The Blue Eagles are looking to make a four-game winning streak while the Bulldogs wanted back-to-back victories and improve their chances to make it to the Magic Four.
After Ateneo got defeated by Far Eastern University Tamaraws last October 10, the boys of coach Tab Baldwin performed like a real defending champs.
In their last three games, the Blue Eagles defeated their opponents with double-digit lead.
The one-game suspension slapped to Thirdy Ravena has no negative effect to the team instead they became more formidable as other players were given a chance to step up their game.
For the National University on the other hand, they are also coming in fresh from a victory and they wanted to carry that winning momentum against Ateneo.
NU Bulldogs’ super rookie Dave Ildefonso went head to hea with another super rookie in University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers CJ Cansino.
In their second encounter this UAAP Season 81, Ildefonso performed better compared to his counterpart.
Dave logged 16 points, four rebounds and three assists in that game.