Big East associate commissioner Stu Jackson told ESPN.com on Tuesday morning that the conference is reviewing the incident.
Gibbs, the Pirates' leading scorer who is averaging 16.9 points per game, left the game with 4:38 to play after striking the Villanova guard. It was the fifth consecutive loss for a Seton Hall squad that had secured a spot in the national polls earlier this season.
"I am extremely disappointed in Sterling's actions tonight," Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard said in a statement. "Our student-athletes are entrusted to uphold the morals and values of good sportsmanship and personal conduct that we preach to them on a daily basis. Tonight's incident involved a young man of high character showing poor judgment in the heat of competition. It was regrettable, and we will address the issue."
Gibbs offered a lengthy apology to Arcidiacono in a series of postgame tweets.
Arcidiacono accepted the apology, replying:
"Flagrant 2s are always reviewed, and this one will be," Big East spokesman John Paquette told ESPN.com.
Cheap Shot By Seton Hall Player
Villanova player Ryan Arcidiacono got nailed with an elbow to the face by a frustrated Sterling Gibbs.