Could the West Virginia Mountaineers Finish In Top 5 of Big 12 In Upcoming Season?

By Trevor Lowry
Bob Huggins
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The West Virginia Mountaineers had their fair share of struggles in the 2012-13 college basketball season, ending the year on a seven-game losing streak. However, is it possible for this team to bounce back and finish in the top five of the Big 12 standings in the 2013-14 college hoops season?

Well, there will be plenty of players returning and some new faces that could crack the starting lineup. Not to mention, other than Oklahoma State and Kansas, this conference is pretty wide open.

Baylor could be great, but that is what many people said about the Bears this past season. Oklahoma and Kansas State will be losing a lot of talent. Iowa State could be a serious threat in the Big 12, but it will also be losing some key players.

So, if Bob Huggins can turn around his team, then sure, West Virginia could finish in the top five of the standings. His team will need a serious turnaround, though, because it did finish last season with a 13-19 record and a Big 12 record of 6-12.

There are so many areas that the Mountaineers need to improve in and they shouldn’t be a worse team with some talent returning to the team. However, it was not a pretty site seeing Huggins lose game after game, especially towards the end of the season. Still, if anyone can coach this team to a better record in the upcoming season, it is definitely Huggins.

The Big 12 has some great teams at the very top of the conference, but after that, the Big 12 is wide open. Who knows, maybe West Virginia can get better and make a charge towards the top five in the conference after finishing in eighth place this past season.

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