2018–19 West Virginia Mountaineers men's basketball team

The 2018–19 West Virginia Mountaineers men's basketball team represented West Virginia University during the 2018–19 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Mountaineers are coached by Bob Huggins, in his 12th 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. In a season of bad records, the team finished with the most losses in a season in school history and also had its first last-place finish in Big 12 Conference play.

2018–19 West Virginia Mountaineers men's basketball
West Virginia Mountaineers logo.svg
CBI, Quarterfinals
ConferenceBig 12 Conference
2018–19 record15–21 (4–14 Big 12)
Head coachBob Huggins (12th season)
Assistant coaches
Home arenaWVU Coliseum
Seasons
2018–19 Big 12 men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 18 Kansas State 14 4   .778     25 9   .735
No. 9 Texas Tech 14 4   .778     31 7   .816
No. 17 Kansas 12 6   .667     26 10   .722
Baylor 10 8   .556     20 14   .588
No. 24 Iowa State 9 9   .500     23 12   .657
Texas 8 10   .444     21 16   .568
Oklahoma 7 11   .389     20 14   .588
TCU 7 11   .389     23 14   .622
Oklahoma State 5 13   .278     12 20   .375
West Virginia 4 14   .222     15 21   .417
2019 Big 12 Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

Previous seasonEdit

The Mountaineers finished the 2017–18 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.

OffseasonEdit

DeparturesEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Reason for departure
Jevon Carter 2 G 6'2" 205 Senior Maywood, IL Graduated; Drafted by Memphis Grizzlies
Daxter Miles Jr. 4 G 6'3" 200 Senior Baltimore, MD Graduated
D'Angelo Hunter 11 F 6'6" 190 Junior Louisville, KY Transferred to Nicholls State
Teddy Allen 13 F 6'5" 225 Freshman Mesa, AZ Transferred to Wichita State
Maciej Bender 25 F 6'10" 250 Sophomore Warsaw, Poland Transferred to Mercer

Incoming transfersEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Previous School
Jermaine Haley 10 F 6'8" 215 RS Junior Burnaby, BC Odessa College
Andrew Gordon 12 C 6'10" 235 RS Sophomore Clearwater, FL Northwest Florida State College

RecruitsEdit

Recruiting class of 2018Edit

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Derek Culver
#8 C
Youngstown, OH Brewster Academy 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 238 lb (108 kg) Aug 2, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Jordan McCabe
#19 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
#52 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
Emmitt Matthews Jr.
#56 PF
Tacoma, WA Woodrow Wilson High School 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 185 lb (84 kg) May 12, 2018 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
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.

Recruiting class of 2019Edit

RosterEdit

2018–19 West Virginia Mountaineers men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 0 Trey Doomes 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Fr University HS Acworth, GA
F 1 Derek Culver 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 255 lb (116 kg) Fr Warren G. Harding HS Youngstown, OH
G 2 Brandon Knapper 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) RS Fr Hargrave Military Academy South Charleston, WV
G 3 James Bolden 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) RS Jr Holmes HS Covington, KY
G 5 Jordan McCabe 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 183 lb (83 kg) Fr Kaukauna HS Kaukauna, WI
F 11 Emmitt Matthews 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Fr Woodrow Wilson HS Tacoma, WA
F 12 Andrew Gordon 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 255 lb (116 kg) RS So NW Florida State College Clearwater, FL
G 14 Chase Harler 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Jr Wheeling Central HS Moundsville, WV
F 15 Lamont West 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 222 lb (101 kg) RS Jr Miller Grove HS Cincinnati, OH
G 20 Taevon Horton 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Fr Fairmont Senior HS Fairmont, WV
F 21 Wesley Harris 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Jr Lawson State CC Jackson, MS
F 23 Esa Ahmad 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Sr Shaker Heights HS Cleveland, OH
F 31 Logan Routt 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 260 lb (118 kg) RS Jr Cameron HS Cameron, WV
F 50 Sagaba Konate 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Jr Kennedy Catholic HS Bamako, Mali
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster

