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Villanova Basketball star Daniel Ochefu is out vs. Creighton, and probably Providence

That would be a major blow, but the right decision given how serious concussions can get.

Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Villanova head coach Jay Wright dialed in to Matt Leon's show on Philly sports radio station KYW on Monday afternoon. He provided the insight that senior Daniel Ochefu's availability is still "up in the air", and that Villanova is "probably not going to have him for Creighton, but hopefully get him back as soon as possible after that."

Ochefu sat out Sunday's game after sustaining a head injury during Friday's practice. Wright added, "The concussion protocol is a system that you have to go through, so he’s at the beginning stages of that and you get tested each day."

UPDATED 7:15p ET: On his radio show, Jay Wright noted on Monday evening that Ochefu is "definitely" out for Creighton, and most likely out for Providence. He added that players in the concussion protocol need to be symptom-free for thirty different concussion categories. After they have been cleared, (i.e. symptom-free) for all 30, they then have to wait for 3 days to return to practice. At this point, Ochefu's three-day waiting period has still not begun; he would need to be cleared on Tuesday to be eligible to play in Saturday's game against #11 Providence. He ended with "we're preparing to not have him for both."

The Wildcats, who rose to #3 in the newest AP Poll, will host Creighton on Wednesday night at The Pavilion.

Listen to the whole interview.