2002–03 Euroleague

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Euroleague
Barcelona Palau San Jordi 001.jpg
The Final Four was held in Palau Sant Jordi
Season 2002–03
Champions Spain FC Barcelona (1st title)
Runners-up Italy Benetton Treviso
Third place Italy Montepaschi Siena
Fourth place Russia CSKA Moscow
Teams 24 (from 13 countries)
Games played 220 (total)
Awards
Regular Season MVP United States Joseph Blair
Top 16 MVP Turkey Mirsad Türkcan
Final Four MVP Serbia and Montenegro Dejan Bodiroga
Young Player Greece Antonis Fotsis
Statistical leaders
Index Rating Turkey Mirsad Türkcan
24.0
Points United States Alphonso Ford
17.9
Rebounds Turkey Mirsad Türkcan
11.8
Assists Russia J.R. Holden
4.4

The 2002–03 Euroleague was the third season of the professional basketball competition for elite clubs throughout Europe, organised by Euroleague Basketball Company, and it was the 46th season of the premier competition for European men's clubs overall. The 2002–03 season featured 24 competing teams from 13 different countries. The final of the competition was held in Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona, Spain, with hosts FC Barcelona defeating Benetton Treviso 76-65.

Regular season[edit]

The first phase was a regular season, in which the competing teams were drawn into three groups, each containing eight teams. Each team played 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 advanced to the next round. The complete list of tiebreakers was provided in the lead-in to the Regular Season results.

If one or more clubs were level on won-lost record, tiebreakers were 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 were 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

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Qualification
1 Italy Benetton Treviso 14 11 3 1253 1108 +145 Advance to Top 16
2 Spain FC Barcelona 14 11 3 1137 1048 +89
3 Turkey Efes Pilsen 14 8 6 1072 998 +74
4 Italy Skipper Bologna 14 8 6 1085 1087 −2
5 Croatia Cibona VIP 14 7 7 1066 1118 −52
6 France Pau-Orthez 14 6 8 1076 1124 −48
7 Germany Alba Berlin 14 4 10 1064 1172 −108
8 Greece AEK Athens 14 1 13 1000 1098 −98
Source: Euroleague

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Qualification
1 Greece Panathinaikos 14 11 3 1103 1039 +64 Advance to Top 16
2 Spain Tau Cerámica 14 9 5 1126 1090 +36
3 Slovenia Union Olimpija 14 9 5 1105 1052 +53
4 Spain Unicaja Málaga 14 7 7 1060 1058 +2
5 Israel Maccabi Elite 14 7 7 1129 1081 +48
6 Italy Montepaschi Siena 14 6 8 1132 1195 −63
7 Lithuania Žalgiris 14 5 9 1141 1195 −54
8 Serbia and Montenegro Budućnost 14 2 12 1108 1297 −189
Source: Euroleague

Group C[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Qualification
1 Russia CSKA Moscow 14 12 2 1148 1004 +144 Advance to Top 16
2 Turkey Ülker 14 10 4 1115 1064 +51
3 Greece Olympiacos 14 7 7 1066 1041 +25
4 Italy Virtus Bologna 14 6 8 1102 1119 −17
5 France ASVEL 14 6 8 1114 1138 −24
6 Spain Real Madrid 14 6 8 1094 1113 −19
7 Poland Idea Śląsk Wrocław 14 5 9 1039 1125 −86
8 Serbia and Montenegro Partizan 14 4 10 1109 1183 −74
Source: Euroleague

Top 16[edit]

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

Group D[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Qualification
1 Russia CSKA Moscow 6 5 1 499 399 +100 Advance to Final Four
2 Turkey Efes Pilsen 6 4 2 425 431 −6
3 Croatia Cibona VIP 6 2 4 447 499 −52
4 Spain Unicaja Málaga 6 1 5 474 516 −42
Source: Euroleague

Group E[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Qualification
1 Italy Montepaschi Siena 6 4 2 510 484 +26 Advance to Final Four
2 Italy Skipper Bologna 6 3 3 350 448 −98
3 Greece Panathinaikos 6 3 3 482 506 −24
4 Turkey Ülker 6 2 4 480 484 −4
Source: Euroleague

Group F[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Qualification
1 Italy Benetton Treviso 6 6 0 522 452 +70 Advance to Final Four
2 Israel Maccabi Elite 6 4 2 537 477 +60
3 Spain Tau Cerámica 6 2 4 502 516 −14
4 Italy Virtus Bologna 6 0 6 448 564 −116
Source: Euroleague

Group G[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Qualification
1 Spain FC Barcelona 6 5 1 448 424 +24 Advance to Final Four
2 Greece Olympiacos 6 3 3 427 419 +8
3 Slovenia Union Olimpija 6 3 3 445 438 +7
4 France ASVEL 6 1 5 436 475 −39
Source: Euroleague

Final Four[edit]

The Final Four was played from 9 May until 11 May 2003 and was held in the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona.

 
Semifinals
9 May
Final
11 May
 
           
 
 
 
 
Russia CSKA Moscow 71
 
 
 
Spain FC Barcelona 76
 
Spain FC Barcelona 76
 
 
 
Italy Benetton Treviso 65
 
Italy Montepaschi Siena 62
 
 
Italy Benetton Treviso 65
 
Third Place
 
 
 
 
 
Russia CSKA Moscow 78
 
 
Italy Montepaschi Siena 79

Awards[edit]

Regular Season MVP[edit]

Player Team
United States Joseph Blair Turkey Ülker

Top 16 MVP[edit]

Player Team
Turkey Mirsad Türkcan Italy Montepaschi Siena

Final Four MVP[edit]

Player Team
Serbia and Montenegro Dejan Bodiroga Spain FC Barcelona

Best Young Player[edit]

Player Team
Greece Antonis Fotsis Greece Panathinaikos

All-Euroleague First Team[edit]

Player Team
United States Tyus Edney Italy Benetton Treviso
United States Alphonso Ford Italy Montepaschi Siena
Serbia and Montenegro Dejan Bodiroga Spain FC Barcelona
Spain Jorge Garbajosa Italy Benetton Treviso
United States Victor Alexander Russia CSKA Moscow

All-Euroleague Second Team[edit]

Player Team
Serbia and Montenegro Miloš Vujanić Serbia and Montenegro Partizan
United States Marcus Brown Turkey Efes Pilsen
Argentina Andrés Nocioni Spain Tau Cerámica
Turkey Mirsad Türkcan Italy Montepaschi Siena
Croatia Nikola Vujčić Israel Maccabi Elite

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