"In terms of Dave, he's got a concussion," Chris Collins said. "He got dinged up a little bit. You've got to be careful, everyone knows, with head injuries.
"We'll take our time with him. When he's ready to play, he'll be back out there. It's a day-to-day thing."
Though Sobolewski has faced recent criticism – most of it justified – NU clearly needed its point guard down the stretch. The Wildcats struggled badly with the press break, committing awful turnovers as Illinois attempted its comeback effort.
In his place, Jershon Cobb played most of the game at point guard. He'll never be a natural at the position, and had five turnovers despite a generally strong performance. Replacing him in the starting lineup, Kale Abrahamson gave the team defensive flexibility.
NU instead relied on a six-man rotation, with five guys playing more than 33 minutes. Collins – as he promised during the offseason – was willing to stagger timeouts in order to keep his guys rested. Still, that might not be so sustainable in future games.
This isn't to take away from the fact that Sobolewski needs to improve upon returning to action. The junior is shooting 26 percent from the field, and only 17 percent from behind the arc. He's also turning the ball over 2.5 times per game, up significantly from his career average.
It's likely too much, though, to suggest that the win was at all triggered by his absence. The team might benefit from reducing his role, but his loss should be considered just that: a loss. We'll monitor the status of his return.