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ratiopharm Ulm competed in the EuroCup last season for the fourth consecutive season and sixth overall. As always, it had new and interesting players ready to stand out, such as Javonte Green and Dwayne Evans. Ulm won four of its five regular season home games and captured a road win against Germani Brescia Leonessa to qualify fourth in its group with a 5-5 record. Once in the Top 16, Ulm opened with a home win against Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt, but three consecutive losses prevented the German powerhouse from reaching the playoffs. An early exit in the German Cup - against Skyliners in the Round of 16 in early October - left Ulm to focus on both the EuroCup and the German League. Ulm was sixth in the German League regular season with a 22-14 record and returned to the playoffs after a one-year absence, but lost to ALBA Berlin in the quarterfinals. Ulm knows the EuroCup better than most and will try to take advantage of that to challenge for even better results.
ratiopharm Ulm has emerged as one of Germany's best-known clubs across Europe as it prepares for its fifth straight EuroCup campaign. Ulm is not the first elite basketball team in the city; predecessor SSV Ulm 1846 was competitive for decades and won the German Cup in 1996. SSV folded in 2001 and ratiopharm Ulm was founded right away. Thomas Stoll and Andreas Oettel bought SSV's license to start competing in the German second division. The team, which has always been sponsored by pharmaceutical giant ratiopharm, was promoted to the German elite in 2006 after a 29-1 season. By 2008, Ulm made it to the German League playoffs. Robin Benzing became its signature player in 2009-10, but Ulm finished in the bottom half of the league. Everything changed for the better when Coach Thorsten Leibenath and center John Bryant came together and took Ulm to a second-place finish in the 2011-12 regular season. Ulm swept New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig and s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg in the playoffs to reach the finals against Brose Baskets. Alas, the fairytale run finished with Bamberg winning the title. Ulm enjoyed a great EuroCup debut season, in which it reached the quarterfinals and also the German League semifinals and German Cup final. Bryant was chosen to the 2012-13 All-EuroCup First Team, too. The club returned to the elimination rounds in the 2013-14 EuroCup before losing to Hapoel Jerusalem in the eighthfinals on point difference. Ulm reached the German League semifinals in the 2014-15 season and advanced past the regular season in the EuroCup in both the 2015-16 and 2016-17 campaigns. After reaching the 2016 German League finals, Ulm's 30-2 record the following season saw it finish the German League regular season in first place for the first time before falling 3-2 to EWE Baskets Oldenburg in the playoff semifinals. After missing the German League playoffs and the EuroCup Top 16 in 2018, Ulm bounced back last season. The team collected eight wins in the EuroCup and was one victory away from reaching the playoffs. Ulm returned to the German playoffs, but ALBA Berlin stood in its way in the quarterfinals. This season Ulm starts a new era with head coach Jaka Lakovic, who replaces Thorsten Liebenath after eight seasons leading the club, and will be eager for be competitive from the start.