By Matt Welch
Times West Virginian
There weren’t many changes in this week’s West Virginia boys’ basketball poll released Monday by the Associated Press. A few teams slid around, but the top 10 stayed intact.
Here’s the breakdown:
LOOKING BACK: It was a week for top teams to beat up on each other, making for some great games. No. 8 Fairmont Senior took No. 1 Robert C. Byrd into triple overtime before RCB left victorious to start the week off. RCB would go on to finish the week off with a win and improve to 10-0. No. 3 Bluefield took it to No. 2 Westside, beating them 69-44 early in the week, as well. They also beat Graham (Va.) to close out the week. Westside went 1-1, beating Class A Tug Valley but losing to Oak Hill late in the week. No. 5 Poca won twice, including a win over No. 10 Scott. Chapmanville, Bridgeport and Roane County each won all of their games for the week while Fairmont Senior, Liberty (Raleigh) and Scott all went 1-1 for the week.
MOVING UP/FALLING DOWN: After beating Wyoming East, Bluefield took over the second spot, dropping Wyoming East to third. Poca and Westside also switched spots after Poca’s victory over a ranked team, coupled with Westside’s loss, putting Poca at four and Westside at five. Chapmanville stayed tied at five despite winning all of its games. Bridgeport and Roane County remained in their spots at seventh and tenth, respectively, while Fairmont Senior and Liberty (Raleigh) traded spots. The Polar Bears are now at nine while Liberty sits at eight. RCB still holds the top spot.
LONG GONE: The only addition or subtraction this week was a simple move of Scott falling out of the top 10. Despite losing to the No. 5 team, Scott fell from a tie for tenth to out of the top 10 completely. They weren’t even listed as “others receiving votes,” either.
BIG 10 SPREAD OUT: Three Big 10 Conference teams sit in the top 10 with some space between them all. RCB holds the No. 1 position with a perfect record. Bridgeport comes in at No. 7 with a 7-3 record after beating two Big 10 teams, Lincoln and Liberty (Harrison). The Indians’ game with AAA Preston was cancelled. Rounding out for the Big 10 is Fairmont Senior which, despite having a losing record of 4-5, still sits at No. 9.
BIG MATCHUPS: There aren’t very many perennial matchups to keep an eye out for this week. No. 5 Westside plays two AAA teams, Greenbrier East and No. 9 AAA Woodrow Wilson.