Despite a tough loss on the road to a desperate Texas team, West Virginia moves up in the AP Top 25. Earlier in the week West Virginia had a good win over then-No. 12 Texas Tech by a final score of 84-74. West Virginia moved up two spots from No. 20 to No. 18.
— AP Top 25 (@AP_Top25) March 5, 2018
Other Big 12 ranked teams include No. 9 Kansas and No. 14 Texas Tech. Despite only having two teams ranked, the Big 12 is projected to have eight of their ten teams in the NCAA Tournament.
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Virginia was voted No. 1 unanimously. Earlier this season West Virginia was able to defeat Virginia in Morgantown by a final score of 68-61.
At this point of the year, rankings give way importance to RPI and seeds, but it’s still impressive West Virginia was able to keep their streak of being ranked 53 straight weeks in the AP Top 25.
The Mountaineers are slated to take on Baylor in the first round of the Big 12 Championship on Thursday night at 9 p.m. EST. West Virginia defeated Baylor in both regular season matchups with the most recent one being a convincing 71-60 win at Waco.
WVU finishes tied for second in the Big 12 regular season standings. In 13 of the last 16 seasons, WVU has finished higher to or equal to its preseason prediction.
Based on a tiebreaker, No. 3 WVU will face No. 6 Baylor at 9:00 p.m. ET on Thursday in Kansas City. pic.twitter.com/YF4K57vecu
— WVU Basketball (@WVUhoops) March 3, 2018