Team PD NU +16 DLSU -4 FEU -12
How they got here: The Tamaraws were the last undefeated team standing at 4-0 until the NU Bulldogs ambushed them in their fifth game. Since then, the Vice Ganda-supported squad had a 5-4 record, losing to Ateneo (twice), La Salle and NU. The second round nullified win against NU was heartbreaking, but was sorta the right decision (they should've played from the overtime period), but what probably was the turning point for FEU was Arvie Bringas bringing out his inner Triple H.
The Green Archers, reeling from a disappointing 2011 campaign, were picked by many to have a bounce-back season, especially after Jeron Teng decided to take his talents to South Harbor (
The X-Factor: For FEU, it's Anthony Hargrove. Scoring a measly 2 points and grabbing 6 rebounds in their last game vs. DLSU (and 7 pts.-2 rebs. in the first round vs. the same team), Hargrove has to bring in "A" game against the vaunted DLSU frontline of let's see... Van Opstal, Nolbert Torres and Yutien Andrada.
For DLSU, it's Almond Vosotros. In their second round win vs. the Tams, the former Staglet top scored with 21 points in 46% percent shooting; in their first round loss, he scored eight points and 0% from downtown. If the Taft guys want to meet the Big Bad Blue team, Vosotros has to cash in on his potential.
The Oracle: Fact: If the tie was broken purely on stats, La Salle would've been fourth, and FEU would've been eliminated. Fortunately or unfortunately for the participants, a playoff is needed to break the tie. Everyone wants the current Denver Thuggets-inspired version of FEU to be eliminated. Even those who hate the Gremlins want the greener side of Taft to win. Unless Vice Ganda gives Terrence Romeo a workout he'd never forget, the San Miguel-backed Green Archers would really itch for a rematch with the soon-to-be-no-longer-MVP-backed Ateneo squad.