2003–04 Euroleague

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2003-04 Euroleague
League Euroleague
Sport Basketball
Season
Season MVP Lithuania Arvydas Sabonis (Žalgiris)
(Regular Season)
Lithuania Arvydas Sabonis (Žalgiris) (Top 16)
Top scorer United States Lynn Greer (Slask Wrocław)
Final Four
Champions Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
  Runners-up Italy Skipper Bologna
Final Four MVP United States Anthony Parker (Maccabi Tel Aviv)
Euroleague Basketball seasons

The Euroleague is an international professional basketball club competition for elite clubs throughout Europe. The 2003–2004 season featured 24 competing teams from 13 different countries. The final of the competition was held in Nokia Arena, Tel Aviv, Israel, with hosts Maccabi Tel Aviv[1] defeating Skipper Bologna 118-74.

Regular Season[edit]

The first phase is a regular season, in which the competing teams are drawn into three groups, each containing eight teams. Each team plays every other team in its group at home and away, resulting in 14 games for each team in the first stage. The top 5 teams in each group and the best sixth-placed team advance to the next round. The complete list of tiebreakers is provided in the lead-in to the Regular Season results.

If one or more clubs are level on won-lost record, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:

  1. Head-to-head record in matches between the tied clubs
  2. Overall point difference in games between the tied clubs
  3. Overall point difference in all group matches (first tiebreaker if tied clubs are not in the same group)
  4. Points scored in all group matches
  5. Sum of quotients of points scored and points allowed in each group match
Key to colors
     Top five places in each group, plus highest-ranked sixth-place team, advance to Top 16

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1. Spain FC Barcelona 14 12 2 1086 937 +149
2. Croatia Cibona 14 8 6 1122 1101 +21
3. Turkey Ülker 14 8 6 1023 1050 -27
4. Slovenia Union Olimpija 14 6 8 1093 1123 -30
5. France Pau-Orthez 14 6 8 1141 1130 +11
6. Greece AEK 14 6 8 1066 1099 -33
7. Serbia and Montenegro Partizan 14 6 8 1081 1078 +3
8. Italy Lottomatica Roma 14 4 10 997 1091 -94

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1. Russia CSKA Moscow 14 11 3 1118 984 +134
2. Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv 14 11 3 1261 1169 +92
3. Italy Skipper Bologna 14 8 6 1206 1173 +33
4. Italy Montepaschi Siena 14 8 6 1142 1142 0
5. Greece Panathinaikos 14 7 7 1141 1113 +28
6. Lithuania Žalgiris 14 7 7 1083 1068 +15
7. Spain Unicaja Málaga 14 4 10 1051 1111 -60
8. Slovenia Krka 14 2 12 947 1189 -242

Top 16[edit]

The surviving teams are divided into four groups of four teams each, and again a round robin system is adopted resulting in 6 games each, with the top team advancing to the Final Four. Tiebreakers are identical to those used in the Regular Season.

This was the last season in which teams advanced directly from the Top 16 to the Final Four. A quarterfinal round was introduced in the 2004-05 season.

The draw was held in accordance with Euroleague rules.

The teams were placed into four pools, as follows:

Level 1: The three group winners, plus the top-ranked second-place team

Level 2: The remaining second-place teams, plus the top two third-place teams

Level 3: The remaining third-place team, plus the three fourth-place teams

Level 4: The fifth-place teams, plus the top ranked sixth-place team

Each Top 16 group included one team from each pool. The draw was conducted under the following restrictions:

  1. No more than two teams from the same Regular Season group can be placed in the same Top 16 group.
  2. No more than two teams from the same country can be placed in the same Top 16 group.
  3. If there is a conflict between these two restrictions, (1) will receive priority.

Another draw was held to determine the order of fixtures. In cases of two teams from the same city in the Top 16 (Panathinaikos and Olympiacos, Efes Pilsen and Ülker) they were scheduled so that every week only one team would be at home.

Key to colors
     Top place in each group advance to Final four

Group D[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1. Russia CSKA Moscow 6 5 1 477 436 +41
2. Spain Tau Cerámica 6 4 2 505 477 +28
3. Croatia Cibona 6 2 4 422 449 -27
4. Greece Olympiacos 6 1 5 436 477 -41

Group E[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1. Italy Skipper Bologna 6 5 1 484 457 +27
2. Turkey Efes Pilsen 6 4 2 427 390 +37
3. France Pau-Orthez 6 2 4 452 486 −34
4. Slovenia Union Olimpija 6 1 5 438 468 −30

Group F[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1. Italy Montepaschi Siena 6 4 2 498 461 +37
2. Italy Benetton Treviso 6 4 2 510 494 +16
3. Spain FC Barcelona 6 2 4 445 452 −7
4. Greece Panathinaikos 6 2 4 460 506 −46

Group G[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1. Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv 6 4 2 452 406 +46
2. Lithuania Žalgiris 6 3 3 520 507 +13
3 Spain Pamesa Valencia 6 3 3 418 421 -3
4. Turkey Ülker 6 1 5 449 505 −56

Final Four[edit]

Semifinals[edit]

April 29, Nokia Arena, Tel Aviv

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Montepaschi Siena Italy 102–103 Italy Skipper Bologna
Maccabi Tel Aviv Israel 93–85 Russia CSKA Moscow

3rd place game[edit]

May 1, Nokia Arena, Tel Aviv

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Montepaschi Siena Italy 94–97 Russia CSKA Moscow

Final[edit]

May 1, Nokia Arena, Tel Aviv

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Maccabi Tel Aviv Israel 118–74 Italy Skipper Bologna


2003-04 Euroleague
Champions
Israel
Maccabi Tel Aviv
4th Title

Final standings[edit]

Team
Coppa del Campionato di Pallacanestro.png Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
Silver medal europe.svg Italy Skipper Bologna
Bronze medal europe.svg Russia CSKA Moscow
Italy Montepaschi Siena

Final Four 2004 MVP[edit]

United States Anthony Parker (Maccabi Tel Aviv)

Awards[edit]

Regular Season MVP[edit]

Top 16 MVP[edit]

Final Four MVP[edit]

All-Euroleague First Team 2003–2004[edit]

All-Euroleague Second Team 2003–2004[edit]

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ The venue for each year's Final Four is determined before the previous year's Final Four, before it can possibly be known who will advance.

External links[edit]