Fenerbahce has a 12-5 record this century against Zalgiris. This season Fenerbahce swept the regular season series, first winning 75-82 in Kaunas in Round 3 behind 20 points from Kostas Sloukas and then triumphing 78-61 in Istanbul in Round 18 with Sloukas and Melih Mahmutoglu scoring 14 points apiece.
Fenerbahce and Zalgiris met in the 2018 EuroLeague Final Four semifinals last May with Fenerbahce coming out on top 76-67 behind 19 points in 12 minutes from Ali Muhammed. Luigi Datome had 16 points and a career-high 3 blocks.
Zalgiris swept the then-called Ulker Genclik in the best-of-three eighthfinals playoffs back in 1999. Zalgiris went on to win its only EuroLeague title that season.
Zalgiris head coach Sarunas Jasikevicius played for Fenerbahce during the 2010-11 season and helped the team win the Turkish League and Cup double.
Jasikevicius played at Panathinaikos for four seasons under current Fenerbahce head coach Zeljko Obradovic, from 2007 to 2010, and then in the 2011-12 season. The two won the 2009 EuroLeague title together.
Zalgiris guard Nate Wolters and Fenerbahce swingman Marko Guduric were teammates at Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade during the 2016-17 season.
Joffrey Lauvergne of Fenerbahce and Leo Westermann of Zalgiris were teammates at Partizan Belgrade for a season and a half, from 2012 to 2014. They have also been teammates on the French national team and together they won bronze medals at EuroBasket 2015.
Kostas Sloukas delivered a career-high 11 assists in Fenerbahce's 82-68 win over Zalgiris in October 2016. He matched that tally twice during last season's playoff series.
Fenerbahce playmaker Ali Muhammed posted his career high in rebounds with 9 playing for ASVEL Villeurbanne against Zalgiris in October 2009.
Nicolo Melli set a career-high with 5 steals in the EuroLeague Final Four semifinal win over Zalgiris last May in Belgrade.
Luigi Datome matched his career-high with 3 blocks in EuroLeague Final Four semifinal win over Zalgiris last May in Belgrade.
Nate Wolters scored a career-high 23 points in the Round 3 loss this season. Wolters also had a career-best 3 steals playing for Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade against Fenerbahce in December 2016.
Jan Vesely, who entered the season as a career 56.2% free throw shooter, is 97 for 118 (82.2%) from the foul line this season.