The WVU men's basketball team enjoyed its most successful season since joining the Big 12 in the 2015-2016 campaign. The Big 12 media have recognized this and ranked the Mountaineers No. 2 in the Big 12 Men's Basketball Preseason Poll.
Last season, the Mountaineers amassed a 26-9 overall record, 13-5 record in the Big 12, a No. 2 seed in the Big 12 tournament, and finished in the same position. Bob Huggins has three of his top five scorers returning, but Devin Williams and Jaysean Paige have since left Morgantown. Jevon Carter will look to keep the Mountaineers on their ascent to Big 12 power.
2016 Big 12 Men's Basketball Preseason Poll
Topping the poll was the team who downed WVU in the 2016 Big 12 Men's Basketball Championship, the Kansas Jayhawks. As usual, Bill Self returns a talented core, including Frank Mason III, and has added arguably the top recruit in the nation, Josh Jackson.
Texas, Iowa State and Baylor round out the top five. After losing Buddy Hield to the NBA, Oklahoma falls to No. 6 in the poll. Two teams tied for seventh: Oklahoma State, which now employees Brad Underwood—who coached at Stephen F. Austin and defeated WVU in the first round of the 2016 NCAA tournament, and Texas Tech.
Kansas State and TCU, which hired former Pitt head coach Jamie Dixion, are ranked ninth and tenth, respectively.
WVU women's basketball at No. 4 in 2016 Big 12 Women's Basketball Preseason Poll
The WVU women's basketball team has been slated as the fourth-best team in the Big 12 according to the preseason poll. The Mountaineers finished the 2015-2016 campaign with a 25-10 record, 12-6 in the conference, and a loss to Ohio State in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Baylor topped the women's poll, followed by Texas and Oklahoma above WVU at No. 2 and 3. Behind the Mountaineers are Kansas State, TCU, Iowa State, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and Kansas, in descending rankings.