2018–19 Basketball Champions League

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Basketball Champions League
Competition details
Season 2018–19
Teams 55
Dates 20 September 2018 – 6 May 2019
2019–20

The 2018–19 Basketball Champions League is the third season of the Basketball Champions League (BCL), a European-wide professional basketball competition for clubs, that was launched by FIBA. The competition began in September 2018, with the qualifying rounds, and will conclude in May 2019.

Eligibility of players[edit]

In 2017, FIBA agreed to adopt eligibility rules, forcing the clubs to have at least 5 home-grown players in rosters of 11 or 12 players, or at least four, if the team has got fewer players.

Team allocation[edit]

A total of 56 teams (19 of which are champions) from 28 countries will participate in the 2018–19 Basketball Champions League.[1] On July 11, 2018, Kalev/Cramo was replaced by Z-Mobile Prishtina. On July 12, 2018, Eskişehir announced their withdrawal from the competition, leaving an open spot in group C[2] that would be occupied by Lietkabelis.[3]

Teams[edit]

League positions after eventual Playoffs of the previous season shown in parentheses (TH: Champions League title holders; FEC: FIBA Europe Cup title holders).

Regular season
France Le Mans Sarthe (1st) Greece Promitheas (4th) Spain Iberostar Tenerife (8th) Turkey Beşiktaş Sompo Japan (5th)
France SIG Strasbourg (3rd) Greece AEKTH (5th) Spain Montakit Fuenlabrada (9th) Belgium Filou Oostende (1st)
France JDA Dijon (5th) Italy Umana Reyer VeneziaFEC (3rd) Israel Hapoel Unet Holon (2nd) Latvia Ventspils (1st)
Germany MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg (3rd) Italy Sidigas Avellino (5th) Israel Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem (3rd) Poland Anwil Włocławek (1st)
Germany Brose Bamberg (4th) Italy Segafredo Virtus Bologna (9th) Lithuania Neptūnas (3rd) Slovenia Petrol Olimpija (1st)
Germany Telekom Baskets Bonn (5th) Czech Republic ČEZ Nymburk (1st) Lithuania Lietkabelis (4th)
Greece PAOK (3rd) Czech Republic Opava (2nd) Turkey Banvit (4th)
Third qualifying round
Czech Republic JIP Pardubice (3rd) France Nanterre 92 (7th) Turkey Sakarya Büyükşehir (8th)
Spain UCAM Murcia (10th) Germany medi Bayreuth (6th)
First qualifying round
Belgium Telenet Giants Antwerp (2nd) Cyprus Petrolina AEK Larnaca (1st) Greece Aris (9th) Netherlands Donar (1st)
Belgium Spirou (3rd) Denmark Bakken Bears (1st) Hungary Szolnoki Olaj (1st) Poland Polski Cukier Toruń (3rd)
Russia Avtodor (6th) Spain Movistar Estudiantes (11th) Israel Hapoel SP Tel Aviv (4th) Portugal Porto (2nd)
Russia Nizhny Novgorod (7th) Finland Karhu (1st) Italy Red October Cantù (7th) Romania Oradea (1st)
Belarus Tsmoki-Minsk (1st) United Kingdom Leicester Riders (1st) Kosovo Z-Mobile Prishtina (2nd) Sweden Norrköping Dolphins (1st)
Bulgaria Levski Lukoil (1st) Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi (1st) Lithuania Šiauliai (5th) Switzerland Fribourg Olympic (1st)

Round and draw dates[edit]

The schedule of the competition is as follows (all draws are held at the FIBA headquarters in Mies, Switzerland, unless stated otherwise):[4]

Phase Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Qualifying rounds First qualifying round 11 July 2018 20–21 September 2018 22–24 September 2018
Second qualifying round 25–26 September 2018 27–29 September 2018
Third qualifying round 1 October 2018 4 October 2018
Regular season Matchday 1 9–10 October 2018
Matchday 2 16–17 October 2018
Matchday 3 23–24 October 2018
Matchday 4 30–31 October 2018
Matchday 5 6–7 November 2018
Matchday 6 13–14 November 2018
Matchday 7 20-21 November 2018
Matchday 8 11–12 December 2018
Matchday 9 18–19 December 2018
Matchday 10 8–9 January 2019
Matchday 11 15–16 January 2019
Matchday 12 22–23 January 2019
Matchday 13 29–30 January 2019
Matchday 14 5–6 February 2019
Play-offs Round of 16 8 February 2019 5–6 March 2019 12–13 March 2019
Quarter-finals 26–27 March 2019 2–3 April 2019
Final Four Semi-finals 11 April 2019 3 May 2019
Final 5 May 2019

Qualifying rounds[edit]

The first qualifying rounds will be held on 20–21 September and 22–24 September 2018. The second round will be held on 25–26 September and 27–29 September 2018. The third round will be held on 30 September and 2 October 2018.[5] The losers of all the rounds entered the 2018–19 FIBA Europe Cup regular season.

Draw[edit]

The 24 teams that entered in the first round were divided into four pots. Teams of pot A would play against teams from pot D in games 1 to 6, and pot B teams will face the ones of the pot C.[6] Teams from pots A and B would play the second leg at home.

In the second round, teams from games 7 to 12 would play the first leg at home.

Pot A
Belgium Telenet Giants Antwerp
Denmark Bakken Bears
Greece Aris
Romania Oradea
Russia Avtodor
Spain Movistar Estudiantes
Pot B
Belarus Tsmoki-Minsk
Belgium Spirou
Bulgaria Lukoil Levski
Hungary Szolnoki Olaj
Netherlands Donar
Russia Nizhny Novgorod
Pot C
Israel Hapoel SP Tel Aviv
Italy Red October Cantù
Kosovo Z-Mobile Prishtina
Lithuania Šiauliai
Poland Polski Cukier Toruń
Portugal Porto
Pot D
Cyprus Petrolina AEK Larnaca
Finland Karhu
Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi
United Kingdom Leicester Riders
Sweden Norrköping Dolphins
Switzerland Fribourg Olympic

First qualifying round[edit]

A total of 24 teams will play in the first qualifying round. The first legs were played on 20 and 21 September, while the second legs were played on 22 and 24 September 2018.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Leicester Riders United Kingdom 161–193 Denmark Bakken Bears 77–90 84–103
Fribourg Olympic Switzerland 167–165 Russia Avtodor 89–89 78–76
Petrolina AEK Larnaca Cyprus 128–159 Belgium Telenet Giants Antwerp 74–83 54–76
Dinamo Tbilisi Georgia (country) 118–182 Greece Aris 64–90 54–92
Norrköping Dolphins Sweden 133–143 Spain Movistar Estudiantes 62–74 71–69
Karhu Finland 167–158 Romania Oradea 87–84 80–74
Red October Cantù Italy 159–139 Hungary Szolnoki Olaj 69–68 90–71
Hapoel SP Tel Aviv Israel 135–146 Belgium Spirou 76–73 59–73
Šiauliai Lithuania 144–170 Bulgaria Lukoil Levski 79–91 65–79
Polski Cukier Toruń Poland 160–151 Belarus Tsmoki-Minsk 87–61 73–90
Porto Portugal 134–178 Russia Nizhny Novgorod 85–86 49–92
Z-Mobile Prishtina Kosovo 139–144 Netherlands Donar 84–64 55–80

Second qualifying round[edit]

The twelve winners of the first qualifying round will play the second round. The first legs were played on 25 and 26 September, while the second legs were played on 27 and 29 September 2018.

