MANILA, Philippines – New champions have emerged in the last five seasons of the UAAP men’s basketball tournament. So defending champion Ateneo certainly knows that it’s a whole lot tougher to chase for back-to-back crowns.
“In my mind there’s no such thing as defending champions,” said Blue Eagles coach Tab Baldwin. “This is a different team than last year. Last year’s team was [the champion], these guys are nobodies. It’s our job to prove ourselves over the next four months.”
Fierce rival La Salle, last season’s finalist, remains in the conversation despite a retooled roster under new coach Louie Gonzales.
But there’s always Far Eastern University, the perennial title contender poised to challenge the two glamour squads with its veteran-laden crew.
Adamson expects a breakthrough season as the Falcons go on their third year with multi-titled coach Franz Pumaren.
University of the Philippines hopes to contend with a beefed-up squad, while University of Santo Tomas also tries to rise from the cellars with new coach and former champion La Salle mentor Aldin Ayo.
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