Monday, December 31, 2012

Recap of December 2012

Dear Ofeek readers,

First of all, I would like to wish a happy new year to all of you.

Finally, we came to the end of december and it is time to evaluate our work once again. As i stated previously, I had the intention to keep the number of the picks presented in december lesser than those presented in November. Originally, I planned to write about roughly 8x4 = 32 picks in total;however, since the end of the month is overlapped by this weekend, we exceeded number of targeted picks by 2 and finished the month with 34 picks in total.

Turkish Basketball League Standings (Matchday #13)

Turkish Basketball League Matchday #13 Results

Tofas - Anadolu Efes

Tofas Anadolu Efes pick
The last game of the year for Turkish Basketball league is scheduled between Tofas and Anadolu Efes tonight. Anadolu Efes is coming from Moscow with a heavy defeat and not long after are they going to seek to end the year with a victory. Tofas which owns its current record mostly to their home performance is likely to try repeating it.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Besiktas - Erdemir

Besiktas Erdemir pick
Defending champion of Turkish Basketball league Besiktas is going to host Erdemir for their last match up of 2012. Erdemir which won last week's match up with their assistant coach will look for another victory against strong Besiktas on the road.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Pinar Karsiyaka - Olin Edirne

Pinar Karsiyaka Olin Edirne Pick
Pinar Karsiyaka is hosting Olin Edirne in the last game of the year. Visiting Olin Edirne has been on a downslope where they lost their last 3 games in a row. Even worse side of this bad streak is that those defeats were suffered at home. This saturday, Olin Edirne has to face probably the toughest team when playing at home, Pinar Karsiyaka.

Royal Hali Gaziantep - Antalya BSB.

Royal Hali Gaziantep Antalya Bsb pick
Royal Hali Gaziantep which gained a remarkable momentum with the change of coaching staff is going to host struggling Antalya Bsb. in the opening game of Turkish Basketball Leauge match day 13. Suffering consecutive losses, visiting Antalya Bsb. is presumed to look for a victory to turn the things around.

Regal Barcelona - Fenerbahce Ulker

Regal Barcelona Fenerbahce Ulker pick
Fenerbahce Ulker is going to be hosted by Regal Barcelona at the first match up of Euroleague Top 16 this friday. About 2 weeks ago, Fenerbahce Ulker secured the qualification in the final game against Mapooro Cantu. Hosting Regal Barcelona on the other hand suffered only one defeat at the last match day and made their way through comfortably. It is going to be an exciting game as both sides seek to start to group stage with a victory.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Besiktas Istanbul - Khimki Moscow Region

Besiktas Khimki pick
The opening week of Euroleague TOP 16 is going to start with Besiktas hosting BC Khimki Moscow in Istanbul. Home side Besiktas achieved 5 victories in the previous stage by defeating all teams but CSKA and Barcelona at home while collecting two more victories on the road. Visiting Khimki won 6 of their 10 games before coming to Top 16 this year. Either side will gain an advantage by starting to this longer group stage with a victory.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Uroš Tripković at Fenerbahce Ulker

Uroš Tripković signed by Fenerbahce Ulker
Fenerbahce Ulker signed Uroš Tripković to reinforce its backcourt rotation. Serbian guard previously played for Blancos de Rueda Valladolid. After J.R.Bremer's contract was terminated, an addition was likely to be made and  Fenerbahce decided on him over other candidates.

Uroš Tripković spent his last 3 years playing in Spain ACB league while he also won a silver medal in European Championship in 2009.

Turkish Basketball League Standings (Matchday #12)

Turkish Basketball League Matchday #12 Results

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Anadolu Efes - Pinar Karsiyaka

Anadolu Efes  Pinar Karsiyaka pick
The most important game of the weekend is played between Anadolu Efes and Pinar Karsiyaka on sunday afternoon. Anadolu Efes defeated Besiktas a few days ago while Pinar Karsiyaka managed to return with a victory from Antalya. In such weeks where teams get closer to the end of first half of Turkish Basketball season, this game is particularly important to decide the ranking of the teams for the playoffs.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Turk Telekom - Ted Kolejliler

Turk Telekom Ted pick
I just noticed another interesting odd that I find it difficult to grasp. Turk Telekom and Ted Kolejliler are two teams of capital city Ankara, so there isn't going to be any sense of home-away for either side. Although the spread is set pretty even, i believe it has to be something with the past statistics of both sides.

