The 2020–21 Basketball Champions League was the 5th season of the Basketball Champions League (BCL), the premier European-wide professional basketball competition for clubs launched and managed by FIBA. The season began on 15 September 2020 and ended on 9 May 2021.
|2020–21 Basketball Champions League|
|Dates||15 September 2020 – 9 May 2021|
|Number of teams||32 (regular season)|
44 (all rounds)
|Season MVP||Bonzie Colson|
|Champions||San Pablo Burgos (2nd title)|
|Third place||Casademont Zaragoza|
|Fourth place||SIG Strasbourg|
|Finals MVP||Vítor Benite|
|Best Coach||Zoran Lukić|
|Best Young Player||Yoan Makoundou|
44 teams played in the 2020–21 Basketball Champions League (28 teams directly qualify for the group competition, while 16 teams play 2 qualifying rounds for the remaining 4 places in the group stage).
- Abd: Abandoned season because of the COVID-19 pandemic
- 1st, 2nd, etc.: Place in the domestic competition
- CLR: Teams qualified based on their Basketball Champions League rankings
- WC: Wild card
|Referees of the 2020–21 season|
Round and draw datesEdit
|Phase||Round||Draw date||Round date|
|Qualifying rounds||First qualifying round (Semifinals)||15 July 2020||22–23 September 2020|
|Second qualifying round (Finals)||24–25 September 2020|
|Regular season||Round 1||Groups A–D||20–21 October 2020|
|Groups E–H||27–28 October 2020|
|Round 2||Groups A–D||3–4 November 2020|
|Groups E–H||10–11 November 2020|
|Round 3||Groups A–D||17–18 November 2020|
|Groups E–H||8–9 December 2020|
|Round 4||Groups A–D||15–16 December 2020|
|Groups E–H||22–23 December 2020|
|Round 5||Groups A–D||5–6 January 2021|
|Groups E–H||12–13 January 2021|
|Round 6||Groups A–D||19–20 January 2021|
|Groups E–H||26–27 January 2021|
|Play-offs||Round 1||2 February 2021||2–3 March 2021|
|Round 2||9–10 March 2021|
|Round 3||16–17 March 2021|
|Round 4||23–24 March 2021|
|Round 5||30–31 March 2021|
|Round 6||6–7 April 2021|
|Final Eight||Quarterfinals||16 April 2021||6–7 May 2021|
|Semifinals||8 May 2021|
|Final||9 May 2021|
The 16 teams that entered in the first round were divided into four pots based firstly on the competition's club ranking and, for clubs that have not yet participated in the competition, on the country ranking.
For the first qualification round (QR1), teams from Pot 3 were drawn against teams from Pot 2, and teams from Pot 4 faced teams from Pot 1. Clubs from Pot 1 and 2 were seeded, and played the second leg at home. Games were played on September 15–18. The eight winners then qualified for the second qualification round (QR2).
For the second round (QR2), the winners of Pot 3 and Pot 2 faced the winners of Pot 4 and Pot 1. The winners from Pot 4 and Pot 1 were seeded, and played the second leg at home. Games were played on September 22–25. The four winners then qualified for the 2020–21 Basketball Champions League regular reason and joined the 28 directly qualified teams in the main draw.
Change of Qualifying formatEdit
On August 25, 2020, it was announced, in order to protect the health and guarantee the safety of players, coaches and officials, but also to safeguard a fair competition, and to properly organize game operations, the decision has been taken to modify the competition system from home-away games, to a tournament format, with single games for each Qualification Round.
Four tournaments took place, each consisting of two semifinals games and of one final game, where the semifinals were played as the BCL qualification round 1 and the final as the BCL qualification round 2. These Qualification tournaments took place in two different locations:
- Group A and B: Tassos Papadopoulos Eleftheria Indoor Hall at Nicosia, Cyprus.
- Group C and D: Arena Botevgrad at Botevgrad, Bulgaria.
* Example of 1 point for Igokea from 2016 to 2017 season means that the FIBA's "last three season points" rule applies to the last (three) BCL seasons of the particular club, not the last three BCL seasons in general.
Qualification Group AEdit
|Hapoel Tel Aviv||71|
Qualification Group BEdit
Qualification Group CEdit
|U-BT Cluj Napoca||75|
Qualification Group DEdit
The 28 teams that entered in the regular season directly were divided into seven pots based firstly on the club ranking and, for clubs that have not yet participated in the competition, on the country ranking. Eighth pot is reserved for winners of qualifying rounds.
Initially, teams were divided into groups of eight teams. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, groups were split with the aim to the reduce the number of games and to make easier to play possible postponed matches.
