09 October, 2018
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Regular Season report cards are in: Who failed, who excelled during the Group Phase?

ZAGREB (Croatia) - A month-long break from Basketball Champions League action doesn't mean that we are going on a Ross v Rachel kind of break with everything else. Help-Side Column is here to stay. I could've given you the WE WERE ON A BREAK treatment, but it didn't seem to work for Ross, so I'm back behind the keyboard...

...and ready to hand over the report cards from my cathedra seat in the Basketball Champions League classroom! When I handed out the first 32 report cards at the midway point of the Regular Season, it turned out to be a success, so why not go back to it now, just like Ross went back to Rachel in the end?

(Sorry for the 15-year-old season finale spoiler.)

Trying to imagine myself as a professor, I have to say, was no easy task. Being the one handing out the grades is all fun and games when everybody is doing their homework, when everybody is committed and puts this school ahead of all other obligations.

But what happens when you need to tell somebody the bad news? What happens when a professor has to tell his students that they failed? How hard could it be to crush somebody's feelings with such news? Do I even have it in me?

Well, yes, I do.

Sidigas Avellino, Ventspils, Anwil, MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg, UNET Holon, Telekom Baskets Bonn, Fribourg Olympic, Opava, Lietkabelis, JDA Dijon, CEZ Nymburk, Montakit Fuenlabrada, SIG Strasbourg, Filou Oostende, medi Bayreuth and Petrol Olimpija - I'm sorry, but everyone of you gets an F here! You failed to reach the Play-Offs, there's nothing I can do about it. Other than, perhaps, make the F's look Filthy or Flashy or soFisticated in your report cards...

That was easy. As for the rest of you, congrats for making it this far! You can find your grades by clicking the image under your name, and flipping it over for the description.


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Igor Curkovic

Igor Curkovic

Igor Curkovic is a Basketball Champions League writer and editor since day one of the competition, specializing in Power Rankings and his Takeaways on Gamedays. When he's not covering basketball, he's probably watching a Hajduk Split game somewhere.