The Villanova Wildcats will be without guard Justin Moore for the rest of the 2022 NCAA Tournament due to a torn Achilles. This injury happened in the closing moments of the 2022 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight matchup against the Houston Cougars. Normally teams are beyond thrilled to make the Final Four, but for the Villanova Wildcats, that excitement might be dampened some because of this. The Villanova Wildcats will face off against the Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday in the 2022 NCAA Tournament Final Four.
This is a tough blow for all of us , not just because of the great player Justin is , but because of what he means to us as teammates and coaches …https://t.co/GLEloF1U0L
— Jay Wright (@VUCoachJWright) March 27, 2022
Justin Moore is a vital part of the short rotation that the Villanova Wildcats run and replacing him will be difficult. This season he averaged 14.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game. The points and assists were the second-best on the team while the rebounds placed him at third-best on the Wildcats. The other Wildcats in the rotation will now need to play more minutes, but someone who is not in that main rotation will have to take on a larger load against the Jayhawks.
Villanova played one game this season without Justin Moore — an 85-74 win over UConn on February 5th in South Philadelphia.
Chris Arcidiacono had nine points in 26 minutes off the bench.
The Wildcats don’t have what they had, but they still have enough. https://t.co/DckgK3BJyi
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) March 28, 2022
The person most likely to fill in some of Justin Moore’s minutes is junior guard Chris Arcidiacono, who averages less than ten minutes per game this season. Counting out Villanova wouldn’t be wise, but now they only have five players in their main rotation healthy for the matchup against the Kansas Jayhawks. We here at Def Pen Sports wish Moore the best in his recovery moving forward.