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Where does West Virginia Fall in the NET Rankings Heading into Christmas?

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After their final projected quad four game this season against Youngstown State, the NET rankings have West Virginia at No. 45, as of Thursday morning.

WVU falls three spots in the rankings as they head into the Christmas break before preparing for No. 16 Texas on New Year’s Day. We know for sure that if Bob Huggins took a look at his team moving down after a win, he would be frustrated. On his weekly radio show with Tony Caridi and Jay Jacobs, Huggins expressed his displeasure for the NET rankings, talking about how Power-5 schools schedule these low-majors to blow them out and embarrass them. Huggins didn’t want that to be awarded, and well, his team wasn’t awarded beating Youngstown State by 30.

Updated Big 12 NET Rankings:

No. 2 – Baylor
No. 6 – Kansas
No. 15 – Iowa State
No. 21 – Texas
No. 29 – Texas Tech
No. 41 – Oklahoma
No. 45 – West Virginia
No. 54 – TCU
No. 77 – Oklahoma State
No. 87 – Kansas State

It’s safe to say that the Big 12 Conference is the best conference in all of college basketball this season. All 10 teams are in the top 90, with seven teams in the top 50. Luckily, for West Virginia, they really will only be able to rise in the NET rankings in conference play, as long as they can beat some teams ahead of them. If they don’t beat the teams ahead of them, their NET ranking would be that much affected. So, a win-win situation for West Virginia. It’s looking like they’ll need just eight wins in conference play to make the tournament.

UPDATE ** – 3:44 p.m.

West Virginia has moved up to No. 36 in the NET rankings. The NET is impacted by each and every game in the NCAA, so not shocked WVU moved up nine spots all of a sudden.

(Top Photo: Julia Mellett / WVSN)

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Ethan Bock is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in journalism at WVU. He currently is an intern with the Final Fourcast podcast. Ethan has covered WVU football and men’s basketball for the last year. He is from Cincinnati, Ohio.

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