Regular Season, Round 11
The Top 16 continued filling up in Week 11 even while more teams thought to be near elimination improved their chances, actually widening the field of remaining Top 16 contenders. First, hats off to the first group champ, Panathinaikos of Group B, now 11-0 and guaranteed to avoid running into the other two eventual group winners and best second-place team in the next round. The other big news in Week 11 was the qualification of two teams making their Euroleague debuts this season: Dynamo Moscow in Group A and DKV Joventut in Group B. Both jumped into the next round ahead of other potential qualifiers with more tradition in the competition. The likes of Efes Pilsen, Maccabi, Benetton Treviso and Pau-Orthez are all next in line for qualification, but face stickier situations now despite their six victories. Any one who reaches seven can expect to advance. Teams with the next-best positions are Cibona and Aris, with five victories each. They and several four- and three-victory teams - Prokom, Le Mans, Climamio, Partizan, Lottomatica, Unicaja, Fenerbahce and Napoli - will likely have to consider head-to-head and cross-group ties while shooting for a fifth-place guarantee of advancement or the best sixth-place finish across all groups.