UCAM Murcia, Lenovo Tenerife, Baxi Manresa and Surne Bilbao Basket have been registered among the 28 teams that will compete in the seventh edition of the FIBA Champions League, the third continental competition at club level, which could be joined on Breogan Lugo and Unicaja if they pass the preliminary phase, the organization of the tournament reported this Thursday.
The Lenovo Tenerife is the current champion after defeating in the final held in Bilbao the Baxi Manresa. They are joined by Bilbao Basket and UCAM. It will be the third time that the Murcian team disputes this championship that in 2018 had one of its great entertainers in the university team when it reached the Final Four that was held in Athens and achieved the bronze medal in the capital of Greece.
The Champions League will start on september 21 with the qualifying rounds and 24 teams opting for the four places at stake to join the 28 already qualified.
FIBA has highlighted that more than 70 teams from 29 countries They requested to play the 2022-23 edition and their board of directors approved 52 of them among the 28 already classified and the 24 who will fight for the four places in dispute.
The regular season will start on October 4 with the same format: 32 teams in eight groups of four with the group winners going straight to the round of 16, while the second and third placed teams face each other in January 2023.
The top 8 teams from the round of 16 will play a best-of-three quarter-final series in April, with the season ending in a final phase starting in May.