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Serie A2 Basket, known for sponsorship reasons as Serie A2 Citroën, is a professional men's basketball league in Italy. It constitutes the second-tier of the Italian league pyramid, below the first division LBA and above the third division Serie B, with promotion/relegation occurring between these leagues.

Serie A2 Basket
Lega Nazionale Pallacanestro Logo.png
Founded1974; 45 years ago (1974)
First season1974–75
Country Italy
ConfederationFIBA Europe
Number of teams32
Level on pyramid2
Promotion toLBA
Relegation toSerie B
Domestic cup(s)Coppa Italia LNP
SupercupSupercoppa LNP
Current championsFortitudo Bologna
(1st title)
Most championships18 teams
(1 title each)
TV partnersSportitalia
Websitewww.legapallacanestro.com
2018–19 Serie A2 Basket

It is run by the Lega Nazionale Pallacanestro (LNP), itself regulated by the FIP, the Italian federation.

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NamesEdit

 
  • 1974–2001: Serie A2 Basket
  • 2001–2013: LegaDue Basket
  • 2013–2014: DNA Gold Basket
  • 2014–present: Serie A2 Basket

HistoryEdit

The league was created in May 1974, by the Lega Basket, the organisation in charge of running the LBA (to this day), that decided to create a new second division with 10 clubs. The two that were relegated during that season, and 8 from the now-former second tier Serie B, chosen with an on and off the court criteria.

The 1975–76 season saw 12 clubs take part, after a complicated system had seen a transfer of clubs from the Serie A1 to the A2.[1]

In June 2001, the LegaDue was created to replace the Serie A2. Lega Basket now took part in running the league, though a system of promotion and relegation between the leagues remained.[2]

During the 2013 summer, another revamp was decided. The LegaDue was amalgamated with the third division DNA, to form a two-tiered league, the DNA (Divisione Nazionale A) Gold and DNA Silver. The two DNA's had separate season's, but the first ranked team in DNA Silver joined the seven best Gold teams to compete for the single promotion spot in the Serie A. The next best eight Silver squads fought for one spot in the next Gold season, whilst the three worst teams were relegated.[3]

The next season saw the league retake its Serie A2 moniker, keeping a similar but tweaked hybrid model, with the eight best Gold and the four best Silver teams taking part in the promotion playoffs (still for the one spot), whilst the last two Gold and the penultimate and ante-penultimate Silver squads play a relegation play out (the last ranked Silver team was relegated outright).[4]

Competition formatEdit

For the 2015–16 season, the Serie A2 Basket is composed of 32 teams with a regional subdivision in two equal groups of sixteen, East and West.

Each team plays the others in its subgroup twice, the first ranked team of each group then plays the eighth ranked team of the other group (e.g. East #1 against West #8), then the second best against the seventh, and so on, to form a promotion playoffs (for one place) of sixteen teams.[5]

Since the 2018–19 season the Playoffs winner is the third promoted team to LBA. The two other promoted clubs, wich are also the top seeded on the League Table at the end of the Regular Season, have to face a final of two matches to decide the winner of the Serie A2.[6]

Current clubsEdit

League championsEdit

MVPEdit

Best CoachEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Storia della Lega Basket" [Lega Basket history] (PDF). Lega Basket.it (in Italian). Retrieved 7 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Storia della Lega Basket" [Lega Basket history] (PDF). Lega Basket.it (in Italian). Retrieved 7 August 2015.
  3. ^ Sciascia, Giuseppe (4 October 2013). "Al via Lega Gold e Silver. Nuova formula e tanti big" [At the start of the Gold and Silver League. A new formula and so many stars]. Gazzetta.it (in Italian). Retrieved 7 August 2015.
  4. ^ Banzola, Alberto (3 October 2014). "Basket, Serie A2: al via domenica l'ultima stagione divisa in due" [Basketball, Serie A2: at the start [of the league] on Sunday, the last season divided in two]. Gazzetta.it (in Italian). Retrieved 7 August 2015.
  5. ^ "Comunicato LNP sulle delibere del Consiglio Federale" [LNP press release on the Federal Council resolutions]. LegaPallacanestro.com (in Italian). 25 June 2015. Retrieved 7 August 2015.
  6. ^ "Fortitudo - Virtus sarà la finale per il campione d'Italia Serie A2" [Fortitudo - Virtus will be the Final for the champion of the Italian Serie A2]. sportando.basketball (in Italian). Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Serie A2 Gold, Monroe e Ramagli i migliori della stagione 2014-15" [Serie A2 Gold, Monroe and Ramagli the 2014-15 season's best]. LegaPallacanestro.com (in Italian). 24 April 2015. Retrieved 7 August 2015.
  8. ^ "Damian Hollis è il Novipiù MVP della finale" [Damian Hollis is the Novipiù MVP of the final]. basketnet.it (in Italian). Retrieved 25 June 2016.
  9. ^ Eugenio Dalmasson (Alma Trieste) allenatore dell’anno per la Serie A2 Citroen (in Italian).

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