LAST year's finalists Ateneo and University of the Philippines clash in UAAP Season 82 on Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Blue Eagles ripped University of the East last week to make it six wins in as many games.
While Ange Kouame and Thirdy Ravena have so far been impressive, coach Tab Baldwin believes Ateneo is still far from top form.
"All of us are still trying to prove who we are at this point. But for us, we will approach it as just the next game. We’ll go out and play good basketball. I don’t have any different expectations of my team except to come out and play good basketball," the Baldwin told reporters.
This, however, is a much different Fighting Maroons squad from the one that finished second last year, with Kobe Paras and Ricci Rivero joining MVP Bright Akhuetie and star guard Juan Gomez de Liano.
"You're going up against the defending champion. They've been battering their opponents for double digits. They're just an excellent team," UP coach Bo Perasol told reporters.
UP edged La Salle last week to extend its win streak to four and improve to a 5-1 record.
Gametime is at 4 p.m.
University of the East and National University, cellar-dwellers at 1-5, part ways at 12 p.m.