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WVU Hoops up to No. 7 in AP Poll

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The Mountaineers again reach their highest rank in the 2017 season.

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For the third time this season, the WVU men’s basketball team finds itself ranked No. 7 in the AP Top 25 Poll this week. The Mountaineers (17-4, 5-3 Big 12) jumped 11 spots from last week’s rankings.

That jump is due in large part to the resounding victory against then-No. 2 and current No. 2 Kansas at home, 85-69. The win halted a two-game losing streak. The Mountaineers followed that up with an 81-77 victory over Texas A&M in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge.

After receiving its two previous No. 7 rankings, the Mountaineers were defeated. Texas Tech defeated WVU on its home court, 77-76 in overtime, on January 4. WVU then lost two games in a row, first at home to Oklahoma, 89-87 in OT, then away to Kansas State, 79-75.

The Mountaineers landed at the No. 12 slot in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Coaches Poll, up six spots from last week.

WVU now travels to Ames, Iowa, to take on the Iowa State Cyclones in Hilton Coliseum, Tuesday, January 31, at 9 p.m., on ESPN2.