June 27, 2016
One change was made before the draw on Monday as Conquero of Spain withdrew from both competitions, eliminating the need for a EuroLeague Qualifier. Reyer Venezia and Umea were automatically moved into the EuroCup regular season to fill the vacant spots, leaving a balanced set of qualifiers to determine the last eight teams.
With the two group format, matchups are always important as teams fight for quarterfinals spots during the regular season. Both finalists were drawn into Group B, but Group A has the other five returning quarter-finalists as all of them will probably enter the season with expectations of returning. Gyor will likely find their return to the competition tough in that group as the other returnee Lattes Montpellier should still have a strong core that will be ready to compete. Mersin, out of Turkey, could hit the ground running following a successful season. Hatay is the newcomer in Group B, while Polkowice makes their return. Sopron and Avenida will look to climb out of the last two spots in the group, which was where both ended up last season. The two French teams will think that this group gives them better chances to qualify than last season, but the two Russian teams will be the favorites in the group before rosters are finalized. [Read more…]