2000–01 FIBA SuproLeague

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2000-01 FIBA SuproLeague
FIBA Europe.svg
SuproLeague
League FIBA SuproLeague
Sport Basketball
Season
Season MVP United States Nate Huffman (Maccabi Tel Aviv)
Top scorer Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Miroslav Berić (Partizan)
Final Four
Champions Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
  Runners-up Greece Panathinaikos
Final Four MVP United States Ariel McDonald (Maccabi Tel Aviv)
FIBA SuproLeague seasons

FIBA SuproLeague was the FIBA professional club basketball Champions' Cup for the 2000–01 season. Up until that season, there was one cup, the FIBA European Champions' Cup (which is now called the Euroleague), though in this season of 2000–01, the leading European teams split into two competitions: the FIBA SuproLeague and Euroleague Basketball Company's Euroleague 2000–01.

European Champions' Cup teams divided[edit]

The Euroleague (or historically called, the European Champions' Cup) was originally established by FIBA and it operated under its umbrella from 1958 until the summer of 2000, concluding with the 1999–00 season. That was when Euroleague Basketball Company was created.

Amazingly, FIBA had never trademarked the "Euroleague" name and Euroleague Basketball simply used it without any legal ramifications because FIBA had no legal recourse to do anything about it, so they had to find a new name for their league. Thus, the following 2000–2001 season started with 2 separate top European professional club basketball competitions: the FIBA SuproLeague (previously known as the FIBA Euroleague) and the brand new Euroleague 2000–01 season.

The rift in European professional club basketball initially showed no signs of letting up. Top clubs were also split between the two leagues: Panathinaikos, Maccabi Tel Aviv, CSKA Moscow and Efes Pilsen stayed with FIBA, while Olympiacos, Kinder Bologna, Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Baskonia and Benetton Treviso joined Euroleague Basketball.

Format[edit]

The first phase was a regular season, in which the twenty competing teams were drawn into two groups, each containing ten teams. Each team played every other team in its group at home and away, resulting in 18 games for each team. The top 8 teams in each group advanced to the Round of 16, and the winners of this round advanced to the Quarter-finals. Both of the rounds were played in a Best-of-three playoff System. The winning teams of the Quarter-finals qualified to the Final Four, which was held in the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy, Paris on 10–13 in May 2001.

Regular Season[edit]

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 eight places in each group advance to Playoff

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1. Greece Panathinaikos 18 13 5 1477 1364 +113
2. Russia CSKA Moscow 18 12 6 1429 1376 +53
3. Croatia Croatia Osiguranje Split 18 12 6 1363 1335 +28
4. Turkey Ülker 18 11 7 1481 1419 +62
5. Germany Alba Berlin 18 9 9 1439 1408 +31
6. France ASVEL 18 9 9 1413 1400 +13
7. Lithuania Lietuvos Rytas 18 7 11 1522 1536 −14
8. Poland Śląsk Wrocław 18 7 11 1432 1446 −14
9. Italy Montepaschi Siena 18 6 12 1406 1495 −89
10. Israel Maccabi Raanana 18 4 14 1294 1477 −183

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1. Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv 18 15 3 1616 1343 +273
2. Turkey Efes Pilsen 18 13 5 1478 1386 +92
3. Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Partizan 18 11 7 1492 1517 −25
4. Greece Iraklis 18 10 8 1494 1504 −10
5. Italy Scavolini Pesaro 18 9 9 1594 1518 +76
6. France Pau-Orthez 18 9 9 1486 1432 +54
7. Belgium Telindus Oostende 18 8 10 1478 1544 −66
8. Slovenia Krka 18 7 11 1401 1487 −86
9. Germany Bayer Leverkusen 18 6 12 1559 1624 −65
10. Sweden Plannja 18 2 16 1394 1637 −243

Round of 16[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg 3rd leg
Panathinaikos Greece 2–0 Slovenia Krka 82–65 86–79
CSKA Moscow Russia 2–0 Belgium Telindus Oostende 94–76 77–70
Efes Pilsen Turkey 2–1 Lithuania Lietuvos Rytas 89–78 69–73 86-67
Maccabi Tel Aviv Israel 2–0 Poland Śląsk Wrocław 81–75 85–62
Ülker Turkey 1–2 Italy Scavolini Pesaro 91–81 83–96 85-88
Croatia Osiguranje Split Croatia 2–0 France Pau-Orthez 79–78 85–83
Partizan Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1–2 France ASVEL 80–73 76–94 62-73
Iraklis Greece 1–2 Germany Alba Berlin 78–67 77–88 75-86

Quarterfinals[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg 3rd leg
Panathinaikos Greece 2–0 Germany Alba Berlin 87–77 71–69
CSKA Moscow Russia 2–0 France ASVEL 78–63 82–76
Efes Pilsen Turkey 2–1 Croatia Croatia Osiguranje Split 95–69 64–72 82-59
Maccabi Tel Aviv Israel 2–0 Italy Scavolini Pesaro 80–69 84–77

Final Four[edit]

Semi finals[edit]

May 11, Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy, Paris

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Panathinaikos Greece 74–66 Turkey Efes Pilsen
Maccabi Tel Aviv Israel 86–80 Russia CSKA Moscow

3rd place game[edit]

May 13, Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy, Paris

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Efes Pilsen Turkey 91–85 Russia CSKA Moscow

Final[edit]

May 13, Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy, Paris

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Panathinaikos Greece 67–81 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv


2000-01 FIBA SuproLeague
Champions
Israel
Maccabi Tel Aviv
3rd Title

Final standings[edit]

Team
Coppa del Campionato di Pallacanestro.png Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
Silver medal europe.svg Greece Panathinaikos
Bronze medal europe.svg Turkey Efes Pilsen
Russia CSKA Moscow

Final Four 2001 MVP[edit]

United States Ariel McDonald (Maccabi Tel Aviv)

Two continental champions[edit]

In May 2001, Europe had two continental champions, Maccabi Tel Aviv of the FIBA SuproLeague and Kinder Bologna of Euroleague Basketball Company's Euroleague. The leaders of both organizations realized the need to come up with a new single competition. Negotiating from the position of strength, Euroleague Basketball Company dictated proceedings and FIBA essentially had no choice but to agree to their terms. As a result, the Euroleague was fully integrated under Euroleague Basketball Company's umbrella and teams that competed in the FIBA SuproLeague during the 2000–01 season joined it as well. It is today officially admitted that European basketball had two champions that year, Maccabi of the FIBA SuproLeague and Kinder Bologna of the Euroleague Basketball Company's Euroleague.

The current Euroleague is formed[edit]

A year later, Euroleague Basketball Company and FIBA decided that Euroleague Basketball's Euroleague competition would be the main basketball tournament on the continent, to be played between the top level teams of Europe. FIBA Europe would also organize a European league for third tier level teams, known as the FIBA Europe League competition, while Euroleague Basketball would also organize its own second tier level league, combining FIBA's long-time Korać Cup and Saporta Cup competitions into one new competition, the Eurocup. In 2005, Euroleague Basketball and FIBA decided to cooperate with each other and have been jointly cooperating since then.

In essence, the authority in European professional basketball was divided over club-country lines. FIBA stayed in charge of national team competitions (like the FIBA EuroBasket, the FIBA World Cup, and the Summer Olympics), while Euroleague Basketball took over the European professional club competitions. From that point on, FIBA's Korać Cup and Saporta Cup competitions lasted only one more season before folding, which was when Euroleague Basketball launched the Eurocup.

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