After the retirement of Eskişehir, the winner of the series between Red October Cantù and Telenet Giants Antwerp joined directly the regular season.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Red October Cantù Italy 170–184 Belgium Telenet Giants Antwerp 76–84 94–100
Polski Cukier Toruń Poland 144–137 Spain Movistar Estudiantes 60–68 84–69
Lukoil Levski Bulgaria 167–181 Finland Karhu 88–93 79–88
Spirou Belgium 133–130 Denmark Bakken Bears 59–61 74–69
Nizhny Novgorod Russia 125–116 Greece Aris 63–65 62–51
Donar Netherlands 144–151 Switzerland Fribourg Olympic 67–72 77–79

Third qualifying round[edit]

After the retirement of Eskişehir, a total of 10 teams will play in the third qualifying round: five teams which enter in this round, and five of the six winners of the second qualifying round. Winners of game 13 will directly qualify to the regular season without playing this round. The first legs were played on 1 October, while the second legs were played on 4 October 2018.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Fribourg Olympic Switzerland 163–137 Turkey Sakarya Büyükşehir 87–85 76–52
Karhu Finland 112–182 France Nanterre 92 54–91 58–91
Spirou Belgium 144–149 Spain UCAM Murcia 62–71 82–78
Nizhny Novgorod Russia 177–141 Czech Republic JIP Pardubice 92–84 85–57
Polski Cukier Toruń Poland 146–159 Germany medi Bayreuth 73–73 73–86

Regular season[edit]

The 32 teams are drawn into four groups of eight, with the restriction that teams from the same country cannot be drawn against each other. In each group, teams play against each other home-and-away, in a round-robin format. The group winners, runners-up, third-placed teams and fourth-placed teams, advance to the round of 16, while the fifth-placed teams and sixth-placed teams enter the 2018–19 FIBA Europe Cup playoffs.

A total of 32 teams play in the regular season: 26 teams which enter in this stage, and the 6 winners of the third qualifying round. The regular season will start on 9 October 2018 and end 6 February 2019.[5]

Draw[edit]

Teams were divided into two pots according to the club ranking published by the organization. Twelve teams were named seeded teams while the rest would be unseeded teams.[6]

Seeded teams
Greece AEKTH Germany MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg
Turkey Banvit Lithuania Neptūnas
Turkey Beşiktaş Sompo Japan Greece PAOK
Germany Brose Bamberg[a] Italy Sidigas Avellino
Czech Republic ČEZ Nymburk France SIG Strasbourg
Spain Iberostar Tenerife Italy Umana Reyer Venezia
  1. ^ Despite not participating in previous editions, Brose Bamberg was considered as seeded team as the team played in the 2017–18 EuroLeague.

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification MUR BAN NIZ MSB AVE VEN ANW LUD
1 Spain UCAM Murcia 14 13 1 1080 945 +135 27 Advance to round of 16 86–71 94–90 74–62 72–69 91–85 78–70 73–47
2 Turkey Banvit 14 9 5 1149 1073 +76 23 62–63 78–60 96–67 96–88 78–63 75–68 89–76
3 Russia Nizhny Novgorod 14 7 7 1117 1077 +40 21 51–72 72–75 85–71 93–100 82–73 86–62 74–76
4 France Le Mans Sarthe 14 7 7 1057 1066 −9 21 71–80 85–71 89–74 74–77 91–76 88–79 64–54
5 Italy Sidigas Avellino 14 7 7 1160 1177 −17 21 Transfer to FIBA Europe Cup 57–63 99–95 71–92 68–81 74–88 106–102 82–76
6 Latvia Ventspils 14 6 8 1142 1178 −36 20 61–67 86–80 75–80 88–77 106–102 78–99 93–92
7 Poland Anwil Włocławek 14 4 10 1103 1164 −61 18 68–87 84–95 82–93 76–64 62–72 84–71 74–87
8 Germany MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg 14 3 11 1035 1163 −128 17 81–80 76–88 59–85 68–73 77–96 81–99 85–93