Schedule and resultsEdit

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
November 3, 2018*
7:00 pm, ATTSNPT
No. 13 Penn State
Charity Exhibition
L 82–84 
 25  Ahmad   7  Tied   3  Harler  WVU Coliseum (9,517)
Morgantown, WV
Regular season
November 9, 2018*
9:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 13 Buffalo L 94–99 OT 0–1
 22  West   9  West   4  Bolden  WVU Coliseum (12,657)
Morgantown, WV
November 15, 2018*
7:30 pm, ESPNU
vs. Monmouth
Myrtle Beach Invitational Quarterfinals
W 71–53  1–1
 16  Ahmad   8  Konate   3  Tied  HTC Center (3,307)
Conway, SC
November 16, 2018*
9:00 pm, ESPNU
vs. Western Kentucky
Myrtle Beach Invitational
L 57–63  1–2
 12  Ahmad   6  Tied   3  Bolden  HTC Center (3,370)
Conway, SC
November 18, 2018*
4:00 pm, ESPNU
vs. St. Joseph's
Myrtle Beach Invitational
W 97–90  2–2
 27  West   9  Konate   5  Knapper  HTC Center (3,094)
Conway, SC
November 24, 2018*
2:00 pm, ATTSNPT
Valparaiso
Myrtle Beach Invitational campus-site game
W 88–76  3–2
 30  Ahmad   10  Konate   7  Knapper  WVU Coliseum (9,188)
Morgantown, WV
November 28, 2018*
6:30 pm, ATTSNPT
Rider W 92–78  4–2
 20  West   8  Tied   8  McCabe  WVU Coliseum (9,124)
Morgantown, WV
December 1, 2018*
4:00 pm, ATTSNPT
Youngstown State W 106–72  5–2
 15  Tied   9  Konate   5  Bolden  WVU Coliseum (10,849)
Morgantown, WV
December 4, 2018*
9:00 pm, ESPN
vs. Florida
Jimmy V Classic
L 56–66  5–3
 11  Harler   9  Ahmad   5  Haley  Madison Square Garden (8,499)
New York, NY
December 8, 2018*
12:00 pm, ESPN2
Pittsburgh
Backyard Brawl
W 69–59  6–3
 18  Bolden   9  Konate   4  Bolden  WVU Coliseum (13,670)
Morgantown, WV
December 16, 2018*
1:00 pm, CBSSN
vs. Rhode Island
Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase
L 73–80  6–4
 18  Harris   9  Harris   4  Ahmad  Mohegan Sun Arena 
Uncasville, CT
December 22, 2018*
12:00 pm, ATTSNPT
Jacksonville State W 74–72  7–4
 20  Harris   8  Harris   5  Bolden  WVU Coliseum (8,231)
Morgantown, WV
December 30, 2018*
2:00 pm, ATTSNPT
Lehigh W 78–68  8–4
 22  Bolden   11  Culver   5  Bolden  WVU Coliseum (10,754)
Morgantown, WV
January 2, 2019
7:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 11 Texas Tech L 59–62  8–5
(0–1)
 22  West   8  Culver   2  Tied  WVU Coliseum (10,358)
Morgantown, WV
January 5, 2019
6:00 pm, ESPN2
at Texas
Saturday Showcase
L 54–61  8–6
(0–2)
 17  Culver   9  Culver   2  West  Frank Erwin Center (9,195)
Austin, TX
January 9, 2019
7:00 pm, ESPNU
at Kansas State L 69–71  8–7
(0–3)
 21  West   12  Culver   3  Tied  Bramlage Coliseum (9,590)
Manhattan, KS
January 12, 2019
12:00 pm, ESPNU
Oklahoma State
Saturday Showcase
L 77–85  8–8
(0–4)
 31  Bolden   15  Culver   3  McCabe  WVU Coliseum (11,339)
Morgantown, WV
January 15, 2019
7:00 pm, ESPNU
at TCU
Super Tuesday
L 67–98  8–9
(0–5)
 15  Bolden   5  Harris   5  Haley  Schollmaier Arena (6,734)
Fort Worth, TX
January 19, 2019
2:00 pm, ESPN
No. 7 Kansas
Saturday Showcase
W 65–64  9–9
(1–5)
 13  Haley   7  Tied   3  Tied  WVU Coliseum (12,657)
Morgantown, WV
January 21, 2019
9:00 pm, ESPNU
Baylor
Big Monday
L 73–85  9–10
(1–6)
 22  Bolden   8  Culver   3  Tied  WVU Coliseum (9,936)
Morgantown, WV
January 26, 2019*
