The other teams that will fill out the remaining eight slots will come from the four zonals. The top two teams in each of the four zonals will qualify to the Sweet 16. The teams that made it to the zonals are the following:
Zone 1 – St. Louis University, Champion-Ilocos/Baguio; University of Luzon, Champion-Pangasinan/Pampanga; Mapua Cardinals, NCAA fourth placer; Arellano University Chiefs, Fr. Martin Cup; Lyceum University-Batangas, NCAA-South runner-up; and University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers, Wild Card Qualifier.
Zone 2 –
Zone 3 – BIT International College Cruisers, Champion-Bohol/Dumaguete; AMA Computers Titans, Champion-Ormoc/Tacloban; University of San Jose Recoletos Jaguars, CESAFI runner-up; Letran College, NCAA third placer; University of Cebu Webmasters, Wild Card Qualifier; and Bacolod/Iloilo Champion (ongoing regional finals at Bacolod).
Zone 4 – Xavier University Crusaders, Champion-Cagayan de Oro;
Again the top two teams for each zone will make it to the Sweet 16. My bet goes for UST and Arellano for Zone 1, UE and Lyceum for Zone 2, while Letran and USJ Recoletos will most likely make it in Zone three while FEU and University of San Carlos are my bets for Zone 4. Teams that may make a few surprises are Mapua, University of Cebu and Xavier University.