BOSTON–Jevon Carter and Daxter Miles Jr. have been on this stage before, the Sweet 16. In fact, this is the third time in four years the two seniors have been here but they have never gotten beyond that point before.
In their last season at West Virginia, the goal is so much more than the Sweet 16.
As the veterans on the Mountaineers, Carter and Miles are the two everyone looks to.
“This is our fourth NCAA Tournament, our third time in the Sweet 16,” Carter said. “We’ve been here. We want to advance. We’re going to do everything we can to try to help our team and put us in the right position to win.”
That includes just making sure everyone is always ready to go.
“We just got to get our guys ready to play and just kind of make sure we play ourselves,” Miles said.
It’s just about making sure everyone is locked in.
“Teams are going to make their run,” Carter said. “Just don’t feed into the crowd. Stay focused. Stay within the game plan. Don’t take no possessions off because one possession could cost you a game. And just play. Don’t worry about it being the NCAA Tournament. Just give it everything you’ve got. You’re going to win, or you’re going to lose.”
Carter and Miles will both end their careers at WVU as two of the greatest players to don a Mountaineers’ jersey. The records and feats they have accomplished has been unbelievable but everyone outside of West Virginia has often overlooked them.
“I felt like ever since our freshman year, we’ve always been underrated,” Carter said. “We’ve always been the underdogs coming into any game we’ve played. So we’ve always had an extra chip on our shoulder. Me and Dax, we feel like we never got the credit we deserved. We feel like we’re the best backcourt in the nation. But I guess don’t nobody else besides us see us that way. So we always play with an extra chip on our shoulder because we always got something to prove.”
That attitude is something WVU hopes will benefit them.
“Like Jevon said, we just love playing basketball,” Miles said. “It doesn’t matter who we’re playing against. We just have fun with it, and like you said, play with a chip on our shoulder.”
The Mountaineers play Villanova at 7:27 p.m. ET on Friday for a chance to head to the Elite 8.
Cover Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS