Barça will face Unicaja and Joventut at the Cazoo Baskonia in the quarter-finals of the King’s Basketball Cup after the draw held yesterday at the BCIN Convention and Business Center in Badalona. The Palau Olímpic de Badalona will be the stage for the competition from February 16 to 19. The city had not hosted this tournament since the 84-85 season.
Former international players Jordi Villacampa, also former president of La Penya, and Juanma López Iturriana took the balls out of the draw that also saw the Real Madrid-Valencia quarter-final matches (Thursday, 16 at 6.30pm) and the Lenovo Canarian derby Tenerife-Cazoo Baskonia (Friday, 17 at 18.30). Barça will play the match against Malaga on Thursday at 9.30pm, and the green-and-blacks will do so at the same time the following day.
A priori, the draw determined a high part of the table with teams with more potential, even if only because of the presence of whites and blues, first and second ranked in the league. In case of victories, the team of Jasikevicius and Chus Mateo would play the first semi-final on Saturday 18 at 18.30. The second will take place at 21.30. The final will be played on Sunday, February 19 at 7:00 p.m. All matches will be offered by Movistar.
The result of the draw therefore makes a final between Barça and Madrid unviable, which has happened in four of the last five final stages. In the 2020 edition, the Whites prevailed against Unicaja in Malaga. Barça is the current champion of the tournament after its victory last year in Granada (59-64) in an edition in which Nikola Mirotic was elected MVP of the competition.
The draw was made yesterday, the day after the first round of the ACB closed. Girona, with 7-10, was two wins away from being able to qualify.