More bad news for 'Nova -- Stokes out

The bad news just keeps rolling in for Villanova.

The team announced that senior guard Corey Stokes, the team's second-leading scorer, will miss Satiurday's game against No. 4 Pittsburgh because he has aggravated a left hamstring injury.

The 6-foot-5 Stokes originally suffered the injury on Jan. 9 but played through it. However, he suffered the injury during Thursday's practice. A team spokesman said Stokes tested the hamstring at the Petersen Events Center about 90 minutes before tipoff but decided he couldn't go.

Stokes missed time this season with a sprained left big toe, or turf toe. He had to leave the Feb. 9 game against Rutgers in the second half with the injury, and missed games against Pittsburgh, Seton Hall and DePaul. He scored 24 and 20 points in his first two games back before managing just nine against Notre Dame.

Injuries have been an issue for the 19th-ranked Wildcats during their recent 2-5 slump. 

Senior guard Corey Fisher, who underwent an MRI on Wednesday that showed tendinitis in his right knee, is expected to start. Sophomore guard Maalik Wayns suffered back spasms in a Feb. 21 game against Syracuse but has played since.

The Wildcats' chance at a first-round bye in the Big East tournament, even with a victory Saturday, diminished greatly with West Virginia's last-second victory over Louisville eariier Saturday. Their only hope apparently would be a Georgetown win over Cincinnati and a loss by Connecticut to Notre Dame. Both those games began at 2 p.m.

--Joe Juliano