Ranking The Programs: #3

After a number of differences of opinion, our panel finds unanimity in its final three rankings of West Virginia's athletic programs. Holding down a solid number three position is the women's basketball team.

Mike Carey's program has been one of consistent improvement in moving to its current position. Routine postseason appearances and challenges for conference titles (with a breakthrough last year in the Big 12), make it one of the most successful on campus. Only the slight hiccups of upsets and disappointing losses in NCAA play keep it from challenging for the second position.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
PROGRAM
VOTER
RANKING
POINTS
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Greg
3rd
14
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Matt
3rd
14
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Michael
3rd
14
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Kevin
3rd
14

Greg Hunter: (3rd) Mike Carey’s squad finished this past season with a 30-5 record, the most wins in school history. It also climbed to No. 5 in the national polls late in the season, which also was a program best. WVU shared the Big 12 regular season championship with Baylor, and the Mountaineers earned their fifth straight NCAA tournament invite. The only thing lacking from an otherwise magical season was postseason success, as Carey’s club lost in the second round of the NCAAs to LSU in Baton Rogue. In his 13 seasons at WVU, Carey’s crew has achieved remarkable heights, but still none of his teams have reached the Sweet 16 round of in the NCAA tournament.

Matt Keller: (3rd) Women’s basketball, with a share of the Big 12 regular season title, manages a third place finish. It's recent history has been one of steady improvement.

Michael Carvelli: (3rd) Mike Carey has done wonders with the women’s basketball program, and is making it consistently a contender for a conference title and a mainstay in the NCAA tournament. Like the other programs that are high on this list, more talent is coming into Morgantown than ever before, and the fact that the talent they have has bought into what he wants them to do and become a well-disciplined and great defensive team has made WVU what it has been over recent years. The next step for the Mountaineers is just to turn the corner and get past the second round of the NCAA tournament for the first time in Carey’s tenure.

Kevin Kinder: (3rd) Carey has built a program in his image, and, in fact, one that his men's counterpart likely views with some envy. The WVU women play aggressively on defense and play with a fervor that has made them the best program in the Coliseum. When rising this high, the smallest of problems are often the differentiator between finishing a step higher or lower, and the case here is postseason success. However, in no way should that be viewed as a major ding for a program that was uncompetitive not so long ago. Carey's direction provides the blueprint for other WVU programs looking to rise from the depths.

WVU ATHLETIC PROGRAM RANKINGS
PROGRAM
RANKINGS
POINTS
SCORE
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
3/3/3/3
56
14
WOMEN'S XCOUNTRY
4/5/5/4
51
12.75
BASEBALL
7/5/4/5
47
11.75
MEN'S BBALL
5/6/7/6
44
11
FOOTBALL
6/8/9/9
36
9
GYMNASTICS
8/10/8/7
35
8.75
VBALL
11/9/6/12
30
7.5
M SWIM
13/7/11/8
29
7.25
M SOCCER
9/13/10/11
25
6.25
W SWIMMING
14/12/12/10
20
5
W TRACK
12/11/13/13
19
4.75
WRESTLING
10/14/14/14
16
4
W ROWING
15/15/16/15
7
1.75
W TENNIS
16/16/15/16
5
1.25

Previous Stories:

Women's Cross Country #4

Baseball #5

Men's Basketball #6

Football #7

Gymnastics #8

Volleyball #9

Men's Swimming #10

Men's Soccer #11

Women's Swimming & Diving #12

Women's Track #13

Wrestling #14

Rowing #15

Women's Tennis #16

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