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Back from another knee injury, Villanova guard Phil Booth (Mount Saint Joseph) in line for 'big impact'

Back from another knee injury, Villanova guard Phil Booth (Mount Saint Joseph) in line for 'big impact'

Before the Villanova men’s basketball team’s secret scrimmage Saturday, coach Jay Wright went back and looked at last year’s tape.

The matchup was against Pittsburgh, just like Saturday’s. Phil Booth was healthy then, just as he is now. He looked ready to contribute in ways he hadn’t before, just as he has this preseason.

The main difference between 2016 and 2017, Wright hopes, is what comes after. Last year, Booth, the unlikely off-the-bench hero of the Wildcats’ NCAA final against North Carolina, was held out after just three games because of left knee pain and swelling. Villanova went on to win the Big East Conference regular-season and tournament titles and earn a No. 1...

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