(photo by Sean McNamara)
The final Associated Press Top 25 poll is out, and West Virginia came in at No. 24 to close the college basketball season.
Due to the global COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, all postseason tournaments — including the NCAA tournament — were canceled last week.
The Mountaineers finished the season with a 21-10 record and tied for third-place in the Big 12. WVU was due to open play in the conference tournament last Thursday as the No. 6 seed due to tiebreakers prior to all tournaments being canceled.
Wednesday’s final poll marks the 19th time in school history WVU has finished ranked in the AP Top 25. It is the seventh time since 2007 the Mountaineers have finished ranked by the AP under Bob Huggins and the fifth time in the last six seasons West Virginia has appeared in the final poll.
West Virginia first appeared in the AP Top 25 this season at No. 25 on Dec. 16. The Mountaineers climbed as high as No. 12 in the poll twice — once on Jan. 13 then again on Jan. 27 — before a rough stretch in February saw WVU fall out of the AP Top 25 on March 2. West Virginia was back among the ranked the following week at No. 22 before this week’s final poll was released Wednesday.
You can see how the voting broke down for WVU here, and you can see my ballot here.