UNICS Returns to ULEB Cup
The top ULEB Cup regular season team from last season, Unics Kazan of Russia, will return to the competition in 2006-07 after being chosen on Thursday to replace Dynamo St. Petersburg. As a semifinalist in last season's Russian League playoffs, Unics was the next-ranked team in that country after St. Petersburg. For the upcoming 2006-07 ULEB Cup regular season, Unics will join Group D, which also includes Crvena Zvezda of Serbia, Real Madrid of Spain, Dexia-Mons of Belgium, EiffelTowers of Holland and PAOK of Greece. Unics will play its first game at home against Dexia-Mons on October 31. Unics made its ULEB Cup debut in style last year, running up a 9-1 regular season record, the best among all 24 teams, only to lose both games it played in the first elimination round.