2019–20 Basketball Champions League

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Basketball Champions League
Competition details
Season 2019–20
Teams 48 (total)
32 (regular season)
Dates 17 September 2019 – 2 May 2020
2020–21

The 2019–20 Basketball Champions League is the fourth season of the Basketball Champions League (BCL), a European-wide professional basketball competition for clubs, that was launched by FIBA. The league is widely regarded as the third-tier European professional basketball competition. The competition will begin in September 2019, with the qualifying rounds, and will conclude in May 2020.

Format changes[edit]

For this season, eight teams will come from two qualifying rounds.[1] The round of 16 and quarter-finals changed to best-of-three playoff series instead of two legs.[2] From this season no teams were sent from the regular season to the FIBA Europe Cup, which was the case in each previous BCL season.

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 48 teams from 29 countries will participate in the 2019–20 Basketball Champions League.[3] On June 24, 2019, Benfica entered in the first qualifying round and Mornar were upgraded to the second qualifying round after the Openjobmetis Varese's withdrawal.[4]

Teams[edit]

League positions after eventual playoffs of the previous season shown in parentheses (FEC: FIBA Europe Cup title holders).[3]

Qualified teams for 2019–20 Basketball Champions League (by entry round)
Regular season
Turkey Gaziantep (5th) France SIG Strasbourg (6th) Spain Iberostar Tenerife (9th) Italy Happy Casa Brindisi (5th)
Turkey Beşiktaş Sompo Sigorta (6th) Greece AEK (3rd) Germany Rasta Vechta (4th) Belgium Filou Oostende (1st)
Turkey Türk Telekom (7th) Greece Peristeri Winmasters (4th) Germany Brose Bamberg (5th) Czech Republic ERA Nymburk (1st)
Turkey Teksüt Bandırma (8th) Greece PAOK (5th) Israel Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem (3rd) Latvia VEF Rīga (1st)
France JDA Dijon (3rd) Spain Casademont Zaragoza (4th) Israel Unet Holon (5th) Lithuania Neptūnas (3rd)
France Pau-Lacq-Orthez (5th) Spain Baxi Manresa (8th) Italy Dinamo SassariFEC (2nd) Poland Anwil Włocławek (1st)
Second qualifying round
Belgium Telenet Giants Antwerp (2nd) Germany Telekom Baskets Bonn (7th) Lithuania Lietkabelis (4th) Poland Polski Cukier Toruń (2nd)
Spain San Pablo Burgos (11th) Latvia Ventspils (2nd) Montenegro Mornar (2nd) Russia Nizhny Novgorod (8th)
First qualifying round
Austria Kapfenberg Bulls (1st) Denmark Bakken Bears (1st) Netherlands Donar (2nd) Slovakia Inter Bratislava (1st)
Belarus Tsmoki Minsk (1st) Finland Karhu (1st) Poland Legia (8th) Sweden Södertälje Kings (1st)
Bulgaria Balkan (1st) Hungary Falco (1st) Portugal Benfica (2nd) Switzerland Fribourg Olympic (1st)
Cyprus Keravnos (1st) Kosovo Z-Mobile Prishtina (1st) Romania Oradea (1st) Ukraine Kyiv Basket (2nd)

Round and draw dates[edit]

The schedule of the competition is as follows.

Phase Round Draw date First leg Second leg Third leg
Qualifying rounds First qualifying round 4 July 2019 17 September 2019 20 September 2019
Second qualifying round 26 September 2019 29 September 2019
Regular season Matchday 1 15–16 October 2019
Matchday 2 22–23 October 2019
Matchday 3 29–30 October 2019
Matchday 4 5–6 November 2019
Matchday 5 12–13 November 2019
Matchday 6 19–20 November 2019
Matchday 7 3–4 December 2019
Matchday 8 10–11 December 2019
Matchday 9 17–18 December 2019
Matchday 10 7–8 January 2020
Matchday 11 14–15 January 2020
Matchday 12 21–22 January 2020
Matchday 13 28–29 January 2020
Matchday 14 4–5 February 2020
Play-offs Round of 16 3–4 March 2020 10–11 March 2020 17–18 March 2020
Quarter-finals 24–25 March 2020 31 March–1 April 2020 7–8 April 2020
Final Four Semi-finals 1 May 2020
Final 3 May 2020

Qualifying rounds[edit]

Draw[edit]

The 16 teams that entered in the first round were divided into two pots. Seeded teams would play the second leg at home.[5]

