Valencia vs Unicaja Malaga (19:30 BST on Tuesday, March 28)
Spanish clubs Valencia and Unicaja Malaga start their duel in the EuroCup finals at the Pabellon Municipal Fuente San Luis. Valencia needed three games to eliminate Hapoel Jerusalem in the semifinals while Unicaja swept Lokomotiv Kuban in their best-of-three duel. Valencia won both meetings against Unicaja in the Top 16 and has taken five in a row in the series. Leading Valencia in its quest to win a record fourth Eurocup crown are Fernando San Emeterio and Bojan Dubljevic. Head coach Pedro Martinez will also rely on Pierre Oriola, Rafa Martinez and Joan Sastre. Unicaja, meanwhile, is making its first ever finals appearance in this competition. Head coach Joan Plaza will count on Kyle Fogg, Nemanja Nedovic and Adam Waczynski to lead the club to a historic title.
Why watch EuroCup Live Streaming?
The EuroCup is considered a second-tier basketball league in Europe next to the Euroleague but that doesn't mean that it's inferior in terms of talent. In fact, most clubs in this league have played in the Euroleague before.
The EuroCup champions also get to participate in the following season's Euroleague and players who excel in this competition are regularly recruited by Euroleague participants during the season or the following year.
Among the EuroCup MVPs who went on to sign with Euroleague clubs are Robertas Javtokas, Justin Doellman and Rudy Fernandez. Tyrese Rice, meanwhile, led Maccabi to the Euroleague title in 2014 and steered Khimki to the EuroCup crown the following season where he also earned regular-season and finals MVP honors.
The EuroCup implemented a new format for the 2016-17 season. It originally featured 24 clubs but only 20 teams participated after several teams withdrew from the competition to join the newly-established Basketball Champions League organized by FIBA. In addition, Euroleague teams that fail to reach the Top 16 are no longer relegated to the EuroCup.
The 20 teams were divided into five groups and played their groupmates twice using a home-and-away format. The top four teams in each group after eight games qualified for the Top 16.
The 16 qualifiers were then divided into four groups and played a double-round robin using a home-and-away format. The top two teams in each group after six games advanced to the quarterfinals
The eight remaining teams will face off in a best-of-three series with the winners advancing to the semifinals
The four remaining teams will play another best-of-three series with the winners advance to the finals
The semifinal winners will face off in another best-of-three affair with the winner taking home the prestigious trophy.
The EuroCup was first played in 2002 when it was called the ULEB Cup. The second-tier competition used the name until 2008 when it changed its brand to the EuroCup. The competition is called the 7DAYS EuroCup starting in the 2016-17 season after signing a sponsorship deal with Greek food company Chipita.
Aside from bringing home a prestigious trophy, the EuroCup winners will also earn a ticket to the following season's Euroleague where they will get to play the best teams in the continent.
Spanish club Valencia is the most successful team in this competition with three titles followed by Lietuvos Rytas and Khimki with two apiece. Galatasaray is the defending champion after beating Strasbourg in their two-leg championship duel last season. The Turkish club is currently competing in the Euroleague.
List of EuroCup Champions
|Valencia||3||2002–03, 2009–10, 2013–14|
|Lietuvos Rytas ||2||2004–05, 2008–09|
|Khimki ||2||2011–12, 2014–15|
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