Villanova coach Jay Wright is hopeful that leading scorer Darrun Hilliard will be able to return for the Wildcats next game on New Year's Eve against visiting Butler.

Hilliard, who is averaging 12.6 points, missed Villanova's 92-67 win over NJIT with a concussion that he suffered in the previous game, an 82-77 overtime victory over Syracuse.

"He is much better," Wright said after the NJIT win. "He didn't have a severe concussion. It's just one of those things where we erred on the side of safety, which you have to in these cases."

Of course Hilliard must undergo testing which Wright said will occur Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

"He has to go through that protocol on consecutive days and they will do it which tells you about our trainer doing that," Wright said. "I think he will be fine."

Hilliard is third on the team in minutes played (28.0) and leads the Wildcats in steals, with 24 and in free throw percentage (80.0 percent). His 2.2 steals per game rank fourth in the Big East.

Hilliard had scored 23 points before leaving the Syracuse game late in regulation time after a collision with an Orange player.

-Marc Narducci