West Virginia men’s hoops falls out of top 25 rankings

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. — For the first time since Esa Ahmad’s freshman season, the West Virginia men’s basketball team is not ranked in the Associated Press Top 25.
The Mountaineers (0-1), who fell to Buffalo, 99-94, in the opening week of the season, fell from No. 13 to unranked in the poll released Monday. It’s the first time since November 2015 the Mountaineers are not ranked, a string of 55 consecutive polls that fell two shy of setting a school record.
The school mark of 56 consecutive weeks was set from March 1956 to March 1960, which covers the senior season of “Hot” Rod Hundley to the senior season of Jerry West.
Buffalo moved in at No. 25 and the Mountaineers are the top team among those listed at also receiving votes.
West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said he wasn’t planning to use the national poll as some sort of wake-up call or motivational tool for his team.
“I tried to use the fact that if we stayed ranked in the top 25 for two more weeks, we would have set a school record,” Huggins said Monday during a media call. “We would have broken the record from back in 1956 to 1960. To me, that’s kind of neat. It’s neat that when you finish your career, you can say I was a part of this or that, instead of saying I was a part of a team that won 15 games and people didn’t show up to watch us play.”

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