Seeded teams
Denmark Bakken Bears
Bulgaria Balkan
Netherlands Donar
Switzerland Fribourg Olympic
Ukraine Kyiv Basket
Poland Legia
Romania Oradea
Belarus Tsmoki Minsk
Non-seeded teams
Portugal Benfica
Austria Kapfenberg Bulls
Hungary Falco
Slovakia Inter Bratislava
Finland Karhu
Cyprus Keravnos
Sweden Södertälje Kings
Kosovo Z-Mobile Prishtina

First qualifying round[edit]

A total of 16 teams will play in the first qualifying round. The first legs will be played on 17 September, while the second legs on 20 September 2019.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Inter Bratislava Slovakia 132–156 Switzerland Fribourg Olympic 82–67 50–89
Karhu Finland 160–154 Belarus Tsmoki Minsk 93–86 67–68
Södertälje Kings Sweden 153–146 Bulgaria Balkan 79–64 74–82
Kapfenberg Bulls Austria 129–139 Ukraine Kyiv Basket 66–66 63–73
Falco Hungary 161–158 Romania Oradea 71–62 90–96
Z-Mobile Prishtina Kosovo 162–166 Poland Legia 79–81 83–85
Benfica Portugal 161–141 Netherlands Donar 95–65 66–76
Keravnos Cyprus 180–164 Denmark Bakken Bears 86–95 94–69

Second qualifying round[edit]

A total of 16 teams will play in the second qualifying round: eight teams which enter in this round, and the eight winners of the first qualifying round. The first legs will be played on 26 September , while the second legs on 29 September 2019.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Keravnos Cyprus 137–148 Lithuania Lietkabelis 55–71 82–77
Benfica Portugal 150–167 Montenegro Mornar 68–96 82–71
Karhu Finland 151–152 Poland Polski Cukier Toruń 93–82 58–70
Falco Hungary 148–124 Latvia Ventspils 75–69 73–55
Södertälje Kings Sweden 133–150 Belgium Telenet Giants Antwerp 60–82 73–68
Kyiv Basket Ukraine 145–182 Spain San Pablo Burgos 83–86 62–96
Legia Poland 124–152 Russia Nizhny Novgorod 61–74 63–78
Fribourg Olympic Switzerland 138–160 Germany Telekom Baskets Bonn 66–80 72–80

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 remaining four teams in each group of the Regular Season will be eliminated.

A total of 32 teams play in the regular season: 24 teams which enter in this stage, and the eight winners of the second qualifying round. The regular season will start on 8 October 2019 and end on 5 February 2020.

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.[5] The seeded teams will be splitted, allocating three per group.

Firstly, the eight teams from qualifying round will be splitted in the four groups, with a maximum of two teams per group.

Seeded teams
Greece AEK Israel Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem
Turkey Beşiktaş Sompo Sigorta Spain Iberostar Tenerife
Germany Brose Bamberg Lithuania Neptūnas
Czech Republic ERA Nymburk Greece PAOK
Italy Dinamo Sassari France SIG Strasbourg
Belgium Filou Oostende Turkey Teksüt Bandırma

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification TTE DIN HOL MAN SIG OOS LIE TOR
1 Turkey Türk Telekom 5 4 1 384 358 +26 9 Advance to round of 16 64–56 72–66
2 Italy Dinamo Sassari 5 4 1 428 375 +53 9 90–67 90–71 79–78
3 Israel Unet Holon 5 3 2 463 457 +6 8 79–82 90–88
4 Spain Baxi Manresa 5 3 2 392 397 −5 8 80–75 78–70 85–81
5 France SIG Strasbourg 5 2 3 387 400 −13 7 81–86 81–63 77–64
6 Belgium Filou Oostende 5 2 3 382 391 −9 7 101–86 80–66
7 Lithuania Lietkabelis 5 1 4 389 409 −20 6 77–91 98–83
8 Poland Polski Cukier Toruń 5 1 4 461 499 −38 6 95–113 105–122 97–81
Updated to match(es) played on 13 November 2019. Source: Basketball Champions League

