|No. of teams||15|
|Continent||FIBA Europe (Europe)|
|Related competitions||Italian Basketball Cup
Italian Basketball Supercup
Italian Legadue Cup
|Level on pyramid||2nd Tier (Italy)|
|Promotion to||Lega Basket Serie A|
|Relegation to||National A Division|
|Official website||legaduebasket.it (Italian)|
Legadue Basket or Lega2 Basket (English: Basket League Two, Basket League2), is the second-tier division of professional club basketball in Italy. Prior to the 2001-02 season, it was previously called Serie A2. Legadue has a different board from the one which operates the country's top-level Serie A, although they are both regulated by the FIP (Italian Basketball Federation).
League system and format
Legadue regular season is composed of 16 teams playing two legs of 15 matches: in each leg the teams face all the others one time, home or away, in the second leg matches are played with reversed field. Two teams advanced to Serie A — the first placed team in regular season, automatically promoted, and the winner of a playoff tournament involving the next eight teams in the regular-season standings, with 3 rounds on 5 matches (H-H-A-A-H schedule). The last 2 teams in regular season are relegated to Divisione Nazionale A (DNA), the first division of the Italian amateur basketball system (although many, if not all, of the teams at that level are effectively semi-professional).
The first 4 teams in Legadue standings at the end of first leg compete on a final four system for assignment of Coppa Italia di Legadue, the second national cup of Italian basketball, in a weekend at the end of February.
Legadue teams are required to follow a rule of prevalence of Italian players in roster composition, which imposes to line up at least six Italian-trained players (which played a minimum number of years in Italian youth series), up to one Italian naturalized player, up to one EU player, and up to two non-EU players.
Results of the 2011-12 season
Promoted to Serie A
Relegated from Serie A
No other team relegated from Serie A since an increase in number of Serie A teams was originally foreseen for 2012/13 season only
Relegated to DNA
No other team relegated since only 15 teams participated in the 2011/12 Legadue season
Promoted from DNA
At the end of the season, Unione Cestistica Piacentina Piacenza decided not to enroll for the new season, while Ostuni Basket was not admitted due to bankruptcy. The 2 free places have been assigned to previously relegated Fulgor Libertas Forlì and to best non promoted available team from DNA series Orlandina Basket.
|Season||Champions||Other team promoted|
|2001-02||Pastificio di Nola Napoli||-|
|2002-03||Sanic Teramo||Pallacanestro Messina|
|2003-04||Bipop Reggio Emilia||Sicc Cucine Jesi|
|2004-05||Upea Capo d'Orlando||Caffè Maxim Bologna|
|2005-06||Eurorida Scafati||Premiata Montegranaro|
|2006-07||Sebastiani Rieti||Scavolini Pesaro|
|2007-08||Carife Ferrara||Pepsi Caserta|
|2008-09||Pallacanestro Varese||Vanoli Soresina|
|2009-10||Enel Brindisi||Dinamo Sassari|
|2010-11||A.S. Junior Pallacanestro Casale||Reyer Venezia|
|2011-12||Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia||Enel Brindisi|
Appearances (through the 2011-12 season)
- Nuova Pallacanestro Pavia quit the series after selling entitlement to participate to Scaligera Basket Verona in 2010-11.
- Aurora Basket Jesi was relegated in 2009-10, but readmitted in the series after strike off of Nuova Sebastiani Napoli from Serie A dued to financial and ethical rules violation.
- Andrea Costa Imola also underwent 3 relegations, and in all 3 cases was readmitted in the series: in 2004-05 after bankruptcy of Pallacanestro Messina, in 2007-08 after bankruptcy of Viola Reggio Calabria and in 2009-10 after bankruptcy of Basket Livorno.
- Novara underwent 3 relegations, but was readmitted in the series for 2 times: in 2003-04 after bankruptcy of Virtus Bologna from Serie A and in 2007-08 after moving entitlement to participate in the series from Castelletto Ticino.
- A.S. Junior Pallacanestro Casale was relegated in 2005-06, but readmitted in the series after bankruptcy of Roseto Basket from Serie A.
- Fabriano Basket was relegated in 2004-05, but readmitted in the series after bankruptcy of Victoria Libertas Pesaro, later in 2008-09 it quit the series after moving entitlement to participate to Roseto
- Progresso Castelmaggiore quit the series after selling entitlement to participate to Virtus Pallacanestro Bologna in 2004-05.
- Basket Draghi Castelletto Ticino quit the series after moving entitlement to participate to Novara in 2007-08.
- Basket Livorno quit the series due to bankruptcy in 2009-10, thus never being relegated.
- Centro sportivo Borgomanero quit the series after moving entitlement to participate to Novara in 2002-03, thus never being relegated.
- Viola Reggio Calabria quit the series due to bankruptcy in 2007-08, thus never being relegated.
- Nuova Pallacanestro Vigevano quit the series due to bankruptcy in 2010-11, thus never being relegated.
- Basket Rimini Crabs quit the series due to bankruptcy in 2011-12, thus never being relegated.
- Pallalcesto Amatori Udine quit the series due to bankruptcy in 2011-12, thus never being relegated.
- Unione Cestistica Casalpusterlengo quit the series in 2011-12 after deciding to enroll for the new development league (DNA) in order to have possibility to come back to its traditional homefield of Codogno, too small for LegaDue standard, and to follow its tradition of young players development
- Basket Club Ferrara quit the series after moving entitlement to participate to Biancoblù Basket Bologna, newfounded club with the aim of giving new life to historical Fortitudo Bologna, in 2011-12, thus never being relegated.
- Scaligera Basket Verona was relegated in 2010-11, but readmitted in the series after bankruptcy of Basket Rimini Crabs.
The Legadue Best Coach award was established in the 2003-04 season.
|2003–04||Fabrizio Frates||Pallacanestro Reggiana|
|2004–05||Giovanni Perdichizzi||Orlandina Basket|
|2005–06||Luca Dalmonte||Basket Club Ferrara|
|2006–07||Giampiero Ticchi||Basket Rimini Crabs|
|2007–08||Sandro Dell'Agnello||Basket Livorno|
|2008-09||Andrea Trinchieri||Veroli Basket|
|2009–10||Luigi Garelli||Nuova Pallacanestro Vigevano|
|2010–11||Giulio Griccioli||Scafati Basket|
|2011–12||Massimiliano Menetti||Pallacanestro Reggiana|
|2009–10||Omar Thomas||New Basket Brindisi|
|2010–11||Ricky Hickman||Junior Casale|
|2011–12||Dwight Hardy||Pistoia Basket|
- Italian Basketball Federation
- Italian Basketball League
- Italian Cup
- Italian Supercup
- Italian Legadue Cup