Villanova's Bench Mob players burst onto the scene last season, catching notice for their celebratory antics when the Wildcats made a big play. They are also members of the team in good standing, however, so we have to recap their season and successes along with the rest of the team.
Among the players on this team, the Bench Mob had the lowest expectations and therefore one of the best seasons relatively. Two of the three players notably scored this season and Henry Lowe scored more than once.
Here is how the season went for Henry Lowe, Patrick Farrell and Nick McMahon:
What was expected
We didn't expect a whole lot on the scoreboard, but we expected a lot of this:
Pat Farrell was the only member of the #BenchMob who had a number higher than zero on his scoreline for the 2012-13 season. Villanova doesn't rely on these three energetic gentlemen for much more than a morality boost and an all-out effort in practice.
Their best-case scenario and worst-case scenarios weren't discussed before the season.
Vote from Wisdom of Crowds
Instead of predicting the Bench Mob's points per game, VU Hoops voted on which member of this triumvirate would score first this season. Only a paltry 16% of you thought that Nick McMahon (the only player in this group with a scholarship, for the record) would be that player. Patrick Farrell was more popular, picking up 27% of the vote. Overwhelmingly, however, the VU Hoops crowd chose Henry Lowe to score first . . .
. . . and it paid off.
Lowe scored a pair of points on a 2-point field goal in the Wildcats' second game of the season, hosting Mount St. Mary's on Wednesday, November 13th.
The Rider game was easily the highlight for Bench Mob. With a total of five points scored, the bench-enders made their biggest impact on the scoreboard against the Broncos. Lowe nailed a triple, while McMahon added a field goal of his own. It was McMahon's only points of the season.
The Bench Mob didn't appear in more games than they did appear in as players. Their season was mostly minutes on the bench, and games where they recorded a statistical "trillion," a term for when they would play one minute and register zeros in every other box score category.