Draw results in for inaugural season of Basketball Champions League
MUNICH, Germany (Basketball Champions League) - The Official Draw Ceremony for the 2016-17 season of the Basketball Champions League took place on Thursday in Munich, Germany.
Here are the results of the draw.
Qualification Round 1
Game 1: Bakken Bears (DEN) vs Dinamo Sassari (ITA)
Game 2: FC Porto (POR) vs Juventus Utena (LTU)
Game 3: SL Benfica (POR) vs Pallacanestro Varese (ITA)
Game 4: Donar Groningen (NED) vs Tartu University (EST)
Game 5: KatajaBasket (FIN) vs Södertälje Kings (SWE)
Game 6: Rilski Sportist (BUL) vs Tsmoki-Minsk (BLR)
Game 7: KK Igokea (BIH) vs KK Mornar Bar (MNE)
Game 8: CSM CSU Oradea (ROU) vs BC Prievidza (SVK)
Game 9: Petrolina AEK Larnaca (CYP) vs U-BT Cluj-Napoca (ROU)
Qualification Round 2
Game 1: MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg (GER) vs Winner of FC Porto/Juventus Utena
Game 2: Winner of SL Benfica/Pallacanestro Varese vs Szolnoki Olaj (HUN)
Game 3: Winner of KatajaBasket/Södertälje Kings vs Proximus Spirou Charleroi (BEL)
Game 4: Winner of Donar Groningen/Tartu University vs Winner of Bakken Bears/Dinamo Sassari
Game 5: Muratbey Usak Sportif (TUR) vs Winner of Petrolina AEK Larnaca/U-BT Cluj-Napoca
Game 6: Ironi Nahariya (ISR) vs Winner of Rilski Sportist/Tsmoki-Minsk
Game 7: Lukoil Academic (BUL) vs Winner of CSM CSU Oradea/BC Prievidza
Game 8: Winner of KK Igokea/KK Mornar Bar vs Besiktas Sompo Japan (TUR)
All Qualification Rounds 1 and 2 games are played in a home and away format with the action getting underway on 27 September 2016. The eight (8) winners of Qualification Round 2 qualify for the Regular Season, joining the 24 pre-qualified teams in the main draw.
Group A: Banvit (TUR); Fraport Skyliners (GER); Aris BSA-2003 (GRE); ČEZ Basketball Nymburk (CZE); Helios Suns Domžale (SLO); As Monaco Basket (FRA); Winner of Donar/Tartu vs Bakken/Sassari; Winner of Rilski/Tsmoki vs Nahariya.
Group B: Pinar Karsiyaka (TUR); Umana Reyer Venezia (ITA); Avtodor Saratov (RUS); Maccabi Rand Media Rishon Lezion (ISR); Khimik (UKR); Le Mans (FRA); Winner of Kataja/Södertälje vs Proximus; Winner of Lukoil vs Oradea/Prievidza.
Group C: Asvel Lyon-Villeurbanne (FRA); EWE Baskets Oldenburg (GER); PAOK (GRE); Neptunas (LTU); Rosa Radom (POL); Ventspils (LAT); Winner of Usak vs AEK/U-BT Cluj; Winner of Benfica/Varese vs Szolnoki.
Group D: SIG Strasbourg (FRA); Sidigas Avellino (ITA); Iberostar Tenerife (ESP); Telenet Oostende (BEL); Cibona (CRO); Mega Leks (SRB); Winner of Igokea/Mornar vs Besiktas JK; Winner of Riesen vs Porto/Juventus.
The Regular Season consists of four (4) groups of eight (8) teams each, with games played home and away in a round robin system. The four (4) best ranked teams from each group will advance to the Play-offs. The action will tip off on 18 October.
The draw was carried out in such a way as to prevent teams from a same country facing each other in the Qualification Rounds 1 and 2 and in the Regular Season.
Legends of European basketball, Richard Dacoury and Dino Meneghin, were on hand to assist in the draw procedure. Distinguished guests, including members of the Basketball Champions League's Board of Directors and representatives from all 49 participating teams, were in attendance for the special occasion.
About Basketball Champions League
The Basketball Champions League is an innovative 50-50 joint partnership between FIBA and 10 top European leagues. It is a fair competition based on sporting principles with teams qualifying through national leagues. It is a truly European club competition with 30 countries.
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