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Hope is fading quickly for Villanova guard Phil Booth’s return

It’s looking like a 7-man job.

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Happy Monday, ‘Nova Nation! ICYMI this weekend, Jay Wright gave his most pessimistic update yet on junior guard Phil Booth. He still has pain in his knee, nothing is getting better, and the staff seems to be taking a hard line that he’s not going to play until he’s pain-free.

No official redshirt decision has been made just yet, but personally I’m starting to worry about Phil returning to the court for the ‘Cats at all - even next season - rather than just this one if he can’t shake this injury.

So that makes this year a bit more of an uphill climb. We've seen 7-man rotations win it all as recently as Duke in 2015, but we'd be kidding ourselves if it wasn't going to be a big task.

And now, the "news."

Villanova's Wright says guard Phil Booth still isn't ready to play | Philly.com
Villanova guard Phil Booth still is experiencing pain in his surgically repaired left knee and coach Jay Wright said the situation is looking worse each day.

Jay Wright coaching for tomorrow today | Philly.com
Villanova checked another game off the schedule Saturday, beating Providence by 10 points at the Wells Fargo Center. It was a fairly typical mid-January game in the Big East Conference - one part beauty, one part beastly, and the rest a series of collisions and skids across the floor.

Villanova's big on campus, and away from it | Philly.com
Dick Vitale doesn't merely have his finger on the pulse of college basketball. In many respects, Vitale is the pulse of college basketball. His enthusiastic free associations during ballgames wind around the entire sport.

A Higher Calling | NCAA.org
Longtime Villanova coach Andy Talley left his post to lead his bone marrow foundation.

Villanova makes every minute count | Philadelphia Inquirer
After beating Providence, 78-68, Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center, Villanova has now played 20 games or 800 minutes of basketball this season. All 800 have not been perfect obviously, but the Wildcats (19-1, 7-1 Big East) have played, according to my count, three really bad minutes, the last three at Butler.

College basketball: Top 7 national championship games since 1985 | NCAA.com
With seven Sundays to go until the NCAA tournament officially begins, we’re taking a look back at the seven best national championship games since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985.