Serie B Basket

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Serie B Basket
Formerly

Serie B Basket
1937–38 to 1954–55
(2nd tier)
Serie B Basket
1955–56 to 1964–65
(3rd tier)
Serie B Basket
1965–66 to 1973–74
(2nd tier)
Serie B Basket
1974–75 to 1985–86
(3rd tier)
Serie B2 Basket
1986–87 to 2007–08
(4th tier)
Serie B Amateurs Basket
2008–09 to 2010–11
(4th tier)
National B Division Basket
2011–12 to 2013–14
(4th tier)

Serie B Basket
2014–15 to Present
(3rd tier)
Sport Basketball
Inaugural season 1937–38
No. of teams 64
Country  Italy
Level on pyramid 3rd tier
Promotion to Serie A2 Basket
Relegation to Serie C Gold Basket
Domestic cup(s) Italian LNP Cup
Official website legapallacanestro.com (in Italian)

Serie B Basket is the third-tier men's basketball league in Italy.

Format[edit]

Teams are divided into four groups by geographical contiguity. Promoted teams gain access to the second-tier Serie A2 Basket, while relegated teams get demoted to play in the Serie C Gold Basket.

History[edit]

Serie B Basket first began in the 1937–38 season as the second level of the Italian basketball league system, and it remained the 2nd-tier level of the Italian basketball pyramid until the 1954–55 season. Serie B Basket was downgraded to being the third-tier level on the Italian basketball pyramid from the 1955–56 season, until the 1964–65 season. From the 1965–66 season, through the 1973–74 season, it was once again the second-tier level on the Italian basketball pyramid, being one tier below the Serie A Basket.

Serie B Basket was then once again downgraded to being the third-tier level league on the Italian basketball pyramid from the 1974–75 season, through the 1985–86 season. With the creation of the Serie B Excellence (Italian: Serie B d'Eccellenza), Serie B2 was downgraded to being the fourth-tier level on the Italian basketball pyramid, and was renamed to Serie B2 Basket.

From 2008 to 2011, the league was known as Serie B Amateurs Basket (Italian: Serie B Dilettanti Basket). From 2011 to 2014, the league was known as the National B Division Basket (Italian: Divisione Nazionale B Basket). Since 2014, the league has once again been known as the Serie B Basket, and has once again been the third-tier level on the Italian basketball pyramid.

2016–17 season[edit]

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