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The EuroCup has announced a revamped format for the upcoming season that emphasizes regular-season success and raises the bar for teams aiming to secure a spot in the EuroCup Playoffs.

Under the new format, only 6 teams will advance to the playoffs, down from the previous 8. Adding further significance to a strong regular-season performance, the top 2 teams from each group will receive first-round playoff byes, skipping the eighthfinals and directly advancing to the quarterfinals.

The eighthfinals will feature clashes between 3rd and 6th place teams, as well as 4th and 5th place teams from different groups. Hosted by the higher-placed teams, these single elimination games will determine the advancing teams, who will then face the 1st and 2nd place teams in the quarterfinals.

EuroCup Semifinals and Finals will now be contested as best-of-three series. The higher-placed team at the end of the regular season will host the opening game.

The new format promises a thrilling regular season, as finishing second or third holds significant implications. At the lower end of the standings, 4 teams will be eliminated after the regular season, intensifying the competition and heightening the challenge of reaching the postseason. The finalists will play anywhere between 23 to 26 games.

In conjunction with the format changes, the Assembly of Syndicated Shareholders of Euroleague Commercial Assets has unveiled the 20 teams that will compete in the 2023-24 EuroCup season. Alongside 17 returning clubs, the EuroCup welcomes Wolves Vilnius as a debutante, while Aris Thessaloniki and Besiktas Istanbul make their return.

Representing 14 nations, including France, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Spain, and Turkiye, the participating teams boast an impressive lineup.

The teams competing in the upcoming EuroCup season include 7bet-Lietkabelis Panevezys (Lithuania), Aris Thessaloniki (Greece), Besiktas Istanbul (Turkiye), Buducnost VOLI Podgorica (Montenegro), Cedevita Olimpija Ljubljana (Slovenia), Dolomiti Energia Trento (Italy), Dreamland Gran Canaria (Spain), Hapoel Tel Aviv (Israel), Joventut Badalona (Spain), London Lions (United Kingdom), Mincidelice JL Bourg en Bresse (France), Paris Basketball (France), Prometey Slobozhanske (Ukraine), ratiopharm Ulm (Germany), Slask Wroclaw (Poland), Turk Telekom Ankara (Turkiye), U-BT Cluj-Napoca (Romania), Umana Reyer Venice (Italy), Veolia Hamburg Towers (Germany), and Wolves Vilnius (Lithuania).