WVU falls to No. 6, Big 12 comments on TTU aftermath

MORGANTOWN - One week after rising to highest ranking in the AP Poll since 1959, the Mountaineers fall to No. 6 in this week’s standings. The drop comes after the heartbreaking 72-71 loss at then-No. 8 Texas Tech.

Junior forward Esa Ahmad returned to action against the Red Raiders after serving a 16-game suspension, he finished with 18 points. Senior guard Jevon Carter tallied 28 points.

The Big 12 Conference released a statement Monday morning saying the aftermath of Texas Tech’s win over then-No. 2 WVU resulted in “a public reprimand and $25,000 fine of Texas Tech University for its handling of postgame protocol at the conclusion of the men’s basketball contest against West Virginia University on Saturday, January 13.”


“We have a duty to provide a safe game environment,” said Big 12 Conference Commissioner Bob Bowlsby in the released. “The Texas Tech Department of Athletics has a written event management policy which was unsuccessful in ensuring the safety and security of the visiting team game participants. Although the Big 12 Conference does not currently have a policy prohibiting spectators from entering playing areas for post-game celebrations, it is of utmost importance that home game management provide adequate security measures for our student-athletes, coaches, game officials and spectators.”


“I want to thank the Big 12 Conference and Texas Tech for the positive and open dialogue all three parties engaged in during the last two days,” West Virginia University Athletic Director Shane Lyons said. “As I said before, this situation involved court security, player safety and postgame emotions and all three had to be taken into account. We will revisit with our student-athletes to again reinforce our expectations regarding sportsmanship issues across all sports. The Big 12 has issued its reprimand. We accept it, and I consider the matter closed.”

Lubbock is in the rearview for No. 6 Mountaineers, getting past the No. 10 Jayhawks is the next challenge ahead. West Virginia (15-2) and Kansas (14-3)  square off tonight at 9 p.m. at the WVU Coliseum. The game has been announced as a sell out.

Villanova remains the top team in the country, Virginia moves up to No. 2, Purdue, Oklahoma and Duke round out the top 5. Texas Tech (No. 8) and TCU (No. 24) complete the list of Big 12 Conference teams in this week’s AP Top 25.

 

Full AP Top 25 Poll for Week 11

1. Villanova (53)
2. Virginia (1)
3. Purdue (1)
4. Oklahoma
5. Duke
6. West Virginia
7. Wichita State
8. Texas Tech
9. Michigan State
10. Kansas
11. Xavier
12. Cincinnati
13. Gonzaga
14. Arizona
15. North Carolina
16. Arizona State
17. Auburn
18. Kentucky
19. Seton Hall
20. Clemson
21. Tennessee
22. Ohio State
23. Michigan
24. TCU
25. Miami

 


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