WVU Not Quite No. 1 – But Close

Mountaineers Rank Second In Latest AP Poll


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia ranks second nationally in the latest Associated Press poll, the highest spot for the Mountaineers since the Jerry West days.

Riding a national-best 14-game winning streak, WVU (14-1, 3-0 Big 12) received 12 first place votes in the latest poll to log 1,599 total poll points, trailing No. 1 Villanova by just 52 points. The Wildcats (14-1) again assume the AP poll’s top position, moving up two spots from No. 3 last week.

The ranking is the highest for West Virginia since Dec. 29, 1959 – Jerry West’s senior season. That was also the final year for WVU coach Fred Schaus, who guided the Mountaineers to a six-year record of 147-37 and a run of 56 straight weeks in the polls before taking the Los Angeles Lakers job.

WVU ranked as high as third in 1962 and had numerous top 10 rankings in 1963 before a 19-year drought in reaching that high again. Not until 1982 did the Mountaineers again rank in the top 10, reaching No. 6 in February of that year.  Following that, West Virginia never returned to the top 10 again until 2006, one season prior to the arrival of Bob Huggins. It has been rated in the top 10 in 35 AP polls during Huggins’ 10-plus seasons.

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    Matt Keller
    Matt Keller
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    Mountaineers Rank Second In Latest AP Poll MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia ranks second nationally in the latest Associated Press poll, the highest
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    NickyGaspipe
    Muskets: 5,985
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    We are naugahyde in the minds of college basketball fans, almost top of the line but not quite the real thing. The next few weeks will determine if we are in fact prime leather or only a look alike imitation

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    Allen
    Allen
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    Not sure if this team should even be top 10 at the moment. So enjoy it while it last. But being this successful early on, I will take it. Does this mean the basketball season has parity or teams are not as strong as past season? Has the one and done ruined college basketball?

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    Kevin Kinder
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    I think there’s a little more parity, but that shouldn’t detract from what WVU has accomplished. Steady improvement up and down the lineup all year, and there’s no one that WVU can’t beat.

    I don’t think the one and done has ruined college hoops. In fact, I think there’s too much attention paid to that. The teams that don’t have one and done that can pile up veteran squads often do well.

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