The University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons is scheduled for a head-to-head game against the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles at 4:00 P.M. on September 29, 2019 live from the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Fighting Maroons wanted to catch up with the Blue Eagles at the top of the standings while Ateneo will try to make a perfect 7-0 record in the first round of the tournament. All these will take place when the Battle of the Katipunan resumes at the Big Dome.
It is sure playoffs or even a Finals atmosphere in the Smart Araneta Coliseum as the defending champion, Ateneo will try to dominate their last year’s opponent, UP during the biggest event of the UAAP Season 81 Men’s Basketball.
Almost the entire lineup of coach Tab Baldwin is the same when they won their title last 2018. It only meant that this time around, team chemistry is much more solid.
For the University of the Philippines on the other hand, several of their key players already moved up to the pro-league like Paul Desiderio and Diego Dario.
Yet, those slots they left in the camp of Fighting Maroons are now taken by Ricci Rivero and Kobe Paras. Those two names are not only shoe-filler for the team but an instant upgrade and made them once again a real contender in this year’s edition of UAAP.
UP started slowly in this tournament where they absorbed their first loss versus the University of Santo Tomas last September 7 then after that they’re now enjoying their four-game winning streak.
Ateneo on the other hand, they have shown their championship form as they make a perfect 6-0 and only one team in their way to make a complete sweep in the first round.