Despite COVID Delays, Villanova Took Wins, But There’s Work Needed to Catch Up

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Collin Gillespie of Villanova and Jared Rhoden of Seton Hall.

COVID-19’s making it a tough season for men’s basketball at Villanova University even as they squeaked out a win Jan. 19 against Seton Hall, 76-74, at their first game in 27 days and continued with a 71-56 win against Providence Jan. 23, writes Joe Juliano for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Basketball activities, including practices, were suspended Jan. 3 after two players tested positive for COVID-19.

The team had already been quarantining, with no practices and no games, after staff members, including coach Wright, tested positive Dec. 26.

The team had hoped to start a practice Jan. 3 after nine days of negative test results when the two players tested positive.

One of the players was also recovering from a calf injury and had only one day of practice before the game.

For now, Wright just appreciates the routine.

 “I think we’re all really grateful just to be able to play. I think we would have been upset if we lost, but I think we would have maybe not been as upset as we normally are. We’re more grateful to be playing.”

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