How good is the UP Maroons' start to UAAP season? Let's count the ways
Perennial cellar-dwellers UP Maroons are No. 1 on defense and fourth on offense so far this season. Jerome Ascano

UNIVERSITY of the Philippines is making waves early in the UAAP Season 78 by winning its first two games to join University of Santo Tomas at the top of the team standings.

The Fighting Maroons did the feat on Wednesday when they beat Final Four contender De La Salle, 71-66. takes a closer look at some of the significant numbers that give the UP community something to cheer about for a team that has endured decades of losing seasons.

So just how good are the Fighting Maroons this season?

Let's count the ways:

60.5 – Points given up by UP this season, least among the teams so far making them the top defensive team in the league. In contrast, UP allowed 74.9 points per game last season.

66.5 – Points average UP has scored this season, fourth-best in the league. Last year, the school averaged just 62.9 points per outing.

60 – Total rebounds UP has grabbed this season, second highest among teams which already played two outings this season.

24 - Total offensive rebounds UP has accumulated this season, (third-best among teams with two games this year) proof the Maroons had been winning the 50-50 balls most of the time.

5 – Three-point field goal conversions out of 39 attempts UP has allowed against its opponents this season, the least in the league.

11 – Three-point baskets UP made so far this season, second most in the league behind the 16 of Far Eastern University.

33.6 – Total field goal percentage UP allowed opponents this season, the least a team has given up.

13-of-19 - Uncontested field goals of UP this season (best in the league), meaning the Fighting Maroons have been nailing the open shots given them.

10.5 and 10.0 – Scoring averages of UP’s 1-2 punch of Jett Manuel and Paul Desiderio, respectively.

10 – Years ago since UP last went 2-0.

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