MORGANTOWN - We probably won't know if Truck Bryant will start Wednesday's game against Notre Dame until the public address system at the Joyce Center finishes the starting lineups.
Truth be told, Coach Bob Huggins might not even know until a little while before that. Huggins told Bryant a few hours before last Thursday's game at Pitt that the senior would not be a starter for the first time since his sophomore year.
The official explanation was Huggins felt he'd been playing Bryant too many minutes. Spending a few minutes on the bench at the beginning was a way for Bryant to lighten the load.
Huggins isn't providing any hints leading up to the 7 p.m. game against the Fighting Irish, which will be telecast on ESPN2. Logic suggests that doing the same thing would keep rejuvenating Bryant, which is a big thing for a team 27 games into the season with its sights set on playing deep into March.
So fix Bryant, extend the season.
Then again, WVU will have five full days off between the win at the Petersen Events Center and the major opportunity in South Bend, Ind., so maybe Bryant got his rest and found his legs again. Maybe he's back in the starting lineup.
And maybe that would be a mistake.
There was an awful lot of good to come out of Huggins' one-game experiment, one you suspect he had been weighing for quite some time.
The best outcome? It worked.
The Mountaineers won a game they needed to win and there was no backlash or side effect to the lineup change. Bryant played with confidence and control and had one of his better games in a long time.
He gave the WVU bench a scoring boost it desperately needed. He alone scored more points than the reserves had in the previous five games. Bryant had more points in that game than the bench had the previous two games combined.
And he colored within the lines.
"He didn't take bad shots. He ran the offense. You saw that," said freshman Gary Browne, who started in Bryant's spot and, by the way, had his best game in four weeks.
"He's played here four years. It's not like he's a freshman like most of us. He knows how to play the game and he came out and did everything right."
Remember, Bryant is a veteran. He's been around. He's had a bad foot and a bad shot at times, but his heart has never been the issue.