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2008–09 Euroleague

Euroleague
Champions Panathinaikos
5th title
Runners-up CSKA Moscow
Third place FC Barcelona
Fourth place Olympiacos
Teams 24
Games played 188 (total)
Duration 22 October 2008 – 3 May 2009
Awards
MVP Navarro (FC Barcelona)
Final Four MVP Spanoulis (Panathinaikos)
Rising Star Veličković (Partizan)
Best Defender Diamantidis (Panathinaikos)
Coach of the Year Vujošević (Partizan)
Statistical leaders
PIR Fischer (Maccabi Electra)
21.5
Points Rakočević (Tau Cerámica)
18.0
Rebounds Türkcan (Fenerbahçe Ülker)
8.6
Assists Papaloukas (Olympiacos)
5.2

The Euroleague 2008-09 season was the ninth international professional basketball club competition for elite clubs throughout Europe under the Euroleague Basketball (Company) umbrella. The season, which featured 24 teams from 13 different countries, culminated in the 2008-09 Euroleague Final Four at the new O2 World arena in Berlin, Germany.[1] It was won by Panathinaikos, who defeated in the final, the defending champions CSKA Moscow.

While the general structure of the competition was identical to that used in recent seasons, changes were made to the format for two of its phases, the Regular Season and Quarterfinals.

Top 16 game between Real Madrid and Maccabi Electra

Teams of the 2008-2009 Euroleague

Key to colors
     Champion
     Runner-up
     Third place
     Fourth place
     Eliminated in Quarterfinals
     Eliminated in Last 16
     Eliminated in the regular season
Country (League) Teams Teams (ranking in 2007-08 national championship)
Spain (ACB) 5 [2] Tau Cerámica (1) FC Barcelona (2) DKV Joventut (SF) Unicaja Málaga (SF) Real Madrid (QF)
Italy (Lega A) 4 Montepaschi Siena (1) Lottomatica Roma (2) Air Avellino (SF) Armani Jeans Milano (SF)
Greece (ESAKE A1) 3 Panathinaikos (1) Olympiacos (2) Panionios (3)
Turkey (TBL) 2 Fenerbahçe Ülker (1) Efes Pilsen (SF)
France (LNB Pro A) 2 Nancy (1) Le Mans (SF)
Lithuania (LKL) 1 Žalgiris (1)
Germany (BBL) 1 Alba Berlin (1)
Croatia (A1 Liga) 1 Cibona (SF)
Russia (Superleague A) 1 CSKA Moscow (1)
Israel (BSL) 1 Maccabi Electra (2)
Slovenia (SKL) 1 Union Olimpija (1)
Serbia (KLS) 1 Partizan (1)
Poland (PLK) 1 Asseco Prokom Sopot (1)
  • DKV Joventut qualified as ULEB Cup winners.

Team rosters

Format

Regular Season

The first phase was a regular season, in which the competing teams were drawn into four groups, each containing six teams. Each team played every other team in its group at home and away, resulting in 10 games for each team in the first stage. The top 4 teams in each group advanced to the next round. This was the first year for this particular format; previously, the competing teams were split into three groups of eight teams each, with the top five teams in each group plus the best sixth-place team advancing.

If two or more clubs finished level on won-lost record, tiebreakers were applied in the following order:[3]

  1. Head-to-head record in matches between the tied clubs
  2. Overall point difference in games between the tied clubs
  3. Overall point difference in all group matches
  4. Points scored in all group matches
  5. Sum of quotients of points scored and points allowed in each group match

Games were played from October 22, 2008 to January 15, 2009.[4]

Top 16

The surviving teams were then divided into four groups of four teams each, and again a round-robin system was adopted resulting in 6 games each, with the top 2 teams advancing to the quarterfinals. Tiebreakers are identical to those used in the Regular Season. Games began on January 28 and ended March 12.

Quarterfinals

In the quarterfinals, the top placed teams from each Top 16 group played second placed teams from a different group in a best-of-five playoff series, with the winners of those series advancing to the Final Four. This was the first season in which the quarterfinals were best-of-five; previously, they had been best-of-three. The quarterfinal matches were played from March 24 until April 9.

Final Four format

The culminating stage of the Euroleague in which the four remaining teams played a semifinal match and the winners of those advance to the final. The losers played in a third-place playoff. The team which was victorious in the Final (Panathinaikos) would be Euroleague champion. The Final Four semifinals were played May 1, with the third-place game and final on May 3.

Regular Season

The Regular Season began on October 20, 2008 and concluded on January 15, 2009.

