STEPLADDER OR FINAL FOUR? Playoff picture to be set as LPU meets San Beda

Playoff picture to be set as LPU meets San Beda
WHAT'S IT GONNA BE?

Games on Thursday at the Filoil Flying V Centre

2:00 PM – LPU vs San Beda

4:00 PM – San Sebastian vs Perpetual

Only one hurdle is standing in the way of still undefeated Lyceum of the Philippines University’s automatic advance into the Finals of the NCAA 93 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Only, that hurdle is defending champion San Beda College.

The Red Lions finally get to make good on all their preparations for the only team to have defeated them in the tournament when they are matched up anew with the perfect Pirates on Thursday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

LPU (17-0) goes for an elimination round sweep at the expense of San Beda (16-1) at 2:00 PM in a game with implications not only for the two of them, but also for the rest of the league. All of the action will be on S+A, S+A HD, and livestream.

A win for the Pirates will give them automatic entry into the Finals and will force stepladder playoffs among the Red Lions, Jose Rizal University, and whoever comes out on top among Arellano University, Colegio de San Juan de Letran, and San Sebastian College-Recoletos.

A win for San Beda, on the other hand, will ensure that a Final Four will be taking place.

Moreover, a win of six points and more grants the one-seed to the Red Lions. Otherwise, the top spot goes to LPU.

In the day’s other game at 4:00 PM, San Sebastian College-Recoletos fights for dear life up against still dangerous University of Perpetual Help.

In the Juniors division, the San Beda Red Cubs (12-5) look to give themselves a shot at the top-seed at the expense of the LPU Junior Pirates (7-9) at 12:00 PM while the San Sebastian Staglets (10-7) look to stay in the hunt for a playoff berth when they take on the Perpetual Junior Altas (6-10) at 6:00 PM.

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