2019–20 Basketball Champions League
32 (regular season)
|Dates||17 September 2019 – 2 May 2020|
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.
- 1 Format changes
- 2 Eligibility of players
- 3 Team allocation
- 4 Round and draw dates
- 5 Qualifying rounds
- 6 Regular season
- 7 Awards
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
For this season, eight teams will come from two qualifying rounds. The round of 16 and quarter-finals changed to best-of-three playoff series instead of two legs. 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
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.
A total of 48 teams from 29 countries will participate in the 2019–20 Basketball Champions League. 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.
League positions after eventual playoffs of the previous season shown in parentheses (FEC: FIBA Europe Cup title holders).
|Gaziantep (5th)||SIG Strasbourg (6th)||Iberostar Tenerife (9th)||Happy Casa Brindisi (5th)|
|Beşiktaş Sompo Sigorta (6th)||AEK (3rd)||Rasta Vechta (4th)||Filou Oostende (1st)|
|Türk Telekom (7th)||Peristeri Winmasters (4th)||Brose Bamberg (5th)||ERA Nymburk (1st)|
|Teksüt Bandırma (8th)||PAOK (5th)||Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem (3rd)||VEF Rīga (1st)|
|JDA Dijon (3rd)||Casademont Zaragoza (4th)||Unet Holon (5th)||Neptūnas (3rd)|
|Pau-Lacq-Orthez (5th)||Baxi Manresa (8th)||Dinamo SassariFEC (2nd)||Anwil Włocławek (1st)|
|Telenet Giants Antwerp (2nd)||Telekom Baskets Bonn (7th)||Lietkabelis (4th)||Polski Cukier Toruń (2nd)|
|San Pablo Burgos (11th)||Ventspils (2nd)||Mornar (2nd)||Nizhny Novgorod (8th)|
|Kapfenberg Bulls (1st)||Bakken Bears (1st)||Donar (2nd)||Inter Bratislava (1st)|
|Tsmoki Minsk (1st)||Karhu (1st)||Legia (8th)||Södertälje Kings (1st)|
|Balkan (1st)||Falco (1st)||Benfica (2nd)||Fribourg Olympic (1st)|
|Keravnos (1st)||Z-Mobile Prishtina (1st)||Oradea (1st)||Kyiv Basket (2nd)|
Round and draw dates
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|
The 16 teams that entered in the first round were divided into two pots. Seeded teams would play the second leg at home.
First qualifying round
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||132–156||Fribourg Olympic||82–67||50–89|
|Kapfenberg Bulls||129–139||Kyiv Basket||66–66||63–73|
Second qualifying round
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|
|Karhu||151–152||Polski Cukier Toruń||93–82||58–70|
|Södertälje Kings||133–150||Telenet Giants Antwerp||60–82||73–68|
|Kyiv Basket||145–182||San Pablo Burgos||83–86||62–96|
|Fribourg Olympic||138–160||Telekom Baskets Bonn||66–80||72–80|
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.
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. 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.
|AEK||Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem|
|Beşiktaş Sompo Sigorta||Iberostar Tenerife|
|Dinamo Sassari||SIG Strasbourg|
|Filou Oostende||Teksüt Bandırma|
|1||Türk Telekom||5||4||1||384||358||+26||9||Advance to round of 16||—||64–56||72–66|
|8||Polski Cukier Toruń||5||1||4||461||499||−38||6||95–113||105–122||97–81||—|
|1||Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem||5||4||1||443||409||+34||9||Advance to round of 16||—||85–78||98–87||112–94|
|4||San Pablo Burgos||5||2||3||425||394||+31||7||—||78–82||110–78||90–76|
|8||Telenet Giants Antwerp||5||1||4||365||403||−38||6||74–81||93–90||—|
|1||Iberostar Tenerife||5||5||0||381||344||+37||10||Advance to round of 16||—||81–67||72–68||69–67|
|1||JDA Dijon||5||4||1||412||373||+39||9||Advance to round of 16||—||95–79||87–68||81–76|
|2||Telekom Baskets Bonn||5||3||2||402||405||−3||8||—||97–85||85–71||86–82|
|5||Beşiktaş Sompo Sigorta||5||2||3||370||353||+17||7||73–74||—||74–49|
|6||Happy Casa Brindisi||5||2||3||401||418||−17||7||76–75||84–72||—|
Game Day MVP
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.
|1||Dyshawn Pierre||Dinamo Sassari||35|||
|2||Adrian Banks||Happy Casa Brindisi||34|||
|3||James Feldeine||Hapoel Jerusalem||27|||
|4||Nicolas de Jong||Pau-Lacq-Orthez||30|||
|5||Kyle Wiltjer||Türk Telekom||33|||
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