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WVU Men’s Basketball Ranked in Final Coaches Poll of the Season

The Mountaineers have been ranked in the Coaches Poll since 2014.

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-First Round Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

The West Virginia men’s basketball team finished the 2017-2018 season ranked No. 13 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, fitting for a team who lost to the eventual national champions in the Sweet 16.

WVU’s 90-78 loss to Villanova (who obviously finished as the top team in the poll) was the closest margin of loss of any of the Wildcats’ foes during the tournament. The Mountaineers were ranked No. 10 in the preseason Coaches Poll and finished the season 26-11.

Appearing in the final poll of the season also marks WVU’s 75th consecutive week in the Coaches Poll, which seems to give more “props” to the Press Virginia style of play than the media poll. Bob Huggins’s team has been ranked in this poll since week three of the 2014-2015 season. This is the fourth season in a row the Mountaineers have finished the season ranked in the Coaches Poll.

WVU is joined by conference mates Kansas (No. 3), Texas Tech (No. 6) and Kansas State (No. 19). The Big 12’s four teams is tied for the most by any conference in this final poll.