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Real Madrid's form heading into Copa del Rey

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NEWS | 13/02/2019

The Whites are the strongest of the eight participating teams in terms of offense, valaration, rebounds, blocks and fouls received.
This Thursday sees the 2019 Copa del Rey get under way in Madrid. The Whites, who have secured the title in five of the last seven editions, head into the tournament bidding to clinch their second piece of silverware of the campaign after lifting the Super Cup in Santiago de Compostela. The stats from the first half of the campaign certainly offer reason for optimism. Of the eight participating teams, Real Madrid is the top performing side in offense (88.8 points on average), index rating (105.2), defensive rebounds (26.8) and total rebounds (36.9), blocks (3.6) and fouls drawn (22.1)

Real Madrid averages almost 90 points in the league, with Llull (13.5) leading a group of eight players who have posted between seven and 14 points on average. The Whites are followed in the rankings by Barcelona (87.4), Unicaja 86 and Baskonia (83.9). The madridistas' quarter-final opponents, Estudiantes, lie in fifth with an average of 82.2 points.

Index rating
Madrid boasts an average index rating of 102.5. Second-placed Barcelona is the only team to exceed the 100-point mark (102.7) Tavares has the highest PIR (14.1) in a team that has a further five players on double digits in this department (Campazzo, Llull, Reyes, Ayón and Thompkins). Unicaja lie in third spot (97.7), Baskonia in fourth (97.2) and Valencia Basket in fifth (89.1) in the rankings.

Real Madrid has tasted glory in five of the last seven editions of the Copa del Rey.

One of the key areas of Real Madrid's game is the side's ability on rebounds, where again Madrid is the standout team of the eight participants, grabbing an average of 36.9 rebounds per game. Ayón (6.8) and Tavares (6.7) are the team's leading lights in this department. On the defensive rebounds, Laso's charges lead the way in the league with an average of almost 27 per game. The top five in the Copa del Rey standings is completed by Barcelona (36.8), Baskonia (35.1), Joventut (34.9) and Estudiantes (34.6).

In this facet of the game, the Whites are head and shoulders above their Copa del Rey opponents. Madrid tops the ACB rankings with an average of 3.65 blocks per game. The Whites have posted 73 blocks, which is 13 more than Joventut (60) and 18 more than Baskonia (55). There's one player who excels in these stakes: Tavares, with an average of two per game.

Fouls drawn
Stopping Real Madrid in its tracks is no mean feat and the 22.1 fouls drawn per game is testament to that. Campazzo has drawn the most fouls (four), followed by Reyes (three). Unicaja (21.6) and Barcelona (21) are amongst the other teams to have received the most fouls.