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification TFE VEN NAN PAOK HOL BONN FRI OPA
1 Spain Iberostar Tenerife 14 12 2 1164 945 +219 26 Advance to round of 16 78–80 79–68 65–66 84–52 87–68 91–68 97–38
2 Italy Umana Reyer Venezia 14 10 4 1170 1096 +74 24 65–72 87–99 69–59 111–104 69–73 72–62 102–81
3 France Nanterre 92 14 8 6 1159 1046 +113 22 58–75 80–89 79–70 70–82 103–56 96–87 110–64
4 Greece PAOK 14 8 6 1127 1036 +91 22 77–85 77–76 83–82 92–77 95–100 92–61 93–43
5 Israel Hapoel Unet Holon 14 7 7 1145 1117 +28 21 Transfer to FIBA Europe Cup 77–88 69–70 62–74 72–68 94–74 93–69 88–72
6 Germany Telekom Baskets Bonn 14 6 8 1120 1181 −61 20 92–99 84–94 57–81 94–77 91–83 63–70 114–77
7 Switzerland Fribourg Olympic 14 3 11 1057 1184 −127 17 66–72 86–96 81–92 64–84 90–95 79–83 97–79
8 Czech Republic Opava 14 2 12 952 1289 −337 16 70–92 72–90 74–67 69–94 64–97 73–71 76–77

Group C[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification AEK JER BRO ANT LIE JDA NYM FUE
1 Greece AEK 14 12 2 1133 1034 +99 26 Advance to round of 16 75–79 93–86 77–76 65–59 80–56 80–76 78–71
2 Israel Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem 14 12 2 1265 1093 +172 26 70–83 103–89 92–72 81–67 86–72 88–64 91–77
3 Germany Brose Bamberg 14 9 5 1152 1136 +16 23 77–73 85–88 82–78 82–77 73–64 78–71 88–89
4 Belgium Telenet Giants Antwerp 14 7 7 1120 1099 +21 21 64–71 101–89 76–85 70–64 67–63 85–72 102–78
5 Lithuania Lietkabelis 14 5 9 1073 1107 −34 19 Transfer to FIBA Europe Cup 65–84 70–97 84–67 87–91 78–62 97–86 78–67
6 France JDA Dijon 14 4 10 1058 1118 −60 18 80–90 83–85 97–101 61–80 99–91 74–63 85–87
7 Czech Republic ČEZ Nymburk 14 4 10 1097 1183 −86 18 93–94 80–111 78–84 82–74 78–71 78–89 104–87
8 Spain Montakit Fuenlabrada 14 3 11 1082 1210 −128 17 82–90 75–105 65–75 96–84 78–85 59–73 71–72

Group D[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification BOL BJK NEP PRO SIG OST BAY OLI
1 Italy Segafredo Virtus Bologna 14 10 4 1203 1099 +104 24 Advance to round of 16 70–71 83–78 98–91 87–81 89–60 74–67 87–84
2 Turkey Beşiktaş Sompo Japan 14 9 5 1089 1064 +25 23 90–94 77–70 96–74 71–78 80–71 74–90 94–84
3 Lithuania Neptūnas 14 8 6 1166 1130 +36 22 88–85 78–63 82–83 92–83 77–79 83–73 82–74
4 Greece Promitheas 14 8 6 1143 1150 −7 22 85–95 80–72 69–82 77–64 84–88 95–83 79–77
5 France SIG Strasbourg 14 8 6 1090 1085 +5 22 Transfer to FIBA Europe Cup 83–80 64–69 80–90 83–78 61–64 67–63 81–73
6 Belgium Filou Oostende 14 7 7 1071 1119 −48 21 77–76 66–73 91–89 84–93 94–100 82–62 73–79
7 Germany medi Bayreuth 14 5 9 1084 1092 −8 19 83–93 70–78 102–78 70–75 76–84 87–71 82–71
8 Slovenia Petrol Olimpija 14 1 13 1049 1156 −107 15 61–92 75–81 88–97 76–80 71–81 69–71 67–76

Playoffs[edit]

The playoffs start on 5 March 2019 and end 3 April 2019.[5]

In the playoffs, teams play against each other over two legs on a home-and-away basis, except for the Final Four. In the playoffs draw, the group winners and the runners-up are seeded, and the third-placed teams and the fourth-placed teams are unseeded. The seeded teams are drawn against the unseeded teams, with the seeded teams hosting the second leg. Teams from the same group cannot be drawn against each other.

