Providence dropped their first road game of the season on Tuesday at DePaul and a big factor in that loss was Ben Bentil injuring his right ankle about halfway through the opening half. Bentil would return later in the first half before sitting with foul trouble and started the second half on the floor before being pulled by Ed Cooley. Bentil’s status for Saturday’s game is still up in the air, but Providence announced on Thursday that the native of Ghana is “day-to-day”. Cooley is expected to meet with the media later on Thursday, so more information may be known after that occurs.
As for Villanova, they have been without Daniel Ochefu since the big man suffered a head injury last Friday during practice. Ochefu has been in the concussion protocol and missed Villanova’s last two games. Jay Wright said Ochefu would likely be out for Saturday’s tilt in Providence as well. Villanova still managed to dominate the glass in their last two outings without Ochefu, but the Friars won the rebounding battle last time these two teams faced off at the Wells Fargo Center on January 24th.
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