Key to colors
     Top four places in each group advance to Top 16

Group A

Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1. Unicaja Málaga 10 8 2 771 698 +73
2. Olympiacos 10 6 4 815 748 +67
3. Maccabi Electra 10 6 4 815 811 +4
4. Cibona 10 5 5 760 772 -12
5. Air Avellino 10 3 7 754 814 -60
6. Le Mans 10 2 8 747 819 -72

Group B

Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1. FC Barcelona 10 9 1 813 650 +163
2. Montepaschi Siena 10 8 2 835 750 +85
3. Panathinaikos 10 7 3 763 707 +56
4. Asseco Prokom Sopot 10 2 8 675 734 -59
5. Žalgiris 10 2 8 716 812 -96
6. Nancy 10 2 8 706 855 -149

Group C

Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1. Tau Cerámica 10 8 2 916 808 +108
2. Lottomatica Roma 10 6 4 814 786 +28
3. Fenerbahçe Ülker 10 6 4 779 755 +24
4. Alba Berlin 10 4 6 691 748 -57
5. DKV Joventut 10 4 6 800 810 -10
6. Union Olimpija 10 2 8 725 818 -93

Group D

Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1. CSKA Moscow 10 7 3 774 644 +130
2. Real Madrid 10 6 4 740 707 +33
3. Armani Jeans Milano 10 5 5 734 745 -11
4. Partizan 10 5 5 706 687 +19
5. Efes Pilsen 10 4 6 713 762 -49
6. Panionios 10 3 7 668 790 -122

Top 16

The Top 16 stage was played from January 28 to March 12, 2009.

The draw was conducted on January 19 at Euroleague Basketball (Company) headquarters in Barcelona. The group winners in the Regular Season were drawn from one pot, the runners-up from one pot, the teams in 3rd place from one pot and those in 4th place from one pot. Teams that played in the same group in the Regular Season could not meet again in the Top 16. Also, teams from the same country could not be drawn into the same pool unless it was necessary to prevent teams from the same Regular Season group from being drawn together.

Key to colors
     Top two places in each group advance to quarterfinals

Group E

Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1. Olympiakos 6 5 1 496 446 +50
2. Tau Cerámica 6 4 2 556 474 +82
3. Armani Jeans Milano 6 2 4 455 529 -74
4. Asseco Prokom Sopot 6 1 5 444 502 -58

Group F

Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1. FC Barcelona 6 5 1 508 429 +79
2. Real Madrid 6 5 1 505 487 +18
3. Maccabi Electra 6 2 4 459 481 -22
4. Alba Berlin 6 0 6 427 502 -75
*FC Barcelona wins the group over Real Madrid by the head-to-head point differential.

Group G

Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1. Panathinaikos 6 5 1 503 428 +72
2. Partizan 6 4 2 420 434 -14
3. Unicaja Málaga 6 2 4 484 461 +23
4. Lottomatica Roma 6 1 5 441 525 -84

Group H

Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1. CSKA Moscow 6 5 1 454 377 +77
2. Montepaschi Siena 6 4 2 472 456 +16
3. Cibona 6 2 4 423 456 -33
4. Fenerbahçe Ülker 6 1 5 384 444 -60

Quarterfinals

Team 1 hosted Games 1 and 2, plus Game 5 if necessary. Team 2 hosted Game 3, and Game 4 if necessary.
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg 3rd leg 4th leg 5th leg
Olympiacos 3–1 Real Madrid 88–79 79–73 63–71 78–75
FC Barcelona 3–2 Tau Cerámica 75–84 85–62 62–69 84–63 78–62
Panathinaikos 3–1 Montepaschi Siena 90–85 79–84 72–53 91–84
CSKA Moscow 3–0 Partizan 56–47 77–50 67–56

Final Four

The Final Four is the last phase of each Euroleague season, and is held over a weekend. The semifinal games are played on Friday evening. Sunday starts with the third-place game, followed by the championship final.

Semifinals

May 1, O2 World, Berlin
Team 1  Score  Team 2
FC Barcelona 78–82 CSKA Moscow
Olympiacos 82–84 Panathinaikos

3rd place game

May 3, O2 World, Berlin
Team 1  Score  Team 2
Olympiacos 79–95 FC Barcelona

Final

May 3, O2 World, Berlin
Team 1  Score  Team 2
Panathinaikos 73–71 CSKA Moscow
2008-09 Euroleague
Champions

Panathinaikos
5th Title

Final standings

Team
Panathinaikos
CSKA Moscow
FC Barcelona
Olympiacos

Final Four 2009 MVP

Vassilis Spanoulis (Panathinaikos)

Individual statistics

Rating

Rank Name Team Games Rating PIR
1. D'or Fischer Maccabi Electra 13 279 21.46
2. Terrell McIntyre Montepaschi Siena 19 377 19.84
3. Mirsad Türkcan Fenerbahçe Ülker 14 271 19.36

Points

Rank Name Team Games Rating PPG
1. Igor Rakočević Tau Cerámica 21 377 17.95
2. Terrell McIntyre Montepaschi Siena 19 328 17.26
3. David Logan Asseco Prokom Sopot 15 253 16.87

