2003–04 Euroleague

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Main article: Euroleague Basketball
Euroleague 2003-04
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 Yad Eliyahu Sports Hall, Tel Aviv, Israel, with hosts Maccabi Tel Aviv[1] defeating Skipper Bologna 118-74.

Format[edit]

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.

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.

Final Four format[edit]

The culminating stage of the Euroleague in which the four remaining teams play a semifinal match and the winners of those advance to the final. The losers play in a third-place playoff. The team which is victorious in the Final will be Euroleague champion.

Regular Season[edit]

Key to colors
     Top five places in each group, plus highest-ranked sixth-place team,
advance to Top 16
     Eliminated

Tiebreakers:

  • Head-to-head record in matches between the tied clubs
  • Overall point difference in games between the tied clubs
  • Overall point difference in all group matches (first tiebreaker if tied clubs are not in the same group)
  • Points scored in all group matches
  • Sum of quotients of points scored and points allowed in each group match

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 Athens 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

Group C[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1. Turkey Efes Pilsen 14 10 4 1066 1002 64
2. Italy Benetton Treviso 14 10 4 1185 1067 118
3. Spain Pamesa Valencia 14 9 5 1149 1089 60
4. Spain Tau Cerámica 14 9 5 1183 1127 56
5. Greece Olympiacos 14 7 7 1109 1108 1
6. Poland Śląsk Wrocław 14 6 8 1110 1163 -53
7. Germany Alba Berlin 14 3 11 1075 1170 -95
8. France ASVEL 14 2 12 982 1133 -151

Top 16[edit]

The draw was held in accordance with Euroleague rules.

The teams were placed into four pools, as follows:

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
     First place in each group advance to the Final Four
     Eliminated from contention

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]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Skipper Bologna Italy 103 – 102 (OT) Italy Montepaschi Siena Yad Eliyahu Arena, Tel Aviv April 29, 2004

Semifinal 2[edit]

Maccabi Tel Aviv Israel 93 – 85 Russia CSKA Moscow Yad Eliyahu Arena, Tel Aviv April 29, 2004

Third Place[edit]

CSKA Moscow Russia 97 – 94 Italy Montepaschi Siena Yad Eliyahu Arena, Tel Aviv May 1, 2004

Final[edit]

Maccabi Tel Aviv Israel 118 – 74 Italy Skipper Bologna Yad Eliyahu Arena, Tel Aviv May 1, 2004
Euroleague 2004 Champions
Maccabi.png
Maccabi Tel Aviv
Fourth title

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]