New French champion SLUC Nancy Basket steps into the Turkish Airlines Euroleague with great confidence this season as the proud club marks its second foray into Europe’s premier competition. Nancy downed the previous champion, Cholet Basket, in a thrilling final in Paris in June to win the league and get back to the Euroleague after two years away. Founded in 1967, Stade Lorraine Universite Club (SLUC) Nancy Basket did not find its first real success until the early 1990s, when the team advanced to the French third division. In little time, Nancy jumped to the second division and by 1995 had finished an amazing run that started at the bottom of the French basketball ladder and took it to the first division. Nancy soon started to fight for titles and reached the 1997 French Cup final, although it lost against Asvel Basket. That year, the team lost to Tau Ceramica in the early rounds of the Korac Cup in its first-ever appearance in European competition. The team kept battling to reach the French League playoffs and finished sixth in the 2000-01 season. It was only a question of time before Nancy would win a title, and that finally happened in 2002. Big man Cyril Julian, Stevin Smith, Vincent Masingue and Joseph Gomis starred as Nancy downed Bayer Leverkusen, Dijon and Pivovarna Lasko to make it to the 2002 Korac Cup finals against Lokomotiv Rostov. Smith had 23 points in the first leg, which Nancy won 98-72, while Masingue helped hold off a Rostov rally in the second leg to bring the club its first title. Nancy's next piece of silverware came in 2005 when it won the Semaine Des As by thrashing Gravelines in the final. Starting that year, the club became a regular in the French playoff final. Nancy came up short the first three years, losing to Strasbourg, Le Mans and Chorale Roanne, respectively. In 2006-07, Nancy also made its ULEB Cup debut and reached the elimination rounds, only to lose against Strasbourg in an exciting eighthfinals matchup. The 2007-08 season brought new reasons to celebrate as Jeff Greer led the club to an 84-53 rout of defending champion Roanne in the French League final. That victory catapulted the club into the 2008-09 Euroleague, another step forwards for the club. Nancy came within one win of making it to the Top 16 too. Last season Nancy made its loudest noise at home as it went the distance in playoffs series against Hyeres-Toulon and Asvel Basket before beating Cholet in the title game to win the league and secure passage back to the Euroleague. The next step as Nancy ascends to new heights is to duplicate its success in France and to advance a stage in the Euroleague, which is something no French club has done since Pau-Orthez in the 2006-07 campaign, a streak that Nancy is more than capable of breaking.
Korac Cup: 2002
French National Championship: 2007-08, 2010-11
Semaine des As: 2005