By Harry Allison
Villanova fought through Saturday to sweep against Xavier in the Big East.
The Wildcats played that game without Phil Booth (11.6 PPG), the Cats’ No. 3 scorer, due to a broken hand. He is due back Wednesday.
That’s why the Wildcats need the best Omari Spellman to help them fight through a difficult stretch while those two key players recover. He finished 7-for-19 in Nova’s two losses to Butler and St. John’s.
With Paschall and Booth on the floor together, Villanova — an inconsistent defensive unit — holds opponents to 0.95 points per possession. Opponents shoot better from the 3-point line and commit fewer turnovers, however, with Spellman in the game, compared to when he was on the bench, per hooplens.com.
Wright needs an efficient Spellman on offense and defense to weather the coming turbulence for a squad that might not reach full strength until the postseason.