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WVU Men’s Basketball Maintains Top-25 Ranking

The Mountaineers slipped up last week, but still keep the respect of the voters.

NCAA Basketball: West Virginia at Oklahoma Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

For the 51st polling week in a row, the West Virginia University men’s basketball team is ranked in AP Men’s Basketball Top 25 Poll. WVU did fall a spot to No. 21 in the AP and USA Today Coaches polls despite losing a close game at Kansas and defiantly beating TCU at home.

Two other teams from the Big 12 join the Mountaineers (19-8, 8-6) in the rankings. Texas Tech moved up to No. 6 in the AP but fell a spot to No. 7 in the Coaches Poll. Kansas jumped five spots to No. 8 in both the Coaches and AP polls. Oklahoma fell out of both polls, but did receive votes, as did Baylor, Kansas State and TCU.

The 51-week streak is the fourth-best active streak in men’s D-1 college basketball and is tied for the 71st-best all time. For a good reference, Bob Huggins guided his Cincinnati program to a 54-week streak from 1998-2001.

WVU travels to Waco, Texas, to take on the Baylor Bears (17-10, 7-7) on Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. Then, the Mountaineers host Iowa State (13-13, 4-10) on Saturday, Feb. 24, at 6 p.m.