THE UAAP Season 80 elimination round is down to its final weekend, with Saturday’s match having huge Final Four implications.
The heated race for the last Final Four berth involve Far Eastern University, University of the Philippines, and National University, which all play at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum on Saturday that will determine their fate.
SPIN.ph breaks down what each of the three teams need in order enter the Final Four.
Among the three teams, FEU’s fate wrest in its hands. The Tamaraws’ aim is simple – win against Adamson in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader and they are in.
FEU missed its chance of making it to the Final Four after bowing to NU, 87-84, despite converting a league-high 18 three-pointers in the game.
The Tamaraws hope to clinch the Final Four berth this time on Saturday.
“Obviously, it’s a must-win for us,” Racela said. “It doesn’t matter kung may bearing sa kanila o hindi, we just have to take care of business. Hindi namin ginawa last game ‘yun. Hopefully, (on Saturday), magawa namin ‘yun with two days of preparation.”
The Maroons hope to barge in to the Final Four the hard way as they need to win over the Bulldogs, but hope that the Tamaraws will lose to the Falcons in the second game to face off for the final spot.
“Sabi ko nga, tanong ko nga sa kanila, kailan ba kami nagka-playoffs sa Final Four,” said UP coach Bo Perasol. “Palagay ko hindi pa for the longest time.”
“It’s not going to help us if we are going to lose,” Perasol added.
Like UP, the Bulldogs will have to go through a playoff in order to make it to the Final Four. NU seeks to win over State U, with the hope that FEU will succumb to Adamson.
“I’m hoping for a miracle,” said NU coach Jamike Jarin.
“The maturity, the experience, that you cannot fast-track. I’m happy right now because I saw the maturity. And I hope it’s not too late,” Jarin added.