Teams Sprinting for UAAP Championship Series Berths
The veritable men have come this far in UAAP Season 86 men’s basketball tournament. The Final Four is nothing short of exciting. UP squares off with Ateneo, and La Salle battles National University. The higher-ranked teams are the safe bets. The defending champion Blue Eagles and Bulldogs are not longshot bets. UP is near perfection all season long. La Salle has been perfect ever since the first round ended, while the Bulldogs have been on an up-and-down ride. There is no team that has dominated any game this season. Monteverde-Baldwin are 6-6 in their faceoff. The Maroons will also be fresher coming into the contest at Smart Araneta Coliseum because the Eagles needed to go through a knockout game against Adamson. La Salle goes into the semifinals with an eight-game winning streak. Making it to the Final Four as the No. 3 seed is something that NU coach Jeff Napa didn’t see coming. The last two games were frustrating for Napa.