NATIONAL University and Far Eastern University look to wrap up twice-to-beat advantage in the UAAP Final Four when they take on separate rivals on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The NU Bulldogs will take on the still Final Four-seeking Ateneo (7-5) at 4 p.m. right after FEU face winless University of the Philippines (0-12) in their 2 p.m. encounter.
The Bulldogs, who are tied with FEU and De La Salle for the league lead on 9-4 (win-loss) records, need only to win their game against Ateneo to secure the twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four, thanks to a superior quotient.
On the other hand, a victory over UP won't guarantee a Top Two place for the Tamaraws, who will need to go through a playoff for the second twice-to-beat spot if a three-way tie for first place ensues at the end of the eliminations.
However, an FEU win coupled by an NU loss to Ateneo will give the Tamaraws a twice-to-beat berth.
FEU coach Nash Racela, nevertheless, said it doesn’t matter where they will end up as the Tamaraws are just glad to make it to the Final Four.
“Whoever we play in the Final Four, whoever God brings to our table, we will be ready. We will take that,” Racela said.
Ateneo's situation is filled with complications, beginning with the probe sought by University of the East into banned coach Bo Perasol's presence in their game on Sunday - an infraction which could lead to the forfeiture of the Blue Eagles' 77-72 win.
The Blue Eagles are currently tied for fourth place with University of Santo Tomas, which they play in the final match of the elims.