Villanova needs Jenkins to be both the complete player that he’s striving to become and the shooter the nation has come to know. Phil Booth remains sidelined with tendinitis, an issue that doesn’t look like it’s going to change anytime soon. Omari Spellman is ineligible.
That means the Cats go seven deep, with just Eric Paschall and Donte DiVincenzo offering any relief off the bench. DiVincenzo has been especially effective — Wright called the former state player of the year “the Michael Jordan of Delaware” — but if the Wildcats are going to meet outside expectations and internal hopes, they can ill afford too many off nights from Jenkins: