1. West Virginia Mountaineers
There simply was no better option to have at No. 1 than the team who was most discussed in the offseason regarding transfers and whether they'd be eligible or not. They had to deal with two other former transfers in Omar Silverio and Jose Perez, neither of whom ultimately suited up for the team this season.
Two other transfers had to sit out to this point. One was Noah Farrakhan, who averaged around 14 ppg in the past two years at Eastern Michigan. The other was RaeQuan Battle, the proverbial face of the recent lawsuit that started all of this. He spent two years at both Washington and Montana State, coming off a career-high 17.7 ppg last season and leading the Bobcats to an NCAA Tournament appearance.
With starting point guard Kerr Kriisa suspended and former Akok Akok just coming back from a preseason heart-related injury, the Mountaineers' depleted roster got off to a 4-5 start, including a loss to Monmouth and rival Pittsburgh. The offense has been awful so far, ranking in the bottom 20 in points scored and field goal shooting.
Having a pair of capable double-digit scorers is going to turn around not only the offense but the team's hopes for the season overall. These are still mid-major transfers so it's not a guarantee they'll be successful at the Big 12 level but interim HC Josh Eilert has no choice but to hope things turn out. December 12th could be the start of things finally going West Virginia's favor going forward.