Greek clubs ready for Champions League Draw

Greek clubs ready for Champions League Draw

Greece will be well-represented in the draw for the Basketball Champions League Round of 16 after AEK, PAOK, and Promitheas all enjoyed strong regular season campaigns…

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Greece will be the best represented nation in the Basketball Champions League Round of 16 after AEK, PAOK, and Promitheas all clinched a spot in Friday’s draw.

While each side had already clinched a spot in the knockout rounds prior to the final round of action in the regular season this week, the final set of fixtures confirmed the final seeding for the 16 clubs in Friday’s draw.

The draw, which will take place at the House of Basketball in Mies, Switzerland, will pair seeded clubs with unseeded clubs in a two-leg tie that will be decided on aggregate points.

The four first-placed sides will be paired with a team that finished in fourth place, while second-placed sides will be paired with third-placed clubs.

The draw will include the exception that sides from the same regular season group will not be paired in the Round of 16, though there is no country protection.

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AEK’s first-place finish in Group C means the reigning champions will be among the top-seeded clubs alongside the three other group-winners.

AEK have the potential of being paired with PAOK or Promitheas in the Round of 16, after both clubs finished in fourth place following defeats for both clubs on the final day of regular season action.

Apart from facing a domestic challenge, AEK also face the prospect of being drawn against Le Mans, who are making their second appearance in the knockout rounds and first since the 2016/2017 season.

PAOK, who will avoid being drawn against Iberostar Tenerife after their involvement in Group B, will be hoping to progress past the Round of 16 for the first time after two previous exits at the same stage despite an aggregate lead after the first leg on each occasion.

In addition to the prospect of facing AEK in the next round, PAOK could also be paired with UCAM Murcia, who reached last season’s Final Four in Athens, or Italian outfit Segafredo Virtus Bologna.

Promitheas, meanwhile, will avoid a tie with Bologna but face the prospect of being drawn against inaugural Champions League winners, Iberostar Tenerife, in addition to AEK and Murcia.

 

by Peter Katsiris

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