BCL Season 8 draw results: Check out all the groups and Qualification Rounds
MIES (Switzerland) - Two months after the colorful ending to Season 7 in Malaga, the stage is set for Season 8 after the official draw held in the Patrick Baumann House of Basketball in Mies, Switzerland on Wednesday morning.
Reigning champion Michael Kessens of Telekom Baskets Bonn and former captain of Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem Lior Eliyahu helped the CEO of the BCL Patrick Comninos on stage, placing the 29 Regular Season in their respective groups, and further 25 teams across three tournaments in the Qualification Rounds.
The qualifiers tip off on September 25. All three tournaments will see eight teams start the competition in a single game elimination bracket from the Quarter-Finals. Only the three tournament winners will advance to the Regular Season.
Bakken Bears v KB Peja
Kalev/Cramo v Norrköping Dolphins
SL Benfica v TSU Tbilisi
Patrioti Levice v Petrolina AEK Larnaca
Cholet Basket v Telenet Giants Antwerp
FMP Soccerbet v Pallacanestro Varese
Happy Casa Brindisi v CSM CSU Oradea
Heroes den Bosch v BG Gottingen
SIG Strasbourg v Jonava CBet
Karhu Basket v Ironi Hay Motors Ness Ziona
Legia Warszawa v Winner Pre-Qualifier
Mornar Barsko Zlato v Monbus Obradoiro
Once we learn the names of the three Qualification Round winners, the eighth edition of the Basketball Champions League Group Stage will start on October 17. All 32 teams will be in action for the first Gameday of the Regular Season, before getting every other week off from Gameday 2 to Gameday 5.
All eight groups will then be in action together once more for the final Gameday of the Regular Season.
Falco Vulcano Szombathely (HUN)
Peristeri bwin (GRE)
Le Mans Sarthe (FRA)
JDA Bourgogne Dijon (FRA)
Rytas Vilnius (LTU)
Promitheas Patras (GRE)
BK Opava (CZE)
Lenovo Tenerife (ESP)
Darussafaka Lassa (TUR)
VEF Riga (LAT)
MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg (GER)
Dinamo BdS Sassari (ITA)
King Szczecin (POL)
Pinar Karsiyaka (TUR)
Filou Oostende (BEL)
EWE Baskets Oldenburg (GER)
Hapoel Holon (ISR)
Telekom Baskets Bonn (GER)
Rio Breogan (ESP)
Tofas Bursa (TUR)
Igokea m:tel (BIH)
UCAM Murcia (ESP)
Bertram Yachts Derthona (ITA)
Group winners will move straight to the Round of 16, while second- and third-placed teams are advancing to the Play-In Series, to be played in January 2024. The pairings are predetermined by the draw, with teams going up against their neighboring group, and the second-placed teams having the home court advantage in best-of-three series.
Team A2 v Team B3
Team B2 v Team A3
Team C2 v Team D3
Team D2 v Team C3
Team E2 v Team F3
Team F2 v Team E3
Team G2 v Team H3
Team H2 v Team G3
Round of 16
The eight Play-In winners will join the eight Regular Season group winners to form the four groups in the Round of 16 phase. Top two from each group move on to the best-of-three Quarter-Finals series, and the season concludes with a Final Four event scheduled in May 2024.
Over the past seven seasons, Lenovo Tenerife and Hereda San Pablo Burgos have won the BCL crown twice, while Telekom Baskets Bonn, Segafredo Virtus Bologna and AEK have one title each.
Distinguished guests and representatives from all 53 teams were in attendance