UPDATE: 9:57 a.m.
Villanova's Collin Gillespie (thigh) "will try" and play today against Providence, per Jay Wright.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) February 29, 2020
Wright: "It's a matter of how effective he is."
In an unexpected surprise, ‘Cats head coach Jay Wright announced the injury in a media availability yesterday.
Villanova coach Jay Wright said after today's practice that Collin Gillespie has a deep thigh bruise and is questionable for tomorrow's game against Providence at Wells Fargo Center. Gillespie is the team's No. 2 scorer and floor leader, would be a big loss if he couldn't play.— Joe Juliano (@JoeJulesinq) February 28, 2020
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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