West Virginia’s Basketball Team Is Getting A Lot of Love From ESPN’s BPI

West Virginia’s Basketball Team Is Getting A Lot of Love From ESPN’s BPI


It’s awfully early to start rating basketball teams. After all, college hoops doesn’t start for another three and a half months.

But already the Mountaineers’ 2018-19 men’s basketball squad is getting high acclaim. ESPN recently released its Basketball Power Index (BPI), and WVU was No 5 on that list.

The BPI factors in things like the experience on a roster, the quality of that experience, recruiting ratings and a coach’s past performances, and it comes up with an offensive rank, defensive rank and an overall BPI number.

West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins has a pregame discussion with Kansas coach Bill Self.

Even with the graduation of Jevon Carter and Daxter Miles, West Virginia is ranked as having the fourth best defense in the country and the 14th best offense. Its overall BPI number is 9.7, which is the fifth best nationally. Fellow Big 12 member Kansas is No. 1 on the list with a BPI of 12.0. Gonzaga (10.8 BPI) is No. 2, while Tennessee (10.7 BPI) is No. 3, Marquette (10.6 BPI) is No. 4, and North Carolina (9.5 BPI) is No. 6.

After Kansas and WVU, other Big 12 members in the BPI’s top 25 include Kansas State (No. 14, 8.3 BPI), TCU (No. 23, 7.1 BPI) and Texas (No. 25, 7.0 BPI). Overall, the Big 12 is the top conference in the country, according to the BPI, with an average BPI number of 6.8. The Big Ten was second (6.1 BPI average), with the ACC third (5.9), the SEC fourth (5.6) and the Big East fifth (5.2).

West Virginia’s defensive ranking of No. 4, according to ESPN’s BPI, trailed only Virginia, Syracuse and Alabama. The top ranked offense was Marquette, followed by Kansas, Nevada and Gonzaga.

While the Mountaineers lost their starting backcourt to graduation from last year’s 26-11 Sweet 16 team, their three starters up front – Esa Ahmad, Sagaba Kontate and Wesley Harris – all return, as do key reserves Lamont West, Beetle Bolden, Chase Harler and Logan Routt. It also adds a six-man recruiting class that is ranked in the top 25 nationally by most services.

Kansas must replace three key pieces from last year’s Big 12 champions, as Devonte Graham, Malik Newman and Svi Mykhailiuk all have departed. But imposing center Udoka Azukuike is back in the middle, and Lagerald Vick returns at a forward. To this group coach Bill Self adds a pair of five star recruits in shooting guard Quentin Grimes and point guard Devon Dotson and three highly acclaimed transfers who are now eligible – Dedric Lawson from Memphis, K.J. Lawson from Memphis and Charlie Moore from California.

Elsewhere, CBSSports.com has WVU as the No. 15 ranked team in its too early top 25, while ESPN’s list from Myron Metcalfe places West Virginia No. 13 and the A.P. rates the Mountaineers No. 17.

 

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    Greg Hunter
    Greg Hunter
    Muskets:

    West Virginia’s Basketball Team Is Getting A Lot of Love From ESPN’s BPI It’s awfully early to start rating basketball teams. After all, college hoops
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    Butlereer
    Butlereer
    Muskets:

    this is HUGE accolades from a media outlet that hates us.

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    Kevin Kinder
    Kevin Kinder
    Muskets:

    Well, know you are joking with that last comment!

    But, the preseason BPI is pretty basic. Returnees, with an extra credit for those that played a lot, credit for good coaches, and some pluses for ranking high in the recruiting class. Definitely formulaic, and no real ground-breaking stuff here from ESPN, but it’s still nice to get the publicity.

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    Butlereer
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    Muskets:

    Was I joking????? Hmmmm ….. Well ……. Maybe, or maybe not. Until you bring back the burleywood we’ll never know.

    But great BPI rating or not, this team has the potential to make a deep run. We know what we have in the front court. Sags is a monster, Culver has huge potential, Harris is growing, West caught the eye of the NBA scouts. Esa has something to prove if he is going to make a career of it and from the early postings it seems like he’s got his head on right. Add a JC C and a 3rd year walk on/schollie into the mix and we have the deepest bigs we’ve ever had. At least 5 of the 7 could potentially be starters.

    Back court is a mystery. Only G with any experience may be riding the end of the bench, but could be the most valuable in terms of getting this team ready. 3pt ability is enhanced with the new guys coming in. 3 true PG’s available. Passing potential galore. We will surly miss the leadership of JC and Dax and I seriously doubt there will be any duo in the near future that can compare to their D. But……. the depth and versatility of the 7 G types we have this coming year is exciting. A couple of smurfs with great ball handling skills to a couple very big 2G’s that can play multiple positions and create matchup problems. Even if most of our bigs would go down with injuries, we could easily go to a 3G and even 4G Nova type set with the size we have now at G.

    It will be interesting to see where the too early polls place us this year.

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