Domino Effect

The absence of Truck Bryant means that playing time will likely go up for Joe Mazzulla, but he's not the only player who could see his minutes increase against Washington.

While Mazzulla's time on the court could go up, so too could that of other position players as West Virginia looks for the solution to fill the void left by Bryant's absence. One option would be more time for wing players, who could fill a spot left vacant by Devin Ebanks or Da'Sean Butler if they slide over to the point position at times.

One of those players, Dalton Pepper, has seen some action in the postseason, but could be an option off the bench for the Mountaineers against Washington. Pepper, who comes into the game as a shooter, could be asked to fill that role more extensively on Thursday.

In this interview, Pepper discusses the mentality of being ready when called upon, and also of his experience to date in his first exposure to the NCAA tournament.

Dalton Pepper

Mountaineers Daily Top Stories