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, a quotient system will decide which team possesses the best seeding, while the other teams will play an extra game to determine the second-best seeding. The winner will face the holder of the best seeding for a playoff slot.

Results[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Seniors Tournament[edit]

Appearances[edit]

Team Semifinal
appearances
Last semis
appearance
First semis
appearance
Finals
appearances
Highest
seed
Arellano school colors Arellano 2 2016 2014 2 2nd
Letran school colors Letran 14 2018 1998 8 1st
CSB school colors CSB 3 2002 2000 2 2nd
JRU school colors JRU 13 2017 1999 3 1st
Lyceum school colors Lyceum 2 2018 2017 2 1st
Mapua school colors Mapúa 9 2016 2001 - 3rd
PCU school colors PCU 4 2006 2002 3 2nd
San Beda school colors San Beda 15 2018 1998 13 1st
SSC-R school colors SSC-R 13 2017 1998 8 1st
UPHD school colors Perpetual 9 2018 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 Elimination round ranking
Guest school
Under probabation
School 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
AUF school colors AUF -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 10 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Arellano school colors Arellano -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 5 6 7 8 7 2 5 2 6 8
Letran school colors Letran 1 4 T7 6 T5 1 3 1 3 2 3 4 5 3 3 2 6 2 6 5 3
CSB school colors CSB 3 4 2 T5 8 6 8 7 6 8 7 8 9 9 5 8 10 8 5
EAC school colors EAC -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 7 9 10 7 5 9 10 8 7 9
JRU school colors JRU 2 1 1 4 3 7 8 7 3 2 3 3 4 5 8 3 4 5 3 10
Lyceum school colors Lyceum -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 6 10 6 7 9 9 1 2
Mapua school colors Mapúa T5 3 T5 4 5 3 4 4 4 6 4 5 6 10 10 3 3 10 7
PCU school colors PCU T7 5 3 8 2 2 2 7 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
San Beda school colors San Beda 4 T5 8 7 T5 4 7 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1
SSC-R school colors SSC-R 2 1 4 2 1 2 6 4 6 T5 5 2 2 2 2 3 8 7 7 4 6
UPHD school colors Perpetual 3 3 2 7 8 T5 1 5 5 T5 8 9 8 9 4 4 4 6 4 9 4

Win-loss 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, 13; Letran and San Sebastian, 8
  • Consecutive finals appearances: San Beda, 13 (2006–18); SSC-R, 4 (2000–03)
  • Championships: San Beda (2006-08, 2010-14, 2016-18), 11; Letran(1998-99, 2003, 2005, 2015), 5; SSC-R (2001, 2002, 2009), 3
  • Consecutive championships: San Beda (2006–08, 2016-18) 3; (2010–14), 5

Semifinals[edit]

  • Most lopsided game: Letran 93-60 SSC-R, 2005 (33 points)
  • Closest game: Several games, all one point leads
    • Letran 65-64 PCU, 2004 (1 point)
    • Letran 91-90 Mapua, 2015 (1 point)
  • Semifinal appearances: San Beda & Letran 14, San Sebastian & JRU, 13
  • Consecutive semifinal appearances: San Beda 13 (2006-2018), Letran 7 (2003-2009), San Sebastian 6 (1998–2003), JRU 5 (2007-2011)

Most frequent matchups[edit]

The thirteen most frequently played matchups are:

Matchup Semifinals Finals Total
SSC-R vs. JRU 6 1 7
SSC-R vs. Letran 5 2 7
San Beda vs. Letran 2 4 6
San Beda vs. SSC-R 1 3 4
San Beda vs. Perpetual 6 0 6
Letran vs. JRU 2 1 3
Letran vs. PCU 2 1 3
San Beda vs. JRU 2 1 3
Mapúa vs. San Beda 3 0 3
San Beda vs. Arellano 0 2 2
San Beda vs. Lyceum 0 2 2
SSC-R vs. CSB 0 2 2
Letran vs. Mapúa 2 0 2

Seeds[edit]

