West Virginia is already starting to get some love for the 2020-21 season, being ranked No. 14 in CSB Sports’s never-too-early preseason poll.
The Mountaineers received good news for the future this week, with a report that both star big men, Oscar Tshiebwe and Derek Culver, will be returning to the team. With Tshiebwe (11.2 points per game), Culver (10.4) and freshman guard Miles McBride (9.5) WVU will be returning all three of its top scorers from this season.
West Virginia will actually return most of the roster next season, with only four players set to leave the team as of now.
The Mountaineers finished this season with a 21-10 record (9-9 in the Big 12), with the second-hardest schedule in the country according to RPI. WVU’s schedule next easy does not appear to be any easier as the team will still have to compete in the challenging Big 12 and its nonconference schedule features a trio of 20-win teams from this season, Stony Brook, Bowling Green and Robert Morris.
West Virginia ranked as high as No. 12 in the country, twice, and had a pair of top-five upsets over then-No. 2 Ohio State and then-No. 4 Baylor. The Bears are the highest-ranked Big 12 team in CBS’s poll, ranked as No. 4. Kansas is ranked No. 10 and Texas Tech at No. 18.
The 2020-21 season will start on Nov. 10 for the Mountaineers with a home opener against Fairleigh Dickinson.