By John Antonik for MSNsportsNET.com
April 6, 2010
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia finished No. 3 in the final ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll announced today. It’s West Virginia’s highest finish in the national rankings since ending the 1958 season ranked No. 1 in both major polls.
West Virginia (31-7) lost to Duke in the national semifinals last Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. West Virginia’s 31 wins were a school record, topping the 29 wins produced in 1959 on the way to the national title game against Cal.
Other Big East schools in the final coaches’ poll include: Syracuse (eighth), Villanova (15th) and Pitt (20th).
The Mountaineers finished sixth in the AP poll. The AP does not release a poll after the national championship game.
This is the fourth time since 2005 that West Virginia has finished the season ranked in the coaches’ poll. The Mountaineers were 12th in 2005, 15th in 2006, 17th in 2008 and third this year.