The Road Ahead
Posted by Salman Mitha
Posted in Basketball
Audi Dome, Munich, March 8 – Since entering the Beko BBL this season, FC Bayern Basketball have been under the glaring lights of the German basketball world. In similar fashion as their footballing counterparts, they signed big names during the offseason, earned a spot in European competition, and claimed their goal to make the playoffs in only their first season in the top flight.
The combination of the above, and the existing target on their backs as the giants of German sports, has led to tremendous pressure when traveling on the road. The arenas are sold out way in advance, fans deride the club of their rich and storied past, and the ball bounces the other way for them, every which way and they lose.
This has led Bayern to an unspectacular 2-10 record away from their friendly confines, and that has prevented them for securing a solid playoff spot. Their home record of 12-1 has kept them afloat, but if they are to make the postseason, a few more road wins are necessary. And it starts this weekend.
After a solid road win against Phoenix Hagen on February 25th, and the impressive blowout of the Artland Dragons at home on Sunday, FCB travel to take on two teams that they have beaten and should beat… on paper.
However, as the team has experienced, no victory in this league is a given. Their opponent on Saturday, EnBW Ludwigsburg may have lost their last three games and dropped to a relegation spot, but they played Munich tough at the Audi Dome and almost pulled out a win after outscoring Bayern 20-4 in the 4th quarter back on November 5th. They are led by Alex Harris’ 12.5 points per game (ppg) and All Star Day Three-Point Contest Winner Donatas Zavackas 11.6 ppg, and the crowd will definitely be roaring for a home win in front of a national TV audience.
Tip-off on Saturday is at 20:05 and will be broadcast live on SPORT1 in Germany.
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