Rebounds

Rank Name Team Games Rating RPG
1. Mirsad Türkcan Fenerbahçe Ülker 14 121 8.64
2. D'or Fischer Maccabi Electra 13 99 7.62
3. Ioannis Bourousis Olympiacos 22 162 7.36

Assists

Rank Name Team Games Rating APG
1. Theodoros Papaloukas Olympiacos 22 114 5.18
2. Omar Cook Unicaja Málaga 16 82 5.13
3. Terrell McIntyre Montepaschi Siena 19 84 4.42

Other Stats

Category Name Team Games Stat
Steals per game David Logan Asseco Prokom Sopot 15 2.67
Blocks per game Fran Vázquez FC Barcelona 23 1.74
Turnovers per game David Logan Asseco Prokom Sopot 15 2.93
Fouls drawn per game Sani Bečirović Lottomatica Roma 13 6.23
Minutes per game David Logan Asseco Prokom Sopot 15 34:18
2FG% Luboš Bartoň FC Barcelona 23 0.800
3FG% Marco Mordente Armani Jeans Milano 12 0.555
FT% Louis Bullock Real Madrid 20 0.953

Game highs

Category Name Team Stat
Rating Lior Eliyahu Maccabi Electra 42
Points Terrell McIntyre Montepaschi Siena 35
Rebounds Pat Burke Asseco Prokom Sopot 20
Assists Theodoros Papaloukas Olympiacos 13
Steals 7 occasions 6
Blocks Loren Woods Žalgiris 7
Turnovers 3 occasions 8
Fouls Drawn Sani Bečirović Lottomatica Roma 12

Awards

Euroleague 2008-09 MVP

Euroleague 2008-09 Final Four MVP

All-Euroleague Team 2008-09

[5]

Position All-Euroleague First Team Club Team All-Euroleague Second Team Club Team
PG
Terrell McIntyre Montepaschi Siena Theodoros Papaloukas Olympiacos
SG/SF
Igor Rakočević Tau Cerámica Ramūnas Šiškauskas CSKA Moscow
SG/SF
Juan Carlos Navarro FC Barcelona Vassilis Spanoulis Panathinaikos
PF/C
Ioannis Bourousis Olympiacos Erazem Lorbek CSKA Moscow
PF/C
Nikola Peković Panathinaikos Tiago Splitter Tau Cerámica

Rising Star

Best Defender

Top Scorer (Alphonso Ford Trophy)

Coach of the Year (Alexander Gomelsky Award)

Club Executive of the Year

MVP Weekly

Regular Season

Game Player Team Rating
1 Will McDonald Tau Cerámica 32
2 Pops Mensah-Bonsu Joventut Badalona 37
3 Igor Rakočević Tau Cerámica 34
4 Mike Hall Armani Jeans Milano 28
5 Edu Hernandez-Sonseca Joventut Badalona 38
6 Lior Eliyahu Maccabi Electra 42
7 Rawle Marshall Cibona 34
8 Sani Bečirović Lottomatica Roma 38
9 Immanuel McElroy Alba Berlin 38
10 Oğuz Savaş Fenerbahçe Ülker 41

Top 16

Game Player Team PIR
1 Nikola Peković Panathinaikos 28
D'or Fischer Maccabi Electra 28
Lior Eliyahu (2) Maccabi Electra 28
2 Novica Veličković Partizan 29
3 Ersan İlyasova FC Barcelona 39
4 Tiago Splitter Tau Cerámica 28
5 Charles Gaines Maccabi Electra 33
Mike Hall (2) Armani Jeans Milano 33
6 Mike Batiste Panathinaikos 35

Quarter-finals

Game Player Team PIR
1 Romain Sato Montepaschi Siena 36
2 Erazem Lorbek CSKA Moscow 33
3 Ramūnas Šiškauskas CSKA Moscow 30
Matjaž Smodiš CSKA Moscow 30
4 Terrell McIntyre Montepaschi Siena 37
5 Ersan İlyasova (2) FC Barcelona 26

MVP of the Month

Month Player Team
October 2008 Ersan İlyasova FC Barcelona
November 2008 Sani Bečirović Lottomatica Roma
December 2008 Lior Eliyahu Maccabi Electra
January 2009 Igor Rakočević Tau Cerámica
February 2009 Novica Veličković Partizan
March 2009 Erazem Lorbek CSKA Moscow

See also

References and notes

  1. ^ EUROLEAGUE BASKETBALL, AEG ANNOUNCE GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT, May 3, 2008
  2. ^ El AXA FCB, quinto español en la Euroliga... y el Kalise GC, a la ULEB Cup
  3. ^
  4. ^ New competition system for 2008-09 Euroleague
  5. ^ http://www.euroleague.net/final-four/berlin-2009/main-page/i/49161/2768/2008-09-all-euroleague-mvp-announced

External links

  • Euroleague official site
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