NTUA, NTNU win first ever UBA titles

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[Chen Che-yu]

Well, this is sort of an old news from last week, because I was too busy to write about it. Anyway, National Taiwan University of Art (NTUA) and National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) won the men’s and women’s UBA title last week.

Both school won its first ever UBA title in school history – as an underdog. So you could probably say it’s a Taiwanese version of the March Madness.

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2011 Mindao Cup International University Basketball Tournament

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Six teams from four Asian countries will participate in the 2011 Mindao Cup International University Basketball Tournament, which will be held from Feb. 20-24 in Changhua County in central Taiwan.

The tourney, which is entering its third year, is organized by Mindao University, which finished 4th place last year — the first year it’s promoted to the University Basketball Association Division I after winning the Division II the previous year. Mindao advanced to the UBA quarterfinal round, which will be held later this year.

Six teams in this year’s field include the host Mindao University, Hanyang University and defending champion Kyung Hee University of South Korea, Meiji University of Japan, City University of Hong Kong and National Kaohsiung Normal University of Taiwan.

The tourney will adopt a single round robin format with each team playing five game.

Website:  http://www.mdu.edu.tw/case/2011mducup/index.html

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(Photos: Mindao University)

2010-11 UBA final eight

A1 National Taiwan Normal University
A2 National Dong Hwa University
A3 National Taiwan University of Art
B1 Fu Jen Catholic University
B2 Chinese Culture University
B3 National Kaohsiung Normal University
Wildcard Ming Dao University
Wildcard Hsing Wu College

Group A Standings
1. National Taiwan Normal University 6-1
2. National Dong Hwa University 5-2
3. National Taiwan University of Art 5-2
4. Ming Dao University 5-2
5. Ming Chuan College 3-4
6. Shih Hsin University 2-5
7. Taiwan Shoufu University 2-5
8. Taipei Physical Education College 0-7

Group B Standings
1. Fu Jen Catholic University 7-0
2. Chinese Culture University
3. National Kaohsiung Normal University
4. Hsing Wu College
5. National Taiwan College of Physical Education
6. National Taiwan Sport University
7. Ching Kuo Institute of Management and Health 1-6
8. National University of Tainan 0-7

Dong Hwa makes first ever UBA quarterfinal

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National Dong Hwa University made the UBA quarterfinal for the first time in school history after finishing second in the Group A in the preliminary round with 5 wins and 2 losses.

Group A Standings
1. National Taiwan Normal University 6-1
2. National Dong Hwa University 5-2
3. National Taiwan University of Art 5-2
4. Ming Dao University 5-2
5. Ming Chuan College 3-4
6. Shih Hsin University 2-5
7. Taiwan Shoufu University 2-5
8. Taipei Physical Education College 0-7

Top three teams of the group — NTNU, NDHU and NTUA — automatically advance to the quarterfinal round while No.4 and No. 5 — Ming Dao and Ming Chuan — will play in a wildcard game for the last quarterfinal berth of the group.

Preliminary round of the Group B will be held from Dec. 12-18. The eight participating teams are:

Fu Jen Catholic University
Chinese Culture University
Hsing Wu College
National Taiwan College of Physical Education
National Taiwan Sport University
National Kaohsiung Normal University
National University of Tainan
Ching Kuo Institute of Management and Health

(Photo: UBA)

2010-11 UBA season to begin

Taiwan’s University Basketball Association (UBA) will tip off its 2010-11 season on Dec. 5 as National Taiwan Normal University is eying for its third straight title in the men’s division while Chinese Cultural University is going after its fourth straight crown in the women’s division.

The men’s division starts on Dec. 5 and the women’s division starts on Dec. 13, according to the Chinese Taipei University Sports Federation (CTUSF).

Sixteen teams will enter the men’s division preliminary round, which will split the 16 teams into two eight-team group. Top three teams in each group advance to the quarterfinal while the 4th and 5th place teams vie for the remaining two seeds in the wildcard round.

Defending champion NTNU is still favored to win it all with its strong roster. The NTNU players include four active SBL players — Chien Chia-hung of Pure Youth, Lo Yu-chun and Tsai Chun-ming of Dacin and Chang Jung-hsuan of Bank of Taiwan — and promising underclassmen Sang Yi-ching, Chou Po-chen and Hung Kang-chiao.

Lo was the MVP in the UBA Finals last year. Sang Yi-ching and Hung Kang-chiao, both came from two-time defending high school champion Song-shan High School, were named high school MVPs in 2009 and 2010 respectively.

These facts pretty much tell you how strong a team NTNU really is.

In the women’s division, 12 teams will be split into two six-team group in the preliminaries with top three teams automatically going to the quarterfinal. The remaining teams will play in the wildcard round for two quarterfinal seeds.

2010 UBA quarterfinal round to tip off

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Eight men’s teams and eight women’s teams will meet in the quarterfinal round of the 2010 University Basketball Association (UBA) season starting February 22 to vie for berths in the semifinal round.

Eight men’s teams will play a single round robin schedule in the quarterfinal round from Feb. 22-March 3 with the top four teams advancing to the crossover semifinal, where the No. 1 seed meets the No. 4 and No. 2 seed meets the No. 3, and the remaining teams playing in the 5th-8th place classification games.

Eight women’s teams will also play a single round robin round in the quarterfinal from Feb. 24-March 3. The competition format will be different from men though. After the single round robin competition, the top seed will meet No.8, No.2 meets No. 7, No. 3 meets No. 6 and No. 4 meets No. 5 for an additional game. Winners of these games advance to the semifinal while losers play in the 5th-8th place classification games.

The men’s and women’s semifinal round will be played in Chinese Culture University from March 7-9.

Men’s First Round Standing:
(Top eight teams advanced to the quarterfinal round)

1. National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) 9-2
2. Min Dao University (MDU) 9-2
3. Chinese Culture University (CCU) 8-3
4. National Taiwan University of Art (NTUA) 8-3
5. Hsing Wu College (HWC) 6-5
6. Fu Jen Catholic University (FJU) 6-5
7. National Taiwan College of Physical Education (NTCPE) 5-6
8. Diwan University (DWU) 4-7

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9. National Dong Hwa University (NDHU) 4-7
10. National Taiwan Sport University (NTSU) 3-8
11. National Kaohsiung Normal University (NKNU) 2-9
12. Taipei Physical Education College (TPEC) 2-9

Women’s Final Eight:

Chinese Culture University (CCU)
Taipei Physical Education College (TPEC)
National Taiwan College of Physical Education (NTCPE)
National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU)
Fo Guang University (FGU)
Taipei Municiple University of Education (TMUE)
Fu Jen Catholic University (FJU)
National Taipei University (NTU)

(Photo: CTUSF)