Villanova Wildcats

Villanova Wildcats

Make it three broken hands for Villanova in seven weeks.

Sharpshooting Guard Phil Booth is now out indefinitely with a fractured right (shooting) hand. He suffered the injury in Villanova's 89-69 romp over Providence Wednesday night.

A redshirt junior, Booth has been crucial for 'Nova this season. He's averaged 11.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.2 steals. He's shot 49 percent from the field and 43 percent from three. He also ranks second in the Big East (to teammate Jalen Brunson) with 2.5 assists for every turnover.

"All of us are disappointed for Phil," head coach Jay Wright said in a statement. "He is one of our captains and the respect for him among his teammates is off the charts. Phil is as mentally tough a player as we have had in our program. We know he'll come back better and stronger from this."

Villanova is also without forward Jermaine Samuels, who broke his hand at the end of December.

Guard Collin Gillespie, who suffered his hand fracture in early December, returned last week against Georgetown and has played in the Wildcats' last three games.

Despite the injuries, Villanova is 19-1 overall and 6-1 in the Big East. The 'Cats received 63 of 65 first-place votes in the AP poll this week.

Villanova's next game is Sunday, Jan. 28, at Marquette at 1 p.m.