Where were we again? It’s been a while. It’s been a week ever since we had UAAP games, so it’s only proper we had a little refresher to keep everyone on the know.

How do the standings look so far?

Team

Record

Adamson Soaring Falcons

1-0

NU Bulldogs

1-0

Ateneo Blue Eagles

1-1

FEU Tamaraws

1-1

UP Fighting Maroons

1-1

UST Growling Tigers

1-1

DLSU Green Archers

0-1

UE Red Warriors

0-1

How has each team fared thus far?

The Adamson Soaring Falcons have evolved from potential title contenders to LEGITIMATE title contenders. The wonders of beating a team that not only swept the Filoil Preseason Tournament, but also did remarkably well in the Jones Cup.

There’s a particular uneasiness that surrounds the Ateneo Blue Eagles and its fanbase, largely because of its opening weekend loss, but a win versus a good UP team calms things down even for a little bit.

It’s not looking too good for the De La Salle Green Archers right now. It wasn’t that their opening weekend loss to FEU was bad. It’s the injury sustained by Taane Samuel that gives so much worry to the runner-ups from last season.

This is a weird situation the FEU Tamaraws are in right now. On one hand, their win versus La Salle was quite the statement. But their loss versus UST is troubling at face value. But within that loss versus UST was weird style of play that they employed. It’s weird.

The NU Bulldogs look good. They aren’t in title contender status yet, but these line-ups featuring Dave Ildefonso at point guard are absolutely salivating. It also helps Issa Gaye is a flying death machine.

It’s a rebuilding season, and it shows for the UE Red Warriors. Their first three quarters versus UP were promising, but their lack of discipline showed during that fourth period.

It’s looking promising right now for the UP Fighting Maroons. There’s plenty of talent in the team, and they could legitimately make it to the Final Four by the end of the season.

Watch out for the UST Growling Tigers. They’re young, but they already upset a very good FEU team last week. Too bad their game versus UP last Sunday was canceled, that could have been quite the doozy.

Who are looking like MVP candidates?

We mentioned Angelo Kouame as the top contender for MVP entering the season, and while he had a sub-par debut, he remains a tower of power for the Blue Eagles.

It’s easy to point to Juan Gomez de Liano as the favorite as early as now. He is such an offensive talent, averaging 22.5 points right now for the season. The kid is legit.

Thirdy Ravena will always be in the conversation. His opening weekend wasn’t too good, but he bounced back with quite the performance versus UP. Is he on track for a put back dunk in every game this season?

Added weight and all, Bright Akhuetie certainly looks promising. Getting close to a triple double versus Ateneo certainly adds to his case.

For all of his warts, we’re giving Jerrick Ahanmisi a spot when discussing this topic. Now if only he can be this aggressive for the entire season…

What should we look forward to next?

This Wednesday’s (September 19) set of games should be fun to watch. The UE Red Warriors will face the Adamson Soaring Falcons, and we should figure out a clearer direction of both teams with the game. Just how tough will this rebuild of UE be? Is Adamson for real?

The marquee game between the DLSU Green Archers and the NU Bulldogs should be fun to watch. La Salle’s frontline, lack of Samuel and all, is huge. NU doesn’t have the same girth as La Salle from down there, but their wing depth is insane. A win by NU puts them on the brink of title contender status. La Salle bouncing back from their loss gives them some stability.

The games this upcoming weekend should be fun too. The UST Growling Tigers will look to notch another upset versus Adamson on Saturday. A win versus the Soaring Falcons would be HUGE for the team.

The Ateneo Blue Eagles will look to establish dominance over competition in its game on Saturday versus NU. Both teams are built with some similarities, so that should be a fun one.

The UP Fighting Maroons and FEU Tamaraws engage in a clash between Final Four contenders on Sunday. That’s probably the game to watch out for the most this weekend.

La Salle and UE rap up this week’s festivities. It’s a game that favors La Salle, but don’t sleep on UE. Who knows, Alvin Pasaol might score 50 points this time.

We missed you UAAP. Please don’t leave again.