid by just two points.

Joventut has only lost one game at home this season, a 78-72 defeat to Obradoiro. Since then, they are 6-0 at Palau Olípmic stadium.

Jordana 17 Games

  • Valencia Basket (9-7) vs. Montakit Fuenlabrada (4-12)
  • Gipuzkoa Basket (6-10) vs. CAI Zaragoza (9-7)
  • MoraBanc Andorra (5-11) vs. FC Barcelona (11-5)
  • Iberostar Tenerife (6-10) vs. UCAM Murcia (8-8)
  • Herbalife Gran Canaria (9-7) vs. Movistar Estudiantes (6-10)
  • Unicaja Málaga (13-3) vs. Bilbao Basket (12-4)
  • Laboral Kutxa Baskonia (7-9) vs. Rio Natura Monbus Obradoiro (8-8)
  • La Bruixa d’Or Manresa (4-12) vs. Real Madrid (12-4)

Austin Green runs LosCrossovers.com from Madrid, Spain with the occasional help of his friends and colleagues.

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