The penultimate result in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season has contributed to basketball history being made in the Principality of Monaco!
AS Monaco, of course, has already reached the 7DAYS EuroCup Finals by sweeping Herbalife Gran Canaria in their semifinals series last week.
Under new rules put in place but never activated before the last, pandemic-shortened season, both EuroCup finalists would become eligible to join the EuroLeague the following season only if the previous EuroCup team there did not reach the EuroLeague Playoffs.
Zenit St Petersburg's resounding victory in the EuroLeague on Monday was good for that competition's last playoffs spot, denying Valencia Basket the same distinction. Since Valencia was the last 7DAYS EuroCup champion, that means that both finalists in the EuroCup this season gain eligibility to Europe's premier league next season.
As the only finalist so far, Monaco is the first team to achieve that eligibility, a remarkable feat for a club that has only participated in the EuroCup for two seasons previous to this one, the last of which was canceled before the team could play in the quarterfinals.
This season, Monaco did not miss the opportunity and has won nine of its last 11 games overall to become the first Finals qualifier -- and now the first team of two from the EuroCup that is eligible to join the EuroLeague next season if it can meet the competition's minimum requirements.
The second finalist spot and eligibility to play in the EuroLeague next season will be decided between Virtus Segafredo Bologna and UNICS Kazan when they meet in Game 3 of their semifinal series on Wednesday in Italy.