4:00 pm, ESPN
at No. 1 Tennessee
Big 12/SEC Challenge/Saturday Showcase
L 66–83  9–11
 16  Ahmad   7  Ahmad   4  McCabe  Thompson–Boling Arena (22,149)
Knoxville, TN
January 30, 2019
7:00 pm, ESPNU
at No. 20 Iowa State L 68–93  9–12
(1–7)
 24  West   5  Tied   5  Haley  Hilton Coliseum (14,252)
Ames, IA
February 2, 2019
12:00 pm, ESPN2
Oklahoma
Saturday Showcase
W 79–71  10–12
(2–7)
 25  Knapper   14  Culver   4  Ahmad  WVU Coliseum (11,611)
Morgantown, WV
February 4, 2019
9:00 pm, ESPN
at No. 18 Texas Tech
Big Monday
L 50–81  10–13
(2–8)
 23  Culver   12  Culver   4  Haley  United Supermarkets Arena (12,831)
Lubbock, TX
February 9, 2019
8:00 pm, ESPN2
Texas
Saturday Showcase
L 53–75  10–14
(2–9)
 14  Ahmad   11  Culver   4  Culver  WVU Coliseum (12,815)
Morgantown, WV
February 16, 2019
4:00 pm, ESPN
at No. 14 Kansas
Saturday Showcase
L 53–78  10–15
(2–10)
 11  Tied   12  Culver   4  Tied  Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
February 18, 2019
9:00 pm, ESPN
No. 23 Kansas State
Big Monday
L 51–65  10–16
(2–11)
 16  West   13  Culver   2  Tied  WVU Coliseum (9,266)
Morgantown, WV
February 23, 2019
2:00 pm, ESPNU
at Baylor
Saturday Showcase
L 75–82  10–17
(2–12)
 16  West   7  Haley   5  Haley  Ferrell Center (6,262)
Waco, TX
February 26, 2019
7:00 pm, ESPNU
TCU
Super Tuesday
W 104–96 3OT 11–17
(3–12)
 25  McCabe   21  Culver   11  McCabe  WVU Coliseum (8,798)
Morgantown, WV
March 2, 2019
2:00 pm, ESPNU
at Oklahoma
Saturday Showcase
L 80–92  11–18
(3–13)
 23  Haley   10  Matthews. Jr.   5  Haley  Lloyd Noble Center 
Norman, OK
March 6, 2019
2:00 pm, ESPNU
Iowa State W 90–75  12–18
(4–13)
 28  Haley   12  West   5  McCabe  WVU Coliseum (10,354)
Morgantown, WV
March 9, 2019
4:00 pm, ESPNews
at Oklahoma State
Saturday Showcase
L 77–85  12–19
(4–14)
 16  Tied   21  Culver   5  McCabe  Gallagher-Iba Arena (7,279)
Stillwater, OK
Big 12 Tournament
March 13, 2019
9:30 pm, ESPNU
(10) vs. (7) Oklahoma
First Round/Champ Week
W 71–70  13–19
 15  West   12  Haley   4  Haley  Sprint Center (18,858)
Kansas City, MO
March 14, 2019
9:30 pm, ESPN2
(10) vs. (2) No. 7 Texas Tech
Quarterfinals/Champ Week
W 79–74  14–19
 28  Matthews   13  Culver   8  McCabe  Sprint Center 
Kansas City, MO
March 15, 2019
9:00 pm, ESPN2
(10) vs. (3) No. 17 Kansas
Semifinals/Champ Week
L 74–88  14–20
 16  West   11  Culver   6  Haley  Sprint Center (19,066)
Kansas City, MO
College Basketball Invitational
March 20, 2019*
7:00 pm, Frontier
Grand Canyon
First round
W 77–63  15–20
 24  Haley   10  Culver   4  Harler  WVU Coliseum (5,313)
Morgantown, WV
March 25, 2019*
7:00 pm
Coastal Carolina
Quarterfinals
L 91–109  15–21
 21  Matthews/West   10  Haley   6  McCabe  WVU Coliseum (6,775)
Morgantown, WV
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern Time.

RankingsEdit

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Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Final 
AP 13 RV RV NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR  
Coaches 13 13^ RV NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR

^Coaches did not release a Week 2 poll.

See alsoEdit

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