Both draws were conducted on Tuesday:
One set of qualifiers was already determined with Botas playing Arka Gdynia and the other two were drawn with Lattes Montpellier playing Olympiacos and Reyer Venezia playing DVTK. After that, both groups were drawn.
A: Braine (Belgium), USK Praha (Czech Republic), Cukurova (Turkey), winner Reyer Venezia (Italy) vs. DVTK (Hungary), Bourges (France), Nadezhda Orenburg (Russia), TTT Riga (Latvia), Ekaterinburg (Russia)
B: Lyon (France), Fenerbahce (Turkey), winner Botas (Turkey) vs. Arka Gdynia (Poland), winner Lattes Montpellier (France) vs. Olympiacos (Greece), Sopron (Hungary), Schio (Italy), Girona (Spain), Dynamo Kursk (Russia)
Ekaterinburg looks likely to avoid too many difficult challenges early in Group A play, but there will be plenty of interest competing for the other places with USK Praha looking to return to the final stage. TTT Riga is less likely to sneak up on anyone this year and Nadezhda will be looking to stay in this competition rather than fighting for other trophies. Bourges had to battle their way back into this competition and should be tough when the season rolls around while roster strength will be the key factor for Cukurova and Braine as a qualifying round winner will complete the group.
The final strength of the group may rest on the qualifying round winners, but Group B looks to have a lot of teams with realistic playoff aspirations, especially with significant roster turnover for the big name teams. Dynamo Kursk and Sopron will certainly feel like they should go back to final four, but Fenerbahce has gone with more drastic changes to get back to that level. Lyon is ambitious and Girona will be trying to carry some of the momentum from their domestic triumph while Schio may be flying under the radar now, but will be worth watching when the games begin.
A: Gorzow (Poland), loser Botas (Turkey) vs. Arka Gdynia (Poland), Elitzur Ramla (Israel), KP Brno (Czech Republic)
B: Spartak Moscow (Russia), MBA Moscow (Russia), Prishtina (Kosovo), Besiktas (Turkey)
C: Umea (Sweden), Polkowice (Poland), winner Kayseri (Turkey) vs. Spartak Noginsk (Russia), Orman (Turkey)
D: Enisey Krasnoyarsk (Russia), Hatay (Turkey), Tsmoki-Minsk (Belarus), Ruzomberok (Slovakia)
E: Bydgoszcz (Poland), Galatasaray (Turkey), Lulea (Sweden), Sepsi (Romania)
The story of the draw is the large number of Turkish teams possible here after they were spread out among the groups. The EuroLeague qualifier will drop into Group A, which could be a wide open affair as Elitzur Ramla brings Israeli representation back to the competition. Prishtina is happy to be a part of proceedings, but unless they can pull out big name signings, they will definitely struggle in Group B, which features the Moscow teams and a tough Besiktas club. The lone qualifying matchup will send its winner to Group C, where all eyes will be on Polkowice to see how they compare to last year’s team. Teams in Group D should be ready for extra long trips around the continent as Tsmoki and Ruzomberok will be looking to surprise Enisey or Hatay. Galatasaray figures to start as the favorites in Group E, but the other teams will have a chance to make their case.
F: Avenida (Spain), Gyor (Hungary), Olivais (Portugal), Gernika (Spain)
G: loser Lattes Montpellier (France) vs. Olympiakos (Greece), Cegled (Hungary), Valencia (Spain), Namur (Belgium)
H: loser Reyer Venezia (Italy) vs. DVTK (Hungary), Landes (France), Sedis (Spain), PEAC (Hungary)
I: Szekszard (Hungary), Keltern (Germany), Herner (Germany), Sint-Katelijne-Waver (Belgium)
J: Carolo (France), Fribourg (Switzerland), Roche (France), Liege (Belgium)
Teams in Group F will be wary of the threat of newcomers Olivais, but Gyor will be focused on breaking in to the battle of Spain between Avenida and Gernika. In Group G, Valencia is in a strong position to advance its ambitions even with a EuroLeague qualifier dropping down into the group. Group H is a bit more open for now unless one of the teams makes a key signing to give them the advantage. The German teams were both drawn into Group I, where Szekszard will start as the favorite, but both will think that they can advance. France is the story in Group J where Roche will be looking for a strong start against a team with more experience in this format like Fribourg. Carolo figures to be the overwhelming favorite and it remains to be seen whether Liege and the other Belgian teams will be fielding young teams or if they can bolster their roster with more known players.