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Injury status of Villanova’s Collin Gillespie for Saturday’s game against Providence

The junior guard for the Wildcats is a late decision with a thigh injury head coach Jay Wright announced yesterday

Villanova Wildcats guard Collin Gillespie during the first half against DePaul Blue Demons at Wintrust Arena.  Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: 9:57 a.m.

Villanova Wildcats junior guard Collin Gillespie is potentially out of today’s matchup with the Providence Friars at noon at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia.

In an unexpected surprise, ‘Cats head coach Jay Wright announced the injury in a media availability yesterday.

Gillespie would be a huge loss to endure while facing the red-hot Friars, who have played their way into NCAA Tournament contention. He averages 15.5 points, 4.6 assists, and 3.6 rebounds a game for Villanova, and also leads the team in usage rate.

There’s probably no more important a body for Villanova right now, and with a top-four protected seed in the NCAA Tournament on the line in today’s game, it would be a huge loss if he isn’t able to play.

The Wildcats have opened as a seven-point favorite on their other home court right down the Blue Route from campus, but that would change if Gillespie is unable to go against a team with three straight Q1 wins in Big East play.

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