UAAP Final Four

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The UAAP Final Four refers to the playoffs of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) tournaments.

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

History[edit]

The Final Four in which the four teams (out of eight) with the best records qualify for the postseason playoff games was instituted in Season 56 (1993–94). Previously the postseason was a championship series between the top two teams, with the #1 seeded team holding the twice to beat advantage, i.e., they have to win only once to clinch the championship. The #2 team has to win twice.

The tournament is now conducted in three stages with the institution of the Final Four playoffs:

  • The two-round eliminations, where a team plays the other teams twice. The four teams with the worst records are eliminated.
  • The semifinals, wherein the #1 seeded team plays the 4th seeded team and the #2 seeded team plays the 3rd seeded team. Both #1 and #2 seeded teams possess the twice to beat advantage, while the #3 and #4 teams have to win twice.
  • The finals, which is a best of three series.

On the year before the implementation of the Final Four playoffs, the University of Santo Tomas swept the elimination round, and following the then existing rules, the Glowing Goldies were awarded the championship outright. After that season, the UAAP revised the rule so that the team that sweeps the elimination round will instead advance to the best-of-3 Finals automatically. While the #2 team will have the twice to beat advantage in the semifinals where it awaits the winner of the game between the #3 and #4 teams.[1]

The revised postseason format was implemented in Season 57 (1994–95) but it was not until Season 70 (2007–08) that a team swept the elimination rounds. The University of the East was the first to accomplish this feat under the new format, causing the sweep clause to be used. UE thus automatically advanced to the Finals but this reward became a bane as the Red Warriors had to wait for 21 days before the championship series can be started due to several factors, namely, the unavailability of the playing venue (Araneta Coliseum), two tie-breaker games and two semifinal games. The Red Warriors became rusty, so to speak, causing them to lose the championship series 2–0 against La Salle (their last elimination round opponent). As a result, the Policy Board formulated the "bonus rule" in which the team that sweeps the elimination rounds will qualify for the Finals outright and will have a thrice-to-beat advantage. This means that the number 1 seeded team will only need to win twice; the other finalist needs to win thrice. Thus, giving the sweeper a 1-0 lead in a virtual best-of-five.[2]

Ties among the semifinalists were broken by an extra game, irrespective of the seedings. Ergo, in a tie for the 2nd seed, the game that will be used to break the tie serves as a de facto game one of a best-of-three series. If two teams are tied for the fourth seed, the game that will be used to break the tie serves as a knockout game between the two. If three or more teams are tied, the team with the best points difference gets a bye to the final tie-breaker game against the winner/s of the teams with the lower points difference. In Season 72 (2009–10), the league introduced the "common sense" rule in determining seedings for the playoffs in case of ties.[3]This means not all ties in the semifinals will be broken by a one-game playoff. Only ties for second and fourth are broken by an extra game. Ties for first and third are broken by the points difference of the tied teams.

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.
    • Seed #2 advance to the semifinals with the twice to beat advantage.
    • 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]

Television and radio[edit]

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

Beginning year 2000, the UAAP Finals and the Final Four games, were broadcast by ABS-CBN's UHF channel Studio 23 nationwide and produced by ABS-CBN Sports. Prior to Studio 23, the games were broadcast by Silverstar Sports on the state-controlled People's Television VHF channel 4. Since July 2009, the UAAP is also aired in high definition through cable channel Balls, via their channel Balls HD. Upon signing a new contract at the conclusion of UAAP Season 72 in October 2009, the Finals will be aired through VHF television channel ABS-CBN 2, beginning in 2010 and renewed again in October 2013 at the conclusion of UAAP Season 76.

Prior to 2001, the games were also aired live on DZSR Sports Radio 918-AM; after ABS-CBN's takeover of broadcast rights, its Manila FM station 101.9 For Life! aired updates during and after the games, but not blow-by-blow coverages. In 2010, radio coverage of the games were aired on DZRJ-AM 810.

Statistics[edit]

Appearances[edit]

Team Semifinal
appearances
Last semis
appearance
First semis
appearance
Finals
appearances
Highest
seed
Adamson school colors Adamson 3 2011 2006 - 2nd
Ateneo school colors Ateneo 14 2012 1999 9 1st
La Salle school colors La Salle 17 2013 1994 14 1st
FEU school colors FEU 15 2013 1994 8 1st
NU school colors NU 3 2013 2001 - 1st
UE school colors UE 12 2009 1994 2 1st
UP school colors UP 2 1997 1996 - 3rd
UST school colors UST 14 2013 1994 7 1st

Notes:

  • Number of appearance excludes 4th seed elimination games.

Best performances[edit]

Champion
Runner-up
Semifinalist, lost with twice to beat advantage
Semifinalist, lost with twice to win disadvantage
Lost in 4th-seed playoff
Suspended
Not in the league
1 Semifinals seed
x Did not Qualify
  • Number denotes playoff seeding.
  • Shade denotes final position.
School 94 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13
Adamson school colors Adamson x x x x x x x x x x x 4 x x x 3 2 x x
Ateneo school colors Ateneo x x x x x 3 2 2 3 1 3 3 1 3 1 1 2 1 1 x
La Salle school colors La Salle 1 2 1 3 1 1 1 1 1 4 2 2 2 2 x 4 x 4 2
FEU school colors FEU 4 4 x 1 2 4 3 3 x 2 1 1 x x 3 2 1 3 x 3
NU school colors NU x x x x x x x 4 x x x x x x x x x x 3 1
UE school colors UE 2 3 4 x 3 x x x 2 3 4 4 2 1 4 3 x x x x
UP school colors UP x x 3 4 x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x
UST school colors UST 3 1 2 2 4 2 4 x 4 x x x 3 4 x 4 x 4 2 4

