1972–73 FIBA European Champions Cup

The 1972–73 FIBA European Champions Cup was the 16th installment of the European top-tier level professional basketball club competition FIBA European Champions Cup (now called EuroLeague). The Final was held at the Country Hall du Sart Tilman, in Liège, Belgium, on March 22, 1973. It was won by Ignis Varese for the second time in a row. They defeated CSKA Moscow in the finals, by a result of 71–66.

1972–73 FIBA European Champions Cup
LeagueFIBA European Champions Cup
SportBasketball
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ChampionsItaly Ignis Varese
  Runners-upSoviet Union CSKA Moscow
FIBA European Champions Cup seasons

Competition systemEdit

  • 27 teams (European national domestic league champions, plus the then current title holders), playing in a tournament system, played knock-out rounds on a home and away basis. The aggregate score of both games decided the winner.
  • The 8 teams qualified for the Quarterfinals were divided into two groups of four. Every team played against the other three in its group in consecutive home-and-away matches, so that every two of these games counted as a single win or defeat (point difference being a decisive factor there). In case of a tie between two or more teams after the group stage, the following criteria was used: 1) one-to-one games between the teams; 2) basket average; 3) individual wins and defeats.
  • The group winners and the runners-up of the Quarterfinal Group Stage qualified for the Semifinals. The final was played at a predetermined venue.

First roundEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
TuS 04 Leverkusen   160–165   Simmenthal Milano 73–75 87–90
Wienerberger   137–126   İTÜ 81–68 56–58
Etzella   152–160   Epping Avenue 81–91 71–69
Íþróttafélag Reykjavíkur   102–210   Real Madrid 65–117 37–93
Alvik   144–190   Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv 74–103 70–87
Honvéd   144–169   Bus Fruit Lier 85–77 59–92
FUS Rabat   139–193   ASVEL 65–82 74–111
FC Porto   149–202   Slavia VŠ Praha 81–93 68–109
Jeunesse Sportivo Alep   0–4*   Partizani Tirana 0–2 0–2
Levi's Flamingo's   164–179   Crvena zvezda 88–72 74–107
Dinamo București   172–132   Knorr Stars Honka 95–58 77–74
Academic   154–141   Panathinaikos 76–57 78–84

*Jeunesse Sportivo Alep withdrew before the first leg and Partizani Tirana received a forfeit (2–0) in both games.

Second roundEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Stade Français Genève   172–242   CSKA Moscow 92–121 80–121
Simmenthal Milano   175–156   Wienerberger 93–76 82–80
Epping Avenue   109–229   Real Madrid 62–119 47–110
Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv   162–146   Bus Fruit Lier 97–74 65–72
ASVEL   148–153   Slavia VŠ Praha 66–63 82–90
Partizani Tirana   157–193   Crvena zvezda 83–94 74–99
Dinamo București   141–133   Academic 72–75 69–58
Automatically qualified to the group stage

Quarterfinals group stageEdit

The quarterfinals were played with a round-robin system, in which every Two Game series (TGS) constituted as one game for the record.

Key to colors
     Top two places in each group advance to Semifinals

Group AEdit

Team Pld Pts W L PF PA PD
1.   Simmenthal Milano 3 6 3 0 552 512 +40
2.   Crvena zvezda 3 5 2 1 521 533 -12
3.   Real Madrid 3 4 1 2 485 487 -2
4.   Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv 3 3 0 3 550 576 -26

Group BEdit

Team Pld Pts W L PF PA PD
1.   CSKA Moscow 3 6 3 0 510 453 +57
2.   Ignis Varese 3 5 2 1 503 475 +28
3.   Dinamo București 3 4 1 2 469 505 -36
4.   Slavia VŠ Praha 3 3 0 3 489 538 -49

SemifinalsEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Simmenthal Milano   169–212   Ignis Varese 72–97 100–115
Crvena zvezda   173–198   CSKA Moscow 90–98 83–100

FinalEdit

March 22, Country Hall du Sart Tilman, Liège

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Ignis Varese   71–66   CSKA Moscow


1972–73 FIBA European Champions Cup
Champions
 
Ignis Varese
3rd Title

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