By Teddy Brenner

Villanova coach Jay Wright and his Cats will be holding their breath this morning for the results of an MRI on star point guard Collin Gillespie’s left knee.

He had to be helped off the floor in the first half of last night’s win over Creighton at the Fin and would later return to the sideline with his left knee in heavy bandaging.

Wright said on FS1 afterward that Gillespie’s injury is “serious,” per the immediate diagnosis of the team’s trainer.

Without Gillespie, Nova went on an eight-minute drought in the second half before pulling away to win the Big East regular-season title for the seventh time in eight years. Villanova now has the most regular season championships in conference history with 11.

Wright said his team was “devastated at first” over Gillespie’s injury, but their ability to gather themselves was a sign of how well they embrace a challenge. Wright added he doesn’t expect Gillespie back for Villanova’s season finale at Providence on Saturday. He wouldn’t speculate on his star point guard’s availability — meaning for the Big East and NCAA tournaments — thereafter.

“There’s probably not been one player that’s had such an impact on a team in a year as Collin does here,” Wright said. “He’s our spiritual leader, work ethic he’s our leader, on court he is. He’s tough to replace. We’re going to have to grow up real quick.”

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