As a specialist in ghost games, Uli Hoeneß made a key difference between the football stadium and the basketball hall. The favorites position themselves at the basketball hunter's master tournament. There is a lot of "blah" among each other in the isolated team hotel.
Munich (dpa) - After a week as a large basketball family in the isolated team hotel, the master tournament in Munich is over with mutual scanning - on and next to the field.
The extraordinary event to determine the national champion in Corona times will begin in the new week with the quarter-finals in Phase II. The favorites such as defending champion FC Bayern and cup winner Alba Berlin as well as the teams of the challengers from Ulm and Ludwigsburg that have played so far so far have positioned themselves.
And yet Ulms veteran Per Günther should be well off with this assessment: "In the group phase there are no surprises that are worth what." But that could change well in the knockout stages: "If there are any surprises, it will be in this format. It will be more difficult for the best team to assert themselves."
The individual playoff rounds are not completed in the usual best-of-five mode, but in the outward and return leg. This means that the group placement is no longer so crucial, because the home advantage is lost in the ghost tournament without a spectator in the Audi Dome. That even applies to hosts FC Bayern. Ulm's coach Jaka Lakovič stated: "After the preliminary round you start again from zero. The first round victories will not help you in the playoffs."
Six of the eight quarter-finalists are already certain before the final group matches on Monday. In addition to group winners Ulm, Bayern, Oldenburg and Göttingen prevailed in season A. In Group B, Berlin and Ludwigsburg are still fighting for first place in a direct duel. Brose Bamberg and the Fraport Skyliners from Frankfurt are in the best position for the two open playoff tickets. Rasta Vechta, with his core squad, which was outclassed 72: 102 by Alba Berlin on Saturday evening, does not look competitive for the all-or-nothing game against Bamberg. The Upper Franconia defeated Frankfurt with 99:83.
Team spirit and a deeply staffed squad become important quality features. "It matters a lot that you push each other in these ghost mood games," emphasized Ludwigsburg Center Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann. Bavarian patron Uli Hoeneß, who as a ghost game specialist commutes between the games of the Munich soccer players in the huge Allianz Arena and the basketball games in the small Audi Dome, has determined an important difference: "In basketball you don't feel the emptiness and silence so."
The special circumstances of this Corona championship tournament remain a special experience, as Bayern veteran Alex King noted. In the beginning, players, coaches and coaches from all ten teams were "a little distant". In the meantime there is "a lot of blah, you talk, how are you? How are you?"
But that doesn't change anything about competitive thinking. Especially when the title fight is getting worse from round to round until the final second leg on June 28, as the 35-year-old Bundesliga record player King says: "You look at yourself, you have to play good basketball, in the tournament develop further and look step by step. " Gradually, more and more teams have to leave the large basketball family.
Information about the tournament on the BBL homepage
Tables of the two groups