UAAP 82: Ateneo out for historic elims sweep against determined UP

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 30, 2019 06:49 AM
UAAP 82: Ateneo out for historic elims sweep against UP
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Games on Wednesday at MOA Arena

10:30 a.m. - UE vs NU

12:30 p.m. - La Salle vs Adamson

4:00 p.m. - Ateneo vs UP

Stepladder playoffs or Final Four?

That is the question that will finally be answered when Ateneo de Manila University takes on the University of the Philippines in the most crucial contest in the UAAP 82 Men's Basketball Tournament, Wednesday at MOA Arena.

Ateneo seeks to sweep the elimination round and to automatically advance into the Finals for the first time in school history by winning out in the much-anticipated matchup tipping off at 4:00 p.m.

As always, all of the action will be on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166,  iWant and livestream with same day replays on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86 and LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183.

Of course, 9-4 UP will not just let that happen and will go all-out to become the first team to down the two-time defending champions in over a year.

If that's the case, the usual Final Four will ensue with the twice-to-beat Blue Eagles facing off with University of Sto. Tomas and the Fighting Maroons, armed with their own playoff incentive, going at it with Far Eastern University.

Otherwise, stepladder playoffs will ensue with Ateneo already awaiting in the Finals while twice-to-beat UP awaits the winner in the knockout bout between the Tamaraws and the Growling Tigers.

Meanwhile, National University is plotting to climb out of the cellar at the expense of University of the East at 10:30 a.m. while De La Salle University and Adamson University dispute a fine finish to the season at 12:30 p.m.

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