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The 2003–04 Euroleague was the fourth season of the professional basketball competition for elite clubs throughout Europe, organised by Euroleague Basketball Company, and it was the 47th season of the premier competition for European men's clubs overall.. The 2003–04 season featured 24 competing teams from 13 different countries. The final of the competition was held in Nokia Arena, Tel Aviv, Israel, with hosts Maccabi Elite,[1] defeating Skipper Bologna, by a score of 118-74.

2003–04 Euroleague
Yad Eliyahu Arena Tel Aviv - panoramio.jpg
The Final Four was held at the Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv
Competition details
Teams 24
Final positions
Champions Israel Maccabi Elite (4th title)
Runners-up Italy Skipper Bologna
Third place Russia CSKA Moscow
Fourth place Italy Montepaschi Siena
Awards
Regular Season MVP Lithuania Arvydas Sabonis
Top 16 MVP Lithuania Arvydas Sabonis
Final Four MVP United States Anthony Parker
Statistical leaders
Index Rating Lithuania Arvydas Sabonis
26.3
Points United States Lynn Greer
25.1
Rebounds Lithuania Arvydas Sabonis
10.7
Assists United States Ed Cota
5.7

Regular seasonEdit

The first phase was a regular season, in which the competing teams were drawn into three groups, each containing eight teams. Each team played 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 advanced to the next round. The complete list of tiebreakers was provided in the lead-in to the Regular Season results.

If one or more clubs were level on won-lost record, tiebreakers were applied in the following order:

  1. Head-to-head record in matches between the tied clubs
  2. Overall point difference in games between the tied clubs
  3. Overall point difference in all group matches (first tiebreaker if tied clubs were not in the same group)
  4. Points scored in all group matches
  5. Sum of quotients of points scored and points allowed in each group match
Key to colors
     Top five places in each group, plus highest-ranked sixth-place team, advanced to Top 16

Group AEdit

Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1.   FC Barcelona 14 12 2 1086 937 +149
2.   Cibona VIP 14 8 6 1122 1101 +21
3.   Ülker 14 8 6 1023 1050 -27
4.   Union Olimpija 14 6 8 1093 1123 -30
5.   Pau-Orthez 14 6 8 1141 1130 +11
6.   AEK 14 6 8 1066 1099 -33
7.   Partizan Mobtel 14 6 8 1081 1078 +3
8.   Lottomatica Roma 14 4 10 997 1091 -94

Group BEdit

Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1.   CSKA Moscow 14 11 3 1118 984 +134
2.   Maccabi Elite 14 11 3 1261 1169 +92
3.   Skipper Bologna 14 8 6 1206 1173 +33
4.   Montepaschi Siena 14 8 6 1142 1142 0
5.   Panathinaikos 14 7 7 1141 1113 +28
6.   Žalgiris 14 7 7 1083 1068 +15
7.   Unicaja Málaga 14 4 10 1051 1111 -60
8.   Krka 14 2 12 947 1189 -242

Group CEdit

Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1.   Efes Pilsen 14 10 4 1066 1002 +64
2.   Benetton Treviso 14 10 4 1185 1067 +118
3.   Pamesa Valencia 14 9 5 1149 1089 +60
4.   Tau Cerámica 14 9 5 1183 1127 +56
5.   Olympiacos 14 7 7 1109 1108 +1
6.   Idea Śląsk Wrocław 14 6 8 1110 1163 -53
7.   Alba Berlin 14 3 11 1075 1170 -95
8.   Adecco ASVEL 14 2 12 982 1133 -151

Top 16Edit

The surviving teams were divided into four groups of four teams each, and again a round robin system was adopted resulting in 6 games each, with the top team advancing to the Final Four. Tiebreakers were 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.

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

Level 2: The remaining second-place teams, plus the top two third-place teams

Level 3: The remaining third-place team, plus the three fourth-place teams

Level 4: The fifth-place teams, plus the top ranked sixth-place team

Each Top 16 group included one team from each pool. The draw was conducted under the following restrictions:

  1. No more than two teams from the same Regular Season group could be placed in the same Top 16 group.
  2. No more than two teams from the same country could be placed in the same Top 16 group.
  3. If there is a conflict between these two restrictions, (1) would receive priority.

Another draw was held to determine the order of fixtures. In the case 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.

Key to colors
     Top place in each group advanced to Final four

Group DEdit

Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1.   CSKA Moscow 6 5 1 477 436 +41
2.   Tau Cerámica 6 4 2 505 477 +28
3.   Cibona VIP 6 2 4 422 449 -27
4.   Olympiacos 6 1 5 436 477 -41

Group EEdit

Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1.   Skipper Bologna 6 5 1 484 457 +27
2.   Efes Pilsen 6 4 2 427 390 +37
3.   Pau-Orthez 6 2 4 452 486 −34
4.   Union Olimpija 6 1 5 438 468 −30

Group FEdit

Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1.   Montepaschi Siena 6 4 2 498 461 +37
2.   Benetton Treviso 6 4 2 510 494 +16
3.   FC Barcelona 6 2 4 445 452 −7
4.   Panathinaikos 6 2 4 460 506 −46

Group GEdit

Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1.   Maccabi Elite 6 4 2 452 406 +46
2.   Pamesa Valencia 6 3 3 418 421 -3
3.   Žalgiris 6 3 3 520 507 +13
4.   Ülker 6 1 5 449 505 −56

Final fourEdit

SemifinalsEdit

April 29, Nokia Arena, Tel Aviv

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Montepaschi Siena   102–103   Skipper Bologna
Maccabi Elite   93–85   CSKA Moscow

3rd place gameEdit

May 1, Nokia Arena, Tel Aviv

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Montepaschi Siena   94–97   CSKA Moscow

FinalEdit

May 1, Nokia Arena, Tel Aviv

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Maccabi Elite   118–74   Skipper Bologna
2003–04 Euroleague Champions
 
Maccabi Elite
4th Title

Final standingsEdit

Team
    Maccabi Elite
    Skipper Bologna
    CSKA Moscow
  Montepaschi Siena

AwardsEdit

References and notesEdit

  1. ^ 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.

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