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification HAP AEK VEC SPB PAU ANW BAN TGA
1 Israel Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem 5 4 1 443 409 +34 9 Advance to round of 16 85–78 98–87 112–94
2 Greece AEK 5 4 1 384 334 +50 9 74–66 102–82 62–51
3 Germany Rasta Vechta 5 3 2 420 404 +16 8 89–76 73–81
4 Spain San Pablo Burgos 5 2 3 425 394 +31 7 78–82 110–78 90–76
5 France Pau-Lacq-Orthez 5 2 3 407 440 −33 7 81–75 75–90
6 Poland Anwil Włocławek 5 2 3 423 469 −46 7 95–87 80–71
7 Turkey Teksüt Bandırma 5 2 3 374 388 −14 7 69–73 50–68 84–81
8 Belgium Telenet Giants Antwerp 5 1 4 365 403 −38 6 74–81 93–90
Updated to match(es) played on 13 November 2019. Source: Basketball Champions League

Group C[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification TFE NYM NIZ PER BRO GAZ VEF MOR
1 Spain Iberostar Tenerife 5 5 0 381 344 +37 10 Advance to round of 16 81–67 72–68 69–67
2 Czech Republic ERA Nymburk 5 4 1 406 366 +40 9 68–78 91–71 74–72
3 Russia Nizhny Novgorod 5 3 2 376 361 +15 8 73–82 89–69
4 Greece Peristeri Winmasters 5 3 2 373 358 +15 8 71–74 91–83
5 Germany Brose Bamberg 5 3 2 362 361 +1 8 58–73 81–76
6 Turkey Gaziantep 5 1 4 354 370 −16 6 64–70 66–76
7 Latvia VEF Rīga 5 1 4 316 341 −25 6 72–91 55–76 81–85 80–74
8 Montenegro Mornar 5 0 5 358 404 −46 5 74–81 65–73
Updated to match(es) played on 13 November 2019. Source: Basketball Champions League

Group D[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification JDA BON NEP ZAR BJK BRI FAL PAOK
1 France JDA Dijon 5 4 1 412 373 +39 9 Advance to round of 16 95–79 87–68 81–76
2 Germany Telekom Baskets Bonn 5 3 2 402 405 −3 8 97–85 85–71 86–82
3 Lithuania Neptūnas 5 3 2 426 402 +24 8 75–89 91–73 81–71
4 Spain Casademont Zaragoza 5 3 2 363 378 −15 8 75–60 70–69
5 Turkey Beşiktaş Sompo Sigorta 5 2 3 370 353 +17 7 73–74 74–49
6 Italy Happy Casa Brindisi 5 2 3 401 418 −17 7 76–75 84–72
7 Hungary Falco 5 2 3 353 356 −3 7 91–59 76–66
8 Greece PAOK 5 1 4 369 411 −42 6 72–94 60–69 95–91
Updated to match(es) played on 13 November 2019. Source: Basketball Champions League

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 Canada Dyshawn Pierre Italy Dinamo Sassari 35 [6]
2 United States Adrian Banks Italy Happy Casa Brindisi 34 [7]
3 Dominican Republic James Feldeine Israel Hapoel Jerusalem 27 [8]
4 Netherlands Nicolas de Jong France Pau-Lacq-Orthez 30 [9]
5 Canada Kyle Wiltjer Turkey Türk Telekom 33 [10]
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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Coast To Coast Podcast Episode 29: Basketball Champions League CEO Patrick Comninos and Star Lineup Picks". Basketball Champions League. 19 April 2019. Retrieved 20 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Basketball Champions League draw explained". FIBA.basketball. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Strongest lineup ever ahead of season 4". Basketball Champions League. 21 June 2019. Retrieved 24 June 2019.
  4. ^ League, Basketball Champions (24 June 2019). ".@SLBenfica are entering QR1 & @MornarBar are upgraded to QR2, replacing Openjobmetis Varese! #BasketballCL". Twitter. Retrieved 24 June 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Basketball Champions League draw explained". Basketball Champions League. 1 July 2019.
  6. ^ "Dyshawn Pierre claims MVP of the Week honor". ChampionsLeague.Basketball. 18 October 2019. Retrieved 24 October 2019.
  7. ^ "Adrian Banks named MVP of the Week". ChampionsLeague.Basketball. 25 October 2019. Retrieved 25 October 2019.
  8. ^ "James Feldeine claims MVP of the Week honor". ChampionsLeague.Basketball. 1 November 2019. Retrieved 7 November 2019.
  9. ^ "Nicolas De Jong named MVP of the Week". ChampionsLeague.Basketball. 9 November 2019. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
  10. ^ "Kyle Wiltjer claims MVP of the week honor". ChampionsLeague.Basketball. 15 November 2019. Retrieved 18 November 2019.

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