2017–18 West Virginia Mountaineers men's basketball team

The 2017–18 West Virginia Mountaineers men's basketball team represented West Virginia University during the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Mountaineers were coached by Bob Huggins, in his 11th season as WVU's head coach, and played their home games at the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, West Virginia as members of the Big 12 Conference. They finished the season 26–11, 11–7 in Big 12 play to finish in a tie for second place. They defeated Baylor and Texas Tech to advance to the championship game of the Big 12 Tournament where they lost to Kansas. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament where they defeated Murray State and Marshall to advance to the Sweet Sixteen where they lost to Villanova.

2017–18 West Virginia Mountaineers men's basketball
West Virginia Mountaineers logo.svg
NCAA Tournament, Sweet Sixteen
ConferenceBig 12 Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 13
APNo. 15
2017–18 record26–11 (11–7 Big 12)
Head coachBob Huggins (11th season)
Assistant coaches
Home arenaWVU Coliseum
Seasons
2017–18 Big 12 men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 4 Kansas 13 5   .722     31 8   .795
No. 14 Texas Tech 11 7   .611     27 10   .730
No. 15 West Virginia 11 7   .611     26 11   .703
Kansas State 10 8   .556     25 12   .676
TCU 9 9   .500     21 12   .636
Baylor 8 10   .444     19 15   .559
Texas 8 10   .444     19 15   .559
Oklahoma State 8 10   .444     21 15   .583
Oklahoma 8 10   .444     18 14   .563
Iowa State 4 14   .222     13 18   .419
2018 Big 12 Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll [1]

Previous seasonEdit

The Mountaineers finished the 2016–17 season 28–9, 12–6 in Big 12 play to finish in second place in conference. They defeated Texas and Kansas State to advance to the championship game of the Big 12 Tournament where they lost to Iowa State. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament where they defeated Bucknell and Notre Dame before losing in the Sweet Sixteen to Gonzaga.

DeparturesEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Teyvon Myers 0 G 6'2" 185 Senior Brooklyn, NY Graduated
Nathan Adrian 11 F 6'9" 235 Senior Morgantown, WV Graduated
Tarik Phillip 12 G 6'3" 195 Senior Brooklyn, NY Graduated
James Long 13 G 5'11" 185 Senior Charleston, WV Graduated
Brandon Watkins 20 F 6'9" 230 Senior Decatur, GA Graduated
Elijah Macon 25 F 6'9" 240 Sophomore (redshirt) Columbus, OH Declared for 2017 NBA draft (undrafted)

Future recruitsEdit

2018–19 team recruitsEdit

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Derek Culver
PF
Warren, OH Brewster Academy 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Aug 2, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Jordan McCabe
PG
Kaukauna, WI Kaukauna High School 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 155 lb (70 kg) Aug 16, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Trey Doomes
SG
Acworth, GA University School 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Oct 5, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPNN/A
Andrew Gordon
PF
Dunedin, FL Northwest Florida State College 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Oct 6, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    RivalsN/A   247Sports:     ESPNN/A
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2018 Team Ranking". Rivals.com.

RosterEdit

2017–18 West Virginia Mountaineers men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 2 Jevon Carter 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Sr Proviso East HS Maywood, IL
G 3 James Bolden 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 170 lb (77 kg) RS So Holmes HS Covington, KY
G 4 Daxter Miles Jr. 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Sr Notre Dame Prep Baltimore, MD
G 5 Brandon Knapper     6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Fr Hargrave Military Academy South Charleston, WV
F 11 D'Angelo Hunter 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Jr Navarro College Louisville, KY
F 13 Teddy Allen 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Fr Boys Town HS (NE) Mesa, AZ
G 14 Chase Harler 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) So Wheeling Central HS Moundsville, WV
F 15 Lamont West 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) RS So Miller Grove HS Cincinnati, OH
F 21 Wesley Harris 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 200 lb (91 kg) So Lawson State CC Jackson, MS
F 23 Esa Ahmad 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Jr Shaker Heights HS Cleveland, OH
F 25 Maciej Bender 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 250 lb (113 kg) So Mountain Mission School Warsaw, Poland
F 31 Logan Routt 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 260 lb (118 kg) RS So Cameron HS Cameron, WV
F 50 Sagaba Konate 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 260 lb (118 kg) So Kennedy Catholic HS Bamako, Mali
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: January 11, 2018

