Think how different the 2021 NCAA Tournament would be if Collin Gillespie had not injured his knee with just two games left in Villanova’s regular season.
The Wildcats likely would have been a No. 3 seed or a No. 4 at the lowest, meaning West Virginia might have been knocked down a line and perhaps Villanova dealing with the zone-defense complications of old rival Syracuse. Maybe they’d have wound up opposite Southern California in the West Region, and Kansas would not have absorbed a loss so profound it nearly sent them back to the pre-Naismith days.