Bracket[edit]

  • Note: Final Four will be drawn on 11 April 2019.
 
QuarterfinalsSemifinalsFinal
 
                      
 
 
 
 
Lithuania Neptūnas7464138
 
 
 
Israel Hapoel Jerusalem8684 170
 
Israel Hapoel Jerusalem
 
 
 
Spain Iberostar Tenerife
 
Greece Promitheas6957126
 
 
 
Spain Iberostar Tenerife5779 136
 
0
 
 
 
0
 
Russia Nizhny Novgorod9566161
 
 
 
Italy Umana Reyer Venezia7284 156
 
Russia Nizhny Novgorod
 
 
 
Belgium Telenet Giants
 
Belgium Telenet Giants7577152
 
 
 
Spain UCAM Murcia6778 145
 
0
 
 
 
0
 
France Nanterre 926862130
 
 
 
Turkey Beşiktaş Sompo Japan5960 119
 
France Nanterre 92
 
 
 
Italy Virtus Bologna
 
France Le Mans Sarthe7458132
 
 
 
Italy Virtus Bologna7481 155
 
0
 
 
 
0Third place
 
Germany Brose Bamberg8188169
 
  
 
Turkey Banvit7985 164
 
Germany Brose Bamberg 0
 
 
 
Greece AEK 0
 
Greece PAOK7563138
 
 
Greece AEK8462 146
 

Round of 16[edit]

The first legs were played on 6–7 March, and the second legs on 13–14 March 2018.[7]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Brose Bamberg Germany 169–164 Turkey Banvit 81–79 88–85
Nanterre 92 France 130–119 Turkey Beşiktaş Sompo Japan 68–59 62–60
Neptūnas Lithuania 138–170 Israel Hapoel Jerusalem 74–86 64–84
Nizhny Novgorod Russia 161–156 Italy Umana Reyer Venezia 95–72 66–84
PAOK Greece 138–146 Greece AEK 75–84 63–62
Promitheas Greece 126–136 Spain Iberostar Tenerife 69–57 57–79
Le Mans Sarthe France 132–155 Italy Segafredo Virtus Bologna 74–74 58–81
Telenet Antwerp Giants Belgium 152–145 Spain UCAM Murcia 75–67 77–78

Quarterfinals[edit]

The first legs were played on 27–28 March, and the second legs were played on 3–4 April 2018.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Hapoel Jerusalem Israel Spain Iberostar Tenerife 28–29 Mar 2–3 Apr
Nizhny Novgorod Russia Belgium Telenet Giants Antwerp 28–29 Mar 2–3 Apr
Nanterre 92 France Italy Segafredo Virtus Bologna 28–29 Mar 2–3 Apr
Brose Bamberg Germany Greece AEK 28–29 Mar 2–3 Apr

Final Four[edit]

The final four will be a single-elimination tournament held in a to be determined city. The tournament will be held from 3 May to 6 May 2019.[5]

Awards[edit]

Game Day MVP[edit]

After each gameday a selection of five players with the highest efficiency ratings is made by the Basketball Champions League. Afterwards, the official website decides which player is crowned Game Day MVP.

