The Basketball Champions League Play-Offs pairings were confirmed during a draw today at the House of Basketball in Mies, Switzerland. For the first time ever, PAOK will play against AEK in a European competition. This will be another one meeting of these two teams this season, after the games that they have already played for the Greek League and Greek Cup.
Amongst those in attendance were FIBA officials, members of the Basketball Champions League Board, ULEB President Tomas Van Den Spiegel, and representatives of the qualified teams. They were joined by a number of recognisable basketball alumni, including Italy’s Antonello Riva and Miki Berkovich from Israel. Both were on stage to assist with the Draw.
Draw for the Round of 16
Games will be played over two rounds (Mar 5/6 and 12/13) on head-to-head format.
The teams having finished 1st and 2nd of their Regular Season group are seeded and will play the second leg of the Round of 16 at home. The teams having finished 3rd and 4th of their Regular Season group are unseeded and will play the first leg of the Round of 16 at home.
The Round of 16 pairings are as follows (the team listed second plays the return leg at home):
Brose Bamberg (GER) v Banvit (TUR)
Nanterre 92 (FRA) v Besiktas Sompo Japan (TUR)
Neptunas Klaipeda (LTU) v Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem (ISR)
Nizhny Novgorod (RUS) v Umana Reyer Venezia (ITA)
PAOK (GRE) v AEK (GRE)
Promitheas Patras (GRE) v Iberostar Tenerife (ESP)
Le Mans (FRA) v Segafredo Virtus Bologna (ITA)
Telenet Giants Antwerp (BEL) v UCAM Murcia (ESP)
Draw for the Quarter-Finals
Games will be played over two rounds (Mar 26/27 and Apr 2/3) on head-to-head format.
The pairings 5-8 (Pot 4 vs Pot 1) are seeded and will play the second leg of the Quarter-Finals at home. The pairings 1-4 (Pot 3 vs Pot 2) are unseeded and will play the first leg of the Quarter-Finals at home.
The Quarter-Final pairings are as follows (the pairing listed second plays the return leg at home):
Winner of Neptunas Klaipeda/Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem v Winner of Promitheas Patras/Iberostar Tenerife
Winner of Nizhny Novgorod/Umana Reyer Venezia v Winner of Telenet Giants Antwerp/UCAM Murcia
Winner of Nanterre 92/Besiktas Sompo Japan v Winner of Le Mans/Segafredo Virtus Bologna
Winner of Brose Bamberg/Banvit v Winner of PAOK/AEK
The four teams to advance from the Quarter-Finals will meet in the Final Four on May 3-5. The location will be announced after completion of the Quarter-Finals, early April. An additional draw will determine the Semi-Finals and will take place in the Final Four host city the following week.