The new season of basketball in Europe is going to be a little bit different from what fans have been used to of late. There has been a shake-up and FIBA Europe have announced some more details regarding the second tier club competition that will be played out in the new season. The new club competition will get underway on the 28th of October 2015 and 56 clubs have been confirmed as taking part in the event.
There will be two conferences and there will be a geographical split, which will also take into consideration the number of teams that participate from a particular nation. There will be seven groups in each conference and each group will consist of 4 clubs.
The top two teams from each group definitely qualify for the next round
The format of the campaign will see each club playing their three group rivals home and away, with the top two teams from each group progressing. These teams will be joined by the four best ranked third place finishers, which will leave 32 teams. These will be the teams that take part in the Round of 32.
At this stage, things will be familiar as this round will carry the same format as the regular season. At the end of this stage, the top two ranked teams from the right groups will advance to the Play-Offs. This is the Last 16 Play-Offs and these teams will be looking to play their way through to the climax of the season, which comes in the Final Four event for the tournament. The Final Four event will be held between 29th of April and the 1st of May in 2016.
The draw takes place on Tuesday the 4th of August 2015
This is clearly an exciting time for European basketball fans and with the draw taking place at 1pm CET on Tuesday the 4th of August, there isn’t a lot of time to wait until the draw takes place. The draw for the tournament is taking place in Freising in Germany and it is possible to follow the draw live on the fibaeurope.com site. However, we will have the draw with you as soon as possible, which means that if you are keen to learn the fate of your team this season, or you just want some early insight into the new European basketball tournament, we are here to help.
There is seeding in place for the tournament and this seeding has been built on the back of club’s results and participating in recent European club competitions. Weighting has also been applied to the domestic rankings of the selected clubs from last season. This should ensure that there is a strong level of competition across the groups, while still providing an opportunity for the leading teams in the competition to progress to the later stages.
There is a lot to be said for upsets occurring during these events, and the short nature of the groups will see some big name teams fall by the wayside, but there is a desire to see the best players and the best teams competing at the business end of the season.
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