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Mountaineers drop two spots in AP Top 25 as challenging week looms ahead

Morgantown, W.Va. – The men’s basketball team dropped two spots in week 15’s AP Top 25 poll Monday afternoon. After the Mountaineers split their games last week with a home win against Iowa State and a road loss to Oklahoma, the Mountaineers fell from 13th to 15th.

The Mountaineers were an early-projected two seed for March’s tournament and the Mountaineers will need to literally make every shot in the coming weeks as February rolls into March.

Sitting atop the poll are the Big 12’s Baylor Bears, where they’ve become fairly comfortable over the last several weeks. Fellow foe the Kansas Jayhawks are coming in at the number three spot for another week. The 2019 National Championship runners-up Texas Tech Red Raiders broke back into this week’s poll at the 24 spot.

The Mountaineers have arguably the roughest work week in college basketball ahead of them as we go into Valentine’s Day weekend. Wednesday night, the Mountaineers will play host to third-ranked Kansas and then travel just a few days later to Waco, Texas to take on the top-ranked Baylor Bears. Two of the top three teams over the course of four days, as well as over a thousand miles of travel and a time zone difference. West Virginia has not played its best basketball on the road this season and will need to at least split this week’s two matchups if they want to keep their eyes set on March play.

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