West Virginia climbs back into Top 25 in season’s final polls

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia is back in the Top 25 following a week-long absence.

The Mountaineers jumped up to 22nd in the AP Top 25 and 23rd in the USA Today Coaches Poll thanks to Saturday’s 76-64 win over then-No. 4 Baylor. The Bears dropped down to No. 5 in both polls after the loss.

West Virginia is tied for the 22nd spot in the AP Top 25 with Houston, which received the same number of votes.

Earlier in the week, WVU snapped a three-game losing streak and a six-game road losing streak with a 77-71 win at Iowa State.

Monday’s polls are the final polls until the conclusion of the NCAA tournament.

West Virginia begins its postseason in the Big 12 tourney on Thursday. The sixth-seeded Mountaineers (21-10, 9-9) will face No. 3 Oklahoma (19-12, 9-9). The Sooners have beaten WVU in both head-to-head meetings this season.

AP Top 25 — Final regular-season poll

1. Kansas
2. Gonzaga
3. Dayton
4. Florida State
5. Baylor
6. San Diego State
7. Creighton
8. Kentucky
9. Michigan State
10. Duke
11. Villanova
12. Maryland
13. Oregon
14. BYU
15. Louisville
16. Seton Hall
17. Virginia
18. Wisconsin
19. Ohio State
20. Auburn
21. Illinois
T-22. Houston
T-22. West Virginia
24. Butler
25. Iowa

Others Receiving Votes: Stephen F. Austin 75, Providence 66, East Tennessee State 59, Michigan 53, Penn State 42, Utah State 40, Saint Mary’s 9, Arizona 7, Liberty 6, USC 6, Richmond 5, Northern Iowa 4, UCLA 4, New Mexico State 4, Rutgers 4, Texas Tech 3, Vermont 2, LSU 2, Purdue 1, Belmont 1, Mississippi State 1, Florida 1

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