DEFENDING champion De La Salle and old rival Ateneo will meet for the first time in Season 77 of the UAAP men's basketball tournament on August 2 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The new playdate was based on the revised schedule released by host University of the East on Monday.
The Green Archers and the Blue Eagles, college basketball's longtime rivals, were supposed to meet earlier on July 19 as previously announced by the host University of the East.
The new schedule was approved just last May 30 during a recent league board meeting where Andy Jao was officially appointed as UAAP basketball commissioner.
Tickets for the La Salle-Ateneo tiffoff on August 2 will be sold separately from the first game featuring National University and University of the Philippines.
The Bulldogs-Maroons outing is set at 11 a.m., while the Archers-Eagles face-off is at 4 p.m.
La Salle and Ateneo’s opening games remained unchanged, with the Green Archers, led by Jeron Teng, Arnold Van Opstal, and Jason Perkins, playing Far Eastern University on July 12, (4 p.m.) at the Big Dome shortly after the curtain raiser between UE and UP.
The new-look Blue Eagles, backstopped by Kiefer Ravena and rookies Thirdy Ravena and Arvin Tolentino, face the Adamson Falcons at 2 p.m. the next day, to be followed by the tiff between National University and University of Santo Tomas at 4 p.m.
Following the opener, the Green Archers will face the Falcons next on July 19 followed by NU on July 23 before the showdown against their bitter rival.
The Blue Eagles will have FEU on July 20 and UP on July 23, before their scheduled match against the reigning title holder.
The revised first round schedule, as of May 30, is as follows:
July 12 (Araneta) – 2 p.m. UE vs UP, 4 p.m. DLSU vs. FEU
July 13 (Araneta) – 2 p.m. Ateneo vs. Adamson, 4 p.m. NU vs. UST
July 16 (MOA) – 2 p.m. Adamson vs. NU, 4 p.m. FEU vs. UE
July 19 (Araneta) – 2 p.m. UP vs. UST, 4 p.m. DLSU vs. Adamson
July 20 (MOA) – 2 p.m. NU vs. UE, 4 p.m. FEU vs. Ateneo
July 23 (Araneta) – 2 p.m. Ateneo vs. UP, 4 p.m. NU vs. DLSU
July 26 (Araneta) – 2 p.m. UST vs. Adamson, 4 p.m. UE vs. DLSU
July 27 (MOA) – 2 p.m. UP vs. FEU, 4 p.m. Ateneo vs. NU
July 30 (MOA) – 2 p.m. UST vs. UE, 4 p.m. Adamson vs. FEU
August 2 (Araneta) – 11 a.m. NU vs. UP, 4 p.m. DLSU vs. Ateneo
August 3 (Araneta) – 2 p.m. Adamson vs. UE, 4 p.m. UST vs. FEU
August 6 (Araneta) – 2 p.m. UP vs. DLSU, 4 p.m. Ateneo vs. UST
August 9 (MOA) – 2 p.m. Adamson vs. UP, 4 p.m. NU vs. FEU
August 10 (MOA) – 2 p.m. UE vs. Ateneo, 4 p.m. DLSU vs. UST