Thursday, October 23, 2008
Here's what I've been able to figure out about Eurocup. If the Euroleague is sort of the NCAA Tournament of professional European women's basketball, the Eurocup is the WNIT. Euroleague appears to have been around before Eurocup, leaving Eurocup with the teams that Euroleague overlooked - Euroleague is the more pretigious tournament. Making things more complicated is that there are two Eurocups in men's pro basketball in Europe, or at least, there appear to be.
From what I've read about this Extrugasa match, winning Eurocup games has become a secondary priority. Coach Isaac Fernandez only has eight active players, and the problems with Sholokova and Alexis have caused a lot of uncertainty. As far as Fernandez is concerned, the really important game is on Saturday against Zaragoza, a rival of Extrugasa.
Furthermore, Fernandez makes it no secret that Extrugasa simply doesn't have the cash that it had last year and can't afford any of the really high-powered players it takes to muscle one's way to a Eurocup championship. So if Extrugasa loses today, try not to take it to heart.