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The 2017–18 VTB United League was the 9th complete season of the VTB United League. It is also the fifth season that the league functions as the Russian domestic first tier level. It started on 5 October 2017 with the first round of the regular season and ended on 10 June 2018 with the championship game of the Final Four. CSKA Moscow were the defending champions.

VTB United League
VTB Ice Palace1.jpg
The VTB Ice Palace in Moscow hosted the Final Four
Competition details
Season 2017–18
Teams 13
Games played 156
Final positions
Champions Russia CSKA Moscow (9th title)
Runners-up Russia Khimki
Third place Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg
Fourth place Russia UNICS
EuroLeague Khimki
EuroCup UNICS
Zenit Saint Petersburg
Lokomotiv Kuban
Awards
MVP Nando de Colo
Final Four MVP Sergio Rodríguez
Records
Biggest home win Lokomotiv Kuban 106–57 Enisey
(5 May 2018)
Biggest away win VEF 64–104 Khimki
(9 October 2017)
Highest scoring CSKA 108–100 Kalev/Cramo
(4 December 2017)
Avtodor 98–110 CSKA
(4 March 2018)
Winning streak 12 games
CSKA
Losing streak 7 games
Enisey
Highest attendance 7,389
Lokomotiv Kuban 93–78 Khimki
(21 January 2018)
Lowest attendance 350
VEF 82–70 Tsmoki
(28 January 2018)
Attendance 360,176 (2,309 per match)

CSKA Moscow successfully defended its title as it won the final over Khimki.

Format changesEdit

From this season, the top eight teams qualify for the playoffs. These are played in a best-of-five format with a 1–2–2 structure. The four teams that win their playoff series qualify for the Final Four tournament, which decides the new champion.[1]

TeamsEdit

A total of 13 teams from five countries contest the league, including nine sides from Russia, one from Belarus, one from Estonia, one from Kazakhstan and one from Latvia.

Venues and locationsEdit

Locations of teams in the 2017–18 VTB United League
Team Home city Arena Capacity
  Astana Astana Arena Velotrack 9,270[2]
  Avtodor Saratov Saratov DS Kristall 5,500[3]
  CSKA Moscow Moscow USC CSKA 5,000[4]
  Enisey Krasnoyarsk Arena.Sever 4,000[5]
  Kalev/Cramo Tallinn Saku Suurhall 5,500[6]
  Khimki Khimki BCMO 4,000[7]
  Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar Basket-Hall 7,500[8]
  Nizhny Novgorod Nizhny Novgorod Trade Union Sport Palace 5,500[9]
  Parma Perm UDS Molot 7,000
  Tsmoki Minsk Minsk Minsk-Arena 15,000[10]
  UNICS Kazan Basket-Hall 7,000[11]
  VEF Rīga Riga Arēna Rīga 12,000[12]
  Zenit Saint Petersburg Saint Petersburg SK Yubileyniy 6,381[13]

Personnel and sponsorshipEdit

Team Head coach Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Astana   Kostas Flevarakis Tuta
Avtodor Saratov   Vladimir Anstiferov Digs
CSKA Moscow   Dimitrios Itoudis Nike Rostelecom
Enisey   Oleg Okulov Nike
Kalev/Cramo   Donaldas Kairys Nike Cramo
Khimki   Georgios Bartzokas Adidas Khimki Group
Lokomotiv Kuban   Saša Obradović Under Armour Russian Railways
Nizhny Novgorod   Zoran Lukić Nike T+ Group
Parma   Vyacheslav Shushakov Peak T+ Group
Tsmoki Minsk   Igor Griszczuk Adidas
UNICS   Dimitrios Priftis Peak
VEF Rīga   Jānis Gailītis Adidas
Zenit Saint Petersburg   Vasiliy Karasev Nike Nipigas

Regular seasonEdit

In the regular season, teams play against each other twice (home-and-away) in a double round-robin format. The top eight teams advance to the playoffs. The regular season started on 5 October 2017.

StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD PCT Qualification
1   CSKA Moscow 24 22 2 2268 1894 +374 .917 Advance to playoffs
2   UNICS 24 22 2 2074 1829 +245 .917
3   Lokomotiv Kuban 24 17 7 2036 1755 +281 .708
4   Zenit Saint Petersburg 24 16 8 2053 2052 +1 .667
5   Avtodor Saratov 24 14 10 2107 2104 +3 .583
6   Khimki 24 13 11 2038 1942 +96 .542
7   Nizhny Novgorod 24 10 14 2046 2094 −48 .417
8   VEF Rīga 24 8 16 1864 1980 −116 .333
9   Tsmoki Minsk 24 8 16 1792 1982 −190 .333
10   Astana 24 7 17 1836 1932 −96 .292
11   Parma 24 7 17 1951 2086 −135 .292
12   Kalev/Cramo 24 6 18 2030 2196 −166 .250
13   Enisey 24 6 18 1892 2141 −249 .250

