As the Mountaineers look to open up Big 12 play at home for the first time this season against Kansas State, on Saturday, let’s take a look at where the team stands in all of the rankings.
WVU’s Rankings as of Tuesday Afternoon
Associated Press: 31
In Joe Lunardi’s most recent bracketology update, that was released on Tuesday, the ESPN analyst has WVU now at an 8-seed, dropping a seed line. Lunardi has the Mountaineers playing 9-seed Florida, with the winner most likely playing No. 1 seed Gonzaga in the second round.
In the last 30 days, WVU has been able to raise their NET rankings up 30 spots. The wins over UConn and UAB helped them get into the top 40 in the country, as both were quad one wins. The loss to Texas over the weekend didn’t hurt WVU much at all. The 74-59 loss to then-No. 17 Texas only affected the NET ranking by five spots, despite losing by double-digits. WVU head coach Bob Huggins has been a criticizer of the NET rankings, saying that they take sportsmanship out of the game, as it forces teams to win by huge deficits. Well, a 15-point loss on the road against a ranked team did not hinder much of the Mountaineers’ resume come March.
West Virginia missed out on a quad one win, when they were scheduled to play TCU in Fort Worth, on Monday night. Due to TCU dealing with COVID, that game was postponed. It would’ve been a great opportunity for WVU to get their third quad one win of the season.
The game against KSU on Saturday will be a quad three, as the Wildcats’ NET ranking is 79. If Kansas State can pull off an upset against Texas on Tuesday night, that game for WVU might move up to a quad two game.