September 6, 2011: UAAP Team Standings & Power Rankings

Team Standings as of September 6, 2011:

Power Rankings as of September 6, 2011:
1 - Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles (no change)
Smelling a sweep? Not there yet, but odds are it'll happen. Beat UP by 15 despite being in "cruise mode" and limited NU to a 7-year low 39 points. The Eagles have great momentum heading into the vital match with Adamson on Saturday, and, plainly speaking, they are just a cut above everyone else right now. 

2 - FEU Tamaraws (up one spot)
The Tams are 4-0 after their overtime disappointment against Ateneo to start the 2nd round. Though they only scraped by UP, Adamson and NU, the Green & Gold finally showcased their firepower against the Reds this week. If their 3 Rs continue shooting well, then getting the 2nd seed won't be a pipe dream. Coach Bert Flores certainly has the Falcons looking over their shoulders now.

3 - Adamson Soaring Falcons (down one spot)
2 days after blasting the Warriors, the Falcons soared over the Tigers -- in the 1st half. And then UST lit the Big Dome up with a flurry of long toms, while putting the clamps on Adamson's gunners en route to a resounding upset. This was not the week the San Marcelino crew needed as they roll towards the so-far-flawless Eagles. Can coach Austria's wards soar again, or is their best behind them?

4 - UST Growling Tigers (no change)
This is all thanks to 20 minutes of brilliance. If not for the shooting of Jeric Teng and Jeric Fortuna, and the hustle of Chris Camus and Kim Lo, then coach Pido would be sweating a bit more and he would've celebrated a bittersweet birthday. Instead, the Tigers have a foot in the Final Four door and are still in the running for a twice-to-beat edge. Is it a redux of 2006? Too early to say, but their upcoming foes (FEU & NU) would do well not to underestimate the Black & Gold.

5 - De La Salle Green Archers (up two spots)
The maligned Archers are still alive and kicking. Norbert Torres hit 7-of-9 charities to keep the Greenies' FInal Four hopes alive, and his tandem act with AVO looked downright unstoppable against UP. Their season of futility might yet be saved, but it'll be easier said than done against the Bulldogs on Thursday and the Tamaraws on Sunday.
6 - UE Red Warriors (no change)
Went 0-2 again, though their competitive fire seemed to wane a little bit compared to the previous weeks. It's apparent that we've seen coach Jerry Codiñera milk them for what they're worth, and that there's hardly anymore left in the tank. Still, the Warriors are the better bet on Paul Zamar's farewell game against UP.
7 - UP Fighting Maroons (up one spot)
Wait, UP lost twice and they climb in the rankings? Yes, thanks to being able to stick with Ateneo for one half and posting a 20-point lead against the Archers. And then they lost that lead. And then they still almost won that game anyway. It's clear that there's the dream of greatness in UP's team, and they have the brain trust to make it reality, but there's just something holding them back. They can try to save a bit of pride when they tangle with UE on Saturday, but even then they're not exactly the favorites.

8 - NU Bulldogs (down three spots)
Absorbed yet another beatdown from the Ateneo Blue Eagles that all but negated any chance of them advancing to the Final Four. Coach Eric Altamirano will have a hard time painting any silver lining in NU's immediate future, especially after the weight of all the preseason expectations, but they can still play the spoiler's role to the hilt against both DLSU and UST. The biggest question mark for them, however, is this: how did they end up with fewer wins this season (compared to last year) after the influx of hyped up talent?

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