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Leg injury leaves Villanova’s Justin Moore in tears as Wildcats secure Final Four berth

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Villanova heads to the Final Four.

But their celebration was marred by an injury to Justin Moore. The Wildcats’ All-Big East guard went down with a non-contact leg injury late in Saturday’s Elite Eight win over Houston. He suffered the injury on a shot to the basket in the final minute of the game with Villanova winning 48-44.

He planted his right leg and immediately collapsed before a jump between two was called in the middle of a draw.

He grabbed his lower right leg as soon as he fell. He eventually limped off the court with the help of his teammates, but clearly had trouble putting weight on his injured leg. After the clock hit zero in Villanova’s 50-44 win, Moore was crying on the sidelines, surrounded by his teammates.

Villanova announced after the game that Moore suffered a lower leg injury without providing further details on the initial diagnosis. Moore returned to the court for the net-cut celebration on crutches.

Can Villanova compete without Moore?

While Villanova is headed to its third Final Four since 2016, it looks like it could do so without the services of Moore. His absence would be a huge blow to Villanova’s championship bid and, obviously, a huge disappointment for Moore.

Justin Moore was crying after a late injury against Houston. (Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

A three-year starter, Moore averaged 15 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists while shooting 35.3% from 3-point range this season. He was named a second team All-Big East for his performance during the regular season.

A team from Villanova that plays with just six players in double-digit minutes will have to dig deeper into their bench if they can’t play next Saturday’s national semifinal. Junior point guard Chris Arcidiacono (1.7 points in 9.9 minutes per game) could be asked to play a larger role.

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