Particularly impacted by health measures, the Jeep Elite tried to keep a minimum of activity during confinement. We take stock of this unprecedented French basketball season.
This Saturday, the LNB is organizing a “Boxing Day Jeep Elite” with three games on the program. It is one of the few events of the season that has been maintained on its original date. Shaken by the Covid-19, confinements and closed-door measures, the French basketball championship has tried to provide minimum service in recent weeks. It was not an easy thing when we think of the start of the season already truncated by the multiplication of cases of coronavirus within the clubs. With the Jeep Elite set to enter its fourth month of competition, the hardest-working teams have played eight games when Boulazac, the red lantern, is still stuck at four.
What if the regular season winner is crowned champion?
The LNB has already made arrangements if the regular season and / or the play-offs cannot come to an end. These decisions will be taken by the Steering Committee in due course. The range of possibilities goes from a normal end of the season to an arrangement of the play-offs to a crowning of the winner of the regular season. In an uncertain end of the season, there is a real interest in appearing well as soon as possible. Boulogne-Levallois is aware of this with the best current record of the Jeep Elite. Only Monaco and Bourg-en-Bresse can hope to have only one defeat after eight days like the Metropolitans. Dijon and ASVEL follow. With 50% of victories but not the same number of games played, Nanterre and Strasbourg are fighting for a place in the top 8. At the bottom of the ranking, we find Boulazac who has not yet won but especially Châlons-Reims who has one win but seven losses.
Good European performances and the end of the busy season
On all levels, the start of 2021 promises to be busy. If priority will be given to the Coupe de France in January, the rest of the celebrations announces a very dense schedule. With the hope of a return of the spectators in the rooms, each team will have about twenty matches to play before the spring and the planned start of the play-offs. To complete this 2020-2021 season, the pace promises to be sustained, especially for the teams involved on the European scene. With four representatives in the Top 16 of the Eurocup, ASVEL in the Euroleague and clubs like Strasbourg or Dijon which appear well in the Champions League, French basketball still manages to be at the party. And not just on this boxing day.