WVU takes over No. 2 spot, Allen earns Big 12 Honors

Jevon Carter reacts after scoring a three-pointer during WVU's win over Oklahoma-794306114.

It was a wild weekend in the college hoops world as three of the nation’s Top 5 teams were knocked off by unranked opponents – Ohio State 80-64 over No. 1 Michigan State, NC State 96-85 over No. 2 Duke and Providence with the 81-72 upset over No. 5 Xavier. No. 4 Arizona and No. 3 Villanova were the only top 5 teams to earn a W.

The new Associated Press Top 25 Poll was released on Monday afternoon factoring in those results and West Virginia (14-1) has taken over the No. 2 spot. That marks WVU’s highest AP ranking since December 29, 1959, it received 12 first place votes this week.

Villanova (14-1) claims the top spot this week, Virginia (14-1) jumps up five spots to No. 3, Michigan St. (15-2) falls to No. 4 and Wichita State (13-2) and Purdue (15-2) in a tie for No. 5.

The then-No. 6 Mountaineers powered past then-No. 7 Oklahoma on Saturday night to earn to their 14th straight victory and with Michigan State’s loss at OSU that is now the nation’s longest winning streak.

Freshman forward Teddy Allen led WVU to victory with 20 points in 24 minutes of action, earning him the Big 12 Conference Newcomer of the Week. The Mesa, Arizona, native is the first Mountaineer to earn Newcomer of the Week honors since Jonathan Holton on Dec. 14, 2014.

No. 8 Texas Tech, No. 9 Oklahoma, No. 12 Kansas and No. 16 TCU are the other Big 12 Conference teams in the AP Top 25.

The No. 2 Mountaineers put that rank to test tomorrow night as they welcome in Baylor at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN2.

It was announced this afternoon by the Mountaineer Ticket Office that no more tickets remain for that match up against the Bears, the Big 12/SEC Challenge vs. Kentucky (Jan. 27) and WVU’s contest against Iowa St. (Feb. 24).

Tickets remain for Kansas (Jan. 15), TCU (Feb. 12) and Senior Night vs. Texas Tech (Feb. 26).

  1. Villanova (52)
  2. West Virginia (12)
  3. Virginia
  4. Michigan St. 
  5. Wichita St.
  6. Purdue
  7. Duke
  8. Texas Tech
  9. Oklahoma
  10. Xavier

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