The Villanova Wildcats will be without a key member of their team in this year's Final Four. On Sunday, coach Jay Wright confirmed the worst-case scenario for guard Justin Moore: the junior suffered a torn Achilles in Saturday's win.
"This is a tough blow for all of us," Wright tweeted. "Not just because of the great player Justin is, but because of what he means to us as teammates and coaches ..."
The college hoops world reacted to the news of Moore's injury on social media.
"A real shame," commented sports columnist Tom Moore.
"Crushing news on Nova's Justin Moore, out of DeMatha (for my Maryland peeps)," tweeted Bonnie Bernstein. "Torn Achilles. No Final Four for him... Poor kid. Heartbreaking"
"Just a damn shame," said Josh Verlin.
"Brutal for Moore, brutal for the whole program," remarked Sixers writer Austin Krell. "This is where it really matters that Villanova only went 6-7 deep all season. Going to need someone with very little experience to step up in a Final Four environment."
"Absolutely gutted for Justin Moore."
"Expected news. Brutal news," replied Pat Forde.
"Crushing news for Villanova," tweeted Dan Gelston of the Associated Press. "Justin Moore suffered a tear in his right achilles tendon & needs surgery."
You just hate this for Moore and the rest of the Wildcats. Wishing the upperclassman a speedy recovery!