Brief predictions: Ateneo to make it five-in-a-row. Ray Parks retains MVP title.
Useless Final Four Prediction: NU, Ateneo, FEU, La Salle.
My Preseason Picks for the All-UAAP 1st Team: Emmanuel Mbe (NU), Greg Slaughter (Ateneo), Ray Parks (NU), Alex Nuyles (Adamson) and Kiefer Ravena (Ateneo)
My Preseason Picks for the All-UAAP 2nd Team: Karim Abdul (UST), Norbert Torres (DLSU), Nico Salva (Ateneo), Jeron Teng (DLSU) and RR Garcia (FEU)
Rankings after the weekend games:
Ateneo - workman-like dismantling of the Falcons. Took a while to get themselves going, though.
NU - thorough annihilation of UE, protest notwithstanding.
FEU - come from behind win, anchored by the guard corps.
La Salle - Jeron Teng in the clutch, douses the comeback attempt. The inevitable Freshman of the Year.
UST - got the tools, but they got to remember to close it out.
UP - encouraging signs, but costly decisions did them in their near-comeback attempt.
Adamson - one thing for sure, Leo Austria will maximize everything he can get from his crew.
UE - long season for Jerry Codinera. He might possibly have better tools this Wednesday as the playing coach of the PBA Legends.
What lies ahead:
Thursday at the Araneta Coliseum - Ateneo vs UST at 2pm, UE vs La Salle at 4pm.
Saturday at the MOA Arena - UE vs Adamson at 2pm, UP vs UST at 4pm.
Sunday at the MOA Arena - FEU vs La Salle at 2pm, Ateneo vs NU at 4pm.