La Salle, FEU set for grudge match in opening weekend of UAAP basketball in September

THE seniors basketball competitions of UAAP Season 80 will begin on September 9 at the Mall of Asia Arena, according to the schedule released by the collegiate league on Tuesday.

In the provisionary schedule, University of the East and National University open hostilities before last season's runner-up Ateneo takes on Adamson in the other half of the doubleheader.

Season host Far Eastern University, meanwhile, battles reigning champion La Salle in the second game of the September 10 playdate at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The Green Archers and the Tamaraws have figured in several heated clashes the past few years, both in the preseason and in tournament games.

The two teams, however, will be vastly different with La Salle losing top star Jeron Teng and FEU now without Raymar Jose, Mike Tolomia and coach Nash Racela, who gave way to brother Olsen after assuming the reins at TNT KaTropa in the PBA.

The first game of the September 10 playdate will feature University of Santo Tomas against University of the Philippines.

Meanwhile, La Salle and Ateneo will clash in a finals rematch on October 8 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The schedule, however, is still subject to change, organizers said.

Here is the first round schedule as of June 19, 2017

September 9 (Mall of Asia Arena) - 2pm UE vs NU; 4pm ADMU vs ADU

September 10 (Mall of Asia Arena) - 2pm UST vs UE; 4pm FEU vs DLSU

September 13 (Araneta Coliseum) - 2pm UE vs FEU; 4pm UP vs ADMU

September 16 (Araneta Coliseum) - 2pm DLSU vs NU; 4pm ADU vs UST

September 17 (Araneta Coliseum) - 2pm UP vs UE; 4pm ADMU vs FEU

September 20 (Mall of Asia Arena) - 2pm NU vs UST; 4pm ADU vs DLSU

September 23 (Mall of Asia Arena) - 2pm UST vs FEU; 4pm DLSU vs UP

September 24 (Mall of Asia Arena) - 2pm UE vs ADMU; 4pm NU vs ADU

September 27 (Araneta Coliseum) - 2pm FEU vs NU; 4pm ADMU vs UST

September 30 (Araneta Coliseum) - 2pm DLSU vs UST; 4pm NU vs ADMU

October 1 (Araneta Coliseum) - 2pm UP vs FEU; 4pm ADU vs UE

October 4 (Araneta Coliseum) - 2pm ADU vs UP; 4pm UE vs DLSU

October 7 (Mall of Asia Arena) - 2pm UST vs UE; 4pm FEU vs ADU

October 8 (Mall of Asia Arena) - 12nn NU vs UP; 4pm ADMU vs DLSU

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