The UAAP Season 76 Power Rankings will rank the eight teams of the UAAP based on their records and their play on the court.
With ten games already done after the league’s first two weeks, there have been some surprises (Ateneo winless, UP with some internal turmoil), tough realities (UP still can’t get a win, La Salle still has trouble making free throws) and great moments (Sumang buzzer beater, Romeo’s maturity). Entering into the 3rd week, we’re already seeing a distinction between the top teams and the rest of the league.
8. UP Fighting Maroons (0-3)
They’re lost and wanting right now. Not only did they lose Mikee Reyes after only one game in the season, the Maroons have yet to put up a fight in any aspect. Despite the efforts of Sam Marata who averaged 15 points in their three games, nobody in their lineup has been able to give a stable contribution. They have lost all their games by an average margin of 14 points a game, meaning none of their games have been close. They run the risk of being the doormat of the league yet again unless they have a game plan cooking up or in the works.
7. AdMU Blue Eagles (0-3)
The only team other than UP to still remain winless in the season so far. With Kiefer Ravena virtually missing for this team, head Coach Bo Perasol has brought out some glimmers of brilliance from the Eagles players which were promptly snuffed out time and time again. First against NU with Elorde hitting back-to-back shots only to be silenced by Bobby Ray Parks Jr. from beyond the arc, then against FEU, clawing their way into overtime only to be knocked out by Terrence Romeo down the stretch and lastly against arch rival DLSU when they held a healthy 12-point lead going into the half, but got ran out of contention by the boys in green in the end.
6. AdU Soaring Falcons (1-1)
They split their first two games but their potential looked good. They would be higher up in the rankings if it weren’t for the fact that their only win was against UP, a team that was short-handed to begin with. Their 12-point rout of the Fighting Maroons led to UP guard Mikee Reyes’ getting kicked off the team for irreconcilable differences with their coach. With muscle came their rawness as last year’s runner up, UST tore them apart in half a game, exposing the inconsistency of their game plan.
5. NU Bulldogs (1-1)
The Bulldogs went to town on Ateneo in their first game of the season, but were later treated to a bitter taste of reality regarding the level of competition in the UAAP this year. Bobby Ray Parks Jr. looks to lead his team to their first UAAP championship in recent history, all while defending his MVP title. The former rookie MVP scored 22 points including a dagger trey against the defending champions but was shown up by Roi Sumang in their meeting with the Red Warriors. He was outscored by the UE point guard 19-11 which included the game winning four-point-play for Sumang.
4. UE Red Warriors (1-1)
After a disappointing let down against FEU, the Warriors charged back against NU with a heroic victory courtesy of Roi Sumang. Living up to their Fil-Oil championship hype will be a tough task for them, but so far they’ve proven they can walk the talk… as long as defenses don’t figure out a way to stop Sumang and he remains healthy.
3. DLSU Green Archers (2-1)
After their opening day loss to UST, the Archers went on a two game run, against UP and then winning the annual rivalry match against Ateneo. On the back of Jeron Teng, the Archers averaged 89 points in their wins while allowing only 79 points in said games. The addition of Jason Perkins to their lineup has helped them down the stretch as he averaged 61.1% shooting from the field in their wins for 29 points in each of their victories.
2. UST Growling Tigers (2-0)
The only team aside from the Tamaraws to remain unbeaten after two weeks, the Tigers rode their grit and toughness to get their 2-0 record. After a sibling rivalry game between the Tengs which saw the elder brother reign supreme, the Tigers flipped the script on the Soaring Falcons to notch their second straight victory. The Tigers are viewed as one of the top contenders for the title this year and they have not disappointed.
1. FEU Tamaraws (3-0)
The Tams have the best record after the first two weeks of UAAP Season 76 with three wins and zero losses. Terrence Romeo and Ryan Roose Garcia have lifted their team past UE in a big comeback game, AdMU in an overtime thriller and UP with a big rout. Possibly thanks to the new system of new head coach Nash Racela, the Tamaraws are playing at a level of efficiency they haven’t seen since Season 73 when Coach Glenn Capacio was still at the helm. They won all three games with an average score difference of 11 points, testament to both their scoring and stopping power.