With all the teams relaxed and regrouped after a two week hiatus from the UAAP, everyone seemed overeager to get out there and start playing again. For some teams, the two week break was a blessing, to others it had served as a curse.

This week’s UAAP Season 76 Power Rankings took into account the six games that happened this week, where three out of the first four games were decided by a single point followed by two big blow-outs in the first week of the second round.

The UAAP just keeps getting more and more interesting and our power rankings for this week clearly reflects that.

8. University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons (0-8) (Previous Rank: 8)

Despite leading for the first time at the half, the Maroons crumbled yet again to the weight of the Eagles’ poise. Rumor mills have Coach Ricky Dandan out and back in of his head coaching position (UPDATE: he’s out). Whatever the case may be, the Maroons don’t need more stress than they are already in.

7. Adamson University Soaring Falcons (3-6) (Previous Rank: 7)

After opening the 2nd round with a loss to De La Salle, the Falcons dropped a game by 32 against NU. Not much is clicking for this team that once tried to toss their name into the contender’s circle. This team’s character will be tested in the coming games as reports of internal tension starts to surface.

(Photo Credit: George Calvelo, NPPA Images)

NU completely dominated the Falcons this passed week. (Photo Credit: George Calvelo, NPPA Images)

6. Far Eastern University Tamaraws (7-2) (Previous Rank: 1)

In a bizarre twist of events, the Tamaraws go on a two game losing streak after sweeping the first round. It’s a lofty fall from the top for them, but they’re still not a team to be counted out by any means. For now, both NU and DLSU have shown that the mighty Tams are indeed mortal.

5. University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers(4-4) (Previous Rank: 5)

With Jeric Teng still sidelined from injury, the Tigers continue to struggle. Mariano hurt his pre-injured ankle again, leading to a lot of worry for UST hopefuls. Losing to UE by a single point doesn’t hurt as much, but losing two in a row since the first round does. They’ll try to regroup and hope they can make it long enough till their leader Teng comes back.

 The ever-humble coach Pido Jarencio says that the team is 60 to 70 percent ready for UAAP but they will maximize the days left until Season 76. (Photo credit: NPPA Images)

Teng’s prolonged absense is starting to hurt this UST team. (Photo credit: NPPA Images)

4. Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles (4-4) (Previous Rank: 2)

Ravena’s much awaited return has rekindled the hopes of the Katipunan squad. Their first assignment of the first round, a hapless UP, took them for a ride in the first half but they were easily able to out-class them down the stretch. Back to fighting form, the Eagles are ready to defend their title once more and show the world why they are the defending champions.

3. University of the East Red Warriors (5-3) (Previous Rank: 3)

Roi Sumang pulls off yet another Roi Sumang to keep UE’s hot streak alive over UST. With Mammie back on the floor, UE raised eyebrows on UST’s round one win over them by showing them what’s what. It wasn’t a dominant victory, but it sure didn’t look like a fluke either.

(Photo Credit: Josh Albelda, Rappler)

SUMAAAANG! Is he the best show in the UAAP this season? (Photo Credit: Josh Albelda, Rappler)

2. De La Salle University Green Archers (5-4) (Previous Rank: 6)

They escape by the skin of their teeth against Adamson and then dismantle FEU three days later. La Salle is showing some muscle with Arnold Van Opstal dominating the paint for them. With Teng yet to burst out in scoring numbers and a roster filled with explosive players like Almond Vosotros, La Salle is poised to take a seat in the final four should they keep this hot streak going.

1. National University Bulldogs (6-3) (Previous Rank: 4)

They slew the beast that was FEU and laid their perfect record to rest, then they took on a team that beat them in the first round and pummeled them into the ground so hard there’s now a Falcon indentation somewhere in the MoA Arena. With Jean Mbe and Bobby Ray Parks Jr. as well as the supporting cast all on the same page following their two point loss to Adamson in the 1st round, it seems the Bulldogs are finally showing their true colors and it is one that shouts “champion”.

A conflict of man vs. himself. (Photo Credit: fullcourtfresh.com)

NU is finally looking like the contenders everyone thought they would be. (Photo Credit: fullcourtfresh.com)

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