Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

WVU BASKETBALL ; WVU No. 18 in Preseason Coaches Poll

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

WVU BASKETBALL ; WVU No. 18 in Preseason Coaches Poll

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The West Virginia University men's basketball team will start the 2016-17 season nationally ranked. The Mountaineers came in at No. 18 in the USA Today preseason coaches poll, released Thursday. WVU was picked by Big 12 coaches to finish second in the conference behind Kansas. The Jayhawks, who beat WVU in last season's Big 12 tournament title game, were ranked No. 2. Duke is the poll's preseason No. 1, followed by the Jayhawks, No. 3 Villanova, No. 4 Kentucky and No. 5 Oregon.

After the Mountaineers, Texas is the only other ranked Big 12 team at No. 22. West Virginia has one other opponent on this season's slate ranked in the preseason top 25. The Mountaineers visit No. 7 Virginia at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. WVU's regular season begins at 7 p.m. …

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