THE UAAP eliminations round is down to its final playing day on September 23 with the highly-anticipated rematch between Far Eastern University and National University capping what had been a wild-and-wooly phase.
Except for defending champion Ateneo which has locked up the top seeding, the second, third, and fourth spots are still up for grabs among University of Santo Tomas, Far Eastern University, National University, and La Salle in a thrilling race to the Final Four.
Here are the best- and worst-case scenarios for all four teams still in the running.
Best-case: The Tigers, the only other team aside from Ateneo assured of a place in the Final Four, will gain the outright No. 2 berth with an FEU loss to NU.
Worst-case: The Tigers face the Tamaraws in a playoff for the No. 2 spot should FEU beat NU, making it a virtual best-of-three series in the semifinals between the two rivals.
Best-case: The Tamaraws will face UST in a playoff for the second spot.
Worst-case: If they lose to NU, the Tamaraws will fall into a triple tie for third at 9-5. The Tamaraws, however, face possible elimination from the Final Four in such scenario as they will have to battle La Salle in a playoff for the fourth and final spot, since NU owns the superior quotient.
Best-case: The Bulldogs can move to as high as No. 3 if they defeat FEU.
Worst-case: The Bulldogs will be eliminated from the Final Four with a loss to FEU.
Best-case: The Green Archers will make it to the Final Four outright as the No. 4 team with an NU loss to FEU.
Worst-case: The Green Archers will face FEU in a playoff for the No. 4 spot if the Bulldogs win over FEU.