NCAA Final Four (Philippines)

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Final team standings for men's basketball since 1999.

The NCAA Final Four most often refers to the playoffs of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (Philippines) (NCAA) seniors' basketball tournament.

The term "final four" came from National Collegiate Athletic Association of the United States' men's Division I basketball tournament which is colloquially called as the "final four".

The final four was instituted in 1998; prior to that the first and second round winners, plus the team with the best overall standing if it did not win either round, participated in the championship round to determine the champion.

Format[edit]

  • If no team sweeps the elimination round:
    • Seeds #1 and #2 teams possess the twice to beat advantage
    • Team #1 meets #4 while #2 meets #3 in the semifinals.
    • The semifinal winners advance to the Finals.
    • The team that wins 2 games in the Finals wins the championship.
  • If a team sweeps the elimination round:
    • Seed #1 advance to the Finals.
      • Prior to 2008, the #1 seed had the twice-to-beat advantage in the finals.
      • From 2008 to 2009, the Finals was a best-of-three series.
    • Seed #2 advance to the semifinals.
    • Teams #3 and #4 face off to meet #2 in the semifinals in a one-game playoff.
    • In the finals, the #1 seed only has to win twice, while the other opponent has to win thrice.
  • In case of two teams being tied, an extra game will be played to determine which seed they will possess.
  • In case of three or more teams being tied, the team with the best head-to-head record usually possesses the best seeding, while the other teams will play an extra game to determine the second-best seeding,

Results[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Appearances[edit]

Team Semifinal
appearances
Last semis
appearance
First semis
appearance
Finals
appearances
Highest
seed
Letran school colors Letran 12 2013 1998 7 1st
CSB school colors CSB 3 2002 2000 2 2nd
JRU school colors JRU 11 2014 1999 3 1st
Mapua school colors Mapúa 7 2010 2001 - 3rd
PCU school colors PCU 4 2006 2002 3 2nd
San Beda school colors San Beda 11 2014 1998 9 1st
SSC-R school colors SSC-R 12 2013 1998 8 1st
UPHD school colors UPHSD 7 2014 1998 1 1st

Notes:

  • Number of appearance excludes 4th seed elimination games.

Best performances[edit]

Champion
Runner-up
Twice to beat advantage
Semifinalist
Qualified for 4th-seed playoff
Qualified to the first round
Suspended
Not in the league
1 Semifinals seed
Guest school
Under probabation
School 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14
AUF school colors AUF -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Arellano school colors Arellano -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 2
Letran school colors Letran 1 4 1 3 1 3 2 3 4 3 3 2
CSB school colors CSB 3 4 2
EAC school colors EAC -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
JRU school colors JRU 2 1 1 4 3 3 2 3 3 4 3
Lyceum school colors Lyceum -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Mapua school colors Mapúa 3 4 3 4 4 4 4
PCU school colors PCU 3 2 2 2 -- -- -- -- -- --
San Beda school colors San Beda 4 4 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
SSC-R school colors SSC-R 2 1 4 2 1 2 4 2 2 2 2 3
UPHD school colors UPHSD 3 3 2 1 4 4 4

Win-loss statistics[edit]

Series statistics[edit]

Finals statistics[edit]

  • Most lopsided game: SSC-R 95-62 JRU, 2001 Game 3 (33 points)
  • Closest game: Several games, all one-point leads:
    • Letran 75-74 JRC, 1999 Game 1
    • SSC-R 79-78 St.Benilde, 2002 Game 1
    • San Beda 68-67 PCU, 2006 Game 3
  • Finals appearances: San Beda, 9 , SSC-R, 8 and Letran,7
  • Consecutive finals appearances: San Beda, 9 (2006–14) SSC-R, 4 (2000–03)
  • Championships: San Beda (2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012,2013),8 Letran (1998, 1999, 2003, 2005),4 SSC-R(2001,2002,2009), 3
  • Consecutive championships: San Beda (2006–08),3 (2010-13),5

Semifinals[edit]

