Only four teams remain to vie for the right to be called the best collegiate team in the country, as the UAAP Season 82 Men’s Basketball Tournament Final 4 begins next week.
A remarkable 14-game eliminations sweep by the Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles earned themselves an automatic Finals berth, creating a stepladder phase for the three other squads.
A critical do-or-die game between the University of Santo Tomas (8-6) and Far Eastern University (8-6) opens the hostilities on Wednesday, November 6 at the SMART Araneta Coliseum.
The winner will move on to the next stage and will have to win back-to-back games against the twice-to-beat University of the Philippines (9-5) on Sunday, November 10 also at SMART Araneta Coliseum.
If the men’s semis reaches its limit, the deciding game is set on November 13.
The semis winner will set a best-of-three affair with Ateneo, which will begin on Saturday, November 16 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena at 4:00 pm.
On the women’s side, Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws (8-6) will face Adamson University Lady Falcons (9-5) in another knockout game on November 6. The winner will play the University of Santo Tomas Tigressses (11-3) on Wednesday, November 13 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena .
If the women’s semis reaches a Game Two, it will happen on November 16 as well.
The National University Lady Bulldogs (14-0) will be waiting in a best-of-three Finals series slated on November 20.
The highly anticipated Cheerdance Competition, meanwhile, will take place on November 17 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.