WVU's bench is crucial for success in postseason

WVU's bench is crucial for success in postseason

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WVU's bench is crucial for success in postseason

Teddy Allen (13) guards the inbounds pass against Iowa State on Saturday, February 24, 2018.
(Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS)

SAN DIEGO–During Friday’s win over Murray State, West Virginia’s bench added an extra pop that helped the Mountaineers come away with the victory.

If WVU hopes to make a long postseason run, they will need the bench to continue contributing.

“If we want to do anything in this tournament, our bench is going to have to come to play,” senior guard Daxter Miles Jr. said.

When the Mountaineers get production from other players besides their starters, they have had good fortune over the last few seasons.

Freshman Teddy Allen and sophomore Logan Routt combined for all 23 of WVU’s bench points.

“That’s big,” sophomore Beetle Bolden said. “Anybody off the bench can come out and it should be like that. Logan Routt had a pretty good game too. It wasn’t just Teddy Allen. He stepped up and had a huge role and it’s pretty big, those guys doing that.”

Jevon Carter (2) and Daxter Miles Jr. (4) share a laugh during WVU’s win over Iowa State on Saturday, February 24, 2018.
(Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS)

When the Mountaineers get production from more than Jevon Carter and Daxter Miles Jr., they had success.

“Well, I told him before the game we’re 7-0 in the Big 12 when we have four guys in double figures,” WVU head coach Bob Huggins said. “We had four guys in double figures today. So that’s important for us. It’s important that we spread it around.”

Both Lamont West and Beetle Bolden have been attributes at times this season. The two have proven they are a threat from beyond the arc.

However, both have struggled offensively of late.

In the Mountaineers’ win over the Racers, West played just seven minutes and was 0-for-2 from the floor while Bolden played 10 minutes and went scoreless.

Both their struggles date back to the Big 12 Tournament.

Logan Routt (31) looks on during WVU’s shoot around before the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
(Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS)

If WVU could get assistance from Bolden and West along with Routt and Allen, the Mountaineers would likely flourish.

“I feel like anytime anyone gives a boost off the bench, it’s great, JC Dax, Sags (Sagaba Konate), Es (Esa Ahmad) are all going to get their buckets but any other contributions off the bench helps extremely well,” Routt said.

This WVU team has shown what it’s made of numerous times this season and that they can compete with the best in the country. With a balance of scoring from different names, energy and its aggressive defense, greatness can be achieved.

 

Cover Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS

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