  • Most lopsided game: Letran 93-60 SSC-R, 2005 (33 points)
  • Closest game: Letran 65-64 PCU, 2004 (1 point)
  • Semifinal appearances: Letran and SSC-R 12, JRU and San Beda 11, and Mapua and UPHSD 7
  • Consecutive semifinal appearances: San Beda (2006-2014),9 Letran(2003-2009),7 San Sebastian (1998–2003),6(2009-2013),5 and JRU(2007-2011),5

Most frequent matchups[edit]

The ten most frequently played matchups are:

Matchup Semifinals Finals Total
SSC-R vs. Letran 5 2 7
SSC-R vs. JRU 5 1 6
San Beda vs. Letran 2 3 5
San Beda vs. UPHSD 4 0

4

Mapua vs. San Beda 3 0 3
Letran vs. PCU 2 1 3
Letran vs. JRU 2 1 3
San Beda vs. SSC-R 0 3 3
San Beda vs. JRU 1 1 2
SSC-R vs. CSB 0 2 2

Seeds[edit]

In the 11 tournaments the Final Four format has been applied, the higher seed has beaten the lower seeds in the semifinals due to their twice to beat advantage, for the most part:

  1. The #1 seed has beaten the #4 seed 10 times (91%)
    • The #1 seed has beaten the #4 seed 3 times on the second game (27%)
  2. The #2 seed has beaten the #3 seed 10 times (91%).
    • The #2 seed has beaten the #3 seed 3 times on the second game (27%).
  3. The #3 seed has beaten the #4 once
    • With San Beda sweeping the elimination round, there were two semifinal rounds for 2010.
  4. The #1 seed skipped the semifinals once (7%; in 2010, when San Beda swept the elimination round)

A victory of the #3 and #4 seeds in a series are considered big upsets considering that the #3 and #4 seed have to win twice, not to mention the perceived superiority of the #1 and #2 seeds when compared to the #3 and #4 seeds.

In the finals, the advantage of the #1 seed isn't as pronounced since the competing teams have to win the same number of games:

  1. The #1 seed has beaten the #2 seed 7 times (64%)
  2. The #2 seed has beaten the #1 seed 2 times (18%)
  3. The #3 seed has beaten the #4 seed 1 time (9%)
    • This occurred in 2000 in which both lower seeded teams upset the teams with the twice to beat advantage. This was the only time were both teams possessing the twice to beat advantage failed to qualify for the finals in both the NCAA and the UAAP.
  4. The #4 seed has beaten the #2 seed 1 time (9%)
  5. The #1 seed has won the championship 7 times (64%)

Individual single-game records[edit]

Stats since the 2001 season.

Statistic Name Total School Opponent Stage
Most points Kevin Alas 43 Letran school colors Letran SSC-R school colors SSC-R 2012 Semifinals
Most rebounds Raymond Almazan
Calvin Abueva
23
23**
Letran school colors Letran
SSC-R school colors SSC-R
San Beda school colors San Beda
San Beda school colors San Beda
2013 Finals
2009 Finals
Most assists Michael Gonzales
Jayson Castro
10 SSC-R school colors SSC-R
PCU school colors PCU
CSB school colors CSB
UPHD school colors UPHDS
2002 Finals
2004 Finals
Most steals RJ Jazul 8 Letran school colors Letran JRU school colors JRU 2008 Semifinals
Most blocks Raymond Almazan
Mark Andaya
9 Letran school colors Letran SSC-R school colors SSC-R 2013 Semifinals

*overtime game
**double overtime game

Television and radio[edit]

The Final Four is the culmination of the NCAA basketball season and is heavily covered by the media. With the NCAA as one of the leading collegiate leagues in the country, the Final Four games are broadcast live throughout the country.

Beginning in 2002, the NCAA, and the Final Four games, were broadcast by ABS-CBN's UHF channel Studio 23 nationwide, being produced by ABS-CBN Sports. Prior to Studio 23, the games were broadcast irregularly by different broadcast partners. Since 2009, the games are also aired in high definition, through Balls subsidiary Balls HD Until last in 2011.

In the previous history, the NCAA was the televised by GMA Network nationwide in 1974 until 1988 in the very longtime coverage if even on PTV channel 4 also covered in 1991 until the 2001 season and Produced by Silvestar Sports.

Beginning in 2012, the NCAA, and the Final Four game will be broadcast by TV5's VHF channel IBC's AKTV, being produced by Sports5.

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