WVU's Inside-Out Play Key, Say Macon & Paige

Physicality and pressure were the keywords when West Virginia's players dissected the team approach against Baylor. But the Mountaineers also mentioned inside-out play, and being able to generate the threat of scoring on the low blocks to open passing lanes for better step-in jumpers.

Elijah Macon, who could see significant minutes as he did in the loss at Oklahoma with Devin Williams still recovering from an illness, noted that the Mountaineer frontcourt must at least match the effort - of not the productivity - of BU forwards Rico Gathers, Royce O'Neale and Jonathan Motley. WVU was ineffective in limiting the Sooners on the inside, but much of that was because of poor execution in the press leading to numbers advantages for OU while finishing transition. Baylor, not having seen this style of pressure, likely won't snap it as well as Oklahoma did. But the Bears will try to turn the game into more of a half court set, which would allow them to play their strengths against WVU's weakness in the interior. Macon, coming of his first career start, speaks to negating that edge and more below.

Jaysean Paige, shooting a team-best 42.9 percent from three-point range, will be called upon to balance the effort's of Macon and Williams on the interior with a solid shooting threat outside. Here, the junior discusses Baylor's interior play, its shooting from the guard spots and some of the adjustments West Virginia made to its press during the three days of prep prior to hosting the Bears.


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