National University (NU) and University of the Philippines (UP) dispute the last quarterfinal slot in the FilOil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup on Wednesday at The Arena in San Juan City.
Toting a similar 4-3 win-loss record, the Bulldogs and the Fighting Maroons duke it out at 1:30 p.m. for the remaining playoff berth in Group B.
NU marched into the crucial match off a 104-88 thrashing of College of St. Benilde on Sunday wherein ace guard Jayjay Alejandro sizzled with 25 points highlighted by seven triples.
UP, on the other hand, is on a slump following two straight defeats to National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) heavyweights San Sebastian College-Recoletos and Arellano University.
The Maroons suffered a 51-64 rout to the Golden Stags and a 68-73 loss to the Chiefs, which put their hunt for a playoff spot in danger.
Meanwhile, San Beda College stakes its seamless 6-0 slate against Jose Rizal University (5-2) in their 5 p.m. bout.
The Red Lions continued their searing run in the preseason tournament with a win over NCAA archrival Colegio de San Juan de Letran while the Heavy Bombers absorbed a 51-59 loss to Ateneo de Manila University in their last outing.
In the other seniors game, Ateneo (4-2) aims to extend its four-game winning roll and further boost its playoff bid against a struggling University of Perpetual Help-System Dalta (2-5) at 3:15 p.m.
The Blue Eagles soared to fourth place with their victory over the Heavy Bombers while the Altas almost pulled off an upset against San Beda but succumbed to a 61-64 setback.