Bench's job is to not halt the flow
There are many ways to evaluate how effective a given team's bench is. You can look at whether the reserve unit outscores its team's opposing reserve unit during a game. You can look at each back-up individually and monitor whether they provide the sort of production on a gamely basis that fits with their specific skill set. You can look how many minutes each reserve is on the court.
There is some level of validity to each of those manners of assessment. But the one that matters most to Coach Gary Williams has nothing to do with much of what you can find on a stat sheet.
On Saturday against N.C. State, reserve guard Cliff Tucker tallied 11 points in 17 minutes. Reserve forward Dino Gregory registered eight points and six rebounds in 22 minutes. Both of those were solid showings, but what impressed Williams the most was that Tucker and Gregory -- along with reserve guard Adrian Bowie -- were able to enter the game seamlessly in regards to carrying forth the momentum Maryland's starters had established.
"To get consistent play from Cliff Tucker and Dino Gregory and Adrian Bowie coming off the bench, whether they score a lot of points is not the key," Williams said Saturday. "The key is to keep us playing the way we were playing, and we were able to do that, especially on the defensive end of the court tonight. I don't think there was any letdown at all when we substituted."
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