Top 16 Round 6 qualification possibilities

Feb 21, 2020 by Eurocupbasketball.com Print
Top 16 Round 6 qualification possibilities

The remaining four tickets to the 7DAYS EuroCup Quarterfinals will be decided in the sixth and final round of the Top 16. Four clubs have booked their spots already – Partizan NIS Belgrade in Group E, UNICS Kazan in Group G, and Unicaja Malaga and Tofas Bursa in Group H – and the remaining four berths will be battled for among eight teams in Round 6.

Simultaneously, Round 6 will also bring an end to an all-important race for home-court advantage in the quarterfinals, and beyond. Partizan and Unicaja had already locked up first place in their respective groups, which carries home-court advantage in the quarterfinals. But those two teams have an opportunity to secure such an advantage for the semifinals and finals if they make it there. In each successive series, home-court advantage will go to the team with the better Top 16 record - and if there is a tie, it will come down to the point difference from that stage. The chase remains wide open for the top spot in Groups F and G. In fact, all four teams in Group F can still finish in first place.

GROUP E

Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul (3-2) vs. Segafredo Virtus Bologna (3-2) - Wednesday, March 4
Partizan NIS Belgrade (4-1) vs. Dolomiti Energia Trento (0-5) - Wednesday, March 4

In a true do-or-die clash in Istanbul, the winner between Darussafaka and Virtus will be second in the group and reach the quarterfinals, while the loser will end its EuroCup journey. First-place Partizan enters Round 6 tied for the Top 16's best record (4-1) and holds the best point-difference (+55), which has put it in the driver's seat to be the top-seeded team in the elimination rounds and earn home-court advantage in all the series it will play.

Partizan has clinched first place in Group E.
Partizan will clinch home-court in any potential semifinals series if it wins.
Partizan will be the top-seeded team throughout the playoffs if it wins AND Unicaja Malaga does not win in regulation time with a margin of victory that is at least 31 points more than Partizan's.

Darussafaka qualifies and clinches second place if it beats Virtus; otherwise it is eliminated.

Virtus qualifies and clinches second place if it beats Darussafaka; otherwise it is eliminated.

Trento has already been eliminated.

GROUP F

EWE Baskets Oldenburg vs. Promitheas Patras - Tuesday, March 3
Germani Brescia Leonessa vs. Umana Reyer Venice - Tuesday, March 3

This group is wide open as no team has yet to secure its quarterfinals spot. All four teams can still qualify and all four can still finish in first place. Promitheas and Reyer need to win to qualify; Promitheas can advance with a loss of up to 11 points, too. On the other hand, Oldenburg needs to win big, by at least 17 points, to hold its destiny in its own hands. Brescia is the only team that depends on the outcome of the other game because it might need a win of 8 points, but it might not be enough for it go through even if it wins by 31. That is because wins by home teams in Round 6 would align all four teams with 3-3 records, which would mean that the higher cumulative score difference for the entire Top 16 would determine the final standings. Currently, Promitheas is in the best shape with +32, Oldenburg is -2, while Reyer and Brescia each stand at -15.

Promitheas qualifies if it wins OR if it loses by fewer than 11 points in regulation time.
Promitheas will be first if it wins.
Promitheas will be second if it loses by 11 points or fewer AND Reyer wins.
Promitheas will be eliminated if it loses by more than 11 points in regulation time AND Reyer wins.
Promitheas qualifies if it loses by fewer than 17 points AND if Brescia wins.
Promitheas qualifies if the combined point-difference in regulation time of its loss to Oldenburg and Brescia's win against Reyer is less than 48 points.

Reyer qualifies if it wins.
Reyer will be first if it wins AND Oldenburg wins.
Reyer will be second if it wins AND Promitheas wins.
Reyer will be second if it loses by 7 points or fewer AND Promitheas wins.
Reyer will be eliminated if it loses by more than 7 points in regulation AND Promitheas wins.
Reyer is eliminated if it loses AND Oldenburg wins.

Oldenburg will qualify if it wins by 17 or more points.
Oldenburg will be second if it wins by more than 11 points in regulation AND Reyer wins.
Oldenburg qualifies if it wins AND Brescia beats Reyer in regulation by a margin that is no more than 13 points greater than Oldenburg's margin of victory.
Oldenburg would be first if it wins by more than 17 points in regulation AND Brescia beats Reyer in regulation by a margin that is no more than 13 points greater than Oldenburg's margin of victory.
Oldenburg will be eliminated if it wins by 11 or fewer points AND Reyer wins.
Oldenburg is eliminated with a loss.

Brescia will be second if it wins by 8 or more points in regulation AND Promitheas wins.
Brescia qualifies if it beats Reyer in regulation by at least 13 points more than Oldenburg's margin of victory against Promitheas.
Brescia will be eliminated if it wins by 7 or fewer points AND Promitheas wins.
Brescia is eliminated with a loss.

GROUP G

Rytas Vilnius vs. Galatasaray Doga Sigorta Istanbul - Tuesday, March 3
AS Monaco vs. UNICS Kazan - Wednesday, March 4

UNICS has qualified for the quarterfinals and Monaco is all but qualified; the winner of their Round 6 head-to-head clash will clinch first place in this group and home-court advantage in the quarterfinals against the second-place team from Group E. Potential scenarios in this group will be more clear on Tuesday after Galatasaray's must-win game in Vilnius to keep its slim quarterfinals chances alive. If Galatasaray loses against already-eliminated Rytas on Tuesday, Wednesday's game between Monaco and UNICS will only determine the group winner.

UNICS has qualified for the playoffs due to its tie-break advantages over Galatasaray and Rytas (2-0).
UNICS will be first if it wins.
UNICS will be second if it loses.

Monaco qualifies if it wins OR if Galatasaray loses.
Monaco will be first if it wins.
Monaco will be second if it loses AND Rytas wins.
Monaco will also be second if it loses AND Galatasaray wins AND the combined point-difference in regulation between both games is less than 53 points.
Monaco will be eliminated if it loses AND Galatasaray wins AND the combined point-difference in regulation between both games is more than 53 points.

Galatasaray will qualify if it wins AND if Monaco loses AND the combined difference in regulation between both games is more than 53 points.
If the above point-difference is exactly 53 points, the next criteria - most points scored for the entire Top 16 - breaks the tie. Monaco enters Round 6 with 409 points; Galatasaray has 396.

Rytas is eliminated due to its tie-break disadvantage against both UNICS and Monaco.

GROUP H

Tofas Bursa vs. MoraBanc Andorra - Wednesday, March 4
Joventut Badalona vs. Unicaja Malaga - Wednesday, March 4

Everything is clear in this group, where Unicaja clinched first place in Round 5 with an eight-point win over Tofas, which gave it a tiebreak advantage. Tofas will be second due to its tiebreak advantage over Joventut. However, Unicaja still has a lot to play for. A win can secure it a home-court advantage in the semifinals, while Unicaja also has a chance to be the top-seeded team if it wins and the outcome of Partizan's game goes its way.

Unicaja has qualified for the Top 16 and clinched first place.
Unicaja will be the top-seeded team in the playoffs if it wins AND Partizan loses.
Unicaja will also earn the top seed if the margin of Unicaja's win in regulation time over Joventut is at least 31 points larger than the margin of victory in regulation time of a Partizan victory.

Tofas clinched a quarterfinals spot and will finish second.

Joventut is eliminated and will finish third.

Andorra is eliminated and will finish fourth.