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WVU Just Outside Top 10 AP Preseason Men’s Basketball Poll

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The Mountaineers will open the 2017-2018 season as a highly-ranked team.

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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

Rank School Conference 2016-2017 Record
Rank School Conference 2016-2017 Record
1 Duke ACC 28-9
2 Michigan State Big Ten 20-15
3 Arizona Pac-12 32-5
4 Kansas Big 12 31-5
5 Kentucky SEC 32-6
6 Villanova Big East 32-4
7 Wichita State American 31-5
8 Florida SEC 27-9
9 North Carolina ACC 33-7
10 Southern California Pac-12 26-10
11 West Virginia BIg 12 28-9
12 Cincinnati American 30-6
13 Miami (FL) ACC 21-12
14 Notre Dame ACC 26-10
15 Minnesota Big Ten 24-10
16 Louisville ACC 25-9
17 Xavier Big East 24-14
18 Gonzaga West Coast 37-2
19 Northwestern Big Ten 24-12
20 Purdue Big Ten 27-8
21 UCLA Pac-12 31-5
22 Saint Mary's (Cal) West Coast 29-5
23 Seton Hall Big East 21-12
24 Baylor BIg 12 27-8
25 Texas A&M SEC 16-15
The 2017-2018 AP Men’s Basketball Preseason Top 25 was released on Wednesday. WVU has four top-25 teams on the schedule this season.

WVU opens up its season on Friday, November 10, at 6 p.m. against Texas A&M in Ramstein, Germany, on ESPN.