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away AST SAR CSK ENI KAL KHI LOK NIZ PAR TSM UNI VEF ZEN
Astana 75–92 72–92 92–75 102–92 84–79 50–83 73–85 78–84 77–59 73–78 67–53 87–64
Avtodor Saratov 92–86 98–110 102–83 82–77 104–92 77–110 84–75 82–87 104–82 78–80 89–84 92–107
CSKA Moscow 79–63 93–66 108–73 108–100 90–71 79–90 97–80 101–94 90–54 80–63 94–69 100–84
Enisey 90–76 83–88 72–87 88–91 84–89 49–75 98–90 96–77 91–80 89–93 68–75 84–104
Kalev/Cramo 83–73 95–89 95–105 97–88 92–84 62–88 97–103 74–76 80–85 67–75 98–94 82–95
Khimki 72–71 88–75 81–96 92–62 96–85 83–90 90–87 90–87 83–55 80–83 73–77 66–76
Lokomotiv Kuban 79–78 90–93 75–78 106–57 95–62 93–78 94–64 94–64 67–56 67–77 83–70 87–84
Nizhny Novgorod 79–78 84–82 90–104 79–85 103–85 79–82 92–86 73–88 82–91 89–91 80–64 100–90
Parma 84–90 94–96 76–111 96–73 104–84 69–106 73–86 80–82 81–88 81–88 87–69 94–99
Tsmoki Minsk 75–66 82–85 83–93 74–88 87–84 79–82 88–84 70–78 66–65 65–91 84–77 81–82
UNICS 90–75 89–82 75–88 91–76 104–78 80–79 93–65 99–93 84–70 87–62 89–81 94–60
VEF Rīga 89–77 79–82 83–102 94–67 87–83 64–104 69–71 94–90 78–67 82–70 69–81 80–90
Zenit Saint Petersburg 84–73 79–93 87–83 85–73 85–80 80–98 79–78 92–89 98–73 83–76 82–99 84–83
Source: VTB United League
Colours: Blue = home team win; Red = away team win.
Matches with background in a lighter colour were decided after overtime.

PlayoffsEdit

In the playoffs, a best-of-five games format is used. The team that wins the series will be the first team to win three games. The first game will be played on the playing court of the four highest-place teams, the second and third game will be played on the playing court of the next four highest-place teams and the fourth and fifth game, if necessary, will be played on the playing court of the four highest-place teams. The playoffs started on 23 May 2018.

Team 1 Series Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg 3rd leg 4th leg 5th leg
CSKA Moscow   3–0   VEF Rīga 112–83 100–80 99–73 0 0
Zenit Saint Petersburg   3–0   Avtodor Saratov 91–80 79–73 90–78 0 0
UNICS   3–1   Nizhny Novgorod 84–66 74–77 95–94 101–86 0
Lokomotiv Kuban   0–3   Khimki 66–79 72–77 73–86 0 0

Final FourEdit

The four winners of the quarterfinals qualified for the inaugural Final Four. The Final Four will be held from 8 until 10 June. In April 2018, it was announced that the VTB Ice Palace in Moscow, Russia will host the tournament.[14]

 
SemifinalsFinal
 
      
 
8 June
 
 
  CSKA Moscow 84
 
10 June
 
  Zenit Saint Petersburg 67
 
  CSKA Moscow 95
 
8 June
 
  Khimki 84
 
  UNICS 71
 
 
  Khimki 76
 
Third place game
 
 
10 June
 
 
  UNICS 79
 
 
  Zenit Saint Petersburg93

Final standingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W L Qualification
1   CSKA Moscow[a] 29 27 2 Qualification to EuroLeague
2   Khimki 29 17 12
3   Zenit Saint Petersburg 29 20 9 Qualification to EuroCup
4   UNICS 30 25 5
5   Lokomotiv Kuban 27 17 10 Qualification to EuroCup
6   Avtodor Saratov 24 14 10 Qualification to Champions League
7   Nizhny Novgorod 28 11 17
8   VEF Rīga 27 8 19
9   Tsmoki Minsk 24 8 16
10   Astana 24 7 17
11   Parma 24 7 17
12   Kalev/Cramo 24 6 18
13   Enisey 24 6 18
Source: VTB United League
Notes:
  1. ^ CSKA Moscow was automatically qualified for the 2018-19 EuroLeague as it holds a 10-year contract with the league.