- ^† Indicates teams with no club points, therefor using the country points as a tiebreaker.
|1||Iberostar Tenerife||6||4||2||552||507||+45||10||Advance to Playoffs||—||115–85||98–73||85–72|
|1||Tofaş||6||4||2||529||482||+47||10||Advance to Playoffs||—||93–96||81–87||78–67|
|1||Hapoel Holon||6||4||2||479||455||+24||10||Advance to Playoffs||—||77–71||73–63||69–79|
|1||Casademont Zaragoza||6||5||1||527||504||+23||11||Advance to Playoffs||—||78–75||85–76||94–82|
|1||SIG Strasbourg||6||4||2||492||466||+26||10||Advance to Playoffs||—||101–94||77–57||81–83|
|1||Brose Bamberg||6||6||0||509||429||+80||12||Advance to Playoffs||—||83–82||90–75||83–68|
|1||Türk Telekom||6||5||1||487||477||+10||11||Advance to Playoffs||—||94–86||98–94||76–73|
- The rescheduled game was played in Laktaši instead of Jerusalem by agreement between both teams.
|1||San Pablo Burgos||6||5||1||543||470||+73||11||Advance to Playoffs||—||93–71||88–73||100–70|
|2||Happy Casa Brindisi||6||4||2||521||508||+13||10||86–90||—||93–81||92–81|
Sixteen teams advance to the Play-off phase, consisting of a new group format of four groups with four teams each.
A draw determined the new four groups (each group had respectively two teams having finished first and two teams having finished second in their regular season group) that played home and away games over the month of March. No country protection, only group protection was applied during the draw.
Clubs played six games each in a round robin system (three games home, three away), with the first two teams in each group qualifying for a Final 8 tournament that concluded the 2020–21 season. The playoffs started on March 2–3, 2021.
The draw of this second phase of the competition was conducted on February 2, at the Patrick Baumann House of Basketball.
|1||Hapoel Holon||6||4||2||472||483||−11||10||Advance to Final Eight||—||63–72||81–79||71–90|
|3||Happy Casa Brindisi||6||3||3||503||501||+2||9||85–87||83–79||—||77–75|
|1||Lenovo Tenerife||6||5||1||484||426||+58||11||Advance to Final Eight||—||89–60||80–75||77–64|
|2||San Pablo Burgos||6||4||2||462||436||+26||10||101–79||—||83–71||76–75|
- The rescheduled game was played in Burgos instead of Laktaši by agreement between both teams.
|1||Nizhny Novgorod||6||4||2||506||457||+49||10||Advance to Final Eight||—||87–97||88–60||96–82|
|1||ERA Nymburk||6||5||1||532||497||+35||11||Advance to Final Eight||—||98–78||91–87||90–89|
- The rescheduled game was played in Laktaši (Bosnia and Herzegovina) instead of Bamberg due to travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic between Germany and Czech Republic.
|San Pablo Burgos||86|
|San Pablo Burgos||81|
|SIG Strasbourg (OT)||88|
|San Pablo Burgos||64|
|Pınar Karşıyaka||84||Third place|
The quarterfinals were played on 5–6 May 2021.
|Team 1||Score||Team 2|
|Lenovo Tenerife||86–88 OT||SIG Strasbourg|
|Hapoel Holon||77–86||San Pablo Burgos|
|Nizhny Novgorod||78–86||Casademont Zaragoza|
|ERA Nymburk||73–84||Pınar Karşıyaka|
The semifinals were played on 7 May 2021.
|Team 1||Score||Team 2|
|San Pablo Burgos||81–70||SIG Strasbourg|
|Casademont Zaragoza||79–84||Pınar Karşıyaka|
Third place gameEdit
The third place game was played on 9 May 2021.
|Team 1||Score||Team 2|
|Casademont Zaragoza||89–77||SIG Strasbourg|
The final was played on 9 May 2021.
|Team 1||Score||Team 2|
|Pınar Karşıyaka||59–64||San Pablo Burgos|
|Most Valuable Player||Bonzie Colson||SIG Strasbourg|
|Final Eight MVP||Vítor Benite||San Pablo Burgos|
|Best Young Player||Yoan Makoundou||Cholet|
|Best Coach||Zoran Lukić||Nizhny Novgorod|
|First Team||Second Team|
|C.J. Harris||Hapoel Holon||Dylan Ennis||Zaragoza|
|Kasey Shepherd||Nizhny Novgorod||Darius Thompson||New Basket Brindisi|
|Bonzie Colson||SIG Strasbourg||Jasiel Rivero||San Pablo Burgos|
|Raymar Morgan||Karşıyaka||Omar Prewitt||Nymburk|
|Giorgi Shermadini||Canarias||Michale Kyser||VEF Rīga|
MVP of the MonthEdit
|Kyle Allman Jr.||VEF Rīga|
|Raymar Morgan||Pınar Karşıyaka|
|Kasey Shepherd||Nizhny Novgorod|
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