Schedule and resultsEdit

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
Oct 28, 2017*
7:30 pm
Albany
Charity exhibition
W 98–67 
 26  West   8  Harris   6  Carter  WVU Coliseum (5,174)
Morgantown, WV
Dec 16, 2017*
2:00 pm, AT&T
No. 11 Wheeling Jesuit W 98–50 
                  WVU Coliseum (8,502)
Morgantown, WV
Regular season
Nov 10, 2017*
6:00 pm, ESPN
No. 11 vs. No. 25 Texas A&M
Armed Forces Classic
L 65–88  0–1
 19  Bolden   6  Bender/Konate   7  Carter  Ramstein Air Base (3,128)
Ramstein Air Base, Germany
Nov 15, 2017*
7:00 pm, AT&T
No. 24 American W 98–64  1–1
 20  Carter/Miles Jr.   8  Harris   7  Carter  WVU Coliseum (9,180)
Morgantown, WV
Nov 18, 2017*
7:30 pm, Nexstar
No. 24 Morgan State W 111–48  2–1
 32  Miles Jr.   7  Harris   7  Harler  WVU Coliseum (11,698)
Morgantown, WV
Nov 20, 2017*
7:00 pm, AT&T
No. 23-T Long Beach State
AdvoCare Invitational campus game
W 91–62  3–1
 22  West   8  West   7  Carter  WVU Coliseum (8,676)
Morgantown, WV
Nov 23, 2017*
8:30 pm, ESPNews
No. 23-T vs. Marist
AdvoCare Invitational Quarterfinals
W 84–78  4–1
 20  Carter   10  Konate   7  Miles Jr.  HP Field House (3,348)
Lake Buena Vista, FL
Nov 24, 2017*
5:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 23-T vs. UCF
AdvoCare Invitational semifinals
W 83–45  5–1
 17  Bolden   9  Konate   5  Carter  HP Field House (2,834)
Lake Buena Vista, FL
Nov 26, 2017*
9:30 pm, ESPN2
No. 23-T vs. Missouri
AdvoCare Invitational championship game
W 83–79  6–1
 29  Carter   10  Wesley   3  Carter  HP Field House (2,591)
Lake Buena Vista, FL
Nov 30, 2017*
7:00 pm, AT&T
No. 19 NJIT W 102–69  7–1
 25  Carter   9  Carter   6  Carter  WVU Coliseum (8,882)
Morgantown, WV
Dec 5, 2017*
7:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 18 No. 15 Virginia W 68–61  8–1
 23  Carter   10  Carter   7  Carter  WVU Coliseum (12,816)
Morgantown, WV
Dec 9, 2017*
8:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 18 at Pittsburgh
Backyard Brawl
W 69–60  9–1
 19  Carter   8  West   9  Carter  Petersen Events Center (7,748)
Pittsburgh, PA
Dec 20, 2017*
7:00 pm, AT&T
No. 10 Coppin State W 77–38  10–1
 24  Allen   9  Allen   4  Carter  WVU Coliseum (8,102)
Morgantown, WV
Dec 23, 2017*
12:00 pm, AT&T
No. 10 Fordham W 86–69  11–1
 21  Miles Jr.   12  Carter   11  Konate  WVU Coliseum (11,296)
Morgantown, WV
Dec 29, 2017
7:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 7 at Oklahoma State W 85–79  12–1
(1–0)
 15  Allen   9  Konate   7  Carter  Gallagher-Iba Arena (8,257)
Stillwater, OK
Jan 1, 2018
5:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 6 at Kansas State W 77–69  13–1
(2–0)
 22  Allen   8  Carter   10  Carter  Bramlage Coliseum (9,712)
Manhattan, KS
Jan 6, 2018
7:15 pm, ESPN2
No. 6 No. 7 Oklahoma W 89–76  14–1
(3–0)
 20  Allen   13  Konate   10  Carter  WVU Coliseum (15,106)
Morgantown, WV
Jan 9, 2018
7:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 2 Baylor W 57–54  15–1
(4–0)
 12  Miles Jr./West   12  Konate   5  Carter  WVU Coliseum (12,551)
Morgantown, WV
Jan 13, 2018
2:00 pm, ESPN
No. 2 at No. 8 Texas Tech L 71–72  15–2
(4–1)
 28  Carter   11  Konate   5  Miles Jr.  United Supermarkets Arena (15,098)
Lubbock, TX
Jan 15, 2018
9:00 pm, ESPN
No. 6 No. 10 Kansas L 66–71  15–3
(4–2)
 16  Konate   10  Konate   4  Carter/Miles Jr.  WVU Coliseum (14,115)
Morgantown, WV
Jan 20, 2018
2:00 pm, CBS
No. 6 Texas W 86–51  16–3
(5–2)
 22  Carter   14  Konate   8  Carter  WVU Coliseum (14,001)
Morgantown, WV
Jan 22, 2018
9:00 pm, ESPN