AttendancesEdit

Attendances include playoff games:

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1   Parma 57,499 6,254 3,517 4,792 −6.3%
2   Lokomotiv Kuban 58,688 7,389 2,856 4,514 +3.7%
3   UNICS 54,195 6,223 1,786 3,871 +167.1%
4   Zenit Saint Petersburg 45,304 5,670 1,780 3,485 −3.0%
5   Avtodor Saratov 38,016 5,048 1,470 2,715 +2.5%
6   CSKA Moscow 28,896 4,500 600 2,064 −5.5%
7   Khimki 27,721 3,500 1,014 1,980 −10.8%
8   Nizhny Novgorod 24,905 2,598 1,078 1,779 +133.8%
9   Astana 14,994 1,952 734 1,250 +79.3%
10   Tsmoki Minsk 13,570 1,363 851 1,131 +2.3%
11   Kalev/Cramo 13,350 2,800 600 1,113 −1.7%
12   Enisey 10,810 3,000 400 901 −44.8%
13   VEF Rīga 8,100 1,500 350 623 −22.9%
League total 396,048 7,389 350 2,343 +7.1%

Updated to games played on 31 May 2018
Source: VTB United League

AwardsEdit

VTB United League clubs in European competitionsEdit

Team Competition Progress
Avtodor Saratov Champions League Third qualifying round
FIBA Europe Cup Regular season
CSKA Moscow EuroLeague Fourth place
Enisey Champions League Regular season
Kalev/Cramo Champions League Second qualifying round
Khimki EuroLeague Playoffs
Lokomotiv Kuban EuroCup Runner-up
Nizhny Novgorod Champions League Second qualifying round
FIBA Europe Cup Quarterfinal
Parma FIBA Europe Cup Second qualifying round
Tsmoki Minsk Champions League Third qualifying round
FIBA Europe Cup Round of 16
UNICS EuroCup Quarterfinal
Zenit Saint Petersburg EuroCup Quarterfinal

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "League Board Approves New Final Four Format | VTB United League". www.vtb-league.com. 15 July 2017. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  2. ^ "VTB United League". www.vtb-league.com. Retrieved 30 November 2017. Arena Velotrack Capacity: 9270 spectators
  3. ^ "VTB United League". www.vtb-league.com. Retrieved 30 November 2017. DS Kristall Capacity: 5500
  4. ^ "VTB United League". www.vtb-league.com. Retrieved 30 November 2017. USC CSKA named after Alexander Gomelskiy Capacity: 5000 spectators
  5. ^ "VTB United League". www.vtb-league.com. Retrieved 30 November 2017. Arena.Sever Capacity: 4000 spectators
  6. ^ "VTB United League". www.vtb-league.com. Retrieved 30 November 2017. «Saku Suurhall» Capacity: 5500 spectators
  7. ^ "VTB United League". www.vtb-league.com. Retrieved 30 November 2017. Sportscomplex «BCMO» Capacity: 4000 spectators
  8. ^ "VTB United League". www.vtb-league.com. Retrieved 30 November 2017. «Basket-hall» Capacity: 7500 spectators
  9. ^ "VTB United League". www.vtb-league.com. Retrieved 30 November 2017. «Nizhniy Novgorod Trade Union Sport Palace» Capacity: 5500 spectators
  10. ^ "VTB United League". www.vtb-league.com. Retrieved 30 November 2017. «Minsk-Arena» Capacity: 15,000 spectators
  11. ^ "VTB United League". www.vtb-league.com. Retrieved 30 November 2017. Basket-Hall Capacity: 7000 spectators
  12. ^ "VTB United League". www.vtb-league.com. Retrieved 30 November 2017. «Arena Riga» Capacity: 12000 spectators
  13. ^ "VTB United League". www.vtb-league.com. Retrieved 30 November 2017. SK Yubileyniy Capacity: 6381 spectators
  14. ^ "Moscow to host the VTB League Final Four". Eurohoops.net. 12 April 2018. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  15. ^ a b c d e f g "League Announces Individual Awards At Gala". vtb-league.com. 9 June 2018. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  16. ^ "Sergio Rodriguez – Final Four MVP (VIDEO)". Vtb-league.com. 12 June 2018. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  17. ^ "Quino Colom Wins October MVP". www.vtb-league.com. 3 November 2017. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  18. ^ "Nando De Colo Wins November MVP". www.vtb-league.com. 4 December 2017. Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  19. ^ "Mardy Collins Wins December MVP". www.vtb-league.com. 7 January 2018. Retrieved 7 January 2018.
  20. ^ "Sergey Karasev Named January MVP". www.vtb-league.com. 3 February 2018. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  21. ^ "Justin Robinson Named February MVP". www.vtb-league.com. 4 March 2018. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  22. ^ "Jamar Smith Named March MVP". www.vtb-league.com. 2 April 2018. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  23. ^ "Coty Clarke Wins April MVP". www.vtb-league.com. 2 May 2018. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  24. ^ "Stevan Jelovac Wins May MVP". www.vtb-league.com. 15 May 2018. Retrieved 8 June 2018.

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