UAAP 82 By the Numbers: Cardiac Cats
Paul Lintag on Nov 14, 2019 07:01 AM
Go USTe! (Photo by Arvin Lim)
UST let’s go fight, amirite?
The Growling Tigers are making a grand return to the UAAP Finals after taking down UP in the last game of Season 82’s Final Four stepladder.
UST’s big win was an instant classic, so before the Tigers challenge the mighty Blue Eagles for the title, a By the Numbers look is only fitting.
Try not to hear “Go USTe!” in your sleep.
Knockout games survived by the Growling Tigers in the Final Four.
UST was the no. 4 seed in this year’s playoffs and needed three wins to make the Finals.
The Tigers won all three.
Largest deficit by the Growling Tigers in the Final Four.
When UP was up 65-61 late, it was the largest deficit UST had to overcome on its way to the Finals.
The Growling Tigers didn’t trail in a game in the Final Four until Juan GDL but the Maroons up, 59-57, in the fourth quarter of an eventual UST win.
In 120 minutes of Final Four action, UST trailed for only a grand total of four minutes and 53 seconds.
Total games between UST and UP in UAAP Season 82. The Growling Tigers won all four.
Collegiate Finals appearances for coach Aldin Ayo in the last five seasons.
In that time, coach Aldin led three different schools to the championship round. He won an NCAA title with Letran. He also won one and lost one UAAP title with La Salle. Now in his second year as UST’s mentor, he has the Growling Tigers challenging an old rival for the title.
Can Ayo lead a third college team to the promised land?
Total UAAP Final Four wins for UST head coach Aldin Ayo.
He has zero losses.
The year UST played its last Finals game.
The four-year drought ends Saturday when the Growling Tigers take on the Ateneo Blue Eagles for Game 1 of the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball championship.
In Season 78, UST lost the title to FEU three games.
Finals appearances for UST in this decade, including this season.
The Growling Tigers made the Finals in Season 75, Season 76, and Season 78. UST took on Ateneo, La Salle, and FEU in those Finals. The Tigers lost all three.
Can a fourth try net Growling Tigers win that elusive 19th championship?
Booming triple by Renzo Subido with 23.6 seconds to go.
With ice in his veins and Season 81’s Most Valuable Player right on his face, the most clutch Growling Tiger in Season 82 called game.
Bring on the Blue Eagles.
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