In the 19 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 15 times (83%)
    • The #1 seed has beaten the #4 seed 3 times on the second game (27%)
  2. The #2 seed has beaten the #3 seed 16 times (89%).
    • The #2 seed has beaten the #3 seed 5 times on the second game (28%).
  3. The #2 seed has beaten the #4 seed once
    • With Lyceum sweeping the elimination round, there were two semifinal rounds for 2017.
  4. The #3 seed has beaten the #4 seed once (50%)
    • With San Beda sweeping the elimination round, there were two semifinal rounds for 2010.
    • With Lyceum sweeping the elimination round, there were two semifinal rounds for 2017.
  5. The #1 seed skipped the semifinals twice (5%; in 2010, when San Beda swept the elimination round and in 2017, when Lyceum 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 12 times (60%)
  2. The #2 seed has beaten the #1 seed 5 times (20%)
  3. The #1 seed has beaten the #3 seed 1 time (5%)
  4. The #3 seed has beaten the #4 seed 1 time (5%)
    • 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.
  5. The #4 seed has beaten the #2 seed 1 time (5%)
  6. The #1 seed has won the championship 13 times (65%)

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 Allwell Oraeme 24 Mapua school colors Mapúa Arellano school colors Arellano 2016 Semifinals
Most assists Roldan Sara 11 San Beda school colors San Beda Arellano school colors Arellano 2016 Finals
Most steals Roldan Sara 11 San Beda school colors San Beda Arellano school colors Arellano 2016 Finals
Most blocks Raymond Almazan
Mark Andaya
9 Letran school colors Letran SSC-R school colors SSC-R 2013 Semifinals
2005 Semifinals

Juniors Tournament[edit]

Appearances[edit]

Team Semifinal
appearances
Last semis
appearance
First semis
appearance
Finals
appearances
Highest
seed
Arellano school colors AU 0 - - 0 -
Letran school colors CSJL 0 - - 0 -
CSB school colors LSGH 0 - - 0 -
EAC school colors EAC-ICA 0 - - 0 -
JRU school colors JRU 0 - - 0 -
Mapua school colors MIT/MHSS 0 - - 0 -
PCU school colors PCU 0 - - 0 -
San Beda school colors SBC-R 0 - - 0 -
SSC-R school colors SSC-R 0 - - 0 -
UPHD school colors UPHSD 0 - - 0 -

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 15 16 17 18
AUF school colors AUF -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Arellano school colors AU -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 3 4
Letran school colors CSJL 1 2 2 2 2 4 2 4 3 3
CSB school colors LSGH 4 4 3 3 3 4 3 4 1
EAC school colors EAC-ICA -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 4
JRU school colors JRU 4 4 4 3 4 4 4
Lyceum school colors LPU -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Mapua school colors MIT 1 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Mapua school colors MHSS -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 4 1 2 2 2 2
PCU school colors PCU 3 3 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
San Beda school colors SBU-R 1 1 1 1 2 3 3 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 3
SSC-R school colors SSC-R 1 2 1 1 3 2 2 2
UPHD school colors UPHSD 3

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 2015, the NCAA, and the Final Four games, are broadcast by ABS-CBN's UHF channel ABS-CBN Sports+Action nationwide, being produced by ABS-CBN Sports. Previously, Studio 23 covered the NCAA from 2002 until 2011. Prior to Studio 23, the games were broadcast irregularly by different broadcast partners. From 2009 to 2011 and since 2015, the games are also aired in high definition, through Balls subsidiary Balls HD.

Previous nationwide providers of the NCAA were GMA Network from 1974 until 1988, Vintage Television on IBC from 1998 until 1999 and PTV Channel 4 from 2000 until 2001 season. PTV's coverage was produced by MCI Group and later Silvestar Sports.

In 2012, the NCAA, and the Final Four games were broadcast by TV5's VHF channel IBC's AKTV, being produced by Sports5. From 2013 to 2014 TV5 took over the seniors' games coverage after AKTV was dissolved.

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