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WVU Basketball Picked 5th In Big 12 Preseason Poll

The Mountaineers are being picked to finish in the middle of the pack

NCAA Basketball: Big 12 Conference Tournament-West Virginia vs. Kansas Amy Kontras-USA TODAY Sports

The West Virginia Mountaineers, despite their lackluster 2018-2019 season have been picked to finish fifth in the Big 12 conference this year. The pick goes to show the respect that coaches around the league have for Bob Huggins and his ability to transform a team. Huggins, who suffered through one of the worst seasons in his career, immediately made it a mission to fix the mess he created.

Huggins went hard on the recruiting trail and grabbed Oscar Tshiebwe, a five-star big man who plays at another level. He also was able to convince Jalen Bridges, a 4-star small forward from Fairmont to join the Mountaineers. Those two players, along with Emmit Matthews, Derek Culver and Jordan McCabe give the Mountaineers a formidable court.

The Kansas Jayhawks garnered 8 first place votes and are picked to once again finish first in the league. The Baylor Bears earned one first place vote and the Texas Tech Red Raiders, who made the Final Four last year, earned the other first place vote. The Texas Longhorns were picked 4th.

The final teams in order are: Oklahoma State, Iowa State, Oklahoma, Kansas State and the TCU Horned Frogs are picked to finish last.