Virginia loses key player to broken wrist three days before NCAA tournament

Hope Soto
March 14, 2018

The Virginia Cavaliers will enter the 2018 NCAA Tournament without De'Andre Hunter who has a broken left wrist, as announced by the University on Tuesday evening.

Hunter, the ACC Sixth Man of the Year, became a mainstay in UVa's rotation during the ACC season.

Hunter (wrist) will be unavailable for the entire NCAA Tournament. He's expected to miss 10-to-12 weeks, but he should make a full recovery after having surgery, which is scheduled for Monday. Hunter is athletically Virginia's best weapon, and proved to be a critical first man off the bench for Tony Bennett's team.

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U.Va. (31-2), which is the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament, plays No. 16 seed Maryland Baltimore County Friday night in Charlotte, N.C.in the South Region.

Hunter, whose banked-in, buzzer-beating 3-pointer at Louisville might be the single most memorable play of the Cavaliers' magic season to date, averaged 9.2 points and 3.5 rebounds in 33 games and was also named to the ACC's all-rookie team. He also had 22 points in a victory at Miami on February 18. Look for center Jack Salt and forwards Isaiah Wilkins and Mamadi Diakite to absorb most of Hunter's playing time.

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