No. 7 at TCU L 73–82  16–4
(5–3)
 16  Carter   8  Konate   7  Carter  Schollmaier Arena (7,368)
Fort Worth, TX
Jan 27, 2018*
7:00 pm, ESPN
No. 7 Kentucky
Big 12/SEC Challenge/College Gameday
L 76–83  16–5
 26  Carter   6  Konate   7  Carter  WVU Coliseum (15,835)
Morgantown, WV
Jan 31, 2018
7:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 15 at Iowa State L 77–93  16–6
(5–4)
 18  Carter   8  Ahmad   9  Carter  Hilton Coliseum (14,219)
Ames, IA
Feb 3, 2018
4:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 15 Kansas State W 89–51  17–6
(6–4)
 19  Konate   9  Konate   11  Carter  WVU Coliseum (13,329)
Morgantown, WV
Feb 5, 2018
9:00 pm, ESPN
No. 19 at No. 17 Oklahoma W 75–73  18–6
(7–4)
 17  West   11  Konate   8  Carter  Lloyd Noble Center (10,650)
Norman, OK
Feb 10, 2018
12:00 pm, ESPN
No. 19 Oklahoma State L 85–88  18–7
(7–5)
 33  Carter   7  Konate   5  Miles Jr.  WVU Coliseum (13,057)
Morgantown, WV
Feb 12, 2018
9:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 20 TCU W 82–66  19–7
(8–5)
 16  Allen   6  Allen/Bender   9  Carter  WVU Coliseum (11,773)
Morgantown, WV
Feb 17, 2018
6:00 pm, ESPN
No. 20 at No. 13 Kansas
ESPN College GameDay
L 69–77  19–8
(8–6)
 22  Miles Jr.   6  3 tied   7  Carter  Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
Feb 20, 2018
7:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 21 at Baylor W 71–60  20–8
(9–6)
 15  Ahmad/Carter   10  Konate   4  Miles Jr.  Ferrell Center (7,519)
Waco, TX
Feb 24, 2018
6:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 21 Iowa State W 85–70  21–8
(10–6)
 24  Carter   11  Ahmad   3  Ahmad  WVU Coliseum (14,205)
Morgantown, WV
Feb 26, 2018
9:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 20 No. 12 Texas Tech W 84–74  22–8
(11–6)
 21  Carter   11  Ahmad   7  Carter  WVU Coliseum (14,542)
Morgantown, WV
Mar 3, 2018
12:00 pm, ESPN
No. 20 at Texas L 79–87 OT 22–9
(11–7)
 15  West   8  Konate   6  Carter  Frank Erwin Center (11,364)
Austin, TX
Big 12 Tournament
Mar 8, 2018
9:00 pm, ESPNU
(3) No. 18 vs. (6) Baylor
Quarterfinals
W 78–65  23–9
 21  Ahmad   8  Ahmad   11  Carter  Sprint Center (17,653)
Kansas City, MO
Mar 9, 2018
9:00 pm, ESPN2
(3) No. 18 vs. (2) No. 14 Texas Tech
Semifinals
W 66–63  24–9
 16  Miles Jr.   7  Harris   4  Carter  Sprint Center (18,223)
Kansas City, MO
Mar 10, 2018
6:00 pm, ESPN
(3) No. 18 vs. (1) No. 9 Kansas
Championship
L 70–81  24–10
 25  Miles Jr.   6  Ahmad   9  Carter  Sprint Center (17,718)
Kansas City, MO
NCAA Tournament
Mar 16, 2018*
4:00 pm, TNT
(5 E) No. 15 vs. (12 E) Murray State
First Round
W 85–68  25–10
 21  Carter   7  Konate   8  Carter  Viejas Arena (10,892)
San Diego, CA
Mar 18, 2018*
9:40 pm, TBS
(5 E) No. 15 vs. (13 E) Marshall
Second Round
W 94–71  26–10
 28  Carter   10  West   7  Ahmad  Viejas Arena (11,628)
San Diego, CA
Mar 23, 2018*
7:27 pm, TBS
(5 E) No. 15 vs. (1 E) No. 2 Villanova
Sweet Sixteen
L 78–90  26–11
 16  Miles Jr.   9  Konate   8  Carter  TD Garden (19,055)
Boston, MA
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses. E=East.
All times are in Eastern Time.

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. т = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Final 
AP 11 24 23-T 19 18 11 10 7 6 2 (12) 6 7 15 19 20 21 20 18 15 Not released 
Coaches 10 10 20 19 16 11 11 7 5 2 (4) 7 7 11 17 20 21 19 18 14 13

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2019-20 Big 12 Men's Basketball Record Book" (PDF). Big 12 Conference. pp. 26–30. Retrieved June 18, 2020.