July 4, 2017
After the announcement of the teams last week, the draws were conducted for the upcoming seasons of both EuroLeague and EuroCup.
The strength of this season’s competition has been shown by this draw. Group B should present a large number of big clashes, especially if Lattes Montpellier wins their qualifier, creating a situation where all eight teams will enter the season expecting a top four finish. The highlight of the draw should be the two games that will be a rematch of the Turkish league finals between EuroLeague finalists Fenerbahce and EuroCup champions Yakin Dogu University. Fenerbahce will also have to face UMMC Ekaterinburg twice in a rematch of a gripping semifinal encounter. Besides the two Turkish and two Russian teams, Group B seems likely to include the powerhouses from Poland, France, Italy, and Spain. Defending champions Dynamo Kursk has a slightly easier draw in Group A, but the rest of the teams will be emboldened to think that they could advance far in the competition. Two French teams were drawn into this group with Villeneuve and Bourges likely to provide entertainment in their two clashes. USK Prague is set up to have another good season here and could be set up for a Final Four run. Castors Braine and Galatasaray are returning to the competition and could not ask for a better chance to make some noise. Sopron and the qualifier winner will also believe that they can find wins against the other teams. The competition should start in entertaining fashion when it kicks off in October.
A: Castors Braine (Belgium), USK Prague (Czech Republic), Winner Piestanke Cajky (Slovakia)-Polkowice (Poland), Sopron (Hungary), Galatasaray (Turkey), Villeneuve (France), Bourges (France), Dynamo Kursk (Russia)
B: Wisla (Poland), Fenerbahce (Turkey), Winner Atomeromu (Hungary)-Lattes Montpellier (France), Yakin Dogu University (Turkey), Schio (Italy), Avenida (Spain), Nadezhda Orenburg (Russia), UMMC Ekaterinburg (Russia)
The field will be complete after the results of four qualifiers, but this tournament is set up to be very competitive once again. With an increase to five groups in both the east and west, it would have been have been better if the draw could have been arranged to keep teams from the same countries apart, but it has still set up some games that should be watched. The Group E games between the two Turkish university teams and the clashes in Spain between Gernika and Girona should be good rivalry games.
A: Olympiacos (Greece), TTT Riga (Latvia), Besiktas (Turkey), Gorzow (Poland)
B: Enisey Krasnoyarsk (Russia), Mersin (Turkey), Good Angels Kosice (Slovakia), MBK Ruzomberok (Slovakia)
C: MBA Moscow (Russia), Umea (Sweden), Spartak Moscow (Russia), Bydgoszcz (Poland)
D: Torun (Poland), Hatay (Turkey), Loser Piestanke Cajky (Slovakia)-Polkowice (Poland), Sepsi (Romania)
E: Sleza Wroclaw (Poland), Istanbul University (Turkey), Abdullah Gul University (Turkey), Winner Gdynia (Poland)-Spartak Noginsk (Russia)
F: DVTK (Hungary), Keltern (Germany), Pecs (Hungary), Charleville (France)
G: Landes (France), Gernika (Spain), Girona (Spain), Cegled (Hungary)
H: Loser Atomeromu (Hungary)-Lattes Montpellier (France), GDES Santo Andre (Portugal), Nymburk (Czech Republic), Virtus Ragusa (Italy)
I: Reyer Venezia (Italy), KP Brno (Czech Republic), Wasserburg (Germany), Elfic Fribourg (Switzerland)
J: Nantes (France), Winner Hainaut (France)-Amsterdam Angels), Gyor (Hungary), Namur (Belgium)