2012.3.9 Weekend PicksKBL Playoffs
Ulsan Mobis Phoebus (1-0) at Jeonju KCC Egis (0-1)
Jeonju Gymnasium, Jeonju, North Jeolla
Friday, 7 p.m.
The Phoebus thrashed the Egis 91-65 in the first game and took advantage in this best-of-five series.
Throughout the past 30 first-round playoffs in the KBL, only one team has failed to advance to the next round after winning the opening game.
The Egis are suffering the absence of point guard Jeon Tae-poong, who is currently recovering from a hamstring injury.
Jeon’s absence left Phoebus point guard Yang Dong-geun free throughout the first game. Yang scored 26 points, including six 3-pointers, while Terrence Leather added 33 points and grabbed 14 rebounds.
The Egis is believed to have the advantage in the low post, with 221-centimeter (seven feet, three inches) Ha Seung-jin, the tallest player in the KBL, and 204-centimeter Jameel Watkins.
Chunnam Dragons (0-1-0) at FC Seoul (0-1-0)
Seoul World Cup Stadium, western Seoul
Saturday, 3 p.m.
Both teams will look for their first win of the season.
Chunnam had a scoreless stalemate with Gangwon FC, while Seoul ended up 1-1 stalemate against Daegu FC.
Chunnam was last season’s best defensive team along with Ulsan Hyundai, allowing only 29 goals in 30 matches.
The team brought Australian international Matthew Blake Simon to boost its attack.
It will be interesting to see whether Seoul coach Choi Yong-soo will play Montenegrin striker Dejan Damjanovic after publicly denouncing him for not giving his best in the season opener.
Suwon Samsung Bluewings (1-0-0) at Incheon United (0-0-1)
Incheon football-only stadium, Incheon
Sunday, 2 p.m.
This will be the first match at the new stadium for Incheon United, who previously played at Incheon World Cup Stadium.
The football-only stadium, tentative called Soongeui Arena, was completed after five years of construction and can accommodate 21,000 fans with the latest facilities.
Incheon lost its opening match 3-1 against Jeju United, but should be motivated by the opening of the new stadium.
Suwon snatched a 1-0 victory against Busan I’Park last week, thanks to a goal from Everton Cardoso da Silva.
The teams split their two encounters last season, but Suwon has the overall head-to-head record against Incheon, leading by 13 wins, five draws and three losses.