Hacettepe University - Banvit

Hacettepe Banvit pick
I won't write much about this game. Those who follow those pages regularly might have heard countless times how incapable Hacettepe University team is in order to prevail in this league this season. They are the biggest relegation candidate for this season and their latest results are some sort of indication to prove this fact.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Besiktas - Anadolu Efes

Besiktas Anadolu Efes pick
Euroleague participants face each other at the closedown game of 11th match day. Besiktas is going to host Anadolu Efes where they'll look to achieve their first victory against an important opponent this year.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Pinar Karsiyaka - Aliaga Petkim

Pinar Karsiyaka Aliaga Petkim pick
Pinar Karsiyaka and Aliaga Petkim are set to face each other in a rivalry game on wednesday evening for 11th match day of Turkish Basketball league. Since both sides are the teams of Izmir city, it is possible to name this match up as a derby of Izmir.

Royal Hali Gaziantep - Hacettepe University

Royal Hali Gaziantep Hacettepe University pick
Once again, we are here to present a pick that involves poor Hacettepe University team. Visiting side has suffered consecutive losses recently and this wednesday they'll play against a team which might seem to be an equal match but could in fact create a lot of trouble for them.


Turkish Basketball League Standings (Matchday #10)

Turkish Basketball League Matchday #10 Results

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Anadolu Efes - Mersin Bsb.

Anadolu Efes Mersin Bsb pick
10th match day of Turkish Basketball league is set to be completed with a game between Anadolu Efes and Mersin Bsb. Anadolu Efes less than 3 days after visiting Zalgiris in Kaunas needs to host Mersin Bsb. who is coming towards to the end of their long road trip.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Hacettepe University - Fenerbahce Ulker

Hacettepe University Fenerbahce Ulker pick
After having avoided the nightmares of eliminiation by defeating Mapooro Cantu 3 days ago, Fenerbahce Ulker is going to be hosted by league's worst Hacettepe University in Ankara for domestic league. Home side Hacettepe University is  clearly the weakest team at the league and each week they are one step closer to relegation this season.

Olin Edirne - TED Kolejliler

Olin Edirne Ted Kolejliler pick
One of the most exciting games of Turkish Basketball League saturday schedule is going to be played between Olin Edirne and TED Kolejliler Ankara. Both teams surprised authorities by defeating tough opponents last week;a fact that makes this match a must to follow one.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Turk Telekom - Erdemir

Last week's losing sides are going to face each other in an interesting game for 10th match day of Turkish Basketball league. Visiting side Erdemir suffered a shocking defeat at home when they played against Olin Edirne last week. Turk Telekom likewise lost its match up at Gaziantep.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul - Mapooro Cantu

In a vital match up, Fenerbahce Ulker is hosting Italian side Mapooro Cantu in order to achieve qualification for Euroleague top 16. Visiting Cantu,too, will look for a win to qualify.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg - Banvit BK Bandirma

Oliver Baskets Banvit Bandirma pick
Those two teams are going to play a vital match which will decide their fate in Eurocup 2012-2013 season. Either side who wins the game will automatically go trough to the next round.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Ted Kolejliler - Anadolu Efes

In the last game of the week, Anadolu Efes is visiting Ted Kolejliler in Ankara. Home side Ted Kolejliler has suffered 3 consecutive losses and they'll try to turn things around against strong Anadolu Efes team.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Fenerbahce Ulker - Banvit

Fenerbahce Ulker Banvit Basketball pick
This is definitely the game of the weekend! Wounded Fenerbahce Ulker is hosting Eurocup participant Banvit BK Bandirma. Both teams suffered only one defeat each, so one of themm is going to conceed the second loss on sunday afternoon.