Win-loss statistics[edit]

Entire playoffs[edit]

Team Pld W L PCT
Ateneo school colors Ateneo 44 28 16 0.636
La Salle school colors La Salle 65 39 26 0.600
UST school colors UST 44 25 19 0.568
FEU school colors FEU 38 17 21 0.447
UP school colors UP 4 1 3 0.250
NU school colors NU 5 1 4 0.200
UE school colors UE 25 4 21 0.160
Adamson school colors Adamson 5 0 5 0.000

Series statistics[edit]

Finals statistics[edit]

  • Most lopsided game: La Salle 72-47 FEU, 1998 Game 1 (25 points)
  • Closest game: Several games, all one-point leads:
    • UST 73-72 La Salle, 2013 Game 1
    • La Salle 64-63 UE, 2007 Game 1
    • Ateneo 73-72 UST, 2006 Game 1
    • FEU 65-64 La Salle, 1997 Game 2 (championship clincher)
    • UST 77-76 La Salle, 1994 Game 3
  • Finals appearances: La Salle, 14
  • Consecutive finals appearances: La Salle, 9 (1994–2002)
  • Championships: Ateneo (2002, 2008-2012) 6, UST (1993–96, 2006), and La Salle (1998–2001, 2007),5 (including UST's 1993 sweep)
  • Consecutive championships: Ateneo (2008-2012) 5, UST (1993–96), and La Salle (1998–2001) 4
  • As of 2012, the winner of Game 1 won the championship 14 times out of 19.

Semifinals statistics[edit]

  • Most lopsided game: La Salle vs NU, 111-85, 2001 (26 points)
  • Closest game: Several games, all one-point wins.
  • Semifinal appearances: La Salle, 17 (1994–2005, 2007–08, 2010, 2012-2013)
  • Consecutive semifinal appearances: Ateneo (1999-2012), 14

Most frequent matchups[edit]

The most frequently played matchups are:

Matchup Semifinals Finals Total
FEU vs. La Salle 5 5 10
La Salle vs. UST 4 5 9
Ateneo vs. La Salle 5 3 8
Ateneo vs. UST 4 2 6
Ateneo vs. FEU 2 3 5
FEU vs. UE 5 0 5
Ateneo vs. UE 2 1 3
La Salle vs. UE 2 1 3
Ateneo vs. Adamson 2 0 2
UE vs. UST 2 0 2
FEU vs. Adamson 1 0 1

Seeds[edit]

In the 17 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 in 17 out of the 18 times (94%).
    • The #1 seed has beaten the #4 seed 12 times on the first game (71%).
    • The #1 seed has beaten the #4 seed 5 times on the second game (29%).
    • The only time the #1 seed was beaten by the #4 seed was during the NU-UST play-offs. (UST won)
  2. The #2 seed has beaten the #3 seed 10 times (59%).
    • The #2 seed has beaten the #3 seed 8 times on the first game (80%).
    • The #2 seed has beaten the #3 seed 2 times on the second game (20%).
      • Out of the 7 times the #2 seed was beaten, the #2 seed was UE thrice (43%).
  3. The #3 seed has beaten the #4 times once (100%)
    • With UE sweeping the elimination round, there were two semifinal rounds for 2007.
  4. The #1 seed skipped the semifinals once (6%; in 2007, when UE swept the elimination round)

A victory of the #3 seed in a series is considered a big upset considering that the #3 seed has to win twice, not to mention the perceived superiority of the #2 seed when compared to the #3 seed.

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 6 of 11 times (55%)
  2. The #1 seed has beaten the #3 seed 4 of 7 times (57%)
  3. The #2 seed has beaten the #1 seed 5 of 11 times (45%)
  4. The #3 seed has beaten the #1 seed 3 of 7 times (43%)
  5. The #1 seed has won the championship 10 of 18 times (56%)

Individual single-game records[edit]

Stats since the 2001 season.

Statistic Name Total School Opponent Stage
Most points Ken Bono 33 Adamson school colors Adamson Ateneo school colors Ateneo 2006 Semifinals
Most rebounds Reil Cervantes
Jervy Cruz
19*
18
FEU school colors FEU
UST school colors UST
La Salle school colors La Salle
UE school colors UE
2010 Semifinals
2006 Semifinals
Most assists Macky Escalona
Mike Cortez
Mike Cortez
9 Ateneo school colors Ateneo
La Salle school colors La Salle
La Salle school colors La Salle
Adamson school colors Adamson
Ateneo school colors Ateneo
NU school colors NU
2006 Semiinals
2002 Finals
2001 Semifinals
Most steals Elmer Espiritu
Pocholo Villanueva
5 UE school colors UE
La Salle school colors La Salle
Ateneo school colors Ateneo
UE school colors UE
2008 Semifinals
2007 Finals
Most blocks Nonoy Baclao 7 Ateneo school colors Ateneo La Salle school colors La Salle 2008 Finals

*game went into overtime.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ UE completes 14-0, but barely by Jasmine Payo, Philippine Daily Inquirer. Published 09/14/2007, accessed 1/1/2007.
  2. ^ Additional incentive for UAAP sweep by Jasmine Payo, Philippine Daily Inquirer. Published 6/28/2008, accessed 6/28/2008.
  3. ^ Villar, Joey (13 June 2009). "UAAP okays rules on tiebreak, instant replay". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 20 June 2009. [dead link]