A big challenge awaits the Bundesliga basketball players from s.Oliver Würzburg immediately after the international break: The MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg have been one of the BBL’s strongest teams at home since 2019 and have won 29 of their last 30 main round home games – whether with spectators or as Corona ghost game. The game on Sunday (3 p.m.) in the Ludwigsburg MHP Arena is therefore one of the most difficult away games of the season for the Lower Franconians, which have seen a clear upward trend away from home, but have not yet won a game in a foreign hall.
“As always in the last few years, Ludwigsburg will be about to hold out for 40 minutes physically. If you don’t do that, you usually have few chances against them, “says head coach Denis Wucherer:” If you are well prepared for their tough style of play and hold against it, it also depends on whether you have a good day in attack and makes the right decisions. “
According to the current status, all Würzburg players will be ready for action on Sunday afternoon. Above all, Wucherer’s early stage players – similar to the last games in Bonn and Crailsheim – face a lot of pressure from their opponents. Whether the former Ludwigsburg Kerron Johnson or Luciano Parodi, who has recovered from a knee injury, will play the role of playmaker will probably not be decided until the match day.
In the past two seasons, the MHP giants have won all of the main round home games. In the 2020/2021 season, that was the main reason that after the 34th matchday they were able to go into the playoffs as the undisputed leaders of the table and only had to give up in the semifinals against runner-up Bayern Munich. The main round home series, which lasted 29 games, ended a month ago when the Niners Chemnitz were able to prevail 76:74 in the baroque city.
Across all competitions, the Swabians have won five of their six home games this season: In the Champions League they are leaders in Group A before the last two match days of the preliminary round, in the extremely balanced BBL they are fourth with five wins and three defeats.
S.Oliver Würzburg has won six of 18 matches in the BBL and in the Cup against Ludwigsburg, in the MHP Arena the record is two wins (last on November 3, 2018) and six defeats.
As usual from previous years, Ludwigsburg’s head coach John Patrick rebuilt his team in some positions this autumn shortly after the start of the season: With Rawle Alkins (Gießen) and Justin Simon (Ulm), two players within the league moved to Ludwigsburg at the beginning of October in the team’s internal scorer list, they are just behind playmaker Jonah Radebaugh (13.8 points per game) in second and third place.
The five “giants” from the baroque town of Ludwigsburg with double-digit points also include the former Würzburg sniper Jordan Hulls and the now proud 39-year-old winger Tremmell Darden, who is also Ludwigsburg’s best rebounder with 5.3 ricochets per game. pw