Besiktas - Antalya Bsb.

Besiktas Antalya pick
Striving Antalya Bsb. is visiting Euroleague participant Besiktas on sunday. Antalya Bsb. lost its previous match up against Mersin Bsb. last weekend in an exciting game which even went to overtime. This week, they'll face even a stronger opponent for 9th match day of Turkish league.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Royal Hali Gaziantep - Turk Telekom

Gaziantep Turk Telekom pick
League worst Royal Hali Gaziantep is hosting Turk Telekom in a crucial match up. They have recently replaced their head coach with Cem Akdag and facing Turk Telekom will be his first challenge as being in charge for Gaziantep team.

Tofas - Hacettepe University

Tofas Hacettepe pick
Tofas and Hacettepe University will face each other on saturday afternoon for their 9th game of the league. Both teams are placed in low seedings of the league table, so it is an important match up for either side.

Pinar Karsiyaka - Galatasaray Medical Park

Pinar Karsiyaka Galatasaray Medical Park pick
Turkish league's undefeated leader Galatasaray Medical Park is going to face Pinar Karsiyaka in away on saturday afternoon. Pinar Karsiyaka which has been tough at home so far will try to remind it to the visiting side again.

Panathinaikos Athens - Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul

Panathinaikos Athens Fenerbahce Ulker pick
Fenerbahce Ulker is going to be hosted by Panathinaikos in Athens tonight. After Mapooro Cantu created a miracle by defeating Real Madrid in Italy, Fenerbahce Ulker needs to win this game if they don't want to leave their fate to the final week of the group stage.


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

CSKA Moscow - Besiktas

Cska Moscow Besiktas pick
In the opening game of Euroleague match day #9, Cska is going to host Besiktas in Moscow. Both teams are already qualified for top 16, so this game is considered to be a serious practice for upcoming weeks rather than a decisive one.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Banvit - Valencia Basket

Banvit Valencia pick
Banvit Bandirma is preparing to host Valencia Basket on wednesday evening where the hosts will look to obtain the first spot in Group D of Eurocup 2012-2013 season. This game is particularly crucial because S.Oliver Baskets is just one victory behind, so a possible loss against Valencia Basket might put Banvit's qualification into risk.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Tofas - Etha Engomis

Tofas Etha pick
The first time Eurochallenge cup participant Tofas is hosting Cyprus' team Etha Engomis on tuesday night. The home side is looking for a win before they visit Krka Novo Mesto next week for the decisive battle of Group A for them.

Recap of the weekend ( 01-02 December 2012 )

In the first weekend of december 2012, we presented 5 picks here. The first 3 of them won straight whereas the last 2 were lost. On saturday, the game between two underachiving teams, Mersin and Antalya, faced each other. Since I closely watched how Antalya defeated impressive Ted Kolejliler last week, I was pretty much sure they wouldn't repeat the same success again. Indeed, Mersin won at the end. The second pick was regarding Pinar Karsiyaka who lost its last game at home. I was pretty much sure that they would have smashed poor Hacettepe University to compensate that lost. They didn't mislead me by covering the spread very easily.

Sunday, in contrast, didn't go well. Exhausted Anadolu Efes had tough time contending strong Erdemir as expected. They took control of the game in the final 5 minutes and won the game with the last offense. Nevertheless, the following two picks surprised me. I expected a comfortable Galatasaray win, but they were outscored in the 3rd quarter and made us lose the spread betting. Fenerbahce Ulker on the road, on the other hand, played more aggresivelly than I thought, so home side Royal Hali Gaziantep could't hold on the spread in the final minutes.

3W-2L overall weekend performance is worse than what we thought we could on last friday night.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Galatasaray Medical Park - Besiktas

Galatasaray Besiktas pick
Undefeated leader of Turkish Basketball League Galatasaray Medical Park will host their rival Besiktas for 8th match day of the league on sunday afternoon. Home side just crushed Lokomotiv Kuban a few days ago by 24 points difference  and they will be looking for another victory against another important team, Besiktas.

Anadolu Efes - Erdemir

Anadolu Efes Erdemir Pick
Anadolu Efes managed to beat Cedevita Zagreb on the road and guaranteed to qualify for Euroleague Top 16 prior to last 2 games. Right now, they are more relaxed, so they could focus on their match up with Erdemir on sunday afternoon.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Royal Hali Gaziantep - Fenerbahce Ulker

Gaziantep Fenerbahce Ulker pick
Fenerbahce Ulker will be hosted by Royal Hali Gaziantep Bsb. in a closedown game of matchday 8 within Turkish League. Fenerbahce Ulker was handed a defeat by Real Madrid less than 48 hours ago in a game where they managed to lead the scoring until the final quarter. Home side Royal Hali is badly in need of victory and they'll put everything they have to make the surprise happen.

Statistics ( December 2012 )

All picks are taken with the same stake.

You can download the excel sheet from here

Antalya Bsb. - Mersin Bsb.

Antalya Mersin pick
Teams of two geographically neighboring cities face each other in an interesting game on saturday afternoon. Antalya Bsb. who achieved a crucial victory against TED on the road last week hosts Mersin Bsb. which is just another team that is in need of victory.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Hacettepe University - Pinar Karsiyaka

Hacettepe University Pinar Karsiyaka pick
After suffering their first defeat at home this year, Pinar Karsiyaka will be visiting Hacettepe University this saturday. Hacettepe University defeated by Besiktas on the road the previous week will face another tough opponent to seek their chances of victory.

Recap of November 2012

turkish basketball november 2012 yield
Ofeek basketball started to present picks in the second half of October. We started to keep our statistics for the first time during November 2012. During the month, 42 picks were presented on those pages. Although, we started to the month terribly, with a couple of bad streaks, things got much better in the second half of the month where we improved our record remarkably.

Besiktas Istanbul - Barcelona Regal

Besiktas Barcelona pick
Undefeated Barcelona Regal will visit Besiktas in Istanbul where the home side already achieved qualification to the next stage of Euroleague 2012-2013 season and will look to hand in the first defeat to its opponents. They lost the first game 72-60 on the road when Barcelona Regal dominated the game especially at the second half.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Henry Domercant is injured at Galatasaray Medical Park

Henry Domercant injured and out of action for 6 months
Galatasaray Medical Park announced a bad news today. Their scoring guard Henry Domercant has torn ligaments in his right knee and he was operated for this injury, tonight. He is likely to be out of action for about 6 months. According to the sources, Galatasaray Medical Park is looking for a replacement of him where Puerto Ricon guard Carlos Arroyo is one of the candidates seriously considered.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Cedevita Zagreb - Anadolu Efes Istanbul

Cedevita Zagreb Anadolu Efes pick
Crotian side Cedevita Zagreb will host Anadolu Efes in Drazen Petrovic arena for a crucial match up that decides whether or not they could continue to fight for qualifying to the Top 16 of Euroleague 2012-2013 season. Visiting Anadolu Efes is just one victory away from qualification that is, they guarantee to qualify to the top 16 provided that they defeat Cedevita Zagreb on thursday evening.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Galatasaray Medical Park - Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar

Galatasaray Medical Park Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar pick
Those who follow this page will remember that last week I mentioned the difficult circumstances Galatasaray Medical Park faced before actually facing Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar team. Due to unforeseen problems, Galatasaray Medical Park was handed a slaughtering defeat by a margin of 25 points. Same Galatasaray Medical Park team will look for a revenge at Abdi Ipekci arena tomorrow night when Lokomotiv Kuban visits them for the 4th match day of Eurocup 2012-2013 season.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Recap of the week ( 19.11.12 - 26.11.12)

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Turkish Basketball League Standings (Matchday #7)

turkish league standings