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West Virginia Hoops Drop in AP Poll, Stay Put in Coaches Poll

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The Mountaineers fell a spot in the eyes of the media, but college coaches see them as the same tough team.

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After splitting last week’s games, West Virginia men’s basketball received mixed reviews from the pollsters. In the AP Poll, WVU moved down one spot to No. 13, X stayed at No. 11 in the Coaches Poll and fell two spots from a week ago to No. 9 in the NETT.

This is in large part in reaction to the Mountaineers (17-4) loss to Texas Tech on Wednesday, Jan. 29. Unfortunately, they followed that loss with an unconvincing win over Kansas State. A stark contract to the blowouts over Texas and Missouri from the previous week.

Two Big 12 teams joined the Mountaineers in the top 25 of the AP and Coaches polls. Baylor sits atop both polls and Kansas remained at No. 3 in each. Texas Tech, despite defeating WVU and giving KU a game in the Phog, remains just outside the top 25 polls.

WVU plays two beatable opponents this week, but neither Iowa State on Wednesday, Feb. 5, nor Oklahoma on Saturday, Feb. 8, will do much to improve their stock.

Big 12 Teams in NETT Rankings

2. Baylor, 19-1

4. Kansas, 17-3

9. West Virginia, 17-4

29. Texas Tech, 13-8

49. Oklahoma, 14-7

62. Texas, 14-7

67. TCU, 12-8

73. Iowa State, 9-12

77. Kansas State, 9-12

83. Oklahoma State, 10-11