Regular season[edit]

Gameday Player Team EFF Ref.
1 United States Norris Cole Italy Sidigas Avellino 28 [8]
2 United States Austin Daye Italy Umana Reyer Venezia 33 [9]
3 United States Norris Cole (2) Italy Sidigas Avellino 33 [10]
4 United States Vince Hunter Greece AEK 39 [11]
5 Dominican Republic James Feldeine Israel Hapoel Jerusalem 39 [12]
6 United States Julian Gamble France Nanterre 92 34 [13]
7 Greece Linos Chrysikopoulos Greece PAOK 25 [14]
8 United States Malcolm Griffin Greece AEK 34 [15]
9 United States Paris Lee Belgium Telenet Giants Antwerp 35 [16]
10 United States Jason Rich Turkey Beşiktaş Sompo Japan 27 [17]
11 United States Marcos Knight Germany MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg 39 [18]
12 United States Vince Hunter (2) Greece AEK 37 [19]
13 United States Vince Hunter (3) Greece AEK 39 [20]
14 France Amath M'Baye Italy Segafredo Virtus Bologna 27 [21]

Prize money[edit]

Based on final position, teams received prize money from the BCL.[5]

Competition stage Final position Prize money (€)
Final Winners €1,000,000
Runners-up €400,000
Match for third place Third place €200,000
Fourth place €140,000
Playoffs Quarterfinalist €100,000
Round of 16 €70,000
Regular season €50,000

Sponsorship[edit]

Official partner Equipment partner

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Champions line up in battle for European glory". BasketballCL.com. 27 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Eskisehir withdraws from Basketball Champions League and Turkish BSL League". Eurohoops. 12 July 2018. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Lietkabelis will replace Eskisehir in 2018-2019 Basketball Champions League | Eurohoops". Eurohoops. 2018-07-13. Retrieved 2018-07-14.
  4. ^ "BCL Competition Regulations 2018-19" (PDF). BasketballCL.com. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Regulations Basketball Champions League 2018-19" (PDF). Championsleague.basketball. Retrieved 9 June 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Basketball Champions League draw explained". Basketball Champions League. 10 July 2018. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Play-Offs pairings set in Basketball Champions League". FIBA.basketball. 8 February 2019. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  8. ^ "Sidigas Avellino's Cole scoops Gameday 1 MVP honor". ChampionsLeague.Basketball. October 12, 2018.
  9. ^ "Umana Reyer Venezia's Daye is Gameday 2 MVP". ChampionsLeague.Basketball. October 19, 2018.
  10. ^ "Humble and hungry Norris Cole claims MVP honor again". ChampionsLeague.Basketball. October 26, 2018.
  11. ^ "AEK's Hunter elevates play, claims Gameday 4 MVP honor". ChampionsLeague.Basketball. November 2, 2018.
  12. ^ "Fabulous Feldeine named Gameday 5 MVP". ChampionsLeague.Basketball. November 9, 2018.
  13. ^ "Big Gamble pays off for Nanterre". ChampionsLeague.Basketball. November 16, 2018.
  14. ^ "PAOK's Chrysikopoulos claims Gameday 7 MVP honor after shooting down Iberostar Tenerife". ChampionsLeague.Basketball. November 23, 2018.
  15. ^ "Griffin claims MVP of the Week honor". ChampionsLeague.Basketball. December 14, 2018.
  16. ^ "Paris Lee claims Gameday 9 MVP honor". ChampionsLeague.Basketball. December 21, 2018.
  17. ^ "Rich dividend - Besiktas star claims MVP of the Week honor". ChampionsLeague.Basketball. January 11, 2019.
  18. ^ "MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg's Knight scoops MVP of Week honor after stunning debut". ChampionsLeague.Basketball. 18 January 2019. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  19. ^ "AEK's Mr InVince-able once again is MVP of the Week". ChampionsLeague.Basketball. 25 January 2019. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  20. ^ "Hunter claims yet another MVP of the Week honor". ChampionsLeague.Basketball. 1 February 2019. Retrieved 2 February 2019.
  21. ^ "Mr Putback Jam M'Baye claims MVP of the Week honor". ChampionsLeague.Basketball. 8 February 2019. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  22. ^ "PEAK Sport Official Partner FIBA Basketball Champions League". Peak-sport.nl. 2017-04-29. Retrieved 2018-06-10.
  23. ^ "Final Four Official Molten Ball unveiled". Championsleague.basketball. Retrieved 2018-06-10.

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