He was named 2016-17 Defensive Player of the Year by NABC, Lefty Driesell, and the Big 12 Conference. He was also named to the All-Big 12 Conference Second Team.
The Red Raiders are fresh off of a 65-75 loss at No. 9 Oklahoma. It was their first Big 12 loss of the year. West Virginia outlasted Baylor, 57-54, in Waco last Tuesday and remained the only unbeaten team in Big 12 play.
Bolden averages 18 minutes per game off the bench while scoring an average of 10 per game which is fourth highest on the team. He also sits third on the team with 21 assists and 20 steals.
This game, like most games West Virginia is involved, is almost certainly going to come down to pressure. How well can you handle the defensive pressure? The Mountaineers force 20 turnovers per game on average and score 23 points per game off turnovers. About 28 percent of their points per game production comes by turnover. Tech has managed to limit their own turnovers to about 12 per game this year. Both teams are in the top 13 nationally in turnover margin.
The unquestioned team leader on the floor is 6’2” senior guard Jevon Carter. Carter leads the team in per game average in minutes (34), points (16), and assists (6.75). He also leads the team with 58 steals and is second in rebounds with 88.
The Mountaineers also have four worker bees who all average double digit minutes and all have played in every game. This group of four is led by six foot sophomore guard James Bolden.