Monday, May 07, 2012

Jasikevicius Preparing for Euroleague Final Four This Weekend

The Euroleague Final Four is coming up in a few days, on May 11 and 13 in Istanbul, Turkey. The Terps are represented in the Final Four again this year by Sarunas Jasikevicius (1994-98), who plays for the defending champions, Panathinaikos of Athens, Greece. Jasikevicius has already won four Euroleague crowns with three different teams, and is vying to become only the fifth player ever to win five Euroleague championships:
At 36 years old, Sarunas Jasikevicius already has a resume and a highlight reel to rank among the all-time greats, but the player known across Europe by his nickname, “Saras”, is far from finished. Already the only player ever to take the Euroleague title with three different teams, Jasikevicius is now trying to become just the fifth player ever to win five crowns.

To get yourself ready for the big games this weekend, check out BallinEurope's video preview page: about halfway down the page there are three Sarunas videos to watch. Here's their preview for Panathinaikos:
For PAO, it’s all about the tight nucleus that’s already helped the team to three EL titles in the previous five seasons. Dimitris Diamantidis and Mike Batiste have three green-colored rings – and the former enjoyed yet another MVP-level season – while Romain Sato, Nick Calathes and Aleks Maric (among others) contributed to last year’s Euroleague title. And as though Panathinaikos didn’t have enough experience heading into the 2011-12 season, the Greens went out and scored one of Europe’s greatest playoff performers of all-time in Sarunas Jasikevicius: based on clutch time, a truly key free-agent signing in the off-season.

If you want to watch, the games are usually on here in the US. Panathinaikos plays CSKA Moscow at 18:00 EEST (11:00am EDT) on Friday, May 11.

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