The AP released the preseason men’s basketball top 25 poll for the 2017-2018 season and West Virginia lands just outside the top 10, ranked 11th. This is the third-straight year Bob Huggins and crew have landed in the preseason poll.
Last season, the Mountaineers finished with a 28-9 record, an appearance in the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship game and the Sweet 16. WVU was knocked out by Gonzaga, 61-58. This is the fourth time WVU men’s basketball has been ranked in the AP preseason poll.
Four of WVU’s opponents this season were ranked in the preseason poll. Texas A&M, who WVU faces in the opening game, is ranked No. 25. The SEC/Big 12 Challenge opponent, Kentucky, is ranked fifth. Two other Big 12 members were also ranked: Kansas is No. 4 and Baylor is No. 24.
AP Men’s Basketball 2017-2018 Preseason Top 25
|2||Michigan State||Big Ten||20-15|
|11||West Virginia||BIg 12||28-9|
|22||Saint Mary's (Cal)||West Coast||29-5|
|23||Seton Hall||Big East||21-12|
WVU opens up its season on Friday, November 10, at 6 p.m. against Texas A&M in Ramstein, Germany, on ESPN.