2008–09 Eurocup Basketball

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Eurocup 2008–09
League Eurocup
Sport Basketball
Season MVP United States Chuck Eidson (Lietuvos rytas)
Top scorer United States Khalid El-Amin (Azovmash)
Finals
Champions Lithuania Lietuvos rytas
  Runners-up Russia Khimki
Finals MVP Lithuania Marijonas Petravičius
Eurocup Basketball seasons

2008–09 Eurocup Basketball was the seventh edition of Europe's second-tier level transnational competition for men's professional basketball clubs, the EuroCup, and the first to be contested under the Eurocup name.[1] From the inception of the competition in 2002, it had been known as the ULEB Cup. The EuroCup is the European-wide league level that is one tier below the EuroLeague level.

During this season, there were 48 teams, from 22 countries. After the preliminary rounds, there were 32 teams left for the regular season, with the 16 eliminated teams being relegated down and parachuting into Europe's third-tier transnational competition, the EuroChallenge. Lithuanian club Lietuvos Rytas of Vilnius, won the tournament and promotion to the top level EuroLeague for the next season.

Teams of the 2008–2009 Eurocup[edit]

Format[edit]

The competition format was also revamped. A total of 48 clubs participated, down from 54 in the previous year's competition. The competition was jointly organized by Euroleague Basketball Company and FIBA Europe.[1]

First preliminary round[edit]

Sixteen teams competed in the first preliminary round, which was organised by FIBA Europe. These teams were paired in two-legged matches, with winners decided on aggregate score. The eight winners advanced to the second preliminary round, and the eight losers parachuted into the third-tier European competition, the EuroChallenge. The matches were played from October 14 through October 21.

Due to a decision of the Italian Basketball Federation to revoke Capo d'Orlando's first division license, followed by an Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI) tribunal rejected appeal by the club, Capo d'Orlando lost the right to participate in European competitions.[2] As a result, Benetton Treviso automatically qualified to the group stage, while Benetton Fribourg advanced to the second qualification round where they met Kalise Gran Canaria.[2][3]

Second preliminary round[edit]

The second preliminary round, also organised by FIBA Europe, also featured 16 teams, with the eight winners from the first preliminary round joined by eight automatic qualifiers to that phase. As in the first preliminary round, matches were two-legged and decided on aggregate score, with the winners advancing to the Eurocup regular season and the losers parachuting into the EuroChallenge. Matches were played from November 4 to November 11.

Regular season[edit]

Thirty-two teams—24 automatic qualifiers and the eight survivors of the second preliminary round—entered the Regular Season. From this point onward, the competition is organised by Euroleague Basketball Company. The teams were divided into eight groups of four teams each, with each group playing a double round-robin schedule. The first and second-place teams in each group advanced to the Last 16. Regular Season matches were held from November 25, 2008 until January 13, 2009.

Last 16[edit]

For the first time in the history of the competition, a second group phase was played. The survivors of the Regular Season were divided into four-team groups, each playing a double round-robin schedule. This phase has a direct analogue in the top-tier EuroLeague, which conducts an identical group phase, the Top 16, at the same stage of the competition. As in the EuroLeague Top 16, the first- and second-place teams in each group advance to the next phase. However, unlike the EuroLeague, which conducts a separate quarterfinal round before its Final Four, the Eurocup sent its surviving teams into a single knockout tournament, the Final Eight. Last 16 matches were played from January 27 to March 10, 2009.

Final eight[edit]

Like the Euroleague Final Four, this was a knockout tournament, conducted in one-off matches, held at a single site. The semifinal losers played a single match for third place, and the semifinal winners played a single match for the Eurocup title and an automatic place in the 2009-10 Euroleague. This phase was carried over from the prior ULEB Cup format. Matches were played from April 9 through April 12.

This was the last season for the Final Eight format. From 2009–10 onward, a quarterfinal round has been introduced, consisting of two-legged ties between a group winner and the runner-up from a separate group, with the winner of each tie determined on aggregate score. The quarterfinal winners will advance to the Eurocup Finals, with one-off semifinals followed by a one-off final.

Preliminary rounds[edit]

Sixteen teams participated in the first preliminary round, and after the first preliminary round matches, sixteen teams played in a second preliminary round, with the top eight teams from the first preliminary round. Teams that were eliminated from the first or second preliminary round games competed in the EuroChallenge 2008-09.

First preliminary round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Šiauliai Lithuania 136–167 Turkey Galatasaray Café Crown 73–73 63–94
MyGuide Amsterdam Netherlands 133–143 Serbia FMP 66–60 67–83
Energa Czarni Słupsk Poland 126–151 Russia UNICS 76–62 50–89
Allianz Swans Gmunden Austria 146–139 Estonia Tartu Ülikool Rock 86–64 60–75
Panellinios Greece 154–124 Germany Telekom Baskets Bonn 69–54 85–70
Triumph Lyubertsy Russia 146–159 Belgium Telindus Oostende 78–78 68–81
ASK Riga Latvia 142–137 France Cholet 69–62 73–75

Second preliminary round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Galatasaray Café Crown Turkey 147–176 Montenegro Budućnost 85–83 62–93
FMP Serbia 138–118 Russia Ural Great Perm 69–61 69–57
UNICS Russia 161–142 Israel Hapoel Migdal 88–66 73–76
Allianz Swans Gmunden Austria 163–178 Serbia Crvena zvezda 82–82 81–96
Panellinios Greece 168–165 Ukraine Kyiv 96–69 72–96
Le Havre France 172–168 Belgium Telindus Oostende 84–85 88–83
Benetton Fribourg Switzerland 125–195 Spain Kalise Gran Canaria 64–92 61–103
ASK Riga Latvia 151–134 Spain Cajasol 83–69 68–65

Regular season[edit]

Key to colors
     Top two places in each group advance to Top 16

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1. Greece Maroussi Costa Coffee 6 4 2 493 468 +25
2. Croatia Zadar 6 4 2 505 480 +25
3. Latvia ASK Riga 6 3 3 496 478 +18
4. France Chorale Roanne 6 1 5 430 498 -68

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1. Russia UNICS 6 6 0 488 435 +53
2. Russia Dynamo Moscow 6 4 2 490 442 +48
3. Latvia Barons LMT 6 1 5 443 489 -46
4. Bulgaria Lukoil Academic 6 1 5 454 509 -55

Group C[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1. Russia Khimki 6 5 1 450 400 +59
2. Italy Benetton Treviso 6 4 2 478 443 +35
3. Turkey Beşiktaş Cola Turka 6 3 3 459 471 +12
4. France Le Havre 6 0 6 413 495 -82

Group D[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1. Turkey Türk Telekom 6 4 2 393 344 +49
2. Greece Panellinios 6 3 3 452 435 +17
3. Greece Aris 6 3 3 457 459 -2
4. Israel Bnei HaSharon 6 2 4 362 426 -82

Group E[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1. Ukraine Azovmash 6 4 2 484 472 +12
2. Lithuania Lietuvos rytas 6 3 3 491 465 +26
3. France ASVEL 6 3 3 475 514 -39
4. Spain Kalise Gran Canaria 6 2 4 481 480 +1

Group F[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1. Belgium Spirou 6 5 1 485 415 +70
2. Serbia Crvena zvezda 6 5 1 490 425 +65
3. Poland PGE Turów 6 2 4 411 453 -42
4. Germany Brose Baskets 6 0 6 340 433 -93

Group G[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1. Spain Pamesa Valencia 6 6 0 497 414 +83
2. Germany Artland Dragons 6 3 3 464 495 -31
3. Italy Fortitudo Bologna 6 2 4 470 457 +13
4. Serbia FMP 6 1 5 398 463 -65

Group H[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1. Spain Iurbentia Bilbao 6 6 0 481 411 +70
2. Serbia Hemofarm 6 3 3 441 469 -28
3. Czech Republic ČEZ Nymburk 6 2 4 446 482 -36
4. Montenegro Budućnost 6 1 5 419 425 -6

Top 16[edit]

The second grand stage begins from January 27, 2009.

Key to colors
     Top two places in each group advance to final eight

Group I[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1. Russia Dynamo Moscow 6 6 0 492 442 +50
2. Russia Khimki 6 3 3 479 457 +22
3. Greece Maroussi Costa Coffee 6 2 4 443 470 -27
4. Greece Panellinios 6 1 5 467 512 -45

Group J[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1. Italy Benetton Treviso 6 5 1 493 458 +35
2. Croatia Zadar 6 3 3 497 513 -16
3. Russia UNICS 6 3 3 465 414 -51
4. Turkey Türk Telekom 6 1 5 452 522 -70

Group K[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1. Spain Pamesa Valencia 6 4 2 450 436 +14
2. Serbia Hemofarm 6 4 2 460 428 +32
3. Ukraine Azovmash 6 3 3 477 457 +20
4. Serbia Crvena zvezda 6 1 5 437 503 -66

Group L[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1. Spain Iurbentia Bilbao 6 4 2 449 415 +34
2. Lithuania Lietuvos rytas 6 4 2 467 406 +61
3. Belgium Spirou 6 3 3 453 473 -20
4. Germany Artland Dragons 6 1 5 441 516 -75

Final eight[edit]

The Final Eight was the last stage of EuroCup 2008-09.

Quarter finals[edit]

April 2, Pala Alpitour, Turin

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Dynamo Moscow Russia 85–93 Serbia Hemofarm
Benetton Treviso Italy 79–85 Lithuania Lietuvos rytas

April 3, Pala Alpitour, Turin

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Pamesa Valencia Spain 73–76 Russia Khimki
Iurbentia Bilbao Spain 79–73 Croatia Zadar

Semi finals[edit]

April 4, Pala Alpitour, Turin

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Hemofarm Serbia 68–73 Lithuania Lietuvos rytas
Khimki Russia 79–73 Spain Iurbentia Bilbao

Final[edit]

April 13, Pala Alpitour, Turin

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Lietuvos rytas Lithuania 80–74 Russia Khimki


2007–08 Eurocup Champions
Lithuania
Lietuvos rytas
2nd title

Individual statistics[edit]

Points[edit]

Rank Name Team Games Points PPG
1. United States Khalid El-Amin Ukraine Azovmash 11 197 17.90

Rebounds[edit]

Rank Name Team Games Rebounds RPG
1. United States C. J. Wallace Italy Benetton Treviso 13 96 7.38

Assists[edit]

Rank Name Team Games Assists APG
1. United States Khalid El-Amin Ukraine Azovmash 11 58 5.27

Awards[edit]

Eurocup 2008–09 MVP[edit]

Eurocup 2008–09 Finals MVP[edit]

All-Eurocup team[edit]

Season Position All-Eurocup First Team Club Team All-Eurocup Second Team Club Team
2008–09
G
United States Chuck Eidson Lietuvos rytas United States Khalid El-Amin Türk Telekom
2008–09
G
Russia Kelly McCarty Khimki United States Gary Neal Treviso
2008–09
F
Slovenia Boštjan Nachbar Dynamo Moscow Russia Travis Hansen Dynamo Moscow
2008–09
F
Croatia Marko Banić Bilbao Australia Matt Nielsen Valencia
2008–09
C
Republic of Macedonia Todor Gečevski Zadar Croatia Sandro Nicević Treviso

Rising Star[edit]

Coach of the Year[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

External links[edit]