The West Virginia Mountaineers have returned to the AP Top-25 Poll after upsetting the then-No. 4 Baylor Bears Saturday.
The Mountaineers (21-10, 9-9 Big 12) fell out of the Top-25 rankings last week following three straight losses to TCU, Texas and Oklahoma. This week WVU won on the road at Iowa State Tuesday and upset Baylor in the regular-season finale at home Saturday.
Defeating the Bears moved the Mountaineers back into the rankings at No. 22 and helped the team to clinch the six seed in the Big 12 Tournament, ensuring they will not play on the first day, Wednesday.
The Kansas Jayhawks remain at No. 1 in the ranking and secured the No. 1 seed for the conference tournament, winning the Big 12 regular-season championship. Losing to WVU had Baylor slip from No. 4 to No. 5 in the rankings this week. The Bears are the two seed in the Big 12 Tournament. The only other Big 12 team appearing in the Top-25 ranking is Texas Tech, which received three votes.
The Big 12 announced its all-league teams Sunday, with WVU’s Derek Culver, Oscar Tshiebwe and Miles McBride all receiving honors. Tshiebwe was named to the All-Big 12 Second Team, All-Newcomer Team and All-Freshman team. McBride was named to the All-Freshman Team. Culver was an All-Big 12 Honorable Mention.
The Big 12 Tournament begins on Wednesday, but West Virginia’s first game will be against three-seed Oklahoma Thursday at 9 p.m. EST in Kansas City.