Before the basketball Bundesliga starts the new season at the beginning of November, the cup competition will take place. Due to the corona pandemic, this year this consists of a group phase at four locations and a top four tournament. The group draw on Thursday in Cologne showed that Brose Bamberg will meet Ratiopharm Ulm, MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg and s.Oliver Würzburg in group C. In Group D, Medi Bayreuth faces the Central German BC, the Crailsheim Merlins and Bayern Munich.
In the group phase, each team plays each other once, the group winner qualifies for the top four tournament on 1/2. November. The dates of the group matches are already on 17./18. October (game day 1), October 24 (game day 2) and October 25 (game day 3). The basketball Bundesliga (BBL) wants to announce the exact playing times and the venue of the Top Four as soon as possible.
The four locations for the regional qualification tournaments had already been determined. Group A plays in Bonn, group B in Vechta, group C in Ulm and group D in Weißenfels. The other participants were drawn to the four seeded organizers. Since the Ulm Arena is not available on the first day of the match, this group C round will also take place in the Weißenfels town hall.
16 of the 18 Bundesliga teams take part in the cup competition. The Hamburg Towers as last place in the Bundesliga main round, which was canceled in March, and the Niners Chemnitz as promoted players are not allowed to play for the cup victory. The defending champion in the cup competition is Alba Berlin. The capital city club had defeated the EWE Baskets Oldenburg in the final on February 16 this year with 89:67. This time, both teams will meet in the group stage.
After the group phase, the semi-finals for the top four tournament were drawn, in which there will be north and south duels. Because in the first semi-final game, the winner of group C meets the winner of group D. The second semi-final is played by the winner from B against the group leader from A.
Today test match against Ulm
For Brose Bamberg, the first test match is on the program this Friday evening. At 6 p.m. the Bundesliga rival Ratiopharm Ulm is a guest at the Hauptsmoor training center in Strullendorf. Brose Bamberg will broadcast the game, which no viewers are allowed to watch, live on its You-Tube channel. On Sunday (2.30 p.m.) the Ulm team will compete in Bayreuth.ps