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Butler guard Roosevelt Jones questionable for Villanova with sprained wrist

Roosevelt Jones

Butler’s Roosevelt Jones (21) reacts after a Providence foul during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)


Butler could be without one of its best players for Sunday’s important Big East contest against Villanova. According to a tweet from the Butler basketball account, senior guard Roosevelt Jones is questionable for the 7:30 p.m. tip on Sunday night as he’s dealing with a sprained wrist that was suffered during Thursday’s practice.

This could be a big loss for Butler on Sunday, since they are 1-2 in Big East play and could really use a home win against a quality opponent. Jones is averaging 14.3 points, 7.1 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.7 steals per game for the Bulldogs this season. The 6-foot-4 senior leads Butler in made free throws, offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds, assists and steals this season.

More importantly, Butler could lose Jones’ defensive abilities if he sits out against Villanova, which would be a major loss since the Wildcats have so many perimeter scoring threats. If Jones opts to sit out against Villanova on Sunday, he could also choose to recuperate longer since Butler plays lowly St. John’s in their next game on Saturday, Jan. 16.