|Season MVP|| Arvydas Sabonis (Zalgiris)
Arvydas Sabonis (Zalgiris) (Top 16)
|Top scorer||Lynn Greer (Slask)|
|Final Four champions||Maccabi|
|Final Four Finals MVP||Anthony Parker (Maccabi)|
The Euroleague is an international professional basketball club competition for elite clubs throughout Europe. The 2003–2004 season featured 24 competing teams from 13 different countries. The final of the competition was held in Yad Eliyahu Sports Hall, Tel Aviv, Israel, with hosts Maccabi Tel Aviv defeating Skipper Bologna 118-74.
The first phase is a regular season, in which the competing teams are drawn into three groups, each containing eight teams. Each team plays every other team in its group at home and away, resulting in 14 games for each team in the first stage. The top 5 teams in each group and the best sixth-placed team advance to the next round. The complete list of tiebreakers is provided in the lead-in to the Regular Season results.
The surviving teams are divided into four groups of four teams each, and again a round robin system is adopted resulting in 6 games each, with the top team advancing to the Final Four. Tiebreakers are identical to those used in the Regular Season.
This was the last season in which teams advanced directly from the Top 16 to the Final Four. A quarterfinal round was introduced in the 2004-05 season.
Final Four format
The culminating stage of the Euroleague in which the four remaining teams play a semifinal match and the winners of those advance to the final. The losers play in a third-place playoff. The team which is victorious in the Final will be Euroleague champion.
|Top five places in each group, plus highest-ranked sixth-place team,
advance to Top 16
- Head-to-head record in matches between the tied clubs
- Overall point difference in games between the tied clubs
- Overall point difference in all group matches (first tiebreaker if tied clubs are not in the same group)
- Points scored in all group matches
- Sum of quotients of points scored and points allowed in each group match
|2.||Maccabi Tel Aviv||14||11||3||1261||1169||92|
|8.||Krka Novo mesto||14||2||12||947||1189||-242|
|6.||Idea Śląsk Wrocław||14||6||8||1110||1163||-53|
The draw was held in accordance with Euroleague rules.
The teams were placed into four pools, as follows:
- Level 1: The three group winners, plus the top-ranked second-place team
- CSKA, Barcelona, Maccabi, Efes Pilsen
- Level 2: The remaining second-place teams, plus the top two third-place teams
- Skipper, Valencia,Benetton, Cibona
- Level 3: The remaining third-place team, plus the three fourth-place teams
- Olimpija, Ülker, Montepaschi Siena,TAU Cerámica
- Level 4: The fifth-place teams, plus the top ranked sixth-place team
- Pau Orthez, Panathinaikos, Olimpiacos, Zalgiris
Each Top 16 group included one team from each pool. The draw was conducted under the following restrictions:
- No more than two teams from the same Regular Season group can be placed in the same Top 16 group.
- No more than two teams from the same country can be placed in the same Top 16 group.
- If there is a conflict between these two restrictions, (1) will receive priority.
Another draw was held to determine the order of fixtures. In cases of two teams from the same city in the Top 16 (Panathinaikos and Olympiacos, Efes Pilsen and Ülker) they were scheduled so that every week only one team would be at home.
|First place in each group advance to the Final Four|
|Eliminated from contention|
|1.||Maccabi Tel Aviv||6||4||2||452||406||+46|
|Skipper Bologna||103 – 102 (OT)||Montepaschi Siena||Yad Eliyahu Arena, Tel Aviv||April 29, 2004|
|Maccabi Tel Aviv||93 – 85||CSKA Moscow||Yad Eliyahu Arena, Tel Aviv||April 29, 2004|
|CSKA Moscow||97 – 94||Montepaschi Siena||Yad Eliyahu Arena, Tel Aviv||May 1, 2004|
|Maccabi Tel Aviv||118 – 74||Skipper Bologna||Yad Eliyahu Arena, Tel Aviv||May 1, 2004|
|Euroleague 2004 Champions|
Maccabi Tel Aviv
Regular Season MVP
Top 16 MVP
Final Four MVP
All-Euroleague First Team 2003–2004
- Šarūnas Jasikevičius ( Maccabi Tel Aviv )
- Marcus Brown ( CSKA Moscow )
- Dejan Bodiroga ( FC Barcelona )
- Mirsad Türkcan ( CSKA Moscow )
- Arvydas Sabonis ( Žalgiris Kaunas )
All-Euroleague Second Team 2003–2004
References and notes
- The venue for each year's Final Four is determined before the previous year's Final Four, before it can possibly be known who will advance.
- Euroleague.net - Official Euroleague homepage.
- Eurobasket.com - Popular basketball news site.
- TalkBasket.net - Basketball forum.