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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.

Eurocup 2008–09
LeagueEurocup
SportBasketball
Season MVPUnited States Chuck Eidson (Lietuvos rytas)
Top scorerUnited States Khalid El-Amin (Azovmash)
Finals
ChampionsLithuania Lietuvos rytas
  Runners-upRussia Khimki
Finals MVPLithuania Marijonas Petravičius
Eurocup Basketball seasons

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 EurocupEdit

FormatEdit

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 roundEdit

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 roundEdit

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 seasonEdit

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 16Edit

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 eightEdit

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 roundsEdit

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 roundEdit

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

Second preliminary roundEdit

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

Regular seasonEdit

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification MAR ZAD ASK ROA
1   Maroussi Costa Coffee 6 4 2 493 468 +25 10 Advanced to Top 16 91–75 82–77 88–73
2   Zadar 6 4 2 505 480 +25 10 87–79 83–68 82–70
3   ASK Riga 6 3 3 496 478 +18 9 84–70 106–94 86–70
4   Chorale Roanne 6 1 5 430 498 −68 7 72–83 66–84 79–75
Source: [1]

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification UNI DYN BAR LUK
1   UNICS 6 6 0 488 435 +53 12 Advanced to Top 16 80–71 76–55 79–72
2   Dynamo Moscow 6 4 2 490 442 +48 10 77–87 84–74 94–78
3   Barons LMT 6 1 5 443 489 −46 7 81–86 61–80 84–88
4   Lukoil Academic 6 1 5 454 489 −35 7 79–80 62–86 75–88
Source: [2]
Key to colors
     Top two places in each group advance to Top 16

Group CEdit

  KHI   BEN   BEŞ   LEH
  KHI 80-71 91-65 79-55
  BEN 77-59 80-89 91-67
  BEŞ 69-71 72-77 96-91
  LEH 63-79 76-82 61-68
Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1.   Khimki 6 5 1 450 400 +59
2.   Benetton Treviso 6 4 2 478 443 +35
3.   Beşiktaş Cola Turka 6 3 3 459 471 +12
4.   Le Havre 6 0 6 413 495 -82

Group DEdit

  TÜR   PNE   ARI   BNE
  TÜR 70-64 78-65 20-0
  PNE 82-74 69-71 85-70
  ARI 79-75 72-77 84-71
  BNE 54-76 78-76 89-86
Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1.   Türk Telekom 6 4 2 393 344 +49
2.   Panellinios 6 3 3 452 435 +17
3.   Aris 6 3 3 457 459 -2
4.   Bnei HaSharon 6 2 4 362 426 -82

Group EEdit

  AZO   LRY   ASV   GRA
  AZO 79-66 87-74 92-90
  LRY 83-64 95-74 74-64
  ASV 85-83 93-90 69-81
  GRA 74-82 94-83 78-80
Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1.   Azovmash 6 4 2 484 472 +12
2.   Lietuvos rytas 6 3 3 491 465 +26
3.   ASVEL 6 3 3 475 514 -39
4.   Kalise Gran Canaria 6 2 4 481 480 +1

Group FEdit

  SPI   CZV   TUR   BRO
  SPI 71-65 89-69 64-62
  CZV 93-91 97-69 82-65
  TUR 61-86 76-86 67-56
  BRO 76-86 53-67 39-69
Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1.   Spirou 6 5 1 485 415 +70
2.   Crvena zvezda 6 5 1 490 425 +65
3.   PGE Turów 6 2 4 411 453 -42
4.   Brose Baskets 6 0 6 340 433 -93

Group GEdit

  VAL   ART   FOR   FMP
  VAL 84-67 80-74 83-58
  ART 79-89 87-78 73-62
  FOR 71-77 89-93 88-61
  FMP 65-84 93-65 59-70
Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1.   Pamesa Valencia 6 6 0 497 414 +83
2.   Artland Dragons 6 3 3 464 495 -31
3.   Fortitudo Bologna 6 2 4 470 457 +13
4.   FMP 6 1 5 398 463 -65

Group HEdit

  BIL   HEM   NYM   BUD
  BIL 78-67 93-72 69-66
  HEM 62-82 82-74 89-85
  NYM 79-92 80-82 75-70
  BUD 65-67 70-59 63-66
Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1.   Iurbentia Bilbao 6 6 0 481 411 +70
2.   Hemofarm 6 3 3 441 469 -28
3.   ČEZ Nymburk 6 2 4 446 482 -36
4.   Budućnost 6 1 5 419 425 -6

Top 16Edit

The second grand stage begins from January 27, 2009.

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

Group IEdit

  DYN   KHI   MAR   PNE
  DYN 73-68 94-73 91-84
  KHI 69-77 94-69 101-94
  MAR 76-80 71-58 83-85
  PNE 72-77 73-89 59-71
Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1.   Dynamo Moscow 6 6 0 492 442 +50
2.   Khimki 6 3 3 479 457 +22
3.   Maroussi Costa Coffee 6 2 4 443 470 -27
4.   Panellinios 6 1 5 467 512 -45

Group JEdit

  BEN   ZAD   UNI   TÜR
  BEN 94-81 68-66 89-87
  ZAD 76-84 93-91 94-86
  UNI 81-59 69-71 72-57
  TÜR 67-99 89-82 66-86
Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1.   Benetton Treviso 6 5 1 493 458 +35
2.   Zadar 6 3 3 497 513 -16
3.   UNICS 6 3 3 465 414 -51
4.   Türk Telekom 6 1 5 452 522 -70

Group KEdit

  VAL   HEM   AZO   CZV
  VAL 65-60 68-66 82-80
  HEM 66-62 84-74 88-73
  AZO 91-88 89-71 62-74
  CZV 73-85 65-91 72-95
Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1.   Pamesa Valencia 6 4 2 450 436 +14
2.   Hemofarm 6 4 2 460 428 +32
3.   Azovmash 6 3 3 477 457 +20
4.   Crvena zvezda 6 1 5 437 503 -66

Group LEdit

  BIL   LRY   SPI   ART
  BIL 67-59 82-78 71-62
  LRY 73-71 77-56 105-64
  SPI 59-79 78-74 88-79
  ART 84-79 70-79 82-94
Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1.   Iurbentia Bilbao 6 4 2 449 415 +34
2.   Lietuvos rytas 6 4 2 467 406 +61
3.   Spirou 6 3 3 453 473 -20
4.   Artland Dragons 6 1 5 441 516 -75

Final eightEdit

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

Quarter finalsEdit

April 2, Pala Alpitour, Turin

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Dynamo Moscow   85–93   Hemofarm
Benetton Treviso   79–85   Lietuvos rytas

April 3, Pala Alpitour, Turin

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

Semi finalsEdit

April 4, Pala Alpitour, Turin

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Hemofarm   68–73   Lietuvos rytas
Khimki   79–73   Iurbentia Bilbao

FinalEdit

April 13, Pala Alpitour, Turin

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Lietuvos rytas   80–74   Khimki


2007–08 Eurocup Champions
 
Lietuvos rytas
2nd title

Individual statisticsEdit

PointsEdit

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

ReboundsEdit

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

AssistsEdit

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

AwardsEdit

See alsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "ULEB, FIBA Europe announce new competitions names, formats" (Press release). Euroleague.net. 2008-07-02. Retrieved 2008-07-04.
  2. ^ a b Clubs Replaced In European Competitions
  3. ^ Benetton Basket Tamoil subs Orlandina Basket, Benetton Olympic Fribourg joins second qualifying round

External linksEdit