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It’s a repeat title showdown as the defending champion UP Fighting Maroons and the Ateneo Blue Eagles arranged another UAAP best-of-three finals just after seven months.
UP FIGHTING MAROONS vs ATENEO BLUE EAGLES
Game 1: December 11, Sunday, 6 pm, Mall of Asia Arena
Game 2: December 14, Wednesday, 6 pm, Araneta Coliseum
Game 3: December 19, Monday, 6 pm, Araneta Coliseum
The top two seeds dispatched their Final Four foes in just one game, with the Maroons booting out the NU Bulldogs, 69-61, and the Blue Eagles disposing of the Adamson Falcons, 81-60.
Final Four action unfolds with top two seeds Ateneo and University of the Philippines holding a twice-to-beat advantage.
The Blue Eagles battle the fourth-ranked Adamson Falcons, while the defending champion Maroons clash with the No. 3 NU Bulldogs.
December 7, Wednesday, Araneta Coliseum
- 2 pm – UP vs NU
- 6 pm – Ateneo vs Adamson
December 11, Sunday, Mall of Asia Arena
- If necessary
La Salle and Adamson dispute the last Final Four spot in a playoff after both teams wrapped up the elimination round with the same 7-7 record.
Adamson vs La Salle – December 4, Sunday at 6 pm, Mall of Asia Arena
The winner of the Falcons-Archers knockout match will go up against top seed Ateneo (11-3), while defending champion UP (11-3) and NU (9-5) will clash in the other semifinal duel.
Both the Blue Eagles and the Fighting Maroons hold a twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four, which starts on December 7.
UAAP quadruple-headers are back when the Season 85 men’s basketball tournament resumes with the second round.
The UAAP compressed its schedule from its double-header format in the first round as it takes an 11-day break from November 6 to 16 to give way to possible call-ups for the fifth window of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.
UP, Ateneo, and NU look to keep their places at the top, while middling teams La Salle, Adamson, and UE seek to win as many games as possible as they try to catch the Final Four bus.
Bottom teams FEU and UST, on the other hand, aim to revitalize their ill-fated campaigns.
Months after staging the UAAP in a bubble, men’s basketball action swings back to more venues and returns with weekend double-headers.
The UP Fighting Maroons target back-to-back crowns after an unlikely title romp versus another tough field led by the Ateneo Blue Eagles, who aim to reclaim the championship in Season 85.
La Salle and Far Eastern University remain traditional contenders, while Adamson, University of Santo Tomas, National University, and University of the East look to challenge the